Playing In The Mud

Playing In The Mud

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...
Building An Armoire

Building An Armoire

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. Piece by piece, joint by joint the armoire begin to take shape…. Having my father around to help build the armoire was a life safer as I learn a ton of tricks and techniques that a book could never provide. We placed some pine boards around the oak body to add a decorative look to the armoire – as you can see from the above picture. At last, the last coat of varnish has dried and the armoire has been moved into place. It is a welcome addition to the household – an addition that will help keep things a tad clearing as things now have a ‘home’. 🙂 A huge thanks and shout out...
Creating a Yard

Creating a Yard

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. Sigh. 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....
The Long Awaited, Overdue 2009 Newsletter

The Long Awaited, Overdue 2009 Newsletter

Today is a very special day for Requisite Danger as we have a gorgeous guest author  – the amazing  E! Yelp. She is so famous – she only needs one letter to introduce herself.  🙂 Enjoy. ________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Friends & Family, 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...
Repairing the Wellhouse

Repairing the Wellhouse

One of the benefits of living in the country is the wonderful, clean water from our own well. To keep the well from freezing during the winter months, it is housed in a small building next to the main house. One day I walked out to the well house to get some tools and got quite a shock…someone had ran into the building and knocked it off its foundation. At first, I thought someone had merely “tapped” the building and simply busted in the wall near the door… but as I dug into the problem this Monday, I quickly discovered how hard it must have been hit. In a nut shell, the entire south wall was moved 4.5 inches west – busting loose the concrete bolts used to mount the west wall onto the foundation. All the joists on the south side where busted loose from the foundation board – leaving nails sticking up where the joists should have been. Craziness…. About this time, I was getting really nervous and a tad scared as the problem was quickly getting bigger then what I was comfortable with… All I knew was that it needed to be fixed before the winter set in and I didn’t have the funds to pay someone to fix it…. Then the Lord showed up – I remembered that if you wanted to move a heavy object sideways, it helps to remove the pressure pushing downward on the object; allowing the object to slide freely.  With that light bulb, I went out and found a house jack (which, by the grace of God, was given to...
Blanching And Freezing Green Beans

Blanching And Freezing Green Beans

Another item we learned to freeze this Summer was beans – green beans. [@more@] The process is pretty standard – wash and snap the beans, set the water to boil…. After you blanch them, let them dry and then package them up into bags for the frezzer....