I thought I would share with you all a picture of the lower garden. It is doing pretty good. The upper garden is having a little more of a difficult time. We are having trouble keeping the calves out of it. They seem to find new ways to get out every day and seem to enjoy the corn in the upper garden very much. Shadow is getting too old to chase them and Jasper is just learning. He is on the accelerated learning program right now as I want him to learn quickly. He actually is getting much better. He “sometimes” listens and obeys commands. Sometimes he is just so happy that the calves are running from him, he doesn’t care where they are running. Oh well, that’s life on a farm.
I helped Hubby today at the farmhouse job. We thought we would start on running the pipes for the plumbing. However, the walls in the bathroom were in terrible shape, so we started tearing out the sheetrock in there. We will be running the pipes up and over the ceiling as there is not enough crawl space underneath. These older homes were built right down on the ground. The bathroom has a rock type flooring on it and the owners are wanting to keep it. This suits me just fine as I was not looking forward to trying to crawl under that floor. The girls worked on history and science while I was helping Hubby. We had brought our portable grill with us and did a picnic for lunch. We had hot dogs, potato chips and oreo’s. The lunch of champions. It was fun. We set up under a huge walnut tree and were entertained by a very friendly squirrel while we ate. I brought the girls home after lunch. They did the house chores while I went back to help Hubby. It was a full day.
I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.
We took this picture of Katie Sunday when they came for a visit. She really is growing and seems to be a very content little lady. You all remember how I said it was cold here Monday. Well, Tuesday morning it was 10 degrees with the wind chill below zero. Our water froze in the bathroom and the new laundry room. A little disappointing as Hubby thought he had it fixed so it would not freeze. I tell you all, when the wind blows hard like that it can find the tiniest little hole to get in and freeze pipes. Anyway, he thawed out the water and insulated more around the pipes, so hopefuly it is fixed now. Wednesday morning was cold too. Temperature was 10 degrees again but not near as much wind so it didn’t feel as cold. Our hard working wood stove is very much appreciated. Today however has been very nice-low 40’s. Thank you, Lord.
Well, I guess that’s about all the excitement we have had going on here. I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.
We are getting snow here this morning, hoping it stays snow and not ice or sleet. Predictions are for 3-5 inches. I don’t think it will accumulate that much though but we will have to wait and see. This picture is from our bedroom window upstairs. If you look to the right of the picture, you can see the pond with the snow that has laid on the ice. The good news is that it has warmed up! Temperature of 15 this morning when we got up and hardly any wind. YEAH!
Last night our youth did their Christmas play at church. We were scheduled to do it Sunday but since we have had to cancel two Sundays in a row, the youth leader thought we should do it last night, just in case. It went very well. The kids did great. I should have taken my camera and got some pictures but, of course, I forgot. We did school yesterday, caught up on some laundry, wrapped some gifts, all the ordinary things. There is a lot to be said for just doing ordinary things. It brings a sense of peace, I think.
We experience some smoke problems the night before, so we let the fire go out yesterday. Hubby checked the pipes when he came home. All was well. Not sure what caused it. Maybe just the direction the wind was blowing. This summer, we put a topper on the chimney pipe. It is supposed to turn with the wind to keep the wind from blowing the smoke back down the chimney. We had such a problem with that last winter. Anyway, all looked well yesterday so hopefully it will not happen again.
Well, we have things to do. I pray your day will be full of joy. God bless.
Our biggest accomplishment for today was getting the chimney fixed. High winds in early spring had blown down the chimney and as I have said it is starting to get cool at night here in Floyd. My brother-in-law came over to help us fix it. We were very blessed to find this aluminum pipe down at the barn and it just fit perfectly over the stainless steel pipe that fits in the brick part of the chimney. This all sounds complicated and in some ways it is. The original chimney( as you can tell) is very old and was not useable. We had to line it with a stainless steel pipe which was not tall enough. The chimney must be above the ridgeline of the house or it will not draw. Every year we have to replace the pipes that extend on above the ridgeline. Hopefully this won’t happen now as aluminum does not rust. Therefore it should last much longer. I certainly pray so. George was very glad to get this off his to-do list. Today is busy with school and getting ready for church tonight. Hope everyone has a great day. God Bless.