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the getting of some rocks. . .

By February 4, 2018 General, getting rock, The beginnings!, The Gatherings
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Here we are waiting on logs.  Our logger has been touching base with us to make sure we want these logs.  Are you kidding me?  Do we wants the pine logs that you have?

WHAT. KIND. OF. QUESTION. IS. THAT?

Loud and clear here:  WE WANT THOSE LOGS!

Yes, they are the answer to our prayers!  WE WANT THOSE LOGS!  We will not back out on you.

But, we have to wait for the logs to get here, and in the meantime, I get on Craigslist, and look for things we will need.

Here is what we need.   I found these listed on Craigslist, and I was all over them.  So, I enlisted the help of my family, and there we go to get them.  Let’s look:

What I am standing on is what was also taken from a different part of their yard that they did not want.  Nice flat rock.  But we want it for our walk-out basement wall.

What I am standing on is what was also taken from a different part of their yard that they did not want. Nice flat rock. But we want it for our walk-out basement wall.

Ready to get on it!  He got the "HEAVY" ones~

Ready to get on it! He got the “HEAVY” ones~

And our one daughter got in on helping too!  She was leveling out the load.

And our one daughter got in on helping too! She was leveling out the load.

She does well organizing things~~it was the perfect job for her.

She does well organizing things~~it was the perfect job for her.

Back and forth, back and forth.  I am carrying one in each hand, even though you can hardly see them.  LOL

Back and forth, back and forth. I am carrying one in each hand, even though you can hardly see them. LOL

One of my 'mighty men' carrying a rock about as big as he is.  ;-)

One of my ‘mighty men’ carrying a rock about as big as he is. 😉

Yeppers~~they were working hard that day.

Yeppers~~they were working hard that day.

And what made it even tougher, is that the people whose house we got these from~~they were outside with their kids in the back yard playing on the trampoline, and swingset; and here are my guys working their butts off.  It was a bit of a challenge for my fellows.  They hung in there, and got bigger muscles and a stronger character for it.  I think it will do them well in the long run.  They play a ton between working, so I don’t quite feel sorry for them.  I want them to learn the value of working hard, and what that produces.

This one was a BIT heavy!

This one was a BIT heavy!

We were getting quite the load of rocks, and we even had some in the back of the truck to boot.

We were getting quite the load of rocks, and we even had some in the back of the truck to boot.

Yes, here is a picture of that!

Yes, here is a picture of that!

I think we did quite well clearing out the pile of rocks they had.

I think we did quite well clearing out the pile of rocks they had.

Now, it may not look like a lot of weight, but it was, and as we were pulling out, and down the street our jack on the trailer started to drag and bend.  NOT. GOOD!

I quite don’t like things that happen like that.  UGHH!  We are killing the truck and the trailer now.  Yikes!  That makes me feel really concerned (worried, you might say).  We have to take care of these things we have been blessed with.  This is NOT the way to do it, I’m afraid.  Weighing our load down so that we are dragging the trailer jack is kind of freaky to me.  What to do!

We pulled over and rearranged the load to balance it differently.  It’s not that our daughter did a poor job.  It is a tough thing to know how to balance it out.  We had a long way to go, and we had to do something.  So, we did.  We balanced the load a little differently, and it worked.

However, now the jack on the trailer was bent, and that was not good.  We had to stop and get gas, and it turned out that there was a man and his truck~~his utility tool truck ~~working on some of the pumps when we got there.  My husband asked if he could use one of the tools to straighten out the jack so we could adjust something else.  (Can you tell I am very vague about what was happening at this point?  Sometimes, I just want to escape.  This was one of those times.  I just don’t handle things like this well.)  I let my husband take care of it with the help of this generous man~ and just prayed, and kept praying after whatever was done was done, and we headed home~~I mean ‘we headed to our property’ to drop the load off.  It was quite the jaunt, but we made it.  Praise the LORD!  Seriously!

At the property, and unloaded in a nice stack waiting to be put up on the wall.  (It is the front stack of large flat rocks, not the back pile of creek rock.)

At the property, and unloaded in a nice stack waiting to be put up on the wall. (It is the front stack of large flat rocks, not the back pile of creek rock.)

WE MADE IT!

Is this of him putting the jack back on the trailer?  AHHH~~

Is this of him putting the jack back on the trailer? AHHH~~

I think that is what happened.  They actually removed the jack for the trailer so that it wouldn’t be dragging the whole time and we could make it back without damaging it anymore.

Whew!  Some things you think are going to be easy.  And they aren’t!

There is a little saying that I once spoke to my husband when I was trying to convince him to tear out a wall in our current house.  I didn’t think it could be that difficult, so I likened it to “nailing a board to a wall” ~~meaning it would be easy peasy.  Well, when we actually went to do that, it wasn’t all that easy, and it took a LOT longer than I ever thought it would take.

Now I hear, “It’s like nailin’ a board to a wall.” whenever I am suggesting we can try to do something that we have never done before.  I think he is saying that it isn’t going to be as ‘easy peasy’ as I make it out to be.

That was the case with getting this load of rocks back.  Sure, we can carry rocks to our trailer and truck bed, but what do we do when the load is too heavy?  We struggle and regroup.  “It’s like nailin’ a board to a wall.”   HAAAA!  Not really funny, but funny!  😉

There you have it.  We got the load of rocks back, and we didn’t kill the truck or the trailer.

Just “Thank you LORD!” for helping us through another one (of the situations I get us into that aren’t ‘easy peasy’)!

 

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Our (not-gonna-kill-the-van) truck!

By February 15, 2017 General, The Gatherings

A truck again!

My husband was a scrapper.  Yep, you heard me.  He was someone you would see driving around in his pick-up . . .picking up the metal left for the trash man, and make money off of it.  And then there were the people that would call him to pick up their stuff so it would help both of us out.  And then, you know, there is Craigslist where people list things they want to get rid of if a scrapper wants to come pick it up. This was when the metal was worth something!   It was a little market, per se.  Or was it?

We got smart.  The truck ate more gas than the money made from the metal that was scrapped.  And besides, the truck kept breaking down.  Something about this just didn’t work?

And then there is the time.  It takes time to go perusing for the scrap metal, and then to ‘break it down’ so that the recycling business will take it.

YEAHHHHHH!  ~~

NO!     

That truck was put up for sale.  We couldn’t afford the time or the money this truck was taking.  So, see you later truck.  I was not too disappointed, and actually, neither was my husband.  It was a little venture he had tried.  And now it was done.  So there.

And then comes along this log house venture.  We have a little Honda hybrid (great gas miser for trips to the property) and a van.  As you know, we got a hitch kit put on it for pulling the trailer that we bought to haul the stuff that we need to take down there.

Then there were the logs that we got from our church.  The three white pine trees that my husband  felled from the church we belong to.  We hauled them down to our property.  After the incident with our van after hauling them, my husband determined we needed another truck.  A Dodge Ram at that.  Nothing else, and he was getting advise about what year, etc. to get.

Looking, looking, looking pursued.  Some calls.  Some tests drives.  Climbing under and checking them out.  No~~ No~~ No~~

And then finally he found the one that he thought would be it.  This after calling and searching for weeks/months.

He took our boys, AND our handy dandy mechanically-minded neighbor, and they drove down into Kentucky to look at this truck.  Seemed well enough for an older truck.  It is a Dodge Ram 1500 4×4~surprise!  with an extended cab and an extended bed.  It has a lift kit on it, and those ‘fog’ lights that are apparently blinding (quite hilarious for us 50 somethings to be driving around).  It has low miles, and a remote control for a CD changer (hehe~no lie), and it is mostly in good shape for a 2000.  It has lots of power, no problems with the transmission that we can tell.  But there were/are some other features, I mean ‘issues’ that come with an older vehicle.  The roof lining of the cab of the truck was coming out.

We have a friend, Art, who is also a car guru,  who offered to help with that ‘issue’.  He has a lot of the adhesive needed for that exact purpose.  YAY!  So glad he can help.

Oh, and there is no bumper.  Need to get a bumper.

And oh, when my husband was pulling the truck into Art’s garage, scared to death it would hit the top of the garage because of the lift and the lights, he tried to open the window to talk with Art, and the window would not open.

You know, some things you just don’t think to check.  And would it be a deal breaker if a window doesn’t open?

Does it matter now?  NO, it just needs to be fixed, so before they could start on the lining for the cab roof, they had to take care of the window problem.   AND so they fixed both things.

We took it to the property to haul some stuff around down there.  And I convinced my husband to test out the 4WD.  He did, and we drove all around the area of our property that has been cleared.  It’s not like we were 4 wheeling like ‘crazies’, we just wanted to see this truck work!  And it did great.

Then as we were pulling out of our driveway, he changed it back to 2WD, and we got stuck!  It is funny to think about now.  Like, it would not pull us out.  We have mud at that part of our driveway, and it is down lower than the road, so there we sat.  I was not impressed.  We both were thinking it was still in 4WD, because that is what it showed on the dashboard, and here we are stuck in our driveway.  When it was actually in 2WD?  Yeah, I’m confused.

Seriously!  Not joking~~UGGHH!

But we weren’t stuck for long.  He had to back it up, and get it going a little bit faster out of the driveway.  (The driveway still needs more gravel on it~it just has the base right now on a good portion of it.)

But then there are some other features~~oops, I mean issues.

Like the ‘check engine’ light that just recently came on.

Then my husband says, “Remind me to stop buying old vehicles, and just get something that doesn’t have a lot of problems.”

YEAH!  I am thankful that our van and car do not have issues.  He takes good care of them.  We were in our van over Christmas (that has 161,000+ miles on it) and headed to Wisconsin.  It was running great!  Although we were getting beat up by the wind.

My point being that the truck we got isn’t a show truck, it is going to be a work horse.

But, just, “Thank you LORD!” for this truck.

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Church trees! and white pines at that!

By January 19, 2017 Blessings along the way!, Our log home journey!, The beginnings!, The Gatherings

Here is Roman heading out to where the trees would be cut down, with the tools loaded in the wheelbarrow, getting ready.

There were 3 pine trees that had been planted years ago at our church.  As they grew, they seemed to be in the way of the electrical lines, and had to be trimmed to maintain the distance from the lines.  That causes a bit of misshape to the tree, you could say.

It was time!  Our pastor wanted them taken down, and my husband volunteered.

Then I asked if we could have the logs once we felled them.  He said yes.

My husband isn’t in the log hauling business, so he was asking me how we were going to get them to our property.

UHHHHHHHH!  Yeah, I don’t how we are going to get them there either.  But we will work something out, right?

First they needed to come down though, and that is just what my husband did.  These weren’t terribly tall, but tall enough.

Gives you an idea of the height.

Gives you an idea of the height.

So, down they came.  YIKES, this is scary business.  I helped with the last one (that happened to be growing along and around the electrical wires, so that needed to be taken care of before they came down, snapping the lines in the meantime.)  So he sawed off the branches that would grab the wires on the way down, and then we went to town on them.

Starting to down this tree!

Branches trimmed off, and ready to fell this tree!

Wheelbarrows and boys! They go together!

In the meantime, wheelbarrows and boys! They go together!

No fun at all, right? This is training for learning to balance a wheelbarrow!

No fun at all~~ but this is training for learning to balance a wheelbarrow!  Right?  😉

Down came the trees!  There were some scary moments~~seriously!  Trees do have a mind of their own, and I know that.  I wasn’t snapping pictures of me helping to pull it towards me, trying to make sure it went down the right side when he sawed into it.   We survived it!  And . . . . .

 

And down it came!

. . . down it came!  This was the last one down!

 

Branches go over the hill! Great little helpers!

Branches go over the hill! Great little helpers!

 

No surprise! He started peeling the first tree!

Surprise! He started peeling the first tree, AND HE WAS GETTING THE BARK OFF!

WHOA!  YAY, this is how this works!  Go for it, little one!

And then we peeled~~it wasn't too difficult! But these hadn't grown their cambium layer~~still had sap running through them.

And we peeled~~it wasn’t difficult! But these hadn’t grown their cambium layer~~still had sap running through them, so easier to peel!

 

Pretty, huh?

Pretty, huh?

 

And G'pa came along, as always, to supervise!

And G’pa came along, as always, to supervise!

Then to haul them to our property!  We got the sections we wanted from the trees, because we could have never hauled the entire trunk.  We got them loaded, headed to the property, but~~

Not strapped down~~so . . .

they were not strapped down because they seemed weighted enough.  We were going to be getting on the expressway, and. . . .

I GOT SCARED!  YEPPERS!  Didn’t want tree logs flying off our trailer, and I am sure no one else wanted that either!

 

Seemed heavy enough to ride, but got kind of scared, and wanted to make sure they weren't going to go flying out down the expressway, so we stopped and made sure they were strapped down GOOD!

So we stopped and made sure they were strapped down GOOD!

Off we go again!

We got down to our property, and headed up to one side of the hill to offload these babies!  They weren’t light~~”Use your legs, Michelle!  Use your legs!”  when lifting, right?

See them sitting there~~I am thinking posts, and stair steps! EEEEEEEH! FUN!

See them sitting there~~I am thinking porch posts, and stair steps! EEEEEEEH! FUN!

We got some logs pieces from back on our property, and then brought them up to use to set the logs on (as a sort of rack)!

Next step~treat the logs soon!

I left then to go and say “Hi” to our elderly neighbor ladies, while he finished up and got the van and trailer off the hill and ready to leave.

I came back across and hopped in the van, and my husband says to me, “When I was backing the van down the hill, it kind of got stuck, and when I tried to keep backing up, it started making a funny noise.”  Nonchalant, he was!

And me! ! !  I am thinking, “WHAT?!”

I.do.not.like.the.sounds.of.that.at.all!   But there was no noise now, so maybe it was just a fluke thing, right?

Just “Thank you LORD!”  We got them there safe and sound!   Sound?

What was that noise, anyway?  (see the next post)

 

 

 

 

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Ceiling fan for $75~~going once, gone!

By November 17, 2016 Blessings along the way!, The Gatherings
The lovely ceiling fan.

Ceiling fan for a bedroom, hanging lights for hallways, fa la la lala la  la  la   la.

So I have been perusing Craigslist, and recently I have purchased a BEE-U-TIFUL ceiling fan.  It is the one pictured (albeit very tacky! as my husband found a spot for it in our over-stuffed garage) at the top of this post.  The Craigslist seller~~an older fellow who lived with his wife in a sweet retirement community~~ had won it as a prize, and did not want/need it.  He said he found a price for it online somewhere for $175.  I cannot find it online anywhere for under $400, and one of the prices listed for it was $660.

REALLY?  Who pays that kind of money for a ceiling fan/light?  Really?  Not me apparently!

And it is BRAND SPANKING NEW!  YAY for us!   I thought it was beautiful, and I thought the price was right, so I went and got it.  Woohoo!

This is one of the reasons that we are taught to take our time building our log cabin~~ so that we can find deals along the way, and make our build even more economical.  AND, my husband has requested ceiling fans in the bedrooms, so there you have it.

I also talked a fellow down a bit on a hanging light fixture,  and went to pick it up just last night. . .

Hanging light fixture~~now don't you think that will look nice in a log cabin? I do!

Hanging light fixture~~now don’t you think that will look nice in a log cabin? I do!

and then he offered . . .

The throw in light fixture. . .he thought maybe we could use it (YES we can!) and that way, he doesn't have to post it on Craigslist. FREE! Love that price!

The throw-in light fixture. . .he thought maybe we could use it (YES we can!) and that way, he doesn’t have to post it on Craigslist. FREE! Love that price!

I have also recently gotten a Kohler drop-in vanity, and the gentleman also offered me (at an amazing deal) an entire shower set with the handles, faucet, shower head, etc.  BRAND SPANKING NEW!  LOVE it!  I also found a great deal on a Kohler toilet NIB!

Just “Thank you LORD!” for your blessings.  It is nice to be posting ~~it makes me realize how God has been faithful to continue blessing us with good deals.    Just SWEET!   He is good~~even though we are still waiting on our house logs.

 

 

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Three Mahogany doors, and some ideas. . .

By October 9, 2016 General, Planning, The Gatherings
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We picked up 3 mahogany doors today, and I have a place for each one of them of course.   They will be beautiful!  Clean ’em up, and put a coat or two of varnish on them, and I think we will be in business!

They even came with the frames! (I think this door got stored up-side-down.)

They even came with the frames! (I think this door got stored up-side-down.)

 

You know, it is so interesting to meet other people who are also repurposing items.  The fellow we got the doors from is fixing up a rental property that he owns, and so it was fun to get to see some of his work.

I also got some great ideas from the bathroom he had fixed up~~ways to save money and it looks still very nice.  I asked him if I could take a few pictures. . .

He framed in a mirror with this crown molding~~How cool is that?

He framed in a mirror with this crown molding~~How cool is that?

He made this wall with bead board, and told me about how to get the most out of it based on the size sheets it comes in.

He made this wall with bead board, and told me about how to get the most out of it based on the size sheets it comes in.

Just a close-up of the details~

Just a close-up of the details~

 

And, unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of this, but my little fellows were having a BALL with the ‘Lazarus’ lizards (see story here about the origination of these lizards to this area: http://www.nkytribune.com/2015/08/leapin-lazarus-lizards-or-podarcis-muralis-are-legends-with-a-colorful-story-of-their-own/).   This fellow transplanted some of them to this house years ago and they have also multiplied there.  There is an abundance of them~~they are all over the place.  NOT actually all over, but you can spot one frequently enough if you scan the outside of the house.  AND you can imagine how much fun that was for my 7 and 8 year old boys.  OH MY!  They were entertained!  And did not want to leave without one of those lizards.

UH. . . . . .Not yet, not now!  But maybe later. . . .

Just “Thank you Lord!” for the mahogany doors, and the great ideas! and the fun the fellows had while I checked out the remodeled bathroom!

 

 

 

 

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