OK, maybe not galore but we did manage to get quite a few projects done in the past two weeks.
But first, I want to share with you this morning’s foggy sunrise over the mountain…
It was magical!
I can’t believe today is the last day of September. This year has really flown by. Soon, we will be buried under quilts, stoking the fire, eating the fruits of our labor and relaxing. I, myself, am also looking forward to doing some sewing and quilting. My sweet LizzieBelle is already buried under her blanket…
But, back to the past two weeks… after discovering that our chickens were still not safe even in the fenced in paddock we decided to close off a portion of the paddock and make a chicken run directly off the barn.
We purchase 150 feet of chicken wire, re-used some metal fence posts from around the farm and got to work.
After a long days’ work we had two sides done.
Still to do was add the chicken wire to the outside of the fence by the driveway but, at least, they were safe from predators stalking them from the mountain side of the paddock.
While we were purchasing the chicken wire I, of course, had to check out the clearance aisle where I found some lovely perennials marked down to $3. Score! So, we took a break from the chicken run to work on some curb appeal.
Our driveway actually ends at the side of the house. There were a few Hostas and some wild Lemon Balm along the front of the porch and nothing along the back of the house where we and everyone else enters the house.
I decided to move two of the Hostas, divide them and plant them along the back of the house from the corner of the porch to the door.
Hopefully, they will fill out again but we’re liking where they are now.
CountryBoy tilled the ground at the far corner of the porch and then I planted my clearance plants. He added some stones for me to help keep the weeds down.
It’s easy to mow around and helps show off the flowers.
All of my lovely clearance plants!
Once that project was over we got back to work on finishing up the chicken run. The girls, and Fuzzy Foot the rooster, are happy and we feel good again about their safety.
The next project was installing a temporary wall to close off the bathroom from the laundry nook and pantry.
I say temporary because, one day, we have plans to renovate the bathroom after we get a half bath put in upstairs. We’re not sure when that will happen so in the meantime we decided that we needed to go ahead and close off and separate the bathroom from the pantry.
Continuing the reclaimed fence boards we used in the pantry CountryBoy got to work on sanding the remaining boards down, putting up 2×4’s and cutting the boards to size to create the wall.
He also relocated the door into the pantry/laundry nook/bathroom and used it as the bathroom door.
SO much better!
Since the wall is temporary I simply tucked the metal rack we’ve been using for towel storage in the wall alcove but removed several shelves to accommodate the wall mounted gas heater. CountryBoy added some small shelves by the tub/shower for a little bit of extra storage space.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to NOT see the bathroom when I walk into the pantry for something or when I’m doing laundry. It’s the little things, haha!
Yesterday, while CountryBoy was re-working our winter dining table (it sits directly across from the wood burning stove!) I got to work on the cover for the crib-bench in the living room.
After mustering up the courage to cut the fabric, I washed it and finished cutting out the pieces that I needed. If there’s one thing that will make me procrastinate on starting a sewing project is the cutting of the fabric. You know, that whole fear of messing it up and then what do I do?! Once that’s done, it’s a piece of cake!
I didn’t quite think the whole thing through when I started but it went together fairly easy and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
I made it like a pillowcase with snaps on the one end so that it can be removed if it needs to be washed.
Once CountryBoy was finished stiffening up and sanding down the winter dining table I did a final sand and put a couple of coats of polyurethane on it.
I love how the polyurethane brings out the grain of the wood.
CountryBoy made this table last year out of boards that were salvaged from right here on the farm.
So pretty and ready for winter!
I’ve also been removing Lavender seeds and flowers from a box of Lavender that we were gifted with as well as working on the ever-present need to get organized and find permanent homes for everything. Happily, I am finding those permanent homes and feeling a bit more settled in.
I’m sure I’ve missed something else that we’ve done over the past two weeks but those projects were the bigger ones. Which one was your favorite?