Our outdoor projects are coming along nicely. My dear husband finished his little barn. It is just waiting for some warm weather to be stained. It turned out to be a really nice size. I’ll have to get out and get some updated images for you to see. If your following this blog I don’t think you will even recognize the chicken coop. We decided to go over the outside instead of finishing the inside of it. My dear hubby added a steeper roof line for the metal roofing too. He wanted it to be a bit more rustic so he went into the woods looking for a couple of trees he could use as posts. He came back in ranting and raving about someone taking his trees. I couldn’t imagine who would steal our trees. When I looked at him bewildered he told me to come out and see. I found some boots and followed him into our woods. The evidence was clear. Beavers were clearing our land faster than we wanted them too. It was amazing they have built-in measuring tapes. The trees were gnawed into 8 foot lengths.
They had even started to drag them out to the pond. With the warmer weather coming all projects were put on hold. My dear husband revved up the 4 wheeler. He was going after his trees! No beavers were going to beat him at this game. We started to think of ways to protect certain trees from the beavers. We talked about using wire to wrap the trees in. My daughter remembered a pin I had pinned on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to protect the trees.
If you are a horse owner, or like us and are horse caregivers, one of the last things you want to hear is “your horses are out”. I can’t describe the panic that comes over you when you hear those words. We were having a quiet saturday morning working on the 3rd or 4th cup off coffee when our neighbors drove up the driveway with the dreaded news. The horses were out of the paddock and on the road. The whole house went into high gear. It was a pretty cold morning so the Carhartt overhauls were flying on fast. I chose my little slip on boots instead of my big snow boots because I didn’t know if I would have to run. At the end of the driveway was a welcoming site. The horses were eating a bale of straw outside of the hay tent. They must of followed the neighbors down the road when they came up the driveway. We got them in halters on led ropes and checked out where they had gotten out. Our mouths were pretty much wide open when we saw the damage they did to the fence.
My dear husband was not happy. He had built the fence when it was 100 degrees out last July and now would have to repair it when it was 15 degrees out. The good news was the sun was out and shining nicely. We thanked our neighbors for coming to get us and they replied ” we just watch out for each other out here.” I’m so glad they did. Thanks Don and Jan!
The project for the day was suppose to be the chicken coop but after the horses decided to become escape artist our plans changed. As my dear hubby worked on the fence our 15 year old came home from work. She had called for a ride home just before Don and Jan came. When we didn’t come and get her she called a family friend for a ride. Thanks Greg. She and I decided to install the new fencer. The old one had burned out last week. I was hammering in a nail and missing every 3 or 4 times so she wanted to do it. She was missing every other time so we started to get the giggles. Well, it is even harder to nail something while laughing so this project took us twice as long as it should of. When we got done she looked at our mini and said “I think I should ride him”. I said “go ahead”.
Here is a picture of her on our mini named “Fat Chance”. The other horses didn’t think the whole thing was funny and kept running and kicking up their heals. Some times projects need to be put on hold just so you can have fun. Boy did we have fun! Did you get a project done or did you have fun?