Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fun, More Fun, and the Most Fun

So I haven't been blogging lately because of all the fun we have been having out here on the farm.

Life seems simple enough that complications develop that just make us realize that not everything is delivered on a silver platter.

Take a tree for instance.....

Now trees are used for several different functions depending on where you live.....

Joyce Kilmer used trees for a poem that I remember memorizing as a youth..
I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree,
etc etc.......
poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.

The Bus has trees so he has something to do after the storms blow through - namely picking up all the limbs and hauling them to the dump. In fact, the Bus has to do this so often, that he has borrowed my trailer to travel to some far off place and pick up a dump bed for his old Chevy 2 ton. He will post more on that later.

The Long roof fan uses trees to keep his longroof from blowing away during a hurricane. Evidenced by this pic.

Now we have had plenty of trees here on the farm, and a lot of those trees were unceremoniously removed when the tornado came through. But it seems some of the trees just don't cooperate, and we have to remove them the old fashioned way.

This hawthorne for example:

So after cutting off all the branches, and evaluating the stump left, I decided the best way to remove the stump of this wild tree was to place a phone call to my friendly dump truck driver Fred. So Fred sends over Steve with the backhoe and 3 hours after I called him, the stump is gone, in fact, two stumps are gone and the Little Princess and I seeded, fertilized and watered and we are waiting for rye to grow.
A pic to show the results:

So with the trees gone, fence repaired and the horses back in where they belong; the Little Princess and I started on our next project.

Just a little building that won't take toooooo long. Now if the LongRooffan and the Jeep were here, this project would be finished by now. But the Long roof is out watching races with the Jeep down at the birthplace of speed, the Bus is painting, and JC and I are building.

Now the last time the LongRoof and the Jeep were here, we built this Coop

well to be exact, the Little Princess, the Jeep and I built the Coop while the Long Roof ... well you look and decide:

So this year the Long Roof isn't coming up, so we know we can get this project done sooner than later.

Of course we had Derek's help yesterday, and he was a great asset to our project.

To let you know the scoop: We have a detached 30 by 40 garage about 16 feet from the house. Years ago we poured a concrete patio between the two and have used it for our hot tub. So the Barngoddess1 has been casually mentioning that it would be nice if that area was covered, so we could use the hot tub in the cold of winter, or during a rain.......... Yep you guessed it....
The Little Princess, along with the Barngoddess and Shark's angel and her friend Derek have been busy:

Here is the view of the new wall from the highway:

and a couple shots of the construction from around the back:

and a look at the wall

Now the Little Princess and I are working diligently on this project so it is finished by the time the Jeep gets here on his annual trek to MO.... why????
so we can play golf and have fun.....

Jeep and Long Roof, you are both missing out on a lot of fun.....

But we are really Celebrating life while we improve our lot.

So off we go to work some more on our little project.
More later.


d5thouta5 said...

Are you done yet.......

longrooffan said...

Dang that room is going to be awesome. A pot belly wood stove would be the real kicker for those winter days. Sure wish I was there to hold up that golf club, hold that cold mug of pilsner and relax under that umbrella watching ya'll get at it. Thanks for the great post horsefarmer.

Just a quick question though. Is the snow load so great on the shed style roof that you have to use 2x10's (or 2x12'S) as roof rafters? Just wondering.

Oh, we sure missed you last weekend at the races but we still were lucky enough to Celebrate Life.

Pass along my love to all those women in your life.

longrooffan said...

Oh yeah, a couple more thoughts. I am confident you and thebarngoddess1 are still together is the casual mention of something by her makes it happen. Good job horsefarmer.

And the last thought, I doubt there is any of TheGentlemanFarmer's children who do no see him in that image of you and that trailer.

Miss ya Dad.

Horse-farmer said...

Clear span 18.6 feet, with pitch of less than 4:12...
requires a 2X10 in this area due to potential snow loading..

So got a great price on 2x10s and went with them vice 2x6 doubled.