First off, I have to say thanks to everyone who read and commented on my post earlier this week, which was a little bit of a departure from the usual sawdust and beer and hugging chickens that goes on around here, but no less a part of my story. In some ways I feel like my whole life is one big deviation from “the the stories we usually hear” and I suppose that’s why I’m compelled to share, and to be as authentic about it as possible (without, you know, oversharing.) And it’s always humbling to hear that my words resonate with other people, too. So, you know, thanks for being awesome people to share my stories with.
**Now back to our regularly scheduled sawdust and beer. And chickens.**
I haven’t been spending all my time lately being philosophical about the farm and life choices, I’ve also been working my ass off.
There have been some ass-related projects going on though, like this…
That’s a trench from the electrical service to the barn, which means LIGHTS IN THE BARN. And not needing to stretch 200′ of extension cord out there for the water heaters in winter.
This was something I meant to do two years ago, and I even brought the local electrician out to quote the work back before the donkeys came to the farm. (It was a fun little interview in which he told me “The only things that will give you trouble in life have tits, tires, or wires.” and to which I responded, “Only if you don’t know what to do with them.” So that was the beginning and end of our working relationship.)
A few months ago I renewed my search for an electrician that would make the drive out to the middle of nowhere, preferably one that wouldn’t tempt me to teach them manners with the business end of my four-pound sledge. Luckily I found a great, trustworthy guy who was happy to do the work…
We’re running a new line from the pole to the barn, installing a few lights and outlets in there, and then replacing this badly frayed wire on the pole…
And also replacing the solenoid in the flood light (which has been annoyingly turning itself on and off every 90 seconds for the last 2 years.)
It’s been difficult not having good subs to call on when I need to offload some of my projects on to a pro, but I’ve finally found great HVAC, plumbing, and now, hopefully, electrical guys, which makes me feel a lot better about some of the bigger house-projects I have on the horizon.
And, speaking of house projects, I’ve been making a concerted effort to put and hour or two in on the bathroom whenever I can, and I’m happy to say we’ve graduated from “constantly tearing shit apart” to “re-building.” Which, right now, is mostly drywall work.
For example, patching the holes that were cut to wedge the new tub into place. (I used the same method I use for smaller holes. Cut a square patch larger than the hole, trace it on to the wall, and then cut the wall to fit the patch instead of the other way around. Works wonders.)
I replaced the green board around the tub surround that was torn out when the old tub came out. (I don’t put much stock in “mold-resistant” wall board myself, but these sheets were in great shape and easy enough to reuse.)
I also finished re-framing the wall I tore out here. And then I needed to put a new box in for the light switch (and wired in a new switch, while I was at it.)
All of the pictures of the bathroom are going to have that awesome hazy glow for a while because DRYWALL DUST. EVERYWHERE.
My oscillating saw has actually become my new favorite tool for drywall work (sorry RotoZip) because I can shave small amounts of drywall off to get a good fit, which is notoriously hard with a utility knife or a round cutting bit.
I just have a few small spots to hang wall board, and everything needs to be taped and mudded, but I might even be ready for paint by the end of the weekend. And then it’s on to tile! (Finally.)
And, because I promised…
Which is how you know that all is well on the farm.