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And our logs need sprayed, but. . .

By February 28, 2018 General

our sprayer was not working.  I had tried to get it to work . . . you know, back whenever we had brought the logs from our church to the property.  It had gotten cold after I made the concoction, and the sprayer would not spray.  We tried everything, and could NOT figure out how to get this sprayer to work.

And to boot, this was the second sprayer that we had gotten.

AND, I need a sprayer that works~~I have 70 logs that I am going to need to spray.

But you know how sometimes there are things in life that you just don’t want to deal with?  Some things seem daunting, and like they will not work, and so you avoid them like the plague.  That was me with this ‘stupid’ (as if something can be stupid~~hehe) sprayer.  Really . . . truth be told, it was scaring me.  Blah!

I got to the point where I needed to face this.  If I can’t face a sprayer, that is sad, right?  It was a nice day out.  I had time.  I also had logs sitting on our property that we had peeled and now they are needing sprayed.  I had to ‘figure’ out this sprayer.

Here goes nothing.  (I may be making a big deal over this little thing, but I certainly cannot be the only person that doesn’t want to face something because you think you cannot get it to work.)   But I had to. . .

First off, I had to empty out the contents.  This mix had been in the sprayer since the previous winter.  It had wintered in the sprayer sitting right in our garage. . .  and it also ‘springed’, as in stayed there in the spring too.  I’m telling you . . . I did not want to deal with this.

But I had to. . .

Got all of the tools I need to get this stuff out.  You can see how it had crystallized on the rod that is immersed down in the sprayer.

Got all of the tools I need to get this stuff out. You can see how it had crystallized on the rod that is immersed down in the sprayer.

And I had some spoons to help me scrape it out, and a socket wrench (?).  I know it is a socket wrench. . . or at least I think that tool is~~now I am second guessing myself.  But what was the socket wrench used for?

Oh, and there is our house phone.  Can’t do anything without a phone nearby, right?

And here is the portion of the concoction that I could pour out.

And here is the portion of the concoction that I could pour out.

And you may be able to see it, but maybe not.  There in the bottom of that sprayer was the gunk that had crystallized.

And you may be able to see it, but maybe not. There in the bottom of that sprayer was the gunk that had crystallized.

And quite frankly, I had to get that out.

Sooooo, I did whatever I thought I could do. . .

I found a crooked stick. . .

I found a crooked stick. . .

And stuck it in the sprayer to try to loosen up everything in there so that I could get 'that' out.

And stuck it in the sprayer to try to loosen up everything in there so that I could get ‘that’ out.

Then it was on to the sprayer nozzle/hose section.

Then it was on to the sprayer nozzle/hose section.

Obviously, nothing was coming out of this sprayer nozzle. . . so what’s a girl to do?  Take it all apart.  I don’t think I got any pictures of that, but I did figure out there are a ton of little pieces that unscrew and slide apart, and need to be sprayed out. . . hence the hose laying there waiting to be used.

I got it back together, and voila', it started spraying!

I got it back together, and voila’, it started spraying!

Yessirree!  We are in business now.

Yessirree! We are in business now.

That was so simple!  Ughh~~ I let things scare me, and I don’t want to deal with them, but then I do, and figure it out, and get it working.  Why do I procrastinate?

Just “Thank you LORD!” for giving me the know-how to get this sprayer working again.

 

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Peeling Logs 101

By February 24, 2018 General, Peeling, We Got Logs!

There is a method to this peeling logs, and you have to get in a groove for it to go somewhat smoothly. It also depends on how many bugs have attacked under the bark too. And it depends on how old the tree is also. The older the tree, the thicker the bark.

So, now we have 26 logs laying on our property with more on their way soon, and we need to get on the job of peeling them.

My husband works a full time job.  I knew this was going to be my job mainly.   It ended up being my sons and I working diligently to get most of these logs peeled.

I had to talk to myself.  The task seems daunting.  But I knew others had done it before me, and so when you know it has been done before, you can pretty much know you can do it too.   And so, I thought to myself, “If we average one log peeled a day, we can get this done in 26-30 days, roughly a month.”

But we had other logs coming, and I was going to get backed up for sure.   At least, maybe I needed to think about peeling more than one a day?

No matter what I had thought, life makes it so that your plans don’t work out like you think they will most times.  I have to learn to go with the flow.   It just depended on the day as to how much we would accomplish.  Some days we would be there in the heat of the day, and we would be dying.  It was so hot and humid, and the sweat bees. . . .oh my, I don’t think I got stung once, but man, they were for sure (no drama here) the pests of a lifetime.  There would be ten of them hanging around my elbow or behind my knees at one time.   Just BOTHERSOME!

Then sometimes we would just drive down to the property for the sole purpose of peeling in the cool of the evening, because even though it wasn’t cool, it was much cooler than the heat of the day……..

Anyway, the point was to get the peeling started, and work and work on it.  That is what we did.

Any boy, did I have some ‘mighty men’ helping me.  Let’s peek at this. . .

You can kind of get the idea here.

You can kind of get the idea here.

My husband had found a steel pole, and fashioned a pointed thick metal blade (which we found in the debris buried on our property~we are thinking maybe from a plow type of a machine) on the end of it, and had a maintenance guy at his work weld them together.   I thought it was kind of cool that we were able to repurpose some of the scrap metal we had found.  Anyway, these tools are called ‘spud bars’ and their sole purpose is to remove the bark from the tree.

Here they are and you can see that we had peeled off some of the bark~~it is laying on the ground nearby.

Here they are and you can see that we had peeled off some of the bark~~it is laying on the ground.

Sometimes, you could get a large swath of bark and just pull it off~~that was good, but it wasn't always easy.

Sometimes, you could get a large swath of bark and just pull it off~~that was good, but it wasn’t always easy.

We were slowly making progress. And my oldest son was helping, but sometimes he becomes the photographer, and the photographer doesn't normally (oh yeah, there are selfies) take pictures of him/herself.

We were slowly making progress on the first log. And my oldest son was helping, but sometimes he becomes the photographer, and the photographer doesn’t normally (oh yeah, there are selfies these days) take pictures of him/herself.

Pulling with all of his might. Yes, one of my 'mighty men'.

Pulling with all of his might. Yes, one of my ‘mighty men’.

You have to contort in all different ways to try and get a bite under the bark so that you could get anything to come off.

You have to contort in all different ways to try and get a bite under the bark so that you could get anything to come off.

I'm trying here.

I’m trying here.

You will notice here that I start getting a good 'farmers' tan. Gotta love that!

You will notice here that I start getting a good ‘farmers’ tan. Gotta love that!

Something else you run up against is the 'sticky' sap as you peel, and so do you keep the gloves on or take them off?

Something else you run up against is the ‘sticky’ sap as you peel, and so do you keep the gloves on or take them off?

I can tell just by the stance he is in that he has sap all over his hands.

I can tell just by the stance he is in that he has sap all over his hands.

I don't know how long it took us, but we (I) was so happy to get even this much done. It's a start. . .

I don’t know how long it took us, but we were (I was) so happy to get even this much done. It’s a start. . .

Two proud little 'mighty men' who just helped me rock on the two logs that we have gotten a jump on.

Two proud little ‘mighty men’ who just helped me rock on the two logs that we have gotten a jump on.

Aren't the logs pretty once they are peeled?

Aren’t the logs pretty once they are peeled?

Next you get a glimpse of me NOT working on peeling logs.  All work and no fun is not good.  SOOOOO, for now. . .

AND we currently have a pool in our back yard, and I was going to enjoy it a bit between our long hard work days down at the property.

. . . we currently have a pool in our back yard, and I was going to enjoy it a bit between our long hard work days down at the property.

Yes, relaxing~~and even my toes are painted. ;-)

Yes, relaxing~~and even my toes are painted. 😉

So, back at it again.  You want a crash course in peeling logs.  Just keep working, just keep working, and repeat.

Notice the brace on my arm. Not only was I working my tail off, I had to wear this brace because I had 'tennis elbow'? ~not from playing tennis I can tell ya'.

Notice the brace on my arm. Not only was I working my tail off, I had to wear this brace because I had ‘tennis elbow’? ~not from playing tennis I can tell ya’.

Yep, it's hard!

Yep, it’s hard!

All I can say is I was getting in to my work.

All I can say is I was getting in to my work.

Taking a break to pose~~some of the logs are getting done.

Taking a break to pose~~some of the logs are getting done.

I love this shot!

I love this shot!

I wish I could say they wanted to help ‘THAT’ much!  But really, they didn’t. . . although they don’t complain.  It is funny however, when I give them a break~~we actually set the timer so that we don’t go over our set amount of time to work without a break~~they will actually go and start throwing ball, or wrestling, or some other ‘active’ activity.  You see, I wasn’t even wearing them out with all of the peeling we were doing.  It just gave them all the more energy to keep moving.

But the funny thing was. . . I would call them back to the work when our break time was over, and then they would ask, “Can I get a water?”

WHATeven!?!

In my mind I am thinking~~”I just gave you a 15 minute break, and you played the whole time, and didn’t even get a drink?  And now when I call you back, you are thinking of needing a drink?”  Okay, so it just tells me how much they love playing.    And also, how needing a drink does delay having to get back at it right away when you are called.

This mamma isn’t stupid.  That happened once.  I told them, “If I give you a break, you’d better get a drink, or you will not get one after the break is over.”  And I mean it.  I may be a ‘mean’ mom, but I love them, and I want them to learn to work diligently.  Not to play and not be ready for work when it is time for work.  So there.

They always made sure a drink was the first order of business during their break from then on out, and we were all good.

Here we are back at it.

AHHHH! And thankfully, my DH came to help us roll the logs. That is a little much for me and the guys by ourselves.

AHHHH! And thankfully, my DH came to help us roll the logs. That is a little much for me and the guys by ourselves.

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Trying to figure out how to get a bite on this log to move it.

Trying to figure out how to get a bite on this log to move it.

You can see we are trying (or HE is trying) to get a good bite on it.

You can see we are trying (or HE is trying) to get a good bite on it.

We are TRYing to roll this one. 1. . . 2. . . 3. . . roll! Teamwork is all I can say.

We are TRYing to roll this one. 1. . . 2. . . 3. . . roll! Teamwork is all I can say.

Yeah, I'm not hot at all! And by the way, these tools are called 'cant hooks'. My husband loves making puns about 'cant' hooks.

Yeah, I’m not hot at all! And by the way, these tools are called ‘cant hooks’. My husband loves making puns about ‘cant’ hooks.

Good thing he got two cant hooks.

Good thing he got two cant hooks.

I love these shots of us rolling the logs.  We were trying to make room for all 26 of the logs on the racks that we had set up.  Some of the logs were  stacked on the other ones, and we had to get them all down on the rack, especially for the days when my husband could not be there.  That way, my sons and I could be peeling without my husband having to come down later to get them un-stacked.  It was quite a job.

I guess my face shows the effort I had to exert to do my part.

I guess my face shows the effort I had to exert to do my part.

I had titled this post “Peeling Logs 101”.  It’s not really like I was ‘teaching’ anyone how to peel logs, but this was more about what is involved in peeling logs.

It is kind of exciting to be getting along with this job of peeling the logs, and figuring out how peeling one log looks completely different than peeling another log.  And the fact that the logs need to be ‘organized’ to be peeled and we also have to spray them so that the bugs don’t get to them.

Not a small feat, but a doable feat.  I am not discouraged.  We just have to keep on working on it.  I am not afraid of work.

Just “Thank you LORD!” that we have logs to peel.

 

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Pinch me! Our first load of logs!

By February 16, 2018 General, Our log home journey!, The beginnings!, We Got Logs!
The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up closer.

Well, that was quite the day, and that was also probably why I hadn’t blogged in quite some time.  We got logs, and it was on.  The work, the work, and the work of getting them off-loaded, stacked, rolled, treated, blah, blah, blah . . .

*** This actually happened last June.  I am embarrassed to say that I am that far behind on my blog, but one of my goals this year is to catch it up.  I am working on it in the order that it happened, and here are the highlight pictures of us getting our first load of logs. ***

HERE GOES! ! !

The feelings were incredible.  My husband had worked the night before we got our logs.  It took them way longer to get to our property that day than the logger thought it would.  (They got the driver a late start out.)  Then the driver of the logs stopped at the truck stop first, one exit from us, to get a ride with the fellow who was going to be offloading the logs so they could come up and access the layout of the land to determine how best to position their trucks.  Then they went back to the truck stop, got their trucks, and headed up to our property with the logs, and the big rig tow truck.  It was an exciting day to say the least!

The best way I can tell you about it is with these pictures (and there are A LOT) that my son took.

We (my sons and I) had stayed in the travel trailer the night before. . . because the logs were supposed to be coming around 9:00 in the morning, and we wanted to make sure we were there and ready for them.

The night before, and hanging around a bonfire with my guys. We had a sleepover so we could be there bright and early in the morning when they brought the logs.

Although we tried, and there was some good effort put into it, the bonfire was a flop.  But it was still exciting to be staying the night~~we wanted to be there bright and early in the morning when they brought the logs.

9:00 came and went, and no sign of them anywhere.  The waiting began.

And Grandpa came early that day for a front row seat.

In the meantime, we got Grandpa positioned early that day with a front row seat.

 

And here we go!

First came the truck that would be off-loading the logs.

First came the truck that would be off-loading the logs.

Do you see the logging truck coming down our road?

And do you see the logging truck coming down our road?

And it is getting closer! ! !

And it is getting closer! ! !

The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up closer.

AND CLOSER!  The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up.

And here is the first load of our logs pulled up to be off-loaded! Ta-da!

And here is the first load of our logs pulled up to be off-loaded! Ta-da!

Welcome to your new home, all of you house logs! ! ! ! !

And we stand there looking at what we are up against! Thank goodness for the help of people who know what they are doing, and local businesses that can help us with off-loading them.

And we stand there looking at what we are up against! Thank goodness for the help of people who know what they are doing, and local businesses that can help us with offloading them.

See how they were situated to get the logs off?

See how they were situated to get the logs off?  The logging truck looks a little lopsided, and it was!

Our road is actually a small lane, and you have to pull over when you are passing someone.  I grew up on a lane like that 50 years ago, but haven’t lived ‘remotely’ like that since then.  Until now~~It feels like old times.  Because of that,  we had to make sure the logging truck was off the road enough to allow other vehicles to pass by.

I just had a thought ~~maybe we should’ve set our racks up, tipped the truck slowly, and let all of the logs roll off onto the rack, and just be done with it.  We would have the tow truck there to tip the logging truck right back up, and viola’, be done.  Hehehehe

No really, and seriously, we wanted to make sure that logging truck stayed upright. . . right???

Dad handing something off to our little guy in preparation for what was to come.

Dad handing something off to our little guy in preparation for what was to come.

Moving Grandpa to get him in the shade for the log show!

By this time in the afternoon (since we were getting such a later start), it was heating up, and we needed to move Grandpa to get him in the shade, AND where I had him would’ve been a terrible vantage point for viewing the log show, so we had to get him somewhere else!  (Such a flattering pic of me.)

And here he goes~~his first trip climbing up on our logs.

And here he goes, my husband,  getting ready for his job~strapping  the logs for offloading~~this was the first trip of many to come climbing up on our logs.

There will be many more opportunities as the logs get loaded on the house that he will be climbing on them again.  I think we may have in our future, purchasing some harnesses to prevent any falls.  Sounds like a great idea.

And Bobby was in position ready to get the logs moving.

And Bobby was in position and ready to get the logs moving.  I love this big truck.

See the metal rope chains (?) ~~getting ready to get to work.

See the metal rope chains (?) hanging from the boom, they had hooks on them that you will see in some of the next pictures to hook the straps onto ~~

Let the work begin!

Strapping up the first log on top of the load. This log will be the first to make up the 'rack' that our house logs will lay on.

Strapping up the first log on top of the load. This log will be the first to make up the ‘rack’ that our house logs will lay on.

Strappin' it up for offloading.

Now to attach it to the hook. . .

Touchdown! Now to get it positioned on the ground~~

Touchdown! The next order of business was to get it positioned on the ground in the right spot~~

with a little help along the way.

~~~with a little help along the way.

It was a beautiful day~~albeit extremely warm.

It was a beautiful day~~albeit extremely warm, and we were glad to be getting logs.

And even the truck driver for the logs got in on the action. (But maybe he wasn't supposed to?)

And even the loggin’ truck driver got in on the action. (But maybe he wasn’t supposed to?)

And I was actually helping too~~getting it in position as it hit the ground.

And I was actually helping too~~getting the second one in position as it hit the ground.

And here we are waiting for the next log to be strapped up to be off-loaded. This is going to be a looooong process.

And here we are waiting for the next log to be strapped up to be off-loaded. This is going to be a looooong process.

My older son was the photographer that day, and he took some good shots. You can see how we were swinging the logs over from logging truck to our first log rack spot.

I like this shot our son got of this huge tow truck. You can see how we were swinging the logs over from logging truck to our first log rack spot.

If you look closely at this you can see that sometimes my DH would have to hook up one end of the log, and then have it lifted so that he could get the strap under the other end. Some of the logs were so wedged together that it made it difficult to get a strap under it.

If you look closely at this you can see that sometimes my DH would have to hook up one end of the log, and then have it lifted so that he could get the strap under the other end. Some of the logs were so wedged together that it made it difficult to get a strap under it.

And we wait. . . .

And we wait. . . .

And he is working on getting the next log strapped while the first one is being brought over to our rack~~

And he is working on getting the next log strapped while the first one is being brought over to our rack~~

He is keeping the log from swinging back at him.

He is keeping the log from swinging back at him.

Ready to hook the next log.

Ready to hook the next log.

And the next rack log is ready to be set down.

And the next rack log is ready to be set down.

Not much different than the shot above, but a bit more contrasting to show the log being brought around the back of the truck with ease.

Not much different than the shot above, but a bit more contrasting to show the log being brought around the back of the truck with ease.

The straps worked amazingly as we hooked them up for off-loading and unhooked them and pulled them out from under the logs once the log was positioned.

The straps worked amazingly as we hooked them up for off-loading and unhooked them and pulled them out from under the logs once the log was positioned.

And now, to get the 26 house logs offloaded.                                                    And now, to get the 26 house logs offloaded.And you can see this one looks a bit more hearty than the first ones we were off-loading. A house log! WOOHOO!And you can see this one looks a bit more hearty than the first ones we were off-loading. A house log! WOOHOO!

We have to MOOOOVE this log over~~there are more logs we have to fit on this 'rack'. Here goes~~

GOT IT!  YAY!  Now, we have to MOOOOVE this log over~~there are more logs we have to fit on this ‘rack’. Here goes~~

Yes, now we have to man these logs across our rack.

Yes, now we have unhook the straps, and ‘man’ these logs across our rack.

Can we just roll them?

Can we just roll them?

No, we need a 'cant' hook, and boy, those cant hooks are life savers. Hopefully, we won't damage our logs with them.

No, we need a ‘cant’ hook, and boy, those cant hooks are life savers. Hopefully, we won’t damage our logs with them.

You can tell I am putting the stop on something in that picture above.  I think I was afraid it might start taking off rolling.  DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN!  We need to be wise and be in control of these logs.  They are HEAVY!

Three logs off~~we are starting to get somewhere. Okay, so really it was sloooow!

Three logs off~~we are starting to get somewhere. Okay, so really it was sloooow!

Here they are laying all nice and scooted over. . . to await the next ones coming.

Five logs off and on the rack.  Here they are laying all nice and scooted over. . . to await the next ones coming.

But a neighbor showed up, and he was on a tractor, and it just so happened that with his tractor, he could help scooch the logs over all at once.

And then a neighbor showed up, and he was on a tractor, and it just so happened that with his tractor, he could help scooch the logs over all at once.  We needed the extra space~~we still had quite a few logs to fit on there.

And here he is doing just that. He scooted the logs tighter together so that they would all fit on the rack we had set up.

And here he is doing just that. He scooted the logs tighter together so that they would all fit on the rack we had set up.

Can you tell? The load of logs is getting smaller on the trailer. YAY!

Can you tell? The load of logs is getting smaller on the trailer. YAY!  And aren’t they some beauties!  Most were nice straight logs~~a good thing!

And he brought the tractor around and scooted them over some more.

And he brought the tractor around and scooted them over some more.

I just think it looks cool with the log in the air, and my DH (who had worked the night before~~ALL night) trying to keep his energy up to finish this job.

I just think it looks cool with the log in the air, and my DH (who had worked the night before~~ALL night) trying to keep his energy up to finish this job.

We decided (my brilliant idea) to try and get more than one log off at a time.  My thinking was that we wouldn’t have to tie up these fellows much longer if we could get the last few off together.  But that meant some changes needed to take place.  We did not want the tow truck tipping over.

He got some extra blocks out to put under his support legs so that they wouldn't sink into the ground and make the truck off kilter that may cause it to topple over. Yep, good thinking! Don't want that to happen.

He got some extra blocks out to put under his support legs so that they wouldn’t sink into the ground and make the truck off kilter that may cause it to topple over. Yep, good thinking! Don’t want that to happen.

And the neighbor (with the tractor) is jumping in and putting the wedge under the support.

And the neighbor (with the tractor) is jumping in and putting the wedge under the support.

Look closely at this shot. They are lifting 5, yes 5 logs all together to off-load them. WAY TO ROCK IT!

Look closely at this shot. They are lifting 5, yes 5 logs all together to off-load them. WAY TO ROCK IT!

ISN'T THIS COOL? (I was impressed!)

ISN’T THIS COOL? (I was impressed!)

I thought this was the ‘coolest’ part!  To see that many logs being lifted off at once, and also to see the empty logging trailer, and to see the strength of this tow truck was incredible.  So much ‘cool’ness in one fell swoop!  I was happy this day was coming to an end.  It was all so surreal, and quite overwhelming.

AND #1) my husband was beat (since he hadn’t slept all night).  He needed to get home.  AND #2) The logging trucker dude was not used to it taking so long to get his load offloaded, so I was glad he wouldn’t have to stay longer, AND #3) the tow truck driver gave us a great deal to offload these logs, so I didn’t want to hold him up any more either.   We were finished~~ YAY! ! !

Time to say goodbye.  So the loggin’ truck had took off. . . my husband had taken off (to go home and go to bed). . . and now the tow truck was waiting to take off.

But a quick note here~~the fellow who owns the towing company and the truck in this picture below also owns a log home about 5-6 miles from us.  He wanted to pick my brain at this point about how we were planning on building.  He also had some suggestions.  I. LOVE. SUGGESTIONS.   No, seriously, I do.  I am open to any ideas people have.

The cool thing was that he thought the way we are planning on building our log home was fascinating.  I love that!  He started asking me questions about it.  When these guys ask me questions (and I mean ‘fellows’~~most women don’t ask me questions) about how we are going to do this, I haven’t had anyone tell me that they think it won’t work.  It has been quite the opposite.  Most have been impressed with how it will probably work better!  Better than other log home builds that they know of, or live in, or have seen.  For that I am thankful. . . because, you see, we are such novices and we are hopeful this will work, but have never done it before.  No one I have explained this to has said they don’t think it will work.  We have had nothing but encouragement.  That is nice.  Right?

Goodbye tow truck! You did a good job today offloading those logs!

Goodbye tow truck! You did a good job today offloading those logs!

And so here they sit! All 26 logs~~

~~And here they sit! All 26 logs~~Hello house logs!

And there is Grandpa happy that he got to join us for the off loading of the first set of logs. He's a trooper!

And there is Grandpa happy that he got to join us for the offloading of the first set of logs. He’s a trooper!

AND I am one happy camper to have our first set of logs.

AND I am one happy camper to have our first set of logs. (I hate this picture of myself, but I don’t have a better one, and I was excited, so here is this awful picture of me.  hehe~I’m not vain or anything like that.)

And at the end of the day, back home and all cleaned up, we skyped and 'cheered' with our long distant daughter who was celebrating with us from another state. YAY!

And at the end of the day, back home and all cleaned up, we skyped and ‘cheered’ with our long distant daughter who was celebrating with us from afar.  YAY!

 

Just “Thank you LORD!” for blessing us with our first load of logs~~please help us to use this future home to give you glory!

 

 

 

 

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And the logs were coming, but first. . .

By February 10, 2018 Blessings along the way!, General

We had a ton of things going on.  Let me just take you through a couple of weeks of activity that we got to enjoy between finishing the “Blue Light Special”, and getting our logs.  Yes, I am so excited to show you the take of our first set of logs.  I know. . . you are saying “FINALLY! They are getting logs!”  ~~I get it.  I was saying the same.

So, let’s get started so we can get on with the show.  We traveled out of town to go to our niece’s wedding.

My husband's niece got married to a wonderful man.

She got married to a wonderful man.

And my son and his second (?) cousin caught the garter and the bouquet.

And our son and his second (?) cousin caught the garter and the bouquet.

We went out of town to celebrate with them, and were having a great time.

We were having a great time ourselves.

. . . dancing the night away.

. . .and all were dancing the night away.

Time to head home. . .

Who are these urchins we saw hanging around? Oh, those are our kiddos.

Who are these urchins we saw hanging around? Oh, those are our kiddos.

And the neice/cousins followed us home to have some more fun!

And the neice/cousins followed us home to have some more fun!

More fun, and they turned it into a slip-n-slide.

AND more fun.  They even turned it into a slip-n-slide.

See what I told you?

See what I told you?

And they were enjoying the pool.

And they were enjoying the pool.

Then it was someone's BIRTHday!

Then it was someone’s BIRTHday! This is what  turning ‘8’ looks like for him!  Octopus in the sea!

And his out-of-town sister joined up by 'skyping' in.

And his out-of-town sister joined up by ‘skyping’ in.

. . . and celebrating Father's day with that! Whirlwind of activities happening~

. . . and celebrating Father’s day with that! Whirlwind of activities happening~

There are times when you have to stop and enjoy the fun moments along the way.  You can’t just keep going and going with a break.  We enjoyed those couple of weeks traveling to see long distant family for the wedding, having some of them overnight with us traveling home too, celebrating and doing so many fun things along the way.

And we are getting ever closer to getting out logs.  WOOHOO!  I. CAN’T. WAIT!

Just “Thank you LORD!” that you are the author of life and you appreciate that we find pleasure in this life you have given us.  And now, the logs will be here any day! ! ! !

 

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Working on the outhouse (SOME more. . .) AND we are done!

By February 10, 2018 Blessings along the way!, General, the outhouse
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It is really nice to be getting to this point in the build of our little outhouse.  Just the fact that it is mostly square is a feat for us.  (no kidding here~) And now, all of the finishing touches along with some miscellaneous things that we are taking care of . . . while we continue to wait on our logs. . .

This is a shot from below the frame for our awning.

This is a shot from below the frame for our awning.  We will need to caulk for sure.

OOPS!  We got the frame up with the screen on it~~~And then . . . . my husband put the drill through the screen on our frame after he put it up.  So SAD, too BAD!   We had to take it back home and remeasure for the screen ~because why would we even bring extra screen along since we had the frames all made up?  Right?  Oh well, there are worse things to deal with in my opinion.  Screen is EASY to fix.

But that meant we couldn’t finish up our little ole’ awning that day.

There are always plenty of other things to do though, so we closed up shop for the day, and headed home. . .     and the next day, we were starting on miscellaneous to-do list chores.

Working on mowing along the roadway to clean it up.

Working on mowing and getting it cleaned up along the roadway.

And. . .we had some brush to clean up.

And. . .we had some brush to clean up.

Starting to man the fire.

There he is starting to man the fire.

A makeshift head covering~~He wet the neck cooler, and he put it on under his hat.

A makeshift head covering~~He wet the neck cooling rag, and he put it on under his hat.

I was having a good time with this~maybe thought it was too funny.   I was chuckling, but he did not care.  It was protecting his face from being singed, and that’s all that mattered to him.   It was getting pretty hot.  The boys and I were manning the hose (we had hooked up the hose to use the water from the little church next to us ~~ JUST IN CASE!) while he was ‘in the heat of the battle’ (pun intended).

See him swinging his head covering around there.

See him swinging his head covering around there.

side note * I kind of like this shot with our property and tree line behind him.  I seems quite private (although it is not perfectly private), but we do have some space and I appreciate that.

And we got this brush cleaned up.

And we got this brush all  cleaned up.

Oh, and we found some wild berries. . .

. . . just a few. . . but we found some.

. . . just a few. . . but we found some.

Do you see a little boy in that patch of berry brambles? He reminds me of "Edmond" from Narnia~~he couldn't get enough once he tried one of the berries.

Do you see a little boy in that patch of berry brambles? He reminds me of “Edmund” from Narnia~~he couldn’t get enough once he tried one of the berries.

And Grandpa got in the action helping to clean up some brush near the outhouse.

And Grandpa got in the action helping to clean up some brush near the outhouse.

And then cleaning up the area around where the equipment had been hauled from.

And then cleaning up the area around where the equipment had been hauled from.  Our ‘mighty men’!

And then there was the bees nest that was quite alive and buzzing left behind after the equipment was towed.

And then there was the bees’ nest that was quite alive and buzzing left behind after the equipment was towed.  We needed to get rid of THAT!

And here he is finished up the 2nd awning over the vent after replacing the screen.

And here he is finished up the 2nd awning over the vent after replacing the screen.

Getting the inside all finished up.

Getting the inside all finished up.

I like this shot of the fly swatter we took of the inside. . . .because you can see the 'blue light' coming in.

I like this shot of the fly swatter we took of the inside. . . .because you can see the ‘blue light’ coming in.

Getting the inside all stocked with the additional necessities.

Getting the inside all stocked with the additional necessities.

Introducing . . .The "Blue Light Special".

Introducing . . .The “Blue Light Special”.

With a little shot of the front view. . . with the cedar handle and our lock to keep the door closed when not in use.

With a little shot of the front view. . . with the cedar handle and our lock to keep the door closed when not in use.

 

Just “Thank you LORD!” for helping us see this project through to the end.    We have a “Blue Light Special”! ! !

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