I should be cutting and splitting wood for next year, but am still splitting wood for this year … depending on how long winter lasts. It started early but the last week or so have been unseasonably warm.
It took the flu to give me time to post again. I am one of the last men standing, but I feel like I am going down....
Last weekend we had a wonderful square dance/hog roast - when the flu was somewhat distant on the horizon. Here is some of the pig prep: 1. dipping it in the scalding water; 2. making coals for cooking the hog; 3. taking the hog off the grill.
It looks like Dorian will have no substantial effect on us so far inland. We probably will get our share of rain - although it hasn't started yet.
So I dug trenches around the pig houses (actually lean-to type shelters) last night to divert water from pooling in the house. The pig shelters have dirt floors and the pigs tend to hollow those floors out, making them a low point.
My 19 year old son is in the SC State Guard and has been deployed to the coast for rescue and cleanup. I think he just completed his swift water rescue course a couple weeks ago - so the timing is right.
What a trip. Arrived home last night from a 2 week trek to Wyoming and back with a couple detours.
Of course I saw my grandbaby - a lot.
I love the west, especially Lander, WY - not just because the cutest grandbaby in the world lives there.!
We also went to South Pass City - well worth it! It used to be a booming town in the 1880's, now population of 3 or so. Much of it is preserved.
Son Nick and I hiked to Big Sandy lake (elevation around 9000 feet) and then after a night of camping, we hiked to Rapid Lake, which is close to 11,000 feet. Not much air to breathe there. I admit to having trouble in that regard. Pic is of me relaxing at Rapid Lake. It was BEAUTIFUL!
Hit Mount Rushmore for about an hour on the way home. Glad I went, but once is enough. I think the pictures are actually better than the monument itself. I will say though that Eastern South Dakota is beautiful.
Stopped somewhere in the middle of nowhere in South Dakota to get out of a dangerous thunderstorm with baseball-size hail, took shelter with a few other souls in a gas station - and met someone from SC not far from us. How does that happen?
We picked our first cucumbers a
few days ago and harvested our corn 2 days ago. The corn, due to lack of rain
at the critical time wasn’t as big as in the past, but it still is tasty. We
are just finishing last year’s corn from the freezer. I don’t know if we will
have enough to put up much this year, but I will take what God provides.
We had to replant our cantaloupe
and pumpkins. They are just breaking ground last week, so we will see how they
do. The tomatoes are there, but slow in coming.
We still have a very large hog to put down. We just never got around to it, and now it looks like the fall? This is the last of our own hogs. We have two young Jersey steers (Jersey beef is the best to eat.) which should be ready in winter and early spring. AND we bought a pregnant sow a few weeks ago. I want to get our own breeding stock again, but it will have to wait until the fall. (I think I said that last year.)
The bathroom remodel saga still
goes on. Remodeling a bathroom which is not square and which has many quirks in
the walls and plumbing has been no fun. Looking back, I should have gutted the
whole thing including the towel closet and started from scratch. The budget
would probably been about the same and I would have finished a week ago. Yesterday I thought we were ready at least to
have the bathtub operating (shower walls are proving a bear), but alas the tub
drain is leaking. Oh, it goes on and on.
Still on bathroom remodel – day 15 of a planned 2-day project….
But bigger things are happening. I have mentioned in passing
before that we have had a special young man visiting with us for the past 3+
years. Just a few days ago we signed adoption papers for this special 13-year old. Nothing is final until the
court signs off on the adoption, but now it is all but final. Happy days!
Daughter B found the calf in the corn this morning. Not too much damage. But it was hard moving the several hundred pound steer back into its own fencing. I guess we should have halter broke it. But of course we usually won't do that for a Jersey steer going into the freezer come winter....
We had no rain for a month, and hot, hot weather. Cucumbers fared well, but the cantaloupe and beans never broke surface. Replanted some this week after 3 or 4 days of off and on rain (finally). This rain may have saved the corn.
Still working on the bathroom. Floor, toilet, vanity and tube are installed. Kitchen sink let go in the middle of all of it. JB Weld solved the problem.
This morning I installed shutoff valves under the house for the shower hot and cold so I can total redo the plumbing for the tub and shower at my leisure. This plumbing is necessary to get the shower walls to fit properly.