Or, as Matt tells the story, the time I followed too closely behind him while he was carrying–and dropping–lumber.
Saturday afternoon was fall cleanup day here on the farm.
Remember this pile of lumber that I cleaned up back in the spring? I was so proud. I am woman, hear me roar.
However, I really only did half the job. I brought it over to the barn, but not actually into the barn. I dumped it beside the silo.
Putting it into the barn was one of the tasks on my (mental) fall to-do list. After mucking all of the old straw and manure out of the stalls last fall, we have lots of extra space, and I knew one of the empty stalls would be perfect to corral all of this lumber.
I recruited Matt to help me, and we moved 6x6s, 4x4s, 2x8s, barnboard siding and assorted other lumber–including a few pesky 2x4s–into the barn. There is so much lumber, yet it takes up barely a quarter of a stall. Horses are big animals, people.
Along the way we picked up the leftover fence posts that have sat by the garden all year, some other lumber, some metal posts–five piles in all.
I’m so happy that the property is looking just a wee bit tidier. Next year when we mow these new areas, it will look even better. I’m not sure Matt is quite as enthused yet. Especially since he’s our main mower.
My husband knows me so well. When we came into the house at the end of the day, he asked me, “How much of that did you have planned, woman? I thought we were just moving the one pile by the silo when I agreed to this. I want to re-examine the contract. I think I might sue.”
I admitted that I had planned for three out of the five piles–the other two were just a bonus. I also reminded him of the original contract, which says, “for better or for worse.”
How did you spend your weekend?
If you get through home-ownership with no injuries you’re doing it wrong.
🙂 I’m definitely doing it right, then. Or else I’m accident prone!
Were you following me when the bathtub came out? I have a scar from that because there was a Bath Fitter type overlay glued to the circa 1950’s cast iron tub. I yanked the latter off and fell back and got a deep scratch on my shin when it finally came free. Then we had to smash up the former and managed not to get injured doing that.
I don’t remember that drama. And it sounds memorable. We put our mark on our houses and they put their mark on us.
It was during Summer 2013, when the house looked like a nightmare and I lost 10 pounds.
Yipes. I’ve had two of those summers myself.
Awesome! To get 5 piles cleaned up can make you feel great! (And tired!) I would be walking by the now empty spots for the next weeks with such pride if it were me! Just think of all you can build with that collection too!
I worked on cleaning up the roadside fence line until the sun went down (only worked for about an hour) but was completely exhausted! I have much more to do on it but will be full of pride when I drive by, when it’s all done and looks nice.
I’m totally doing that! I always walk by and peek at projects after I’ve finished them.
I can’t even imagine cleaning up our fence lines. They’re so overgrown and tangled. What a huge job, but it will look amazing when it’s done. Good luck!
One of us always gets injured during projects, I don’t think there is any other way to do it. 😉
I bet that is such a good feeling to know that if you need wood for a project is is easy to get to and cleaned up from the yard.
Over the weekend I mowed our yard one last time, covered the strawberries with straw, and threw out the pumpkins that were decorating our front step that had started to rot. I got a lot done!
Sounds like you were productive as well. Good job!
Tell Matt you will counter sue – a personal injury claim. 🙂
The farm is looking great! There are still angles and parts of it I’m seeing for the first time. 129 acres is really huge!
These are the angles and parts that we need to clean up. That’s why they don’t make it on the blog that often! 129 acres is huge and a lot of work.