Monday, June 19, 2017

Boat Remodel, Phase 1

 Handy Husband had purchased what I thought was a piece of junk years ago. It sat in our barnyard, surrounded by weeds, until we finally decided to tackle the job of fixing it up. 

After removing the seats that we had decided on not keeping, we started general clean up and removal of the old hole patches. 

The boat is an old aluminum, flat bottom boat. 

It cleaned up rather nicely, and the old patches sanded off with just a bit of elbow grease. 

Everything is smoothed and sanded. 

We used a spray-on, liquid, rubber sealant on all rivets and seams. 

The actual holes were patched using the rubber sealant as well as a mesh screen to help
cover the holes in. Several coats of rubber sealant will be needed on these areas.
That's as far as we got on this phase.
Stay tuned for the finished boat (hopefully soon!). 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Boy and His Dog

Our sweet Tank is still a favorite amongst the kids.

After adopting him, Tank became an instant friend of Baby W's. 

And he still is! Their friendship of three years is still going strong. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Glimpse of Our Rabbit Colony

Check out this super short video showing you what life
is like in our rabbit colony.

Garden Update

I decided to downsize our garden this year, as it was just far too much for me to handle last year. So far everything is doing pretty well, although I'm having a hard time with my successive plantings of green beans... the rabbits are eating them all up as soon as they sprout!

We've got the following planted:
potatoes, green beans, snap peas, radish, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers. 

More Lakeside Fun

 I LOVE that we live so close to this beautiful lake. We spent another wonderful weekend there and even took the little ones out on the lake in a paddleboat. They loved it!

New Kittens on the Farm

When a very pregnant female cat was dumped here, I knew we'd be having kittens before long. And sure enough, after giving birth somewhere in the hay barn or the well-house, she eventually moved her babies under the house, right by the front porch.

They are now around 4 weeks old and starting to venture out from under the house. 

The momma is super sweet and seems to really be at home here. We plan on getting her fixed and keeping her. But hopefully we can find homes for all the kittens. 

The View

 Before the warmer days settled in, we were having some beautiful
early mornings, such as this:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Soaking

We've had a very wet spring this year. In fact, I've only had to water the garden one time so far, and the rain has kept most of the livestock's water tanks constantly filled. It's been quite nice, and the kids have had their fun with the rain too:

Homemade Bow Stand

Handy Husband and our 9 year old put their creative skills to work on a stand
for their bows and arrows. I think it came out pretty good!