I apologize for my absence here on the blog. We’ve been busy playing catch-up and digging back into “school work.” Wow. What a year! Some days Scott and I feel like we haven’t accomplished anything around here and other days I am amazed at what we did get done. It’s been a crazy year, and I think we both feel relieved to see progress being made on some of these projects!
These past two weeks have been filled with plenty of activity. Scott changed the oil in 6 of our vehicles this weekend (2 tractors, the 4-wheeler, van, lawnmower and snowblower…with some help from a friend), did plenty of cleaning in some of the buildings, pruned more trees, pulled a few shrubs and trees, and mowed the lawn one final time for the season.
Over the weekend and this week I have been working on redoing the flower beds around one half of the house. My sister-in-law and I worked on edging the flower bed, and generally pulling dead plants, weeds, grass, and leaves out. It looked significantly better, but now I am in the process of adding a wood boarder around it to make maintenance and lawn mowing much easier, “tilling” and replanting the flowers in a little bit more of an orderly fashion. There are all of these wonderful perennial flowers on the property, and I kind of like the whole “cottage” feel, but they get crowded out by weeds and tall grass since there is no distinction between lawn and flowers, so the goal this fall (and next spring) is to bring a little more definition to those areas to allow the flowers to really stand out and also make yard maintenance a little easier.
The veggie garden is in the process of being weeded at the moment. It was quite a jungle at the end of garden season, so I am working to clean it up. I think another two days of digging in should finish the job. We ran our leaves over with the lawn mower and that will be getting spread onto the garden as extra mulch just as soon as I can finish that job. I think I will be pushing pretty hard over the week/weekend to get it done!
We decided to replace the garage doors. (When I say garage, it’s the building built onto the granary that was intended as a garage but is being used as our woodworking shop. We just park our vehicles outside.) Right now we have some yellowed, wavy fiberglass doors that need to go, so I am building carriage doors from barn wood. I am nearly done with the doors themselves, just a bit more reinforcement on them, and then I need to fix the door frame itself and install them (with help because they are HEAVY!). I can’t wait to get them up! There’s two doors to the garage and I’m pretty sure I will only have one half complete before the snow comes. When it is done though, you can bet there will be a post about it!
As I was assembling the second door for the one stall, I accidentally broke the glass in the window…this just after I repaired a window in the garage that broke when I was cutting wood for another project. It’s one of those moments where I hang my head and sigh. At least I know how to fix the window!
Two weeks ago, my wonderful mother came over to help me out while I worked on FINALLY cleaning up my sewing room. Before E was born, we were working on cleaning other areas of the house and somehow my sewing room became a dumping ground. I’ve tried cleaning it in the 6 months since he was born, but every time I got started, the kids would sneak in and make a mess or I would get interrupted or I had something that “has to get done now” and the room just kept getting worse. Now it’s pretty well in check. It’s a room with many purposes, so I don’t think it will ever look truly clean, but I do plan to improve on it yet.
Oh, and now that E is 6 months old, he’s all over the place and needs more attention. He’s rolling across the floor, pulling himself around, and putting everything in his mouth. Goodbye days of easy baby! Oh well, he’s extremely happy which makes him extremely cute, so all is forgiven! 🙂 It just means that I will be less productive in his waking hours.
I gained new motivation to finish a bunch of projects around here! My family will be celebrating Christmas Eve at our house which means I will want to finish as many of my half-finished projects as I can. With it still being warm (a warm November in Wisconsin…it’s weird), I’m trying to complete all of the outdoor work that I can before I really begin to dig into the indoor stuff. I guess that means I will have plenty to write about in the coming months!
Other things I have yet to write about…We picked black walnuts from a relatives yard and removed the hulls, now they are drying and waiting to be cracked. I’ll share more about that when we finish that project. Prior to chicken butchering, I made grape jelly for the first time. It was exciting and yet disgusting. I may be a sugar addict, but seeing how much sugar goes into making it…my jaw hit the floor! We’ve been taking German lessons with some fellow homeschoolers, I wrapped up the pumpkin sales, and I’ve been working on a few Pinterest projects for around the house. Oh, and I finally started to really clean and reorganize the basement! There was still a huge pile of stuff down their from the last owners that I went through in the wee hours of the morning. I still have a lot to clean down there, but it’s much, much better than it was.
Well, sorry for the boring post! I needed to journal what we’ve been up to. I want to get another post up before the weekend is out. I have a few ideas rolling around in my head, but leave your comments and let me know what you want to hear about! I’ll share more if I can!
What about you? Has it snowed yet? Or is it warm by you, too? What kind of last-minute fall projects are you working on? Don’t forget to leave your comments below!