Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]

Walking With Grandmpa [my father and grand-daughter]
"I like walking with granpa his steps are short like mine." (dedicated to my dad who passed 4/1/10)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beautiful day for December!

 It was a gorgeous day! temp got to almost 60 degrees, perfect day to get a lot of work done outside.
Jim got a “new to us” tractor yesterday ours had bit the dust and it was either get another tractor or sell my cows, since my ladies are a big part of our farm family I didn’t want that to happen.  So guess what our Christmas present to each other is.  :) it's a 1999 doesn't look like it though was taken really good care of.
I was scraping the ground this morning with it but I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted because the cows started playing with the small pile I had made. I sat on the tractor and watched for a bit and they were having so much fun I decided to finish tomorrow.
Stubby is our new addition she is Ellie's calf (Ellie is our Dexter) stubby loves to eat and sleep in the hay ring (so happy she is a girl) This is Ellie's second girl, her first was short britches. Short britches and stubby are half Dexter and half Angus so now I have 2 Dangus's! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Moving in and Lacy's eye warts

I can't  believe it's been this long since my last post! The ground breaking began on our house in October of last year with the first hurtle of a rock (really big) that Jim had to drill out....
Little did I know how many long hard hours we would have in our future. I would do it all over again but it sure has had its good and bad days. If all goes okay we should be  finished moving in by this weekend. Now the work we have been letting fall to the way side will have to be repaired/replaced (fixing fences, barn needs some work etc...
Lacy contracted eye warts last month, I called the vet and was going to have him come out but Jim said it usually goes away on its own.

He was correct it's been 3 weeks and almost all gone. He saved me a vet bill :)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Family Outing

I feel  so blessed that Mom is still able to go on our family outings.
She will be 89 on the 30th of this month.
And of course Sparkey and Jim enjoyed themselves, they are inseparable when Jims home. 
Sparkey is always so calm on his road trips, it's alway look straight ahead and don't miss a thing! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Contractor started this week :)

A friend of my nephews delivered 4 loads of gravel
He also dropped some more chat near the cattle guard.
Contractor framing, getting it ready for concrete.
My grand daughter loved watching this (I did too)
Now it has to set a few days
Jim picked a persimmon and split the seed, really don't like to see a spoon!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Huge rocks removed, ready for gravel

We picked up the jackhammer and air compressor Friday, Jim worked all day Saturday on both rocks. I felt sorry for him, I had no idea the jack hammer weighed 90 pounds, plus the hose weighed about 10 pounds. I wonder how many times he lifted it up and down, I know I never could have done it, maybe drag it from place to place but never lift it! He took a half hour break once and it still took over 10 hours. I thought he would be really sore come Sunday morning but he wasn't, he said he works hard on a daily basis at work although he did sleep like a baby!
Sunday Jim and his dad dug the line from the well close the house, (can't get to close until the concrete is in) pulled the electric line into the conduit then buried the line. They also did the same with the water line.
Then they ran over the ground to smooth it from where the rock  was removed the day before. The ground is ready for the white chat to be dumped monday into the hole, leveled out then the foundation poured. There is a lot more work to this than I realized. This time last month I thought the hardest part was cutting up the trees, clearing the brush and loading to take to the house. On plus side we have all of winters wood setting out back, just needs split and stacked.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Finished cattle guard, a hiccup on digging and mom's first time riding a lift.

We have the cattle guard complete one thing to check off! :)

We also would have had the basement hole finished but Sunday we ran into a rock literally, a really big rock!
There is also a smaller one close to where Jim is standing, but it won't take long to remove that one
So it looks like we have to fork out the money this weekend and rent an air compressor and Jack hammer to take the tops off. We borrowed a small jack hammer from Jim's brother, but it's to small for the job, hoping it's not to expensive to rent come Friday. The glass is still half full at least we only need it for the weekend. (This may be the first hiccup, unfortunately, I'm sure it won't be the last).
Mom got a ride Sunday at church, after the revival we were having dinner in the basement and this is the only way I could get her there. On the way down she was not happy with me but she was more comfortable when using it on the way up and actually smiled.

Also in the photo is a friend of mine and a gentleman from church. They were sweet and walked up with Mom while I pulled the truck around the front of the building.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Moving the cattle guard

I am so excited! We talked about building a house for 20 odd years but that's all it was was talk. We are finally going to do it :) first things first we had to move our cattle guard down the road a bit and we also fenced off 6 acres so the cattle won't bother the construction workers when they do the basement. (Also don't want cow prints where there shouldn't be cow prints) we are having the basement poured and the outside walls put up with roof on then Jim and I will do the rest as we go along. I think we will learn a lot about construction. I figure your never to old to learn something new and I also think it will be fun, in a get frustrated, more than likely cry a little but it's the only way we can do this kinda way.

When we finished with the concrete for the cattle guard Jim had to have his best buddy's paw print on it.