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Monday, April 21, 2014

Where On Earth Have I Been?

All these long months I have been wanting to blog again, but where do you start when you've been gone for so long?  Finally I decided to just start.  So here I am! 
 
Our logging operation finished last summer, leaving us with a nice stack of firewood. (About 16 cords.)
 
 
 
 
 
We ended up with three very large slash piles to burn, but could not begin the burn until almost Christmas because of the fire danger.  The neighbors were very patient, but quite relieved when the smoke finally died down.  We had one pile that smoldered for 3 months.  Every time we thought the rain had doused it, there would be a curl of smoke coming out of the top like a volcano. 

 


 
 
 

 
 
 

Then the red sofa and pink chairs that I brought home from my Mothers house, became the blue sofa and  yellow chairs, complete with a new yellow rug.  Mothers furniture was beautiful in her large house, but putting all of it into my limited space required a more peaceful color scheme.  I'm partial to blue and yellow because of the many months of gray skies in Oregon.

 


 



 
 
 
As Thanksgiving approached I realized that my black and white china would look ridiculous with the new dining room set.  So I spent weeks combing Craig's List until I found the perfect replacement.
 
 
 
 
It worked out beautifully.

 
 
Now a new chicken coop is in the works to house the 8 old hens, the 14 new chicks we bought at the feed store, and the 6 tiny chicks that one of our hens hatched.  No, we do not have a rooster.  We bought 6 fertilized eggs from a friend and slipped them under a broody hen.  She turned out to be an outstanding Mama.  What fun we have had with it.  You would think that we were new parents by the way we have carried on about it.  Everyone in our family has been sent videos of the babies every day!
 

 
We are really looking forward to summer. There is still so much to do to prepare the land for planting grass.  No grass, no  cows!  As soon as the mud dries out we will begin dragging it with a rake on the tractor and then picking up all the limbs and sticks.  Sadly, I'm afraid it will take us most of the summer, so no cows until next year.
 
Till next time...
 
 
Blessings,
 
Red

Monday, September 16, 2013

Amazing Volunteer Sunflowers

 
 
Against all odds.



 
 
Tim found these growing
in the midst of the chaos
of our newly logged field.




 


 The birds planted them. . .

 
 
 
And God watered them.
 
 

 
 


 
 
 
Amazing.
 
 
Blessings,
Red
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wood Floor

 
At the same time the loggers were falling trees out back,
the new wood floor was being installed inside.
 
 
I think it turned out beautiful.


The area rug came from my Mother's house.
It will soon be replaced with a different color,
although I think it looks lovely on the floor.




I wasn't sure I would like having wood floors, but I love it.
The floor we picked is hand scraped and has a matte finish.
 The dogs can't really hurt it because it has a rough surface already.
 
Simply wonderful!
 
 
 
Blessings,
Red 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blogger Issue

I have been getting emails from Blogger saying they cannot use my credit card to renew my domain name.  The card had expired, so I updated it last month and now Blogger is sending me the same email.  If my blog disappears, it will be their doing, not mine. I have corrected the payment information - what else can I do?  Have any of you had this happen?  Any suggestions?

Blessings,
Red

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Logging


Now that I have replaced my computer, I really need to start bringing this blog up to date.  There are so many pictures (hundreds) of the logging operation that they all begin to blur together.  So I have chosen a few to show you so perhaps you can get an idea of the scope.
 
 
 
Below is a picture I took of Tim the day before the loggers came.
 
 
 
 
 
Notice the wall of green behind Tim in this picture.
 
 
 
 
 
Here is the same place, minus the wall of trees. 
I was astounded at the expanse of sky that was revealed.  It was, and is, fabulous.
The brown lump you see in the background is one of four slash piles. They are two stories tall and we will burn them in November or December.  I've been told they will burn for at least a week. 
 
 
 
This is one of many trucks carrying logs to the mills.
I snapped this shot because of the size of the logs.
 

 
 
 
 
Here is Tim sitting on his forest.  You can imagine how large the stumps were.
My employers did us a huge favor and sent an excavator out, with an operator, to dig the stumps and pile them up for burning.  They saved us thousands of dollars.

 
 
 
This picture was the view from the drivers seat of my car when I pulled into the carport.
(The framing on the left is the RV building that never has gotten the sides covered.)

 
 
 
This was the view towards the end of the logging operation.
Now there is about 7 cords of firewood stacked next to the RV building.

 

This is just a random shot of the loader piling up logs. 
 


I must say it was a bittersweet time for both of us.  We want to have pasture to raise our own beef, but we truly loved those trees and have lived with them for 17 years.  The first day of logging I was in tears several times. It was gut wrenching.  Every tree that came down shook the house when it hit the earth.  It was quite loud and scared my poor dogs to death..  But now we are looking forward to next spring when the grass is planted and the fencing is in place.  We will have ample room for a huge garden with no worries about big trees blocking the sun.  As hard as it was, we are both happy with our decision.  We didn't make as much money off the lumber as we had hoped, but when all is said and done I think I will still get that barn I've always wanted.  And, of course it will be RED!

Blessings,
Red



 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I'm Still Alive!

My computer is still torn apart and the various componants are somewhere in the guest room with a bunch of other stuff that needs to get put away.  Having the floors done and getting Mom's furniture at the same time was like moving out and moving into a new house.  I still can't find anything and I've ended up with more stuff than places to put it!  As for the trees..... my oh my it was quite an adventure.  Actually it still is.  I have tons of pictures to share, but I need to be able to get my computer up and running first. 

Blessings,
Red