Nov 23 2009

Unplanned up north trip.

Published by at 10:52 am under The Fam,The Man,Travel

We were up north this past week, at Dr. Mom and Moll’s.  I had offered months ago to come up anytime they needed me, and this week, they called me on it.  The Man came along mostly so that I didn’t have to drive on opening day of deer season, in the dark, in deer country.  He was NOT on vacation.  He worked all week from Moll’s soon-to-be bakery, where the internets are speedy.

I was up there to do some work on a room in the barn that The Man and I had framed in this past summer.  However, we didn’t get to that until Thursday.  Let’s see if I can remember what we did all week…

Sunday:  Driving up.  Driving, driving driving.  Arriving and eating.  Sleeping.

Monday:  Collecting wood from the cow pasture – several trees had been cut down and sawed into logs, but not picked up.  We picked them up, Dee and I (Dee is Dr. Mom’s sister and The Man’s aunt) split and stacked the first load together.  I split and “stacked” (aka threw into a trailer) the second load alone so that Dee and Dr. Mom could do something to the pig pen…I’m not exactly sure what.  I was too busy singing songs to myself and splitting wood.  Before you get a totally inaccurate picture of me weilding an axe with any sort of strength and precision, let me just say that I was using a hydraulic wood splitter.  That evening, Dr. Mom and I unloaded half a load of hay and stacked it.

Tuesday:  Took Teddy and Pepper (Pepper is Dee’s schnauzer, who was also dog-bit) to the vet to get stitches removed.  Teddy had to have a drain put back in to one of the bite sites, as it had swelled.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you must not be one of my Facebook friends.  The short version is that Mr. Ted was bitten half to death two weeks ago by another dog.  He is recovering, but it’s slow.  He looks kind of raggedy right now.

Wednesday:  Both Dr. Mom and Moll had to work (at their “real” work, which is being psychologists) so I was alone on the farm.  I did chores and bummed around all day, mostly.  I made carnitas for dinner.

Thursday:  Worked on the room!  I was surprised at how easy it was.  The exterior walls are tongue-and-groove, so it was simply a matter of cutting the pieces to the right length (using a miter saw) and them screwing them to the stud frame.  It went fast and we got ALMOST all of it done.  Dr. Mom still has to frame in a window and there are two pieces that need to go up on the side facing the goats.  We’ll probably finish that over New Year’s if it hasn’t been done by then.

Friday:  Dr. Mom, Dee, and I unloaded the rest of the hay.  We took the dogs for a nice long walk.  In the evening, there was a family dinner party.

It was a pretty fun week.  Busy, but fun.  I feel like we got a lot accomplished, even if it wasn’t exactly everything we planned on getting done.  Now, I’m back home and this week is Thanksgiving.  I’m contemplating making a batch of brickle or peppermint bark for one group and pound cake for the other.  I also need to do laundry and start cleaning up the bedroom.  Lots to do, and here I am typing away.  Feel lucky!

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