There’s a Room Back There!!!

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For the last five years, we have had a room that no one used.   We called it the spare room and really it was just a junk archive of things we were just not sure what to do with!  Honestly, it was totally full and just a total mess. So slowly, over the last month, we have been taking things out, selling things, giving a mess away and a large amount just hit the trash!  It’s amazing the amount of things that you can accumulate when you have a whole room to just stash it in.

The girls are really got designs on this room.  They want to make a game room!   They love to play video games and watch movies and have gotten quite a collection.   So they were serious about getting it ready before their cousin visits in a few weeks.  The only problem is that it seems that all the good things ended up in the studio!  Hahaha….  At least it’s closer to being sorted and gone.

Once it was all empty in the spare room, our wonderful friends Jr. and Julia came over and helped us with a little problem.  Seems that a long time ago, two floor joists had cracked and gave way so the floor in the spare room was very saggy.  It is a 115 year old farm house, so these things do happen.   We knew this moving in but just had no real clue how to fix it.  Jr. used to work with weather proofing old houses in the county and he had a plan.   He was going to jack up the broken joists, and then splint the broken joist with heavy 2 x 6 beams bolted together to make a sort of support.  And then he was going to jam heavy 6 x 6 posts under the joists to give the whole floor stability.  He was right, it worked great!   The floor is lovely strong and stable now.  It’s on a crawl space and will probably last another 100 years now!

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Ratchet and Toto were very worried about this work.   Can you tell?

Actually, they just snoozed through the whole thing.

Next thing is a good coat of nice lighter paint to brighten up the room and then a little underlayment and some remnant vinyl!   We have a flooring outlet that is just 6 miles down the road and has great deals on smaller room pieces.   We are going to put down a flooring that looks like wood floors.   We’d love to afford real wood flooring but that’s just going to have to wait until we win the lottery!  Actually the vinyl will wear great and look fantastic in that little spare… er…  game room!!!  Can’t wait till it’s all done.   We will keep you all in the loop!

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Shearing in the Rain…

IMG_5626We were very excited to have Paul Blair come out to shear our sheep!  Paul is a very accomplished shearer from Australia!   He travels around the US for a month or so each year on vacation, but he shears his way all over!   After last year’s awful experience of ME shearing the flock, we knew for sure that Paul would do so much better!

The sheep were sheared in May this year…  just trying to get caught up with my blog postings!   So sorry for the delay, we just have been very very busy the last two months, but I finally see a little break coming out!  :-)

Enjoy the pictures of our gang getting their annual fleece haircut.   We were very happy about the fleece this year and already have sent out a lot of the fleece off to be made into yarn for the first time this year.  Very excited…  We harvested about 50 pounds of fleece off our small flock of 13 animals.  12 sheep and one Angora goat.

There was a light rain falling, so we had to move into the feed room…  It was a little darker than we’d love, but it’s always so iffy when shearing time comes around.  The early spring weather can be so temperamental!  IMG_5615 IMG_5623IMG_1050

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Sam really had a full heavy fleece on him!   He didn’t get sheared in the fall, so he was really due!   I think there is a goat under there…

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They always look so little once they are sheared!  Those big heavy coats are great at making them look really chubby!

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The last two!  Almost done…

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Shadow didn’t really want a hair cut, but he was sure interested in this fellow who was giving all the sheep a good buzz cut!   Shadow pony is always interested in what is going on at the homestead!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience.  And a quick one!   He was done with all the sheep and set up and take down in about 2 hours.   What took me 2 weeks, was sure worth having a professional do in a fraction of the time!   And he makes the fleece beautiful to work with instead of my terrible chop job!   I don’t think I’ll be giving up my day job any time in the future to become a professional sheep shearer!   I will leave that to the professionals!!!

 

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Maggie’s New Fiddle…

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Maggie’s birthday was at the end of April…  and we had a little celebration for her…  and she got to open up her first gift!

 

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It is a brand new beautiful beginning violin!   (Of course, in this house, it’s a fiddle because we are a bluegrass family!)

Maggie has been trying to learn to play with our old old fiddle we have and it’s been a bit of a challenge.  It was her great, great grandfather’s and it’s in delicate shape and a little cranky.  Not the best to learn on.

And being a family heirloom, it just was not a good one to take out to festivals and play with others at jams and such.  It’s a special thing…  So, it seemed time to get her a good solid student model to learn her chops on!

And this one is a beautiful thing!!!  Look at that beautiful back.  All solid wood!  Mom really shopped around for this baby.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune but I sure wanted something that sounds good and that she could learn on and play for quile awhile.  I think we got one!

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She can squawk out a few notes and a little tune, but I hope she will have a great time learning more on this one…  She’s been watching YouTube lessons and learning a lot!   Fun stuff for sure.

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Jessy got her a candy bar and then sweeted it up with a gift card for a game she has been wanting!  And a very funny card…  She got some other lovely cards and goodies and had a nice birthday!  I can’t believe she is 23 years old!!!!  Times flies!!!  IMG_0972 IMG_0974

She wanted Chinese food for dinner and a chocolate pie for desert!  It was a lovely day and everyone enjoyed it very much!!!

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