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Friday, October 3, 2014

The Autumn-Is-Coming Project Binge

Baby turkeys, just one day old!
Whew! It's been a busy couple of weeks! Baby turkeys (finally found the hole they were escaping through), putting The Hussy back into the flock, as she had started laying (in a pile of bailing twine in the garage!) and finally, a start on the reworking of the front door area to include two big windows. The first part of the project was to replace the former door -- which was falling apart, had been held together with tie down straps and replaced as a door by the sliders to the left of it -- with the Anderson crank open window on the right.

Other projects intervened, so the second window, to go on the other side of the sliding door, took a while to get installed, but it's in now. We are working inside on wiring, including the installation of a flood light on either side of the windows. Once that is done, I will close up the outside, insulate and begin finish work inside. 

Recycled barn wood, destined to become poultry housing.
We got derailed by my having scored the wood from a small old barn, which was being torn down. I was wondering where
the wood would come from for the construction of the chicken and turkey houses, also on this fall's project list. Well, here it is! Fortunately it was in a nearby community, as it took 5 Artie-loads to get it home over several days.Still needs de-nailing, but that is a lot of rough cut 1x and 2x stock!!

And, in yet another "long term hanging project," last month the Universe At Large presented us with
Just the right size! I love a comfortable place to lean back
which the tub in the front bath lacks.
a free claw foot bathtub. For the last 6 years, I have been wanting to replace the crappy, plastic, non-functional "spa tub" in the "master" bath with a decent claw foot tub. And we have been looking for one that was (a) free and (b) possible to get. Most of the free ones, it seems, are on the second floor in houses that cannot bear to have damage getting them down stairs, and are in Portland, to boot. Last month, we happened upon one, already removed from a cabin, and local to us, so we picked it up on the way to our monthly potluck. I had already arranged with the farmer at whose house we were meeting to pick up a load of manure, and he was kind enough to store the tub for a month, between potlucks, as I needed the manure much sooner than the tub. It was potluck time again last Sunday, so the tub came home. We will get it into the bathroom soon, but for now it abides on the deck.

In an effort to keep up to date with the blog and to develop more of a routine in general, I am planning to post at least once a week, on Friday. Friday is the day I honor Frigga, and in keeping with northern tradition values of Self Reliance, Industriousness and Perseverance it seems appropriate to share our homestead projects as well as other thoughts and observations on this day. I know that many who follow a northern trad path have come together in groups, but by nature we do prefer to be basically solitary. That being said, it is good to have appropriate people connections and to be able to share and help out from time to time.

Very recently, an online friend relocated to Maine and though she is not especially near by, it was good to take a day this past week to visit her in western Maine, to finally meet in person. Additionally, we were able to help her move forward by receiving many tools and some homestead and household goods that she ended up with in a property division. Goddess told her during her journey to Maine, she said, that she was to divest herself of anything that "wasn't her." We are most thankful for some good and useful tools, chicken feeders and waterers and additions to the linen closet.

And in a similar vein, I will be heading out to a neighboring farm tomorrow morning, to spend half a day making myself useful to the farmer, who happens also to be a Pagan and struggling to help keep a 4th generation family farm in the family and operational. I am hoping to be able to continue to offer a half day on Fridays -- her big harvest day for market -- as long as need be.