Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Off And Running....

 
It's a new year!!  Got the same "projects" going on!
These three represent my focus so far this year...
1.  Bathroom remodel
2.  Pick up truck remodel
3.  Genealogy--a book about my grandparents.
It's a juggling feat well worth Ringling & Brothers,
but wait.....they've closed down now.
Oh well... I'll stay the course...
Hopefully something will get finished before
my "gardening season" gets here....
It's a race against time.  
Oh retirement! Where are thou??
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Not A Good Way To Start The Year


Yesterday morning I found one of my hen's dead.
No signs of trouble... just lying there in the run area.
So I took care of that, and then fed the other 4.
This afternoon, the white one was found dead.
No signs of trouble... just lying there in the run area.
Now I'm down to 3 hens total....
I have no way of knowing why...
Just nature "taking it's course" I suppose.
 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Looking Ahead....

Well.... hello there!
A new year has shown up here at my place,
and I'm happy to see it.  I'm happy to see every one of them!
And along with the new year, I also find new hopes,
and new dreams, and new beginnings.
So it's time for making plans to fulfill those hopes and dreams.
But since I don't do "resolutions!" I'll be content with generalized "goals" for 2017.
Not too many... nothing too difficult.
But some things I want to achieve before December 31st.
So here you go... in no particular order (yes, I'll share.)
 
---Get my shop functional... or complete it!
---Sand down that old truck and get it repainted.
---Plush garden overrunning with fresh veggies.
---Paint the exterior of our home...ALL of it.
---More photography.
---More pickin' & grinnin'  (guitar & singing)
---A "vacation" to a state I've never been to.

And that's SEVEN.  Seven was a good number all through
the Bible, so that's a good enough number for me.
 
Happy New Year to all.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Looking Back...


Christmas is over...
Heck, 2016 is over!  How did THAT happen so fast?
So as I sit here in that week that lies between what was
and what is... I look back as well as looking forward.
And I figure I had a so-so year. 
So many "home projects" I never got to...
...but so many I DID get to!
Health issues arose I never had before...
...but medicines controlled it, and I've only slowed a little.
I spent 3 days in a hospital for the first time ever...
...but I still didn't spend any time in jail for anything.
Granddaughter Katy got married here at our house...
.... but the muscle soreness from all the work beforehand only lasted 2 days.
Gardening was a "BUST" due to the drought...
...but time away allowed me to work on my barn/shop.
I didn't really do any traveling to exotic places...
...but we DID get 3 days alone in the mountains!
Had to put up with a years worth of political junk...
...which is rapidly winding down, thank goodness!
So yeah, 2016 was the pits in some ways...
but it was great in other ways!
Thank you God for all of it!


Monday, December 5, 2016

The Holiday Season

Thanksgiving!  I ate too much!!
Church group's Christmas party this weekend.  I ate too much!
Attended a "wine tasting" party too.  I ate too much!
Hmmm.... starting to see a pattern....
And now we wait for the Christmas celebrations!
 

THIS Sunday, covered dish luncheon at church...
NEXT Sunday, my family gathers here at our home to eat...
The NEXT Sunday is Christmas... 
Ohhhhh.... I'm in trouble.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Time Out For Leaf Watching

Yeah, I'm one of those people.  I like the Fall.
I like the changing of the leaves.  And I like riding mountain roads.
So this past weekend, the Mrs. and I took a trip to the North Georgia mountains,
and stayed in Blue Ridge, GA.
Part of our weekend was the train ride along the Toccoa River over to Copperhill, TN. 
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!
 
 
 


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!!