Friday, August 27, 2010

Playing Catch Up

Time is flying by! It seems like forever since I've had the time to blog. I wrote the last post while staying at the farm for a week. That was great. Even though it was so hot. My to do list didn't get any shorter though because of the heat. A lot of outdoor projects planned that didn't get finished.
Things we did get done...
1. Vanity is in and we have a working sink in the bathroom. No more running downstairs to the utility sink to wash up.

Left over laminate & wood from a previous job, $5 sink, new faucet & pulls.

2. Hazelnut bushes un-buried from the surrounding hay. Neighbor Jim came over with his tractor & cut paths by the hazelnuts so Eli wouldn't have to bring the horses & hay cutter close to them anymore. We will be able to mow with the lawn tractor now.

Golf cart stuck in a swale before Jim came over to mow. It was wet & I slid down into it.  Can't even see the hazelnuts in this picture.

Hard to see, but the hazelnuts are by the stakes.

3. I made baby food from summer squash for Jaelyn and froze it in ice cube trays.
4. Took an afternnon to stay in the cool basement & juiced cucumbers, chard & carrots from the garden. We have so many cucumbers and can't possibly eat that much.

Pure cucumber juice is the lime green and you can see the layers of cucs, carrots & chard in the other jars.
5. Primed the ceiling in the new living area. It was so hot, I was sweating like I ran a marathon.

Ceiling primed

6. The electricians were there on Thursday hooking up all the electric previously run & running new outlets in the workshop & basement.

7. Was frighted by two thunderstorms. One early Monday morning (1:30am) and the other on Friday morning. The first one was a crazy lightening storm. The sky was lit up constantly for at least a half an hour. It must have flashed three times a second. Friday's storm had very scary tornadic-like clouds and it rained two inches in two hours.
Steve helping Eli rescue his cow who was walking down the road.

Pretty low clouds with some rotation.
After the storm was beautiful. Love the contour planting.

Steve came back up on Friday night and we went to dinner at Chililetos in town. Saturday we went to a stone store in town & ordered the woodstove surround river rock. We just got the call today that it is ready for us to pick up this weekend. We now need to get started on the platform for it so we can put up the stone. Then we can have the woodstove installers come to finish up.
Steve also worked on a couple more windows and this last weekend he did three more while I mowed & worked in the garden. We also had some family come up to visit on Friday night through Saturday afternoon. My brother Bill & his daughter Lindsay & son Andy. Wife Linda stayed home with son Trevor who was sick. We went to the Wild West Days parade, ate at the Driftless Cafe and then home for a campfire.

Bill, Andy, Lindsay & me.

The finished windows.

This week I went to visit Kristin, Tim & Jaelyn. I had so much fun playing with Jaelyn and it is always hard to leave.

Tim, Kristin & Jaelyn

Mommy reading before nap time.

It's Thursday night and we leave for the farm tomorrow. Supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Hope everyone has a great one!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

It seems You´ve had a rather hectic schedule since last time!Those thunderstorms can be really nasty sometimes, but we almost never have tornados here. If we have they are so small that they at the most moves some caravans.

The vanity looks great!

Have a great day now!

Lynn said...

Fabulous! Love the scenery, the red house barn(?), the vanity, and the kiddos are beautiful.

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PatQ said...

I just love seeing all your projects. Maybe soon we can come up there. I miss seeing you guys.

angie said...

Hi Barb,

Wow, you are guys are making significant progress. When you are at 'electrician installing outlets stage' - hooboy, you are at the final stretch. It is looking great!