So, this is Day One of a four-day weekend at the Liberty House. A mini-vacation that I originally intended to use to loll about the house, basking in the glory of not having to put on pants. Which we all know would probably last about two hours, until I couldn’t help myself and started painting something or otherwise making messes somewhere in the house.
It’s what I do.
Instead, in a strange (but now wholly unexpected, if you read this post) turn of events, I spent the morning in my Carhartts, cleaning something. Namely, the donkey barn, which, when we last took a look at it, could not fit even one of the smallest donkeys among the mess…
I get to go meet my boys on Monday, but I’m not sure when they will actually be coming home. That is dependent both on the adoption process (I feel weird using the term “adoption” in conjunction with donkeys, but whatever) and how quickly I can get ready for them.
Here’s what I need to do:
- Clean out the barn, move all pallets of block out of the stall area
- Build a stall and patch windows
- Put in electric fence
I borrowed a trailer from my grandpa last night, and had this vague notion that I might go get a pallet dolly and try to move the fill pallets of stone up onto the trailer with it. I spent a lot of time this morning hemming and hawing about whether or not that would work, so I finally decided that I could spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to do this most efficiently, or I could just start making progress with some good old-fashioned manual labor.
So I pulled on my long johns, Carhartts, fur lined hat, and at 9:30 when I walked outside, I made the rule that I couldn’t walk back into the house until after 11. So if that shit got cold, I better start working harder to keep warm.
Inside of 30 minutes I was sweating, and two hours later, I went from this…
With two pallets and numerous boxes of stone veneer re-stacked out by the rubble pile:
And several boxes, tarps, and bags of trash hauled out to the big barn.
The moral of this story is that sometimes you need to get off your ass and start working instead of over-thinking things. I’ll be doing a little more cleaning this afternoon, stall building tomorrow, and fence installation (ie certain electrocution) on Sunday.
Then I’m going to loll about without pants on.