I hope your New Year’s Eve went well and you didn’t overindulge. But if you did, I hope you did so responsibly because 2024 has a lot of adventures and challenges in store for all of us.
Since we moved into our house in January of last year we have been involved in one project after another, from putting a new roof on the house and garage, to having the slope of the land changed and French drains installed to help with standing water after a heavy rain, getting a tornado shelter installed, having two new decks built, getting a hot tub, adding gravel to part of the driveway, building a shooting range, and I’m sure a lot of other projects that I can’t recall at this moment.
Now it’s a new year, and we have more new projects we want to get done. One of the first will be to insulate the floor beneath our office, and then we will enclose that space with some sort of siding. At one time it was a back deck that then got enclosed and turned into a room. But there is absolutely no insulation underneath it and it’s downright cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
The next priority is getting a propane tank and whole house backup generator set up. Hopefully both of those projects will be done in the next two to three weeks.
Another project is taking down the old hay sheds behind our pasture. We don’t have horses and don’t plan to, so they are just taking up space and making it more difficult to mow in that area. With any luck at all they will be gone sometime in the next few weeks.
Speaking of mowing, now that Travis and I cleared up the downed trees on one of our perimeter roads, I need to spend a day on the tractor with the bush hog. Yes, there really is a road under all of this brush.
Terry also bought three more of the raised planter beds that we need to put together and get in place for spring gardening. She had a lot of success with the three she already has last summer and is looking forward to even more this year.
Yet another project that we have been talking about is building a small footbridge across a drainage ditch alongside the road that goes back to the barn. It can stay wet and muddy, and crossing it to get to the barn road or to the carport where we keep the riding lawn mower and Mule sometimes becomes a challenge.
The biggest project, and one I have mentioned before, is getting our barn in shape. It’s been neglected for many years, and the design really does not suit my needs. However, it has a strong steel frame and cement floor, so it’s well worth the time and effort.
Travis and I are going to knock down the walls separating the main barn from two rooms that are now wasted space. This will give me more room for my tractor and its implements and make it easier to maneuver around inside. After that I plan to enlarge the door at the other end so I can drive in one end and out the other if I want to. Then we will redo the exterior walls, since the wood on the outside is weathered and in bad shape. It’s doubtful we will get all the barn work finished this year, but hopefully we’ll make some progress.
And, of course, there are books to be written this year. I will be starting on my next Big Lake book any day now, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it come together.
Wow, just hearing me talk about all of this work exhausted Alli. She fell asleep on the floor with her favorite toy in her mouth. 😊
What plans do you have for the new year? Travels? Projects around the house? Getting creative? I’d love to hear them
Congratulations Patricia Shonk, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.
We had 23 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.