Category Archives: chores

Closet Cleanout

We have lived in our present home since 2002.  Due to reason’s beyond our control we could not do anything to the house for several years.  The house is over 200 years old and needed lots of updating as most old farmhouses do.  Each year we had a bucket list of things that needed attention or changes.  We also had 500+ acres of farmland and beef cattle to care for.  Closets were the least of our worries!!

Finally this spring I got to clean out a very small closet under the stairs which were on the west side of our living room.  We rarely used it BUT it needed to be cleaned out and cleaned up!!

Door in living room that enters the closet under the stairs. Duck down or bump your head!!

It was full of boxes of dishes, old farm receipts, tax papers dating back as far as the 1960’s, some antiques, a telescope, cobbler’s shoe tree, antique dynamite detonation box, and lots of very old clothes.  I had several bags of trash to take to the landfill!

Three boxes of dishes

Empty paint cans which I have no idea why they were kept.

Dynamite detonator box

I have no idea what this was but it was under the stairs!

Cobbler’s shoe tree

Boxes and boxes of old receipts

Telescope given to them by hubby’s grandmother.

And lots of trash!!!

Now it’s cleaned out, scrubbed and refreshed with only the telescope taking up residence.  I will probably store our window fans in the nice space after summer heating is over.  I had hubby cut me some cedar blocks from a fallen tree to place in the space to keep it from smelling like an old house and the beautiful wooden planks on the wall show up nicely now.

 

 

 

 

One more bucket list item marked off!!

Busy Day

I slept late this morning and didn’t get up until  7:45 so started breakfast pretty quick.  I think a good breakfast starts the day out right.  We had waffles and link sausage and cantaloupe.  After breakfast I washed up the dishes, made the bed and turn on the computer.  I turn it on and walk away when I have things I want to get done because I can get wrapped up in it pretty quick and lose track of time.

The cookie tins were depleted this weekend so the first thing I did was fill up one tin with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and the other with Snickerdoodles.

Snickerdoodles is one of the easiest recipes you can make and they're really good.

Snickerdoodles is one of the easiest recipes you can make and they’re really good.

My favorite recipe for Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the Mr.'s favorite.

My favorite recipe for Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the Mr.’s favorite.

After these were in the tins and the mess cleaned up, hubby asked Heather and I to go to the back fields and count the fall calves and see if we thought we should send them on to the market.  We did this and checked them all out for pinkeye or other abnormalities and found none.

Heather helped me pull two large baskets of grass for the rabbits and I cleaned out their cages and made sure they had enough water, grain and sunflower seeds and then she headed home.

I came in fed Sassy her lunch and headed to the henhouse to check on the water, feed and sitting hen situation.  I have a ISA Brown hen and a Sexlink hatching this weekend.  I testing something I read last year about the shape of eggs can determine the sex of the chicks the hens hatch.  More on that later!!

I filled up the lawn mower and mowed the inside yard and waiting for the sun to cool off before finishing.  I would like to get all of the trimming done before the showers move in tonight.  Then I dead-headed all of the roses.  They’ve been so beautiful this year.

Now it’s time to fix some supper but hubby won’t be out of the hayfield for probably another hour or so and I have plenty of time.  We’re having fried turkey biscuits, potato salad, green beans and cantaloupe.

It’s been a productive day but cookie baking took most of the morning!  I hope everyone has had a very good day!