The weather has been so amazing here lately.  It hasn’t really even begun to feel like winter is around the corner.  Today it was nearly 80 degrees.  I was sure to get a couple good walks in with the pups (and Grease Monkey) before and after work.


I’ve been consistently going to hot yoga classes for the last month or so and I feel so good.  I’ve noticed a major shift in my mood on the days I go to class.  I have to get up at 4:30 in the morning so I can make it on time.  This is astounding to me as I AM NOT usually a morning person.  The fact that I’ve been sacrificing my precious sleep shows me I’m doing something I love.

Speaking of things I love, I started getting the woodstove ready last weekend.  It’s not winter I love so much as it is sitting by the fire.  I switched the plant shelf for the log holder and stacked some wood Nathan had already split up.  Pete had other plans…


After a few (thousand) rounds of fetch and some wood stacking we called it a day and opted for a more relaxing evening.


Here’s to more 80 degree November days.



We’re Building A Shed (Part 1)

It seems like we’ve always got some sort of project we’re working on out here.  While most of them are somewhat small, like planning the garden or chopping wood for the woodstove, we have one big one we’ve been working on for a few years now.  We’re in the process of building a shed.

I guess most people assume when I say shed I mean a small storage area like where you would keep your lawnmower & yard tools; but this isn’t exactly the case.  Our shed is quite a big larger.  I’ve actually been catching quite a bit of shit for calling it a shed lately, too.  To which I would like to reply, “Suck it.  It’s my shed and I’ll call it what I want.”  Haha….I’m sure I’ve never said that.  I would never!

Anywho…we started the building process back in January of 2012.  We haven’t hired any help except when pouring the footings.  Nathan and his dad are basically doing all of the work.  A lot of our friends have come out to help too which has been great.  Nathan has some hard working buddies who don’t mind trading labor for some beer and/or whiskey.

Here are some photos from the beginning of the process.  Not much other than clearing out the building site got done in 2012.  We started digging the footings out the following year.  Here are a few photos from that process.

Shed 1-2012

Future site for the shed. Jan 2012

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Winter Prep Day

We’re spending our day today cleaning up some trees that fell over last winter & this past summer on our land.  We gave away the last of our wood pile to some friends a couple of weeks ago so we need to replenish our supply for this winter.  I spent part of yesterday moving all of my plants away from & off of the wood stove & getting the wood holders ready.

Wood Stove

We recently were able to buy 3 1/2 more acres of timber from our former neighbor who sold their property.   Outside of the timber around our property is a lot of agricultural land; mostly corn & bean fields.  We’re always worried someone will buy the land that meets our property line and clear out the trees.  That is our biggest fear.  When the opportunity to purchase the extra few acres arose we jumped at the chance.

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