Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008


We were able to get the painting done this week before the rains came. Pictures next week!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Wednesday and Thursday we took off from working outside to work, yup, you guessed it, inside! The house cleaning had gotten a little neglected with all of our efforts being put into prepping. Today we are doing more priming and starting to cover the windows with plastic. Soon we will feel like we are walking around in one of those bedding display areas with the windows that have the light shining through the plastic...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday's Prepping (3b)

We had to caulk each seam between two boards and around each window. Tyler, Andrew and I spent three hours doing it on Saturday and Tyler and Andrew spent about 4 hours on Monday. The boys got to be quite good at it.

Just some of the debris going to the burn pile!

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Monday's Prepping (3a)

On Monday our focus for prepping the house to paint was replacing all of the cracked cedar boards. Scott with the help of the rest of the boys replaced about 400 feet of cracked siding.

Daniel working on priming the fresh boards.
Daniel was pretty excited with how he could walk around on the platform with out being scared. It was a little wiggly!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Saturday's Prepping (2)

Here Daniel is bleaching the gutters on the second story. He wants to make sure that everyone knows how high up he is on the ladder. It was rather a time consuming process as we had to move the ladder very 3 feet or so. I was the ladder mover and ladder stabilizer. So mostly that means I stood on the bottom rung of the ladder to make it more secure. For the whole afternoon. Somebody has to do the hard work around here!
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Prepping the house to get painted (1)

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Daniel getting ready to bleach the gutters

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rhodendrons gone!

Last Saturday Tyler and Dad took out the rhodedendron bushes around the house. The former owners had about 12 rhodendrons planted along two sides of the perimeter of our yard. We had decided to take them out as it took a lot of hours to weed in between them. Herbicides are not an option on our farm! The previous owners used them and we are still feeling the effects five years later. While we normally would not complain about no weeds it is rather disturbing that after five years some flower beds still have no weeds growing.

Dad tightening the chain around the rhodendron bush.

Hooking the end of the chain onto the tractor bucket.

The bucket starting to lift up.

Up and over the fence to get carted away to the burn pile.

You can see the rams watching in the background. They really want to be on the other side of the fence. Not because it is greener, but because their lady friends are over there...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Baby Chicks!

We are unexpectedly now doing an October batch of chickens. We lost over 100 chickens in the latest heat wave and decided to go ahead and do another batch.

Peeking into the brooder pens.

Lots of feed for the chickens to eat.

The chicks exploring a feed bucket left in their pen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tool Room

Scott and Sam working on the tool room
One of our latest projects is building a tool room in the barn. Scott will be using it mostly for his tools, but it will help clear up some space in the barn and garden shed too. We have been excited to have Sam, a friend from church, helping around the farm a couple days a week. We can always use another pair of hands!

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Well, it has taken a little longer to get back into the swing of things than I had anticipated, but we are finally caught up from being sick, gone, processing and hosting friends...

Last year our lavender bloomed three weeks earlier, but it was worth the wait. It seems to be particularly beautiful this year. We have about fourty lavender plants that the former owners planted. Apparently deer don't care for it, which prompted them to plant LOTS of it.

It seems that most plants are behind schedule here, thanks to our cooler spring. Only the peas and lettuce have benefited from it. The warm weather seems to be finally here though and the squash is growing like crazy!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


For those of you who thought we were still sick and hence no blog posts, we have had much more pleasanter times.

After recovering from the stomach flu, we left for a week at the beach with our church family and now have good friends staying with us for the week. Regular posting to resume next week!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Larger Family Advantages

One of the advantages of having a larger family - When the stomach flu comes through, it is more likely that a larger number of people will be feeling well enough to do the chores!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mt Hood Excursion

Although we don't take many Saturdays off, last week we spent the day near Mount Hood.Our main reason for going was that Dad and Scott were given blacksmithing lessons for their birthdays. (One of our dreams is to have a blacksmithy set up on the farm. ) After watching them blacksmith for a while, the rest of us went on a mile and a half snow hike, then came back and picked up the guys and visited Timberline lodge before heading home.

Walking through the snow in 65 degrees and sunshine.

Looking at Mt. Hood across a meadow.

Almost done!

Copper brushing

Up at Timberline lodge.

Looking across the Cascades.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

MPU - Putting it together

Working on the trailer Tuesday evening:

Andrew and Daniel putting the bolts in.

Scott using the plasma cutter to create the holes for the bolts.

Goofing off.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

MPU - Planning

Scott pondering out the next stage in the MPU.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

MPU - Stage 2

Next the internal supports had to be ground off. The supports were not load bearing and had to be replaced. Last Saturday, in rather intense heat, Scott tackled the supports.

Sparks are flying from the grinder.

As Scott's face show, this is rather an intense activity.

The third out of ten cuts to be completed.