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“Raising the Barn, Part 2: Floors & Roof”

With the posts secured upright and our beams braced in place, it was time to add girders and joists so we could work towards having a solid floor on each level of the barn. Each joist was chainsaw milled with 1 flat side, and the ends were notched so they all rested at the same precise height (regardless of how big/wide the log was) on the girders.  Andy painstakingly measured out the placement of each…

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“Raising the Barn, Part 1: Logging, Footings, & Posts”

It’s time I wrote out our adventure in building our barn!  I will make a video about it at some point, but for now, it shall be a series of blog posts. We spent spring 2019 logging dead and dying trees out of our draws to use for constructing our barn.  The telehandler is a fantastic friend for logging.  We can telescope the boom out to its furthest reach and run multiple lengths of stout…

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“Elk X-ing: a short animated comic”

I made this little comic because this particular story is a funny, expressive tale I enjoy telling, but it just doesn’t quite fit into text.  Text alone can’t capture the emotions of the event.  To some the humor in this story may seem a bit morbid, but it all depends on your perspective.  We take it lightheartedly- thus is life living in an area loaded with wildlife.  And no, we didn’t go back to look,…

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“The Goat Poisoned Himself”

Aster and Isöl made a jail break, as goats are prone to doing.  They escaped their fenced area and indulged in some free-ranging around the mountainside.  I didn’t think much of it; I know they’re not going very far and I don’t mind them browsing new area.  A few hours later, however, something seemed amiss.  I couldn’t hear the bells on their collars jingling.  They were either very far away or holding very still.  Goats…

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“Nova’s Tribulations: The Eye Wound”

It had been a cold winter.  We were lounging in the upper deck of the ‘upper greenhouse’, as we call it.  We were having a spot of sunshine and it’s always warmest at the top of the greenhouse. My cats Nochi, Nova, and Mario were lounging with me. Without warrant, as he was prone to doing, Mario looked sideways at his sister Nova and began terrorizing her in classic cat fashion. They had a momentary…

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“When Pigs Fly”

  Andy: “Jen, Bill’s stuck.” Me: “What?” Him: “I went to see why ravens were gathering in the pasture.  I thought he was dead, but he’s just stuck.” Me: “How is he… stuck?” Him: “Come check it out.” We go investigate Bill the boar.  Bill the 1,000lb Hampshire boar.  Indeed, Bill was accustomed to sleeping on the steep dusty hillside.  He normally laid down with his feet facing downhill, making it easy to roll over…

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