Historically homesteaders and farmers have always had good years and bad years in terms of making progress in building up their operation. We are no different. We’ve had a lot of luck in the last few years of making additions to the old farmstead. Although it is only April, I think I’m going to go ahead and chalk this year up as a maintenance year.
We have a large sink hole at the edge of our property. It has increased in size considerably since we first noticed it a couple of years ago. Bodies could be lost inside it at this point.
It is taking awhile to find what we assume must be a broken drainage tile. That hole is now about 8 foot deep and 20 or so feet long. And the Invisible Fence dog fence was in there somewhere. Oops.
We needed new gravel spread on our driveway so we had the same guy widen it a bit so we could move the camper over and out of the way. Now was the time to do it while all the equipment was already here. The old camper itself just returned home from a trip to the spa where it got a bit of a facelift. Hopefully now it will provide hours of quality entertainment for years to come.
We also had to replace our water softener this week. It is one piece of equipment you don’t want to do without here given the quality of our well water. I’m not going down to take a picture of it for you because like everyone else in Indiana today we have some water in the basement. A foot or so of rain will do that.
Then The Engineer had a flat on the way home the other night. All new tires were put on the car this morning. It was time.
The last thing, I guess, technically could fall into both the maintenance and progress categories depending on how you look at it. I don’t’ know what possessed me to believe that I could muck out the entire sheep barn by hand with a pitch fork? The Engineer did manage to get it finished by hand, but we now own a fancy new tractor. The sticker shock still hasn’t worn off. They did give me a “free” hat. I think I should get a complete wardrobe. Oh, and a personal thank you note from the Governor for the sales tax he collected.
After a week like this we’ve decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start playing the lottery. Can’t win if you don’t play, right?