A Little Bit of Yard Cleanup

When Mother Nature allows I get out and play in the yard.  Last week I spent three days and completely cleared the debris and now I’m ready to rearrange my flower beds and fix it up!

Two weeks ago this yard was full of leaves from the leaf drop in the late fall, limbs from numerous storms through the fall, winter and spring.
All of the leaves and tree debris are gone and now I wait for warmer weather to sow some new grass.
East side of the house would be great for a flower bed along the side of the house but because of the maple trees there only a very short time for anything to get enough sunlight. I’m thinking about those shade loving hostas but I need to wait until next spring for them because we need to do some major work to the floor of the enclosed porch on that wall this year. It is nice and clean on that side of the house though.
West side of house, big cleanup. I would still be working on it if Eddie hadn’t use the leaf blower to get around the house and the wood house. The wind seems to rotate most of the leaves in this area.  This side of the yard will need the most grass seed and straw.  It’s covered by shade from June until late fall.  When we have ice, it’s worse on this side and longer to leave.

The flower beds are ready for some new growth and I’ve started flower seeds for the “dinner bell” flower garden and I’ve expanded my rose bed.  I’ll be replacing six roses, last falls cleanup left me with the area in front and behind the yard fence and I’ll be working on a new project between the front yard and the gazebo by the pond.  More on that to come soon.


Cleaning Up the Mountain


View of the mountain from our front porch before the cleanup..

A “before and after” view of our mountain is such a huge change and it  took several hours and days to complete.  Our mountain view has disappeared over the last few years due to barberry, alm olive and other obnoxious shrubs.  We contacted Aaron Calfee from Paint Bank to do the work for us.  He has a bushhog that fits the front of a track loader (Bobcat, maybe).  The shrubs had taken over a lot of really good pasture land for our cattle.  It’s very steep and Eddie just would not get on the side of a mountain with any kind of equipment.  It looks really great now and we’ll have to keep a watch on it in the spring and do some spraying to keep it knocked down and the cattle will eat a lot of the tender young sprouts.  Here are some after photos that show how the mountain opened up.

Down with the Old

The chickens needed a new home due to the age of their existing house!  It leaked like a sieve.  Critters were getting in no matter what we did and killed eleven of my new chicks that were under two months of age.  The hill I walked to get to it was becoming a hazard for me in the winter months.  We moved the chickens (they were not happy at first) into a cinder block building which has electricity and water and a separate room for their feed.

Old Chicken house is made mainly of wormy chestnut. When we started tearing it down we were able to save some better boards.
After two weeks of tearing off boards when we had an hour to spare, it’s starting to look like a spooky shell!!
As we tore off the outsides, everything was thrown to the inside of the shell to burn.
The only parts of the building that weren’t wormy chestnut were oak and pine replacements over the years.
Even the nesting boxes were wormy chestnut. We saved them to use for nesting boxes in the new house.
Next we cut the main support beams on the interior and wrapped a chain around them which was attached to the tractor and started pulling it down.
Amazingly the roof fell straight down on to the interior debris.
Within two hours the fire was almost finished except for some large beams that served as ground support. It took two days for the smoke to dissapate and then it was time to pile up the tin roof and dispose of it.
Fairly simple clean up!








Now the chickens use the remaining area as a dusting bath!  Next spring I’ll spread it out a bit and start a new area for gardening.

Smokehouse cleanout


This building has been on my bucket list for cleanout for the last three years.  It is so full of junk, metal, useless tools, boxes, jugs of all shapes and sizes, feed sacks and more junk.  We hauled off to the landfill a 8 ft pickup truck load to the landfill.  The old chest freezer sitting in front of the building is at least seven feet long and four feet deep.  We filled it completely up with scrap metal mainly consisting of rusted nails, bolts and things of that sort. We also got a huge wooden box full of brass.  All of the metal will be taken to a recycling center.

Freezer full of scrap metal.
Freezer full of scrap metal.

The building was so full we just had a path to get through from one end of the building to the other and it’s a really long building.  It has sections in that were built to hold feed on one side and a corn crib and small smoke room on the other.  There’s one small room in the building that Eddie will convert to a reloading room that he can lock up.  It took an entire day to clean out the junk and the section that were initially for feed now hold all types and sizes of lumber that has been cut on the farm and seasoned.  The rafters are full of 12 – 18 inch wide boards.  I would have loved to have seen the trees that lumber came from.  The rafters also hold a major abundance of bee supers and hives.

It looks so good now and have plenty of room to use for working up our deer meat.

Wide open space in the smokehouse.
Wide open space in the smokehouse.

We can get to our freezers more readily now.

Two of our three freezers.  One is full of meat and the smaller one  is full of fruit and vegetables.
Two of our three freezers. One is full of meat and the smaller one is full of fruit and vegetables.

I stacked enough deer antlers that amounted to a four foot high stack.  Now, I need to find a way to repurpose them.  You can see the antlers on the left corner at the back of the room.

Antlers stacked beside to feed barrels and an old wood stove.
Antlers stacked beside to feed barrels and an old wood stove.
Front to back cleanup!
Front to back cleanup!

AND, Roscoe is now living in the rafters of the smokehouse.  He watched the entire cleanup and came down to check things out near the end of the cleanout.  His bedbox is in the corncrib and that’s where we keep his feed and water.

He is so much fun to watch.
He is so much fun to watch.


Roscoe's old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.
Roscoe’s old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.

Back with a vengeance

I’ve been active with my blog this weekend and I have even taken the time to update my blog.  I made some changes to fonts, color and design and hope they are appealing to you as they are to me.  More posts coming throughout the coming week, I promise!    I like the new colors especially and have posted some new goals and cleaned up the home page.

Have a very blessed day!

Messy room cleanup

It took most of the day but my dressing room/craft storage room/library went from this:


Clutter and mess
Clutter and mess
I can't find the floor.
I can’t find the floor.
Too much stuff!  I can't even get to the spinning wheel.
Too much stuff! I can’t even get to the spinning wheel.
Boxes, boxes, trash!
Boxes, boxes, trash!


Six hours later and this woman is very happy and gratified by the new look and clean up!!  I didn’t even mess up another room doing it!  Take a look and see if you can see a difference:

Easy entry in and out of the room.
Easy entry in and out of the room.
Wide open floor!
Wide open floor!


Bookcase4 of decorating, crafts, how-to's, home repair, gardening, crocheting, sewing, everything in order.
Bookcase4 of decorating, crafts, how-to’s, home repair, gardening, crocheting, sewing, everything in order.


Organized bookshelves and library.
Organized bookshelves and library.


Clothes are mashed together, more room to sort day clothes from work clothes.
Clothes are mashed together, more room to sort day clothes from work clothes.


I am just so thankful that it was a cool day or I would have fizzled into a rag mop!  I can hear my daughter now,  “How long will it stay that way!!”  She knows me so well and knows that if I get in a hurry, something or all will be in disarray all too soon.  My job now is to slow down and take notice.

I only have one major cleanup left on the second floor but will need some help moving some excess furniture out of the house into one of the storage buildings and do a major clean out of all the linens in my home.  We are storing the linens from three households since our move several years ago and it’s time to pass it on to Goodwill so someone will get some use out of it without costing them an arm & two legs!!


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