Saturday, April 30, 2016

This Spring on Our Property

Crandon is very excited to have found a table saw.  We took at a trip to the bay area to pick it up.  He is interested in being able to do more wood working, maybe some cabinetry for our place here.

We had the property surveyed and that was completed in March.

Most of the fence lines are pretty close but our driveway is partly on our neighbor's place, and the same neighbors have a corner of our field.  It probably about equals out!  It's not too surprising since both places used to be owned by the same family

Digging holes for a couple of little citrus trees.

We are placing some fruit trees along the street edge of our front yard, to be both pretty and practical.

Anyone know what these flowers are?

Or these whitish plants?

Or these large leafed, low growing ones?  We have several plants around here that we are still trying to identify.

There are several large clumps of pretty irises.

This bush has large, beautiful and fragrant roses.

We are not sure what this bush is.  It has flowers similar to a dogwood, but it's an evergreen bush.

I strung up some little patio lighting on our glassed in front porch.  Now to find the time to sit and enjoy it!

Cattle panels delivered and set up in a corral.

Garden plans.

Garden in progress!

With my boys.

Planting with Daddy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chicken Coop & Our New Chickens!

This collapsing shed was dismantled to provide material for a chicken coop.  In the process, Crandon literally dug up an old axle!  That became the base for the movable coop.

Watching Daddy though the fence.

All flattened!

Here is the coop in process.  A good view of the nesting boxes.

An old hammer head with a new (stick) handle!

Finished and ready to roll.  Crandon reused metal pipes to make retractable handles for relocating the coop.  The idea is to move the chickens around to spread out the manure and to encourage foraging.

The door swings down to form a ramp.

The metal roofing on the nest boxes lifts in two segments, to make it easy to collect eggs.  The walls are all wood planks from the shed, and the basic frame is almost all salvaged wood, too.  The planks are on their third use, at least!  They had old fasteners and wall coverings left from some previous life.

Inside, perches and nest boxes are seen.  The floor is mesh over combination panels, to allow the chicken manure to fall though to the ground.

Time to pick up our chickens!  Crandon's parents were raising them for us, until they were past the chick stage, and we had a home for them.  Little E. is so excited!

The boys, with Grandpa, looking at the chickens in the back of our vehicle.

At home in their new coop!  We have eight White Leghorns, eight New Hampshires, and two little bantam hens.  They are so amusing to watch!  I'm really looking forward to collecting our own, home-grown eggs in a couple of months.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Day at the Beach with Cousins

We had a little local vacation at the end of March, with Crandon's parents, his brother and family.  We spent most of the day lounging and playing in the sand on a local beach.

Fun, fun!

This little guy is so cute!  He's the newest little cousin in the bunch.

Playing with Grandma and Grandpa, hiding under the hats. :-)

Smash!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Down to the Creek with Cousins

Last month my sister and sister-in-law brought their kids over and we all hiked down to the creek for some lunch and play time.



The little boys had fun sliding and rolling down the little hill to the creek!

Most of them eventually ended up in the creek.  It is just a shallow little trickle, but still lots of fun!



Sunday, April 17, 2016

My Kitchen (and My Birthday)

I think the last pictures I posted of our kitchen were pre-move in.  Here are some recent pictures of it now, scrubbed, organized, and (slightly) decorated. :-)  We plan to renovate someday, but for right now I'm enjoying my cheerful, vintage kitchen!





Crandon made this cutting board top for a Craigslist cabinet.

These are some vintage canning jars we acquired with the property.  I love the blue glass, and was very excited when Crandon found two of them!


I set up a play area in one of the bay windows in the living room.

This is the delicious breakfast that my dear husband planned and prepared for my birthday!  He went and picked up all the ingredients for omelets with caramelized onion, peppers, mushrooms, blue cheese, and more.

He also got fresh fruit and yogurt!  This man is amazing!

With my little boys, on my birthday. :-)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

And More Projects and Life...and Spring!

Some of the leftovers, after running some new wiring in the house.  We averaged one outlet per room, most of which were not grounded and so were not useful for many of our modern electronics.  Some old things are charming, but I'm very thankful for some new conveniences!

This little wheelbarrow was a gift from our Realtor, and has been a huge hit!  Aren't the sunglasses cute on top of his head?

We moved in one week, and back out the next.  Out of the shop, that is!  Everything had been piled in, in a rather un-orderly fashion, and Crandon wanted to clean the interior from decades of dust and cobwebs (so we can start our own, fresh, collection).  He also needed to spray the interior with Tim-bor, because of some evidence of termites and powder post beetles in that structure too.

The plum tree has burst into bloom, across from our kitchen window.

And some pretty double daffodils came up.

Two boys, sharing a step-stool. :-)

This shed roof structure had to come off the back of the shop, to make the insurance company happy. He made short work of it, taking the whole thing down in a morning.

A common scene these days--Crandon on the phone, while in the middle of some project (this time, some outlets and lighting for the shop).  Between real estate, insurance companies, loan companies, utilities, inspections, etc. there has been a lot of phone and email time!

Some welcome spring rain, drizzling off the shop roof.