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A Weekend Project

8 Aug

One project I had planned for this weekend was to reclaim my soap room. For the last eleven-and-a-half months, it’s been more of an extra bedroom or whatever.  I moved in there after the derecho, and I never fully put it back into soap room.

converted into a living space

I started by getting rid of the day bed. There might have been a dog ball and bit of rawhide left under there.  Oops.

Then I had to get the shelves out of the garage.

They were also not fun to clean.  Thankfully my mom came out to help me because it was using sanitizing wipes on every single one of those wires to get the dust off.  By the way, I also had to bring the corner shelf with the peacock feathers on it back in and clean it too.

Finally, they were clean, and I could put my soaps on them.

Now I can make some more because when I’m fully stocked with soap that shelf is overflowing.

Then I can get out the candles and all the other fun things I usually have in there for sale.  It’s a start.  Hopefully, I’ll be fully stocked and up and running in time for Christmas sales again.

Getting Caught Up

3 Mar

The month of February has been exhausting with the cold.  It just took so much more to do anything, and there was so much more to do.  This past weekend we had really good weather, and I was able to get a lot done.  I managed to get more corn, so I emptied my car trunk and hauled it all over to the birds’ room (where I feed from).

It was nice that Moose didn’t even try to “help” me.  Everything is easier when Moose doesn’t help me.

Moose opening the door for me later in the day

I was struggling with the bird door freezing shut with the overnight cold temperatures,

ice on top of the water puddle

but last weekend, it thawed enough for me to get a channel dug for the water to drain a little bit.

Free range hen trying to keep her feet dry

I have to wait for it to thaw more before I can finish getting it drained.

Easter egg hen before it thawed into mud for the day

I did do a bit of cleaning in the garage, so I don’t have hay and poop stuck to my shoes.  It was too messy out to actually get it out of the garage, but it’s away from the car.

But I did leave hay and bedding on the other side.  There’s a good chance Astra will have her oopsie babies in there.

Astra (guessing it won’t be triplets this year)

I had a big pile of cornstalk bale that the goats put right inside the door because they were eating and playing in it.  I got that hauled out to the chicken building.

Scratching through the new bedding I brought in

I also cleaned out the nest boxes after the eggs had frozen in them.  Now they are filled with fresh straw.

Mr. Peacock just paced the roost and yelled every time I made a new noise.

Tail is growing back!

I finally got the big water tub scrubbed.

Ava drinking after I cleaned the tub

The goats were not the only ones who wanted water.

They were trying to take a bath in a mud puddle.

I got the hose uncovered and it thawed so I could fill the pool for them.

I’ve been cleaning in the milk room and soap room.  That’s an ongoing process, but it is much better.

You can see the floor!

I feel so much better with getting all of this work done.  Next weekend, I’m hoping to hit the hooves hard.

Still On the To-Do List

24 Feb

I have managed to get a lot done since we’ve warmed back up, but I do still have some things left to do.  First, I really need to clean the soap and milk rooms.  They’ve kind of become extensions to the barn and garage with the cold.  It’s a mess.

It’s still been a bit cold yet (at least the ground level with all the snow) to get hooves trimmed.  I really need to get them done as soon as it warms up.

Joani needs her hooves trimmed badly.

I’m trying to get some of my doors cleared out.  The door to the barn and the birds’ section of the barn barely open.

It’s packed hard, and I haven’t even gotten it chipped loose, even though I started trying to get them cleared up when I chipped open the red gate.

I also thought the chickens quit laying eggs when it turned cold.  Apparently, they just decided to lay in the lower nest boxes, so I have a crazy frozen, broken egg mess to clean out.  Fun.

I’m still struggling with keeping food for the animals on the farm.  The feed store is still dealing with supply issues, and last weekend I had no corn for the goats and llamas.


Thankfully, my nephew brought me enough to get through the weekend and even picked me up more from the mill when he dropped the Little Farm Hand off with the babysitter.

I’ll be glad when these supply issues are done, but it also makes me realize how much I need to get my bulk bin back to being functional.  I also still need to clean the garage out after having goats in it for that short time.

Blaze (on the Ranger), Dolly and Flower

With the cold, I also didn’t have a chance to dump out the water buckets to scrub them clean.


That’s done now, but I still need to do the big 50-gallon tub.  I just don’t want to make a huge ice rink from dumping it.


I guess that will have to wait a little bit yet.  I’m pretty sure I’m not going to run out of things on my to-do list.