Lessons learned during the construction of our Cleary pole barn

The garage is finally done! The construction did not go as smoothly as we had hoped. Here’s what happened: Site Prep for the Pole Barn/Garage A load of stone was delivered and spread over the site and the materials arrived earlier than expected. I arrived on site at 7am but they were already there. There …

How we cleaned tree roots out of our well

Getting a well going that had been abandoned for at least a year was relatively easy, keeping it going was much harder. Before you buy land in the country, ask the neighbors or a water purification contractor what the water is like in your area. Our realtor had tipped us off that the water on …

Creative fiberboard siding repairs with marine shrink wrap tape

Now that we have most of the siding repairs done, the house looks much better from the street, but it is fifty shades of white. We used aluminum siding that was white, new but not weathered so it does not match perfectly. We used primer and any left over white house paint plus a few …

Cherries and raspberries and blackberries, Oh my!

Just shortly after we closed on the property, the tart cherries were ripe. We did not get to enjoy too many of them because several of the prime harvest days were spent at the hospital. We meet one of the neighbors and invited her to help herself. Luckily she was able to pick some, the …

The creepy crawlys got me today – Box Elder bugs

The basement is getting waterproofed so when I need to make a phone call I have to go outside. I was wondering around the yard talking on the phone when I noticed this tree limb. I bent over to pick it up and to throw it into the ravine. OMG. It was covered in small …