Not Quite Blue

On Wednesday we were able to get the siding finished on the front of the barn. That included getting the two windows and the new entry door installed. We still need to reinstall the flashing on the peak, give it one more coat of primer in the channels of the siding, and give it one coat of paint. It was amazing how much primer the siding soaked in. Even after two thick coats, it still hardly looked like we did anything in some parts.

On Thursday, we had co-op, so I was unable to help at all. We were wondering if any work was going to be done based on the weather report. But my dad and his friend had the ingenious idea of reversing the barn doors on their hinges so that they were on the outside of the barn footprint so they could work on framing the new wall and door entry. By the time we got home from co-op the wall was framed and ready for girts. Rather than open the doors and expose the barn, and ourselves to the weather, it was decided to call it a day as installing the girts should take very little time. This is what the wall looked like before we scabbed some sheathing on it to keep the weather, and hopefully the critters, out.

If you are interested in watching the time lapse of our work on Wednesday or my recap of Thursday’s progress you can find them in the videos below.

Until next time…

Today the Work Begins, Barn to Blue

My dad and his friend are currently on their way over to the Homestead so we can begin the process of re-siding the front of the barn, and then I can re-paint it. It rained this morning but it has cleared up windy. Hopefully the wind isn’t too big a problem. Here is what the front of the barn looks like now.

You can see where the siding is rotting in places. We were able to get two sheets put up, and hope to make a much bigger dent tomorrow.

A Really Important Comment on Email Lists

I recently watched a video by Jack Spirko talking about the need to have an email list to be able to contact subscriber/supporters. In the video he talks about how different media platforms all have one major flaw, you can be shut down at any time. YouTube, Facebook, etc. can all decide that your material is offensive, or receive a complaint against you and all your hard work can be erased. Now while I don’t think that would ever happen with my website or YouTube channel, I’d rather protect against it. Jack suggested an email list as an insurance policy of sorts. If something were to ever happen, the content creator would have the ability to contact their supporter/subscribers and let them know what happened and where they landed. If you are interested in watching Jack’s video, it is available here.

To that end, I’d like to ask if you would be interested in signing up for my email list via the form below. I will never sell your email list or use it for anything other than contacting you to let you know what we have going on here at the Homestead.

You can also keep track of what we have going on in video format at YouTube here.

Thanks, until next time…

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Live Question and Answer

Greetings everyone. I am thinking about scheduling a YouTube livestream for question and answers. My thought is that I can livestream via my phone and then walk around and show things that people have questions about. I’d love your input in the way of questions so I have some lined up in case people aren’t able to watch the stream live, they can watch the video later. Please let me know if this is something that is of interest to you, and what questions you have. Thanks!

New Life Abounds

Today lambing season ended on the Homestead. Pebbles had a single ram lamb. This left us with two ewe lambs and three ram lambs. Not quite the ratio we were hoping for, but you get what you get. The two ewes do have great color, so at least there is that.

I also added some more chicks and a first time animal on the homestead, ducks. Tractor Supply was selling all their birds for $.25 each. On 8 ducks and 4 chicks, I saved $47 over regular pricing. Forty… Seven… dollars. I had to buy them.

I think they are white pekins. If you have any experience with that breed, please let me know.

If you’d like to see some video, you can check it out here.

Spring Has Arrived?

We had snow on Thursday night here,  today it is 76 degrees and beautiful.  In the course of a few days we have had all four seasons.

In that vein, there are things outside that need to get done.  I have some fruit and nut trees that need to be planted, as well as asparagus and strawberries.  The lilacs are starting to bud out leaves and the bees are busy.  I am hoping that spring is actually here to stay.

I apologize that I haven’t been posting on a regular basis here.  Much of my writing time has been spent on editing YouTube videos.  If you haven’t taken a chance to check out the channel, the link is www.youtube.com/c/HomesteadDad.

Until next(hopefully sooner) time…

A Plague Upon Our House

For about a week and half now our family has been passing the junk around again.  I thought I was going to escape this round, but I woke up Friday with a terribly sore throat followed by chills.  Of course it was our state basketball tournament weekend so I had to suffer through.  I really thought if I got enough sleep Friday night I’d be ok Saturday morning.  Not so much.

I literally went back to the hotel after our game on Friday, hit the pillow at 4:30 pm, and didn’t get out of bed until about 9 the next morning.  Still, no bueno.  In fact, as I write this on Monday morning, I still have a nasty sore throat.

Getting healthy would be less urgent if we weren’t at Defcon 1 in preparation for the newest addition to our family arriving.  I still have to get the crib in the house and put together and generally just lysol the heck out of everything to try and keep the house decontaminated.  Pray for health for our family if you could.

In the meantime, with spring around the corner, I am hoping to have a lot more to write about on the blog.  I do try to post a video daily on the YouTube channel so if you haven’t already, please consider subscribing there.  www.youtube.com/c/homesteaddad

Until next time.

Patience is a Virtue

I just got off the phone with the NRCS agent, the man who is going to come out and do a site survey for me to hopefully get a grant for a high tunnel.  With the weather being as cold as it is, and snow covering the ground, we rescheduled for a couple weeks from now.

I am not the most patient person.  When I see something I want to do, I normally jump in with both feet and get to it, even when waiting a bit may be the better course of action.  I suppose that can be both a good and bad thing, strike while the iron is hot type of thing, but that means that when something like this happens I have to temper my enthusiasm with some patience.

In the long run, this probably won’t affect when/if I get a grant for a high tunnel.  The first funding period is already over, so hopefully there will be a second one.  Even if I don’t get a grant this year,  before the fall or even next year would be nice too.

So for the time being, I will sit here, being mostly patient.

Living the good life