I think we’re officially 3 days into Summer, which means my panic mechanism regarding projects that need to be done before it starts snowing just kicked in to high gear. WINTER IS COMING. (In, like, four months, but still.)
From the minute the temps were high enough that I could walk outside without my Carhartt’s on, my focus has been the animals and the garden. And since those animals basically appeared out of thin air about six months before I intended to get them, the prjects I had planned that didn’t involve keeping donkeys and chickens alive kind of fell off my radar. That’s all well and good, but I do need to make progress on more than hugging farm animals before we head into the next deep freeze, so here’s what’s on my Summer list.
Things I Have To Do So Something Doesn’t Die
- Prep the nugs for winter. The “quick” option would be insulating the current coop and building a covered run, but I’ve got plans for a larger coop and greenhouse in the garden that would be ideal to wrap up before November.
- Rebuild the donkey barn door, which totally fell off a few weeks ago. (While the lack of barn door won’t kill the donkeys, it might kill me if I have to chase one of them around the pasture with a vaccine needle sticking out of his neck again.)
Slightly Less Imperative But Still Important Things
- Get the permanent fence in for the donkeys.
- Run electric out to the donkey barn.
- Put in the hay loft.
- Get the generator switch installed, and test run the generator.
Things That Would Be Easier To Do Before It’s Freezing Out
- Demo the master bath and haul all the debris out to the dumpster
- Get rid of the junk in the barn/garage/workshop
- Tile anything that needs to be tiled (kitchen, mudroom, master bath– not all of them you crazyass, pick one or two)
- Stain the stairs and dining room floor while you can open the windows and save braincells
Not So Imperative But Would Really Make Me Feel Good About My Progress Things
- Finish siding on garage and PAINT (includes new doors, windows, trim, and soffits)
- Install fence around propane tank to garage
- Install barn-beam pergola on back side of garage
- Spray down driveway and spread more gravel
- Knock down back field
- Plant fruit trees in fall
- Get workshop “set up” (clean, storage, insulate, drywall, paint cabs, wood burner or hook up propane furnace)
- Finish clearing the rubble pile (all blocks, barn beams, and wood in barn, weeds cleared)
This is technically a picture of a bigass country storm that formed directly over my house as if I was about to be smited by god, but it also shows the side of the garage that desperately needs re-siding, and the third 30 yard dumpster I’ve had in the last year. When I’m done that will be ninety cubic yards of shit I’ve had hauled off this property.
For some reason I’m not itching to start the master-suite project, but it would be really, really nice, for the first time in three years, to actually have a working bathtub to soak in. So, you know, if I have a little extra time, maybe I’ll refinish the master bath.
So basically I need to get my ass in gear, like, yesterday.
Also, in retrospect, that’s way more than ten projects.