What I love about life on a fixer-upper farm is that no two days are alike.
I have always loved variety. From whatever job I had outside the home to crafts the more variety involved the more I enjoyed it.
We are only half-way through the day and here are just a few things that have taken place…
CountryBoy and I worked on underpinning the front porch this morning.
We used some old, original metal roofing from the farmhouse that we found in the barn and began custom-cutting each piece to fit the uneven ground.
We had to use the backside of the metal because there was black tar on the other side.
I love it! It’s kinda rough looking right now but with the addition of some plants and the finishing touches on the porch it’s going to look awesome!
The BEST part about the under-pinning? It will keep the cats from using that area as a toilet. Peeeeuuuu!
We’ve also come up with a solution for this wall.
Say Hi to Creamsicle posing on the concrete step!
It’s going to take some work but at least we have a plan now. I know. What a mess! But, we are going to add some structural support which means we can also add some insulation.
Tonight is our monthly business meeting and potluck at church. I had no idea what to bring so I am making a favorite of many that attend – soup beans. I had never heard of soup beans before moving here. Of course, I’ve heard of bean soup, you know, with navy beans and ham or a 9 or 15 bean soup but not soup beans which is really nothing but pinto beans ’round here. I found a recipe online from an Eastern Kentucky gal so it oughta be pretty close to the way the locals make it. At least I hope it is! (Trying to get an actual recipe from anyone, phhhttt! It’s a pinch of this or some of that but an actual recipe? Fah-getta ’bout it!)
The secret ingredient? Bacon grease! And, thankfully, a farm kitchen always has a jar of bacon grease!
Later on I’ll make some cornbread to go with it and maybe even some sugar cookies. I love having a well-stocked pantry for occasions like this especially since town is thirty minutes away. (Just ask my brother about that, ha!)
I checked on my bees since I knew they would need some water.
There was lots of action in and out of the entrance.
I tried to get a shot of the bees coming back with huge pollen sacks on their legs but they were too fast and my camera is having issues. Seeing those bees so active and bringing the pollen back is a good sign of a healthy and productive hive. Maybe I’ll get a bit of honey this year!
While I was checking on the bees I took in the beauty of the blooming irises.
These are near one of the garden entrances by the grapevine arbor.
The purple and yellow irises are so pretty together.
Speaking of grapes, I’m hoping for a few clusters this year.
One of the grapevines shows a lot of promise with lots of teeny tiny grape clusters on it. The second grapevine has a few but not near as many as this one.
I am purposefully walking to the mailbox each day for a bit of exercise. (If you read my last post then you know how much I loathe exercise, ha!) On my way back, I stopped at the barn to check on the girls’ egg-laying progress and FuzzyFoot posed for the camera so I obliged!
Such a handsome and good rooster! And, it looks like we’ll have a dozen or more eggs today.
My days can quickly fill up with all things farm-related but I am conscientiously making time in the afternoons and/or evenings to work on business ventures such as my Etsy shop and oily care packages for my Young Living team members.
Each day is a different scenario, a different set of tasks but all too soon the day is gone and it’s time to lock the chickens up for the night.
Life on the farm. I love it!