Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Updating the Garden Shed

Some 20-odd years ago, I moved a small barn to my property.
As I worked, and cleared the land, it became my "work shed."
Then, as home construction took place, it was a "storage pile."
But once we moved in, it became the true garden shed
it was meant to be, and has been ever since 1994.
But now... the old girl is falling down.
Remember that deck I tore off earlier this year?
Those planks (weathered and mildewed black) are now the new siding!!
In this picture, those below the window are replaced already.
And the project is now finished, except for cleaning up,
and hauling off some of the old buckets and trash.
Should last another 30 or 40 years now!!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

How Many Years?

Sorry I haven't posted in a while...
Lots of work to be done around here before Winter arrives.
But.... we DID take a night out to attend our ....
Oh my, where did THOSE years get to so fast?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Recycling An Old Door

Took a break this week from the daily routine
to have some creative fun with an old DOOR....
And I do mean OLD.... got it from an old house built in 1840.
I've been saving it--in my barn--for more than 20 years,
just to fulfill this little need.
Notice the old rusted hinges, the black CUT square nails...
But I had to cut it down to the right size...
and round off the corners, and sand off the old paint.
(I left the end showing on the left... it had some "critter's"
chewing marks where they had tried to get under the door!
And the two holes by the sander are where the old door knob
and skeleton key lock were located.)

Today I added the legs, and relocated the new TABLE
to our screened porch. 
 Next step will be staining the top,
and putting a coat of polyurethane on it... next week.
I love this kind of stuff!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Morning Surprise

Despite our HEAT wave here in the South,
the mornings have been very nice lately.
So I've gotten up early, grabbed my coffee, and enjoyed the
peaceful mornings on our porch swing.
This morning, as the sun was rising, a flock of geese came
by to say "hello"... sure made me yearn even more for Fall.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Free Range" Chickens

I guess "free range" means they can go anywhere!
And she DID lay her egg right there on the lawn mower!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Little Surprises

Those following along, know I'm "rebuilding" my barn.
This holiday weekend will be a working weekend for me
as I continue to turn the haybarn into a workshop.
Found one little small surprise I had forgotten about.
One of my old coffee cups... been in the barn for over 20 years!
Nice to pause and enjoy the little things....


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Muscadine JELLY

Remember those muscadines from my earlier post?
Well, we spent the afternoon making jelly!
Picked a good gallon...
Then cut, and mashed, and removed the seeds...

Then strained all the juices out, discarding the hulls...

Then cooked the juices, with sugar and pectin added...

And VOILA!!  Muscadine jelly!!  Oh soooo good!!