A week at the ranch.

It’s been an eventful week at the ranch. Despite not living there, we’ve been busy!

For example, I pulled in yesterday morning and found this.  He started with power washing and proceeded to paint by the end of the day.

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Not sure if you can really tell, but by evening most of the front of the house was done.

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Fall has officially made it’s way to Central Illinois.  The weather yesterday was perfect: sunny, no hotter than 70 with a beautiful breeze.  We’re doubling down on outdoor efforts.  Lady Fall is enticing and beautiful, but she’s followed quickly by Old Man Winter, and, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, he’s going to be a doozy.  It won’t be terribly long before we get weathered out of the outdoor work, and neither of us want a half painted house all winter.

We also bought the most perfect dining room table last week.  Jeremiah and I found it in an antique store a few towns away. (In addition to all of his other wonderful qualities, Jeremiah actually enjoys going to antique stores on occasion.  I’m a very lucky girl…)  It’s a farmhouse table, new construction, but made out of 100+ year old barn wood.  I’m a little bit smitten with it.

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Jeremiah and his little brother bringing it in. Apparently it’s absurdly heavy.
The table, moved into our dining room.
The table, moved into our dining room. (The middle piece of wood you see is actually a table runner made of a 200+ year old barnwood beam.)

One of our friendly neighborhood hummers got caught in our mudroom while it was opened up to dry.  Jeremiah eventually got it to go outside.  The little bird was not overly grateful.  (If you’re not familiar with hummers, they are very cheeky little things.  We love them anyway.)

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This one may gross some of you out, but I think it’s funny.

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The chickens have been thoroughly enjoying their free range time, and a few of them discovered the manure pit.  I know the phrase is usually “happier than a pig in poop,” but as I understand it, pigs actually prefer to be clean.  The chickens, however?  They think it’s pretty great.

Also, see below for the inherent hazard of letting your chickens free range:

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They are pretty darn thrilled with their discovery of the hay stall.  It has excellent dust for dust baths, AND there’s a nifty, secluded corner to build a nest.  Now I have to check for eggs there every time I let them out.  But c’mon, how cute is the little nest with the colored eggs?

And finally, we took out Vinny’s stiches yesterday.  I expected a total freak out, as Jeremiah wanted to try it without sedation first, but we were pleasantly surprised when Vin stood like a champ.  He’s come so far since he came home with us!  This horse used to run away like a maniac anytime we came in the pasture, and now, this.

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He stood and chomped down grain the whole time.  God love him.

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All done!  He’ll probably always have a scar, but this one ended up way better than it might have.  It healed up very well.  Thank God for great vets and good horses.

Over the next few days, we’re hoping to move back in.  (We’re both losing patience with the constant driving back and forth.)  The house is vented with airmovers exchanging air in the basement 10 times per house.  The vents were cleaned earlier this week…  Hopefully, that will be enough to make the place livable again.  Fingers crossed.  If not, the movers are hopefully coming at the end of the month to clear out the basement, and then we will be free and clear to get the mothballs and the mold professionally mitigated.

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15 thoughts on “A week at the ranch.

  1. The horse looks great. Oh, be careful with those eggs found outside the coop. You never know how old they are, and I once boiled an egg, shelled it and bit into it. Feathers came out. Yuck. Didn’t eat an egg after that for months.

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  2. Oh girlie! So pleased you will be able to end the commute at last! 😊 Vin looks fab, though I would worry a bit about that scar chafing under a sale for a good while… Just saying. But you know I mother everyone and everything… 😉. LOVE the dining room table! Oh, to fill those spaces with friends and family…. Very happy for you!!

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    1. Thanks so much. We’re cautiously optimistic that this next move will stick. Probably won’t be until next week though. We shall see.
      In terms of the scar, Vin won’t be put under saddle for months yet, and the scar placement shouldn’t interfere in an English saddle, so hopefully we’ll be good there. (And don’t worry about the mothering. In fact, I’m sure Vinny would appreciate the sentiment very much.)

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  3. Not sure how I missed this, but glad I popped over to see what you’re up to. Love the dining room table – can only imagine all the grand meals that are going to be served here over the years. I agree about hummingbirds – a most ungrateful lot, they are. And good for Vinnie. Glad to see him recovering so well.

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  4. I am seriously envious of your dining room table. Wow! It is absolutely gorgeous!
    What a good boy Vinny is, standing for stitch removal. Looks like he’s healed up beautifully. Glad to see it!

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