Monday, October 16, 2017

Winter is Upon Us, Grandson Married and Turkeys in the Freezer

It snowed on us two days last week but melted off, but the cold temps and snow made the trees start giving up their leaves but good.


The guest mules went home to be pack mules last week. 

Our next to oldest grandson and girlfriend got married on the 4th. She was so nervous she started laughing. Cute to say the least. A very small ceremony at the courthouse.

Granddaughter was up here the week before as school was out for 2 days. Her and grandpa made a birdhouse  and they put it on the side of the lean-to off of the garage. Then she painted it.


They also found a garter snake under the house which she thought was great.

We had a fire not far from us last week as well, we think they were just burning the underbrush.

Also the cattle were moved on down the road from the upper pastures.

We helped son D to can his apples into applesauce and canned apples. Made 38 quarts worth from one of his trees.


He was a great help to his father and helped his dad put particleboard on both sides of the deck to keep the snow from blowing in and around unto the deck.

Then they filled the wood rack back up. He was only here one evening and a day.

The turkeys made their way into the freezer this last Saturday morning. The neighbor came over to help.










He also helped put the tables away.

The turkeys were 37, 41 and 47 pounds.







Monday, September 25, 2017

Applesauce and Sun Pictures

DH and I have been canning applesauce. We made 23 quarts from our apples. He does most of the work.
 This was the first batch below.

I wanted to show some of the pictures I took last month with all the smoke in the air.





 Our guests. The horse has now gone home. He sure loved running from field to field.
 A friend gave him their extra shop lights and so he added them to the lighting in the barn.

 This will be great over his tool section when he is looking for something, he is still getting it arranged.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Table Finished

We finished urethaning the table and benches, we put several coats on them and they turned out great.

I also decided to clean up the old homemade bread box with the back of my mom's old mirror from the 1950's. It was time this got some TLC. I did one more coat after this one dried.
All we have done the last couple of days is stay out of the smoke, work on family history for another member of the family and clean up what is needed on a couple more walking sticks I am going to be working on.

We have some apples to pick off of the very old apple tree but trying to wait for a cooler day. Of course there is more wood to split and stack, but that is a given.

Hubby got a step fixed going off the front deck that the screws stripped out of, very nice to feel sturdy now when going to hang clothes.

Slow but sure we will get a few more things accomplished. I feel like the tortoise in the old book The Tortoise and the Hare. I have to do things in increments.

Then there is the smoke from all the fires all through the PNW, Montana and the B.C. of Canada. It is really bad again today. We have lived in smoke for weeks now. My heart goes out to all those who have lost homes and in danger's path.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sanding And Urethaning the Table We built in 1981

This table has been used by quite a few in the family and many a school project was built and or painted on it. It was time to re-sand it and put some coats of urethane on it and the benches.
I put a third coat of urethane on it earlier today after it cooled off a bit outside and will do another in an hour or so. Hubby did a third coat on the benches and I did the fourth. I think that is all the benches will need. There are also two short benches for each end.
As you see the wood rack behind the hubby is all filled and waiting for cold weather. The wood shed is also full to the brim.
 Stacking the wood on the last row and it is filled to the top of the woodshed.
Been hot the last couple of days and I guess this is the week of the last of summer as it is supposed to be mostly 90's for the next week.
I sure hope and pray we get rain soon we are very brown and the grass crunches when you walk.
The turkeys are really turning into some big boys.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Wood Gathering.

We managed to get the 5 cords we paid for and hoping we will be able to get another permit for at least another 5 cords. This was the last batch we brought home Wednesday evening.

I am so looking forward to next week and cooler temperatures. It was supposed to be like 85 tomorrow but I just saw they raised the temps for tomorrow to 91. Monday will be around 80 degrees F. yay verily yay. :)

The Lewis/Clark Valley has been 100 to 106. Last time I was down there it was 101. Even that isn't as hot as the valley has seen in past summers but that is hot enough.

I finished my walking stick this past week.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Smoke from B.C.

We have been getting a lot of smoke from the fires up north and we're almost as south east as you can get in WA. The further you go north the worse it is of course. I really feel for all those so much closer to the fires and sure pray they get them under control soon. Some days are worse with the smoke. The long range weather forecast shows smoke coming our way with those north winds all through this coming week as well.
 There are supposed to be mountains back behind the tree line.

So far all we have managed to get in is 1 cord of wood for winter but a better start than some years when it is so dry. We are under a burn ban and it is brown and crunchy out there.

I am feeling better thank goodness. I lost July pretty much between sinus pressure headaches at the beginning of July and a bad cold shared with me at the end of the month. 

I have been trying to work on a walking stick and it has been slow going.

I think I have all the family ancestors that I can find for one of my 1st cousin's wife. We will have to buy a new ink drum for the printer so I can print her pedigree sheets off. :)
One of her line goes back to the 1600's as well and a Montauk Sachem Wyandanch with a wonderful painting of him that was done. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Applesauce Time

Today was applesauce time. The apples had to be done.



We have been working on a cane/walking stick for me. I might add a padding to the top. I am thinking about it.



It is supposed to be  cooler the next 2 or 3 days I am looking forward to that.