LJ got this last weekend off work, and no rest for him! We packed and moved a HUGE load of stuff from the old house on Saturday. It feels so much better every time I clear out another room! We even moved our cat, Skid, and she is happily hibernating in the shop. This coming weekend we'll give her access to the outside and cross our fingers that she stays around. She's a fabulous mouser, and doesn't pee on stuff in the garage. Great combination!
We spent Sunday clearing brush, blazing trails so we can fence some hog areas. And yes, Paula, probably goats too! Lol! Can't wait to get 2-3 weaners in the spring. Pigs are so much fun, and we're gonna put them to work on top of it.
LJ sharpened the blades on the $10 chipper we got at a yard sale, and it is actually starting to run pretty well. Score!
We found a few slash piles and even a big log jam under the blackberry tangles. We're learning more and more that whoever logged this property was only interested in logging and ditching. They left a heck of a mess. Eventually we'll need to bring in an excavator to pull jams and stumps. I hope we can get a big enough machine down the driveway! For now, we work around the messes.
We also bought several gates from a friend and marked where we'll dig the support posts for a 16' gate across the driveway. I'm stoked. Being a more than minorly paranoid person, I like the security. I don't buy it when someone creepy comes driving to the house and says, "Don't the (insert random name) live here?". They're not mistaken, they're casing the place, or were hoping no one was home. Used to happen at my mom's place all the time. Until she put in a gate. As far as I'm concerned, those posts can't go in soon enough. Though we're getting an auger for these. I'm so over the post hole digger.
To top off the Sunday funday, our dryer died. Warmed up some clothes at about 9am and turned it off. Around 3pm, LJ happened to put his hand on it when he was walking by, and it was almost too hot to touch. Being much smaller and more flexible than LJ, I got to squeeze behind the dryer upside down and unplug it while LJ held my feet. Fun! Thank god the house didn't burn down. Scary. The dryer is toast. We've repaired it far too many times. Time for a new set (I think the current set is pre-90s), though we were hoping to wait until tax return time. Ah well. Off to the depot, and a MONTH until they can deliver. That's ok, though. I get a beautiful, multi-function LG washer and dryer. Is it sick to be excited because I've never had a NEW washer or dryer? For that treat, I'll dry my clothes on a rack in front of the fire for a month. Yeah. I think I can handle that. The dryer has a STEAM function for goodness sake! Totally worth it! Woohoo!