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Cleaning the Barn

11 Dec

It’s been way too long since the cattle lean-to on my barn was cleaned out.  My nephew that does it is incredibly busy, and the fall weather has not cooperated.  The last two falls have been horribly wet, making it impossible to clean out.  The two years before, we had early cold and snow making it impossible to clean out.  I was absolutely giddy when I heard my nephew pull up by the barn with the tractor.  He had brought a big round cornstalk bale for bedding the lean-to when it was cleaned.


Then he went back for the tractor and manure spreader.  His final trip was the Hydro for cleaning it out.


You can see how far down his front tires sank.  He was trying to go up hill.  Notice how narrow the door is and how close behind him the fence it.  That’s kind of why it’s not a fun barn to clean out.  He was having problems, so his dad came to help.


He managed to get a little, but it was still a struggle, so we went to plan B.


We removed a panel from the fence on the north side of the barn and dug that big sliding door open and took down my fence and tarp inside the barn and went at it from that side.  It worked, but it was quite the chore.  I am exceedingly grateful to have it done though.  Tomorrow, I’ll share the critters’ reactions.

I do hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

Friday’s Hunt v2.24

9 Dec

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with Y, Week’s Favorite, and festive.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. I am crazy busy with teaching and working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with X:  I can’t believe another week has been Xed off the calendar.  I am still busy with Xmas in the soap room.  (Notice cheating is acceptable with hard letters.)  I have been busy making candy and crafts.



Week’s Favorite:  I barely have time for photography, but I did manage to capture the goats in that lovely golden light.


Lights:  I look out my kitchen window after dark, and I see lights.  I love having the lights in the barn.  It lets me know the electricity is working and my heated bucket is working.  I did actually have the light go out once, and by the time I got there, I had a 16 gallon ice cube.  I always check my lights.


It also lets me easily check on my goats and critters at night to know they are safe.  It’s especially important to be able to see during kidding season.


Now it’s your turn!

Season’s First Snow

4 Dec

Overnight we had our first real snow.  It was beautiful.





The goats went out to pasture for a while, but I did give them hay this evening.

I’m sharing today with Tom’s Barn Collective.

I do hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt. I have the new list of items at the top of my side bar.