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What’s a Dog to Do?

23 Sep

Can you tell how Sky feels about me going back to work?

Sky

He is not happy.  But I’m guessing he is finding something to keep himself entertained during the day.

Can you say…

Squirrel!  Really he was trying to get me to let him out to go “play” with it.  He wasn’t happy I made him stay in.

Getting Stuff Done

17 Jun

I’ve been working on getting a lot of projects done that I just couldn’t get around to before I was done working for the summer.  Of course, some of them require help because I don’t have the equipment or skills to do them on my own.

But progress is being made!  First, my dad sent a mower out so I can mow myself.  The first thing I did was mow behind the giant rock pile.  Yay!  That is much better.

It also has allowed me to get the wheelbarrow through there so I could clean out the garage.  Of course, I had to put air in the tire before I could get started.

I haven’t been able to get it done since I had livestock in there all winter.

That was quite a task, and even though it’s scooped, I still have a lot of cleaning and rearranging to do yet.

My nephew stopped by one day and spread out a bunch of the rock.

I’m liking that!  No more water ponding in front of the garage door.  I might also be able to put something besides the Ranger in the south side of the garage.

I’ve also prepped the milk room door for a stoop to be placed there.

We’re going to move this big concrete slab to try and keep the mud out of my milk/soap rooms.

Because I didn’t have a mower for a while (and my push mower might not work since the goats took the gas cap off last winter and I don’t know how long it sat there like that), I ordered a machete and a weed eater.

I’m really liking delivery.  I’ve started waging war on the weeds around my farm.  The machete is necessary to get rid of all the huge cockle burrs.

I can actually see my front gate and not fight through tall grass to get it open.  I’m liking the weed eater, but I went through the whole battery life in no time flat.  Obviously, this is an ongoing project.

Another delivery was replacement clothesline because the goats might have chewed the old line to bits.  I had some, but I didn’t have enough to do the whole thing, so it should be here soon.  I’m hoping to use it for all my laundry this coming weekend.

I washed the llama coat I made last winter

These tasks have been keeping me quite busy lately, and I have a lot more of these small home/farm improvement jobs planned.

More Fencing

23 Sep

I had to replace the fence around my yard.  We put the fence in 19 years ago with some used wire.

It was a good fence, but there are places that I’ve had to hobble together and other places the dog could just hop over.  I don’t know why he hasn’t.

I haven’t had a real front gate for many years.  Anyhow, we decided it was time!

The first step was using the posts I set in concrete and a couple of panels to put up a temporary fence across the yard to keep Sky from helping us.  You’ll notice the messy fence running along the tree. That’s the one that is so bad the dog could hop it.

The backhoe showed up, and they started pulling old posts and pulling the scrub bushes from the front fence.

It didn’t take long to completely get rid of the front fence.

Then we put it back in with new posts and panels.

New gates!  We put four new gates in.

I’m so excited!  Do you see the two gates to the left.  The small walk through gate is new.  That one has me excited too.  I’ll be able to go in and out of the barnyard without having to open that big gate.

It looks good!  Although, in the picture above you can see it is not very straight.  But we missed the tree, the pole, the electric wires, and made it to the side of the new gate.  It just gives it more character.

Then we moved Sky’s temporary fence and started on the side fence along the road.  I tell you, that dog was certain we were torturing him since he could see us, but he couldn’t kiss us.

This one had enough scrub mulberry in it that my dad went and got his chainsaw.

Then the backhoe came into the yard.

We got it cleaned out and started putting posts back in, but it got late.  I’ll have to show you the final results when it’s done.