It sounds like a cliché,but really where is the time gone…
A New Year has begun and so it is time to reflect on 2015.
This past year was full of moving buildings, pouring concrete, cleaning up old projects and starting new ones. More bin pads were poured and beams for my greenhouse. The greenhouse was moved to its permanent spot and the cleanup began. When most of the inside was cleaned up I painted it and this made everything look considerably nice and fresh. I hope I will be able to use it in the spring for starting some seeds, or at least keep some of my plants in before setting them out in the garden. Eventually the windows will be changed and the husband wants to make a space to store grain samples and a spot to test them for humidity. Hopefully this coming year we also will have power in the greenhouse for lights. You can see some of the progress pictures here.
Shop and porch
A start was made with cleaning up the old shop; tin was put on the roof because the old cedar shingles were almost gone, remarkable most of the roof was still in pretty good shape and only parts of it needed fixing. We started jacking up the loft, it was sagging a fair bit, and I started the cleanup in the loft. Still more cleanup in the yard was done as well. A new porch was started in between haying and rains and hot humid weather. First the old steps needed to be jack hammered out, a horrible job were the boys took turns running the jackhammer. There was enough concrete in the steps alone for a basement floor, but finally we were able to remove some big pieces with the tractor.
Then they were finally able to dig the basement, with tractors and hoes the job got done. Footings were poured and then the walls for the crawlspace put up. The husband decided to use some of the new foam blocks for this and was very happy with the result. Concrete was poured in the forms and eventually the floor, walls and roof where built. At present their porch is mostly insulated and is getting more and more finished. A lot of work has to be done still, because doors and windows are to be moved and walls opened up and closed. But in all a good start was made with this project and it is to the point it can be utilized already. The kids are very happy with the progress.
A barn had been in the plans for quite a few years, and finally this summer the beams, footings and walls were poured. A beginning with building the walls has been made also, but because of the weather this is now mostly at a standstill. In the meantime work on the shop has continued. Power is brought in and a few lights are up, which makes it a lot easier to see inside. The ceiling has also been finished and insulating can now begin, and then the walls can be finished. The shop needs to be ready for the wedding this summer and a lot of work has to be done yet. Progress is always slow with so much to do and everyone working also.
Last year a start was made with replacing the roof of our house with metal. The garage was done, and now we started with the front of the house. The husband has been talking for a long time that he wanted to change the angle of the veranda roof to let more light into the house. It always seems very dark in the wintertime, just when you need the sunlight the most. Three quarter of the roof is done and we have half of the windows in. I can hardly wait until it is all closed in and finished, then we will be able to use it most of the year and the mosquitos will be outside!!
Wedding plans are also well underway. I am sure it is going to be wonderful. Hopefully some of our project will be finished by then so guests can enjoy the yard.
I have been of work for most of the year, and started back in August. First I spend some time relearning my job as a case coordinator in home care. In the short 3 years since I was gone, a lot had changed so some retraining was in order. I especially needed some retraining with the computer program. It was great to work again with the wonderful staff and they made me feel a part of their team. And now I am in my permanent position, currently a 0.5, with some room to pick up if I want to. Who knows I might work the odd shift in the hospital again. In the summer I will have little time to work more because work at the farm is getting busier and busier.
Maybe that is why I ended up with my own little tractor; we bought it from friends who wanted to get a bigger one for doing chores. They have a couple of horses so there is always hay to feed and stables to clean. I really like my tractor, tilling the garden is a breeze and I don’t have to wait for the boys to do it for me. They are so busy themselves that there is little time left to do things like that. Next spring I can keep up with the weeds! And we can put the mower under it so cutting grass will be a breeze as well, and I don’t have to walk behind the mower any more.
The husband and I went to Mexico for the first time in the beginning of the year. One of my friends from the hospital was getting married. There were quite a few hospital staff that went, we had in total a group of almost 20 and it was great to see people I had not seen for a while. We hope to be able to go back sometime.
This year I also started blogging again, I had not written much for a while, so it was time to get serious again.
If you are interested and would like to stay up to date about “live on the farm” you might want to check it out once and a while. I try to post about 4 times a month. Happy reading!
Happy New Year!! How was your past year?