Sunday, July 21, 2013

Porches Beginnings !

I am pleased to say after living here almost 3 years for me, that my front porch has began. A girl can always dream. When it is done, it will have a roof, railings and a handicap ramp off the side.

I must say I ordered my rocking chair to be delivered. Not from where I was going to get it because I went and looked at them 2 days ago and they looked more cheaply made and they cost $50.00 more each. So screw that. I will see if I can get a pic of the one I ordered. Not tech savvy so we will see.

Farmer friend starting the measurements for us. The porch runs the entire length of the front of our home and it runs 10 feet straight out. So when I have a roof and it rains I can sit outside on the porch and enjoy the storms in the mountains.

The framing had begun. Now remember they were doing all this work on a day it was 100 degrees out and kept working until someone miscalculated amount of wood needed and did all they could. I feel so blessed to have Mr. Farmer and farmer friend in my life. They help each other out all the time. You also have to remember I do not have air, by choice. So....if you are hot you got to sit in front of a box fan to cool down. Although they did get rained on a few times which help cool down their bodies and obviously they took their "Union" breaks and drank a cold beverage.

This is the end they ran out of decking board, so we will need to have some more delivered. But all is good, I have plenty of deck to enjoy!

Here you can see the tail end of Zoey who was afraid of going on to the decking. She kept running up the stairs and would turn around and go back down because she did not want to walk across the deck to get into the house. Silly girl...

As you can tell our home still needs tons of work to be done but it has to wait until funds are available. But boy am I enjoying living the mountain life. My beginning of my dream porch. The stairs are temporary, they will go on the back door. As you can see we still need siding, we are going back and forth on what we are going to get. I want wood, Mr. Farmer wants vinyl siding. When I was talking to an older friend she kindly reminded me as we get older, we are not spring chickens anymore, that we should get vinyl because it will be a lot less work for Mr. Farmer than the wood will because wood have an upkeep routine that should be followed. So we may end up with vinyl. BUT I still got my 10 foot porch, which I had to fight for until farmer friend told Mr. Farmer I was right 10 foot would be best.

Excuse the messy yard, I used to get stressed over it but now it is just part of a construction yard. Maybe by winter it will get cleaned up. I was promised siding by winter this year.

I think I am off to bake a chocolate cake with chocolate icing since it feels a little cooler today.


Friday, July 5, 2013


Been in a rut with writing recently. Although I did take myself on a short trip with a long drive about 2 weeks ago. Needed some time away to think. Unfortunately I did not grab the camera. I went to Chincoteague, VA. Beautiful place, beautiful beaches on Assateague and I was able to see dolphins by 7 am each morning. It is about an 8 hour drive from here and if you hit it at the right time of day, it is not a bad drive. Lots of time for prayer and meditation, that what this whole trip was for anyways. The weather was not too hot and not too cold. I did leave a day early because it was suppose to have bad storms coming the day I planned to leave.

I called it my woman's retreat, just what I needed. Peace, tranquility and me time. Not worrying about anyone else. Centering myself. Took my scriptures, journal and lunch to the beach each morning, set myself up behind the fisherman and enjoyed each day until it was dinner time. I was on the beach by 6:30 each morning, just because I wake up early when I camp. Going that early you get your choice of spots on the beach too. I would take an afternoon nap and when I woke the beach was mobbed all around me.  hehehe

Around the farm, all the pigs are out to the big pasture now. Mr. Farmer worked tireless hours securing all the fencing so he would not have to chase pigs all over the mountain. Oh would that ever be hilarious. The see to like having a lot more room to adventure around and explore. Even though I have one neighbor who complained about them smelling. Mr. Farmer went down and was smelling around and did not smell a thing, especially since they do have such acreage to roam now. I just think she is afraid of momma pig, all 500 + pounds of her. I would not like to meet her in the dark, I have seen how she throws her piglets around, especially when food is around. Even though Lucille lets me scratch her head.

One big piglet, they are growing so quickly and so beautifully.

Lucille is a little on the muddy side here. She mad her own mud bath out in the new pasture and you can sure tell she spends a lot of time in there.

Another area a lot of time is put in is the gardens. My herb garden has such poor soil, I hope to improve it each year. But my basil is growing and my zucchini are growing. Not many other herbs have made it except my rosemary bush. Thank goodness, I love rosemary.

Zucchini plant has blossoms so I should be picking vegetables soon. YEA!

I started to take some pictures of the big veggie garden and thunder started to roll in, so I came back into the house. Better safe than sorry. Mr. Farmer picked cucumbers and green beans from the garden yesterday and they were delicious!

I started trying to work on some hobbies again. I made a candle holder that is etched glass. That was fun. I am not sure how well you can see it in my picture but here it goes....
It actually came out quite cute but I had to put a little of Chincoteague sand in it to help the candle stand flat. Who knew the bottom inside of these glass containers are not flat.

Well I better get back to work at taking inventory of my food storage and see what I need to put up/can this year. I have been busy dusting it and organizing by date. Here is where I have some, then I have shelving units upstairs in the loft. As long as you like veggies, you won't get hungry here. :D

Enjoy your holiday weekend.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013