I don’t know exactly how this day was orchestrated, but it didn’t turn out the way I had thought it would go. The plan was to do school with the boys, and later in the afternoon, go check out the fire bricks that we had found (on Craigslist, you know)! HOWEVER, it has been nothing but rainy days here (sorry California), and so it makes it a tad bit difficult to get things done.
We decided to take our bushhog to the property, try it out, and clean up the overgrowth since it wasn’t raining! Once we decided to go, I wanted to get a good jump on this so I wasn’t working out in the HOT heat of the day! But alas, we have a pool, and the rain has been doing a number on the water~~algae was showing it’s ugly face, and my husband wanted to ‘nip that in the bud’ before we headed out.
Breakfast, working on the pool, prepping lunch for at the property, doing some school, finding some schoolwork to take on our journey and back, hooking up the trailer, grabbing the misc. stuff we needed, etc. We didn’t leave our house until 11:30! That is NOT what I consider getting a good jump on our day! UGHH!
We had planned to stop at Harbor Freight for some misc. items, but it was already late, and the ‘items’ were not necessities! It was going to be 12:30 by the time we got there, and the sun was shining bright! HOT and HUMID! At least it wasn’t raining! 😉
So here we go! Heading to the property! Books on CD are great, especially when you home school, and you have kids that get carsick if they are reading or looking at books. How did that happen? Getting car sick, especially when we are going to be driving back and forth to the property 40ish minutes each way, isn’t going to work well!! Oh well! Flexibility~that is what I need~~hence the books on CD! YAY for books on CD! So, they were listening to The Sign of the Beaver on the way. It is a good story for boys, especially boys that are going to be helping to build a log home. You know the little boy in the story helped to build his family’s log home! How cool is that?
We got down there, and our journey began! I took a lot of pictures along the way, so that is what I am going to use to tell my story. Here goes:
So here are clean boys heading to their ‘fort’ for a while. The weeds are high!
Starting out! Okay, so I make this look difficult here, and it’s even self-propelled! What’s wrong?
So, I thought this was was going to be fun! Remember, in my post about buying this, I was looking forward to using this? Seriously! I know I am weird, but I was literally excited to use our new toy, the ‘bushhog’! I couldn’t wait to see what would get accomplished using this machine. So I started out and was really trying to do good with it. It was doing a good job cutting, but it was wiping me out. AND THE SUN WAS BEATING HOT! Besides, I was finding the bushhog extremely hard to maneuver and turn. I wanted to make good progress, so I put it in 4th gear,(you know, faster) and that thing was pulling me along, and whipping me around. I was kind of runnin’, you know. THIS WAS NOTHING like I thought it would be! I am thinking and talking to God, “Lord, how am I going to build a log home if I cannot even push this thing around? I am so wiped out. Please Lord! help me to keep going.” I’m telling you, I was dying! And I wasn’t happy about it. UGHH! I so wanted this to be fun! AND.IT.WASN’T.FUN!
Time for lunch~~was I ever glad to take a break for lunch! Lunch was fun! And boy, did I need it! (BTW, notice the long sleeves~~we didn’t want sunburns or bug bites, and ‘they’ (whoever they are) say that long sleeves keep you cooler?)
What refreshment to get lunch after that monster beat me up! Look at my handsome husband!
Smilin’ for mom!
Roman enjoying one of his two sandwiches.
So, while I was finishing eating and cleaning up from lunch, my husband started bushhogging, and he seemed to be just moseying along behind that thing, and getting along just fine. Make. me. sick! No running. . . not a struggle to turn it. . . or maneuver it.
What is wrong with me? Obviously, I was doing something wrong here. I wanted to look like he looked behind that thing! ~~okay, so I realized he was not in 4th gear. He wasn’t in ‘run’ mode behind it! And he wasn’t poking along either, so he must’ve been in 3rd? (I did take a nice video of him, but it is too long for me to download.)
Note to self: Be in 3rd gear! So, when I went back to it, 3rd gear it was, and it was much betta. I could walk behind it. . . I didn’t have to run, AND it wasn’t whipping me around (not really, but kind of) when I was turning a bend, AND I had energy to maneuver it. AHHHHH! Food in my belly! This is more like it! Yes! So there you have it! 3rd gear and food in my belly~~world of difference!
Can I start having fun now? Yes, I was a new person behind that thing, and I went for it!
Slowly making progress! BUT, I had learned at this point that I don’t have to strain to make it work!
Working on weedeating!
Looks TONS better, heh! I know, you can’t really tell, but we can!
Almost done for the day, and I went to visit my neighbors before we left! I chatted with them a bit, and then head back to load up! But I don’t see the boys?~~then my husband points them out to me! Remember now, I told you we had had rain!
What I found after I came back from visiting the neighbors!
Back and forth between HUGE body size mud puddles! Just keep watching~
Purposefully falling! Can’t beat those smiles!
Sliding in! Yep, totally going for it!
One falling in! And the other heading back to do it a-gain!
Sliding in to second!
One of our neighbors, Miss Edna~~She loves working on her puzzles! I had to go back to show her what I had found! She loved the pix of the boys in the puddles! (I’ll get a pic of Miss Evelyne next time.)
Go back out, and yes, they are still going at it! AND, Yes, they are a MESS!
Priceless! You can’t buy this kind of fun! My FAV! (If you can, ZOOM IN on Roman’s smile!)
All good things must come to an end! Now what to do with soaking wet muddy boys, and their clothes? ? ? (Notice the difference in the color of their shirts from the beginning picture in this post~)
You have them strip down, of course! (Note to self: Bring extra change of clothes!)
We had to get going because since we had to go check out some firebricks for our masonry heater. So, we got home, cleaned up some little boys, and a big boy, and a mama, and were on our way again with grandpa this time!
Next stop – Fire BRICKS! and plenty of them!
And MORE fire bricks!
It is really cool~~these fire bricks actually came from the largest bourry box wood kiln in Ohio. Pretty cool, huh? (if I previously wrote that it was the largest or the oldest in the nation, forgive me, I think I misunderstood the information I had received, but later found that is was the largest in Ohio~)
Here is the really cool part! There is a house on the property with this kiln that had been dismantled. It just so happened to be a log cabin with a stone wall basement, and an awesomely cool one at that!
Wait ’til you see these pictures!
Now this is a sneak shot of one side of this cabin from under the kiln canopy! (could.not.wait.to.see.the.inside!)
Check out the front doors and the rock floor with the wolf paw print in it! the stairs, the walls, the ceiling. . . .
What a beautiful monster fireplace! ! ! !
Man~ a sweet kitchen!
And the other side of their amazing log home with the stone foundation! Sliding barn doors. . . .so much character!
Peel me from the house! Jennifer was so kind to show us around it. It even had a pizza oven on the other side of the fireplace in the kitchen! WOWSA! I just wanted to soak it up~~but we graciously (hopefully didn’t overstay our visit) left. But before that, we got a recommendation to eat at the Green Kayak or Skippers on our way home after our jaunt out there! So, we headed to Skippers~~sweet place on the river!
The suggestion of the restaurant on the river was a great one! They loved feeding the ducks~
And we spotted some ducks coming in for a landing! ~sorry, kind of blurry~
Do I need to state the obvious? Besides the fact that God is THE amazing Creator!
And Grandpa went with us!
He loves joining us on our journeys~~
A little sun from our work day? You bet! What a great day!
All that I can say is that it was a GREAT day! Yes, I was thankful for all that we had gotten done in a day!
Have you noticed that the Lord keeps taking us to homes that are built with logs? HMMMMM? I find that curious and interesting, don’t you? No coincidence, I am sure!
Just “Thank you LORD!” for blessing us so!