Saturday, August 27, 2011

Stormy Drive

A cold front came in the night last week and it stopped over the Ozarks to drop sheets of rain. The lightening was fierce and the rain was saturating. The storm knocked out the tv and computers to our dentist office. The staff apologized many times for the tv being out. It was fine by us since we don't have tv we would not miss the noise. The staff however were a bit unhinged over the loss of the talking box. I enjoyed the peace and quiet while getting my teeth cleaned.

Doors and Windows

We are watching and learning as our neighbor adds a mud room to his back porch. He accidentally bought doors that are 4 inches instead of the 6 inch width he needed for the addition. The windows looked great for anyone shorter than 6ft tall. The windows design puts a plastic partition right where a tall persons eyes would be, not a nice view. The solution to return the doors for the wider ones. The windows were cut apart and spaced upward for better wall design. These are setbacks today but by next week the changes will be for the better. At least the hummingbirds still have the open window to feed from; keeping my neighbor company while he works.

Truck Cage

My husband worked hard making our truck cage for our F-350 flatbed. We needed containment for hay, feed and building supplies for the farm. Things can fly off a flatbed and this cage gives our truck more usability. I stained the pine with chestnut deck stain to keep water from rotting the wood. The entire 3 sides are removable if needed, but they are heavy. We road tested it delivering our recycling from last winter into town. Nothing flew out of the truck and the cage stayed put. It feels good to make something safe for the farm and roads.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tent Cities

Here is the side of our falling economy you don't hear about on the news, tent cities. People who have lost everything and have to live in tents outside/within a city. These are people of all ages and backgrounds living in 3rd world conditions here in the United States. They are not people with mental conditions either. They were normal citizens one week then tent residents the next. And rather than deal with the reality of Americans living like this, our government pushes its own bloated agenda. And our citizens continue to think life is great and full of rainbows in America. And city leaders quietly send in our military to "clear out the garbage" of these tent cities overnight. Nice to know our government is hard at work keep up appearances for city dwellers. Have I seen these tent cities? Yes, in TX they have several that crop up monthly. I will not say where they are, they don't need that. But every few months these TX tent cities get "cleaned out" with hardly any trace of families that lived there. Where did the people go? As Americans we need to open our eyes and ears and think once in a while about what our country is turning into. How many of us are one paycheck, one earthquake, one storm away from living in a tent city? This article about the USA tent cities, was written in the UK.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Barn Wood For Sale

There is a 100+ year old dairy barn needing to be removed here in Summersville, MO. The owner wants to put up a new barn as this one has lost its roof. The huge 150ft x 90 ft barn is made of oak and pine boards and beams that are 12 inches wide! The barn needs to be removed by January of 2012. By that time all the hay should be gone, fed to the cows. Under the hay are huge oak floor beams that were hand hewn in the 1900's. If anyone would like to buy and remove the barn wood, please leave me your info in my comments.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Truck Addition

We are adding wooden sides and back to our flatbed truck. We need to haul stuff and not have it fly out of the truck. Things like straw and hay bales, our recycling, auction stuff, groceries and lumber. After my husband finishes this, I will deck stain it for a longer life. This give our truck a more "farm" look too. And now our truck can hold more stuff safely on the roads. We got the idea after seeing other farm flat bed trucks added to this way. And if need be we can remove these sides in no time.