Sunday, October 29, 2006

New Barn!

Today we were finally able to put our goats in our new barn! We have it separated into half for goats and half for the milking stand and other stuff. The barn is 28' long and 12 ' wide. On the roof we put tarpaper and slats to hold it on. We didn't want to put our buck inside because he would stink it up! :op

We have been getting ready for winter. We have moved all the stuff that was out around the semi and put it away. It is supposed to snow tonight the storm moved in this afternoon. For the last two weeks we had been working for a guy doing honey extracting. It is really sticky. We did eight pallets of forty boxes on each pallet per day. I am glad to be done doing it. On our way the first day we saw: a cow and a bull moose comming off our property, 14 muskrats sitting on the edge of the ice, thirty wild turkeys, and a coyote all in one half hour drive. Today when we went to pick up a refridgearator from a friend we saw a bald eagle. Probably the same one we saw a couple of days before.

Upstairs we each have our own shops with our tools organized. I made a bench for myself and hung up my mechanics wrenches on a board with nails and drilled in another board for putting my screwdrivers in and have three tool boxes full of tools. Last night andrew and I arranged tools upstairs for dad. We have a table saw, band saw, radial arm saw, scroll saw, 12'' plainer, drill press, belt sander, wood lathe, and a big red craftsman tool box.

Oh yes, this morning we heard our turkeys fighting and our dog barking and it turned out that a wild turkey was trying to show whose boss to our turkeys. Eventually our turkeys chased it off. Maybe it is still in the woods! Tonight we are going to have popcorn and whatever else we are going to have.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006



A couple of days ago I went with dad and we helped a guy do honey extracting. We had to fix some things and clean up so tomarrow Jonathan will go with dad.

Here is the barn we have been working on,

This is the amount of carrots we got, the tops are still on and there is some dirt in with them.
That is the stray cat we caught, it's name is Pipsqueak!

This is a pretty short post, but pictures are worth a thousand words!


Friday, October 06, 2006

Finished House!


We're pretty exited! Mr. Kranz and two of his sons came day before yesterday with another one of our friends and helped us sheet and wrap the final part of the house. We had to finish sheeting the front and back sides and finish wrapping three sides of the house. We used scaffolding for most of it but the ladder helped in some places. The back of the house was the last to do. It was probably because of the height! We used six levels of scaffolding to reach the peak and each scaffolding is about five feet tall. We strapped the scaffolding to the house in a couple places so it wouldn't wobble so much.

Last night as we were driving on 43 we hit a mink! Dad stopped and we picked it up. It didn't get very messed up so we took it home to skin it. This morning Jonathan skined it and I helped a little but half way through he cut one of the sent glands by the tail so we worked on it with our noses plugged. Right now it is stretching upstairs. (the reason we were driving on 43 so late was we went to Paulette's to watch and bring some bees for her to do bee therapy on a friend)

This afternoon since we had a break from building my brothers and I made some clay coins. It was out of the clay we were digging in the trench. So now when we want to use boards from each other we can pay with our coins. Andrew and David made a little lumber company beside the outhouse. They stacked all the little cut offs from the studs we used for the house and some of the strips of chip board they put on a shelf that they made. It has a front desk and some empty cans that are for sale.

Mom said 5 minutes till bed,


Monday, October 02, 2006


Today we put the sheathing on the SE side of the house. We also got the house wrap on top of that. It is a challenge to get the nine foot roll of plastic up at the eight foot level or higher. Last night Samson barked a lot But I didn't hear it! Mom was pretty tired today and so I hope she can sleep better tonight.

Yesterday I got this picture of Samson: :o)

Actually as you can probably see I put three pictures together. The one of the moom, one of Samson, and since I couldn't find a picture of a rock the thing that is supposed to be a rock is a hubbard squash.

I'll write again soon,