Well I can’t believe it has been 2 years since we got the “BOL”. Life is never dull nor does it always go the way you want it. I was hoping to have a lot more done by now but have been dealing with a chronic medical issue that is really slowing me down, that might be a good thing. With that said here is what we have done-
Planted apple trees this spring- took a while since I wanted to see what areas of the property drained good and where in line with prevailing winds.
Planted elber berry trees
Planted lots of blueberry plants.
Planted a few black berry plants near a row already on property.
Had 2 very large trees that were in bad shape taken down. Unfortunately the heavy equipment left me some ruts that I have to deal with. Not even good for firewood.
Remodeled kitchen – new cabinets, new stove- put in propane for stove and ventless heater in basement- stove was electric.
Fixed supporting columns in barn- the wood post was sitting on a piece of cement formed in a five gallon bucket that was just sitting on the dirt/gravel floor. Dug down and filled with cement re-placed rough cut post with a pressure treated post. Debated on not going with pressure treated due to animals but plan to wrap it in metal so they can’t crew it.
Put in shooting range- made with railroad ties and filled with sand. Did some research and looked like sand had a little better stopping power than dirt. Also, with sand it will be easier to sift to extract the lead to re-melt and cast pistol bullets. Will also be environmentally better since I can clean up the lead.
Garden- put up 4 raised beds- 8’Lx4’Wx1’H. Got the wood for two more in March but the weather has not cooperated at all to put them together, fill and plant. Already got truck stuck once moving stuff into barn. Plant led one bed with just asparagus.
Tree trimming- several pines that looked like they were never taken care of. Can see now. (Yeah I know that works both ways).
Made friends with the neighbor! Priceless!!!! Very good source of what contractor, saw mill or service to use, etc. very nice, even shoots ground hogs for me. Gave him a brick of 22. He watches the place too.
Chimney cleaned, repointed and cap put on.
Gutters cleaned- large pines and the gutters were filled with pine needles, probably never cleaned. Also put extended drain pipe on the down spouts to get water further away from foundation/basement.
Basement- took the old cabinets from the kitchen that were still in good shape (real wood!!) and put them in the basement and filled with preps. Put 2 shelving units up in closet for food and ammo storage. Put up another shelving unit for misc. storage. Bought two gun safes. Fixed up basement “game room”.
Garage- insulated, put up 4 hefty shelving units 5’Hx4’Lx2’deep. Filled them with preps. Put up peg board by workbench. Replaced rotting work bench legs.
Doesn’t seem like a lot but only have the weekends most of the time. Plan on spending about two weeks worth of vacation/holiday time there his year.
This summer- will be power washing and white-washing the barn. Plan on fixing up the barn loft for storage for non-heat/cold sensitive preps.
Addition to Home- wife wants second bathroom and bigger master bedroom. Will be hiring someone for that job.
Well- want the water tested again.
Fire pit-plan on putting in a nice fire pit that will also let us cook on it/in it. Everyone likes a camp fire!
Weather station- will be putting up a simple weather station.
Antenna- will look into putting up a CB and scanner antennas. Maybe a 2 meter too.
Plan on actually enjoying the place this year- teach the kids some compass skills, fire starting, etc.
New “Barn/garage” may also be in the works if we can swing it fianacially. If not this year, then next.
Statistics: Posted by 3ADScout — Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:59 pm