To help fund this dream, my wife and I have started an Etsy store (“LibrarsDonum”) to sell some of our hand-crafted book-related gifts. At the moment we have 9 different locking book safes and an embroidered book bag (for keeping books nice inside your backpack) displayed. Below are a few examples of these items:
Please take a look at our store and consider purchasing something – not only will get a really cool book-related gift, you will also be supporting me in pursing the call of God on my life.
There is just something about living in the country that makes a person want to raise chickens. It’s not because chickens actually pay for themselves (they don’t) but because there is just something about the country air that creates a desire to build a coop or even look into purchasing a prebuilt chicken coop and raise fowl.
It is like a virus – there is just nothing that can be done to stop it.
At least that is my story and I’m sticking to it!!!! 😛
The dull truth is that I have been thinking about getting a few chickens for a few years now. Only I’ve never taken the plunge for one reason or another.
This Spring I actually went as far as to buy some chicken wire with the goal of building a coop….yet that plan got pushed back due to various events outside of my control…. but even after buying the chicken wire I decided to buy a chicken coop in michigan! I can keep that wire as spare though.
Then, well, this weekend happened.
We – the whole family – went down to our church’s benefit sale and saw this wonderful coop sitting there for sale. Seeing how it was for a good cause…. well, lets just say that it somehow ended up in my back of my truck… 😕
As we were loading the coop up, an acquaintance came up and during the course of a chat they offered us a few meat chickens – which I accepted. The rest they say is history – or, as the case may be, history in the making.
The two chicks are Cornish Cross chickens who will be ready to butcher in about four weeks. This will give me time to test out my chicken raising skills why not committing to a long-term relationship. Granted, raising chickens (from what I’ve heard) doesn’t that much skills – or so they say! We shall very happily find out! 🙂
The High King of John is a welcome site in most homes. Yet sometimes the WC can get a temper that defies gravity itself.
When that happens there is nothing else to do but sign a Magna Carta forcing the removal of the porcelain king.
Granted that means locating a new netty with a better temperament and a love for flow of water.
Of course the trouble of locating a khazi is nothing compared to the challenge of mounting the CR – especially if the person before you decide to install the pumping below the level of the floor.
This slight gap meant many hours staring at the dunny hole trying to figure out if gravity would like me or not… in the end, the white throne won and I made a trip to the hardware store for another wax ring.
Yet what should have been the end of a pilgrimage turned into loo terror as the hose from the water source to the tank was too short…..
To most folks this challenge would be nothing more then a blimp on the screen, yet for me it was another two days of trouble.
Mainly because when I returned to the hardware store that evening, I had four minutes to located and purchase a new hose – only I had three choices and a 33% chance of getting it right….only the 66% was stronger, leaving us waterless for two more days.
Finally the end drew nigh – the hose of White Porcelain Throne had been procured and installed. Life could be continued in more or less the same fashion.
Only now the Magna Carta forces King John to use 1.1 gallons for liquids and 1.6 gallons for solid. Once again the people have emerged victorious!
When this realization hit us, the first think I thought about was a Precious Moments picture inside the first Bible given to me by my parents when I was nine years old. This picture (shown to the right) was of a little solider covered in eggs, rotten fruit and band-aids.
Yet, oddly enough the solider was smiling…
The pat answer would be because he was being beat up on Christ’s behalf…and why that could be true, this time when I looked at the picture I thought of 2 Timothy 2:13:
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful,
For He cannot disown himself.
When we have nothing left to give; when we are at the end of our rope and it takes everything in us to get out of bed – He remains faithful. Not us – Him.
I can not believe how fast time is moving…according to my time table, it is still August!!
Part of the problem is that I have been trying to install some frost-free water hydrants as I only had one outside water faucet on the property. I saying “trying” as it has been quite the journey for such a simple task…
To begin with, I discovered via a pickax that my main water line from the well to my house was only buried 12 inches under ground. Seeing how cold it gets around here, the pipe should have been buried 3 or 4 feet down. All glory to the Lord for keeping it from freezing these past years.
Wanting to have things done right, I removed the water pipe and started digging down with the g0al of reburying the pipe at the proper depth…only to find a bunch of electric wire 16-inches under the pipe. Oh, did I mention that we discovered the wires via a backhoe? Yeah..fun times…
Fast forward a bit – wires are fixed and the new water lines are in….the only thing left to do is bury everything.
Except that work at my day-job has picked up (meaning long weeks) and I can’t find anyone with a tractor…. on and it is getting colder and colder each day… sigh.
Time to see how strong of a back I have….oh yeah, I’m an office worker, I don’t have a strong back… double sigh.
The good news is that I got the pipes buried 2-feet under ground – meaning that everything works and they won’t freeze for the time being. Hopefully, I will find someone to bring a tractor around or I still can’t find a taker, I will continue to shovel dirt until the weather drive me inside. 🙂
It took five months – but I am proud to say that I have completed my first ‘real’ piece of furniture. (sorry son, but I’m not sure if your toy box counts as furniture…)
Using a pattern I found in a Handyman book, I went wood shopping. As I did so, I quickly discovered that oak plywood cost the same amount as birch wood (which the pattern originally called for) – or fairly close to the same amount.
So, I bought a bunch of oak – besides, it is TONS cooler to say that it is solid oak versus solid birch. (oh – and oak grain is very pretty – as you will see later).
The only problem was that once I had the wood in hand, I wasn’t quite sure of where to start….
This issue was resolved with a visit from my father and stepmother at the end of May/beginning of June.
One of my projects this summer has been creating a yard around the house so that Jadon can run around outside next year. So far I have moved some dirt around and leveled out the area where the grass is going to be…
The next step is build a retaining wall as our yard is 20 inches below the level of our neighbors pasture. The only problem is that brink is crazy, crazy expensive!!! It would cost over $500 to buy enough brick for a 64 foot long / 20 inches high wall. Crazy. 🙁
Not having that kind of money, I tried pricing railroad ties…nope. They are about $23 each – bring the price up to $700+.
That leaves one opinion as we have to have a wall there due to the landscape. That opinion is to start picking up rocks at friends pasture and haul them back to the house to build a rock wall.
This was the one thing I was hoping to avoid as it takes a ton of time (which is very limited right now) and skill (which I don’t have). Oh well. I guess it is time to cowboy up and start hauling rock. 😕
Wow – it’s hard to believe that 2009 is over already…and that the last time we wrote a letter to all of you was nearly a year and a half ago after our last trip to Paraguay! Sorry we haven’t been better at staying in touch! The time since then has been eventful and life-changing, so we wanted to make sure we got out a holiday note this year to fill you all in.
In our last letter in Sept. 2008, we mentioned that our little church was facing big changes as we and our fellow VLI-grad took on the leadership of the church. Along with our new service time and name, the PRV has been growing by leaps and bounds since then. We’ve seen some turn-over in attendance as is expected when there are leadership changes, but we’ve been excited to see new faces and have been consistently having 30-40 people every Sunday. We still have a good core group from before that have been stepping up in leadership more and more. This summer we finally made the official break from the VB and became our own church entity and just this month we finished jumping through all the hoops and are an official part of the USA Association of Vineyard Churches. Of course through all of this my (E’s) job has gotten bigger with the addition of accounting and more paperwork, but with more people in the church taking on event organization, etc. it hasn’t been too hard to handle. Continue reading The Long Awaited, Overdue 2009 Newsletter→