Monday, June 30, 2008
Any other hints or suggestions for using a clothes line?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I woke up with a headache and a heartache with the normal mother feelings that affect all stay at home moms at some time or another--under appreciation. Todd tried to be supportive. I got to talk to some people at church about things that had nothing to do with me which helped me refocus. Then I got to go to Meijer all by myself. I missed a few things on my list, but got myself some sterling earrings that were 70% off. I can't find any earrings right now so these will be my summer in the barn earrings. Hopefully I will not loose them.
Later this evening, after a nap, we went to the storage unit and got our "real" mattress. No more futon lumps for me. We also stopped at the local ice cream place (there is one in every small town). That helped too.
Yesterday the footings were formed. Tomorrow they are supposed to start the foundation and finish this week. Then, we are told, it will take off from there. I will get some pictures. The big trucks are fascinating to all of us especially Daniel. I guess the next few weeks will be a bunch of big trucks to stay clear of and to entertain us.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The bathing area.
1. A plastic tub with about 3 inches of water for pre washing. Very important after a day of dirt sledding. Where the top layer of mud and other debris is rinsed or wiped off.
Here is the pre-wash tub and the water cooler mentioned later. Also the bathroom shelf with all the necessities. The shelf is an old refrigerator shelf with a milk crate on top all on a 5 gallon bucket turned upside down. I tried to bungee them all together, but it doesn't stay well.
2. Then the horse watering trough. I first thought one of those tubs you use for parties, you fill with ice and cans of pop, but I couldn't find one. SO we went to Tractor Supply Company (my new favorite store, well, almost); I figured they would have a big bucket of some sort. I walked down the aisle of horse supplies leaving Gabbi drooling over all the possibilities in her head. I found all sorts of sizes. My first thought was a big galvanized tub then I checked the price. Next possibility was rubber or soft plastic feeding tubs. As I priced them I found that I could buy a black hard rubber/soft plastic 50 gallon watering trough for $30. That was it.It is big enough that even I can sit comfortably in it. I have dreams of making a drain hole in it and covering it with one of those round plastic pieces you can use if you loose the stopper of a tub--it also looks like a thing-a-ma-jig to help with the grip for opening jars. I found that it is easier to drain than I though it would be so that might not be necessary.
3. Citronella candle. Not real effective but I like to think it helps.
4. Normal bath things: soap, towel, was clothes, shampoo is weather and dirt dependent. You know (at least I have read) that we Americans wash our hair too often. I know mine gets grimy after 3-4 days, others in my family have different times. Those who get their hair sprayed at church carnivals just have to live with green striped hair until it comes out on their pillows or until Saturday night.
5. A pitcher or cup. I like the pitcher that I got form a pizza place in college. You had to pay a dollar deposit for the pitcher when you bought a liter pop. I have always had a weakness for pitchers, I figured I'd let them keep my dollar because I wanted the pitcher. It used to have cool flying tomatoes on it, now just part of the logo is left. I can see the inside of the pizza place in my mind but can't remember the name of the place. It is a great size for hair washing and is plastic so it is safe in the bathroom.
Todd "showers" every day before work. For him, I warm water up in the evening and put it in a 3 gallon thermos like the ones they empty on coach's heads after championship games. It is still warm enough so he doesn't freeze and can get clean for work.
For my bath I have visions of soaking in a full steaming tub at dusk with no bugs flying around, reading a very entertaining novel by candle light. My ideal has been bolstered by my latest read from Mary Jane Butters MaryJane's Outpost - Unleashing Your Inner Wild check it out at http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/, so far that hasn't happened. To get enough water for steaming it would take all night since the propane tanks are almost empty and it takes about 20 minutes to get 5 quarts of water to boil. My first attempt the water was too hot because I didn't have enough cold water to add to the hot. It did make a nice warm sponge bath, but I never could get in the tub. The next two attempts were better, but I only managed to have about 4 inches of water, not enough to relax and let Calgon take me away. So I will continue to perfect the bath thing. Mary Jane had plans/pictures of an old iron tub with a propane double burner camp stove under it. I showed it to Todd. He didn't say no, but I need to collect the equipment--Anyone have an old tun they aren't using?
My water is boiling so I will go try the bath thing again.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It was nice to be back. Different acquaintances reacted to our living situation differently. We get from "Wow, what a cool adventure" or "I remember doing something like that when I was young" with a smile to "I can't even imagine living in a barn, bathing in a horse trough or cooking all meals on a camp stove."
After church we ran errands, the normal: Menard's, Jacks Fruit and Meat Market, and the park for water. When we got home Tabitha and I took a nap, Todd started my new clothes dryer (line) the rest gathered round the DVD player with movies from the church library. I woke up to thunder then rain. Tabitha woke up shortly after and we played until we were fully awake. I began to wonder if it would let up enough to get to the camper for some food. Then I noticed a dripping on the table, so thinking of food was put of long enough to find something to catch the water and dry the table with. Todd is currently up there trying to find the origin of the leak. So by the time we got rain coats it had let up enough to not get soaked. So Tabitha has joined the boob tube groupies in the camper and we found a snack.
After the rain stopped the sun came out and a new set of clothes were filthy
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Daniel renamed his spider man kick board his boogie board.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
So if we go with the lowest common denominator we have 2 hours including one hour of drive time. I can barely get groceries purchased in that amount of time.
So today by the time we got home 5.5 hours after we left everyone was grumpy and needed time out. But you know how time out goes everyone else goes off to climb dirt hills or practice guitar or play dress up while mommy fixes dinner with a toddler under foot.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Our barn home has 2 rooms. The front room (20' x 16') is the the kitchen (when we get water and electricity) and master bedroom and, if/when we get to it, the school room. One of the boxes I have yet to locate has all of Natalie's and Gabbi's school books in it.
This morning at 7:45 AM Randy came to stake the house. So we know where it is going to be. The drill digger was also here and seemed optimistic. He said he'd be back in about 2 weeks.
PS It took a bit to get these pictures uploaded, so I thought I would follow up on my "warm" bath. It was warmer than the air temperature but not by much. The camp shower (a battery operate pump) made a huge difference in my ability to wash my hair. I even shaved my legs. It felt great to be clean, but it took a couple hours to warm up. Any other day in mid-June I would have enjoyed the chill, but not today.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The children's room is arranged for now. I still want to loft one of the beds, but Todd has other things to do right now. Anyhow it will take him a week to find all the parts in the loft--I guess you should see pictures of that too.
The kitchen/master bedroom still has stuff everywhere. I plan to tackle that tomorrow along with finding a better spot or time to get things uploaded. If Nothing else we hope to get to the local library, and I will be able to upload there.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Todd goes to work tomorrow, at least his day will be normal.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I was roused out of bed by my neighbor Kim who promised to bring her vacuum for us to borrow since we couldn't find our extra vacuum bags and filled the one in the machine the day before. She walked in with a cup of coffee also which I longingly gazed at...she said "I wondered..." She left to bring back coffee, a shovel and something else I can't remember while I got dressed. I was happy to see the thermos full of flavored coffee she brought back. Now I could get to work.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
No snafus or damages. Ryan E. and John Chysler surprise helpers were huge blessings. I only had female helpers lined up and we had some really big things to move.
I saw Josie with the camera a few times so there will be pictures eventually.
My back is doing well. My brain is tired. Maybe a management position is not in my future.
I am sitting here in my almost empty house--box everywhere and things for the next few days are strewn everywhere. I am sitting in a chair I don't' want to move it is uncomfortable, but better than the floor. I have said goodbye to two of my neighbors, the other two I am too close to to say goodbye to. I have also said goodbye to most of my flowers and plants. Tomorrow I will separate some out to take with me. My lavender just grew enough to be bushy. I have had offers of cuttings from many friends and will enjoy growing my new gardens in that way.
Todd, the older girls and the truck are home so I will end my quiet musings and tuck them in bed.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The basement is almost empty--except the last clean up--after packing a bunch today. The upstairs is going to be more complex. Hopefully I will have some help tomorrow.