Saturday, January 12, 2019

Walking the Property

A few people have asked about our property.....  the actual land.
It is about 28 acres. An average city block (for those in Utah 100 to 200) is about 10 acres.  That makes our property just shy of 3 square blocks.

99% of it is wildly natural.  Flora just grows here.  We have tall trees, and little saplings and everything in between. There is a lot of brush and bushes and vines with thorns.  There are briars everywhere!

We had some wonderful weather.  The temperature got up to 70 degrees one day.  It was too beautiful to be inside.  We went for a walk with most of the onions.

Seth and Elanor purchased a blade and shovel and decided to take their blades to bush whack.

This is a shorter video (3 minutes)  We find a spring.

We explore the north fence line, find a deer trail and signs of animals. (13 minutes)

We travel south down into a valley or gully, find water and maybe a wet weather spring. (12 minutes)

Up the hill to the pond and back home.  Scott climbs a tree. (18 minutes)

These videos covered about 2/3 to 3/4 of our property.  There is also a relatively flat area to the south of the pond.  We didn't get to that and now it's rainy, soggy, muddy, and COLD.  Maybe later.

Let's talk gas.  
The OIL business is an interesting one....  But for now, I am thankful.
When we first moved here in the summer, gas was around $2.50 per gallon

UNDER 2 bucks!  Whoot whoot!

Even lower?  Hmmmm  Is this a trend?

Yes.  Yes it is!

Is this even for real!  Yes!  Love it!

Some interesting moments......

Naomi volunteered to get the picture of the cheapest gas price I have seen in several years.  
She didn't know she took a selfie. 

We bought sheet rock.  No more seats......  Seth got creative!

A gift and our new favorite family game (Rummikub).......  

Sometimes it gets out of control.

Talk about out of control.  
How does sleeping do this to ones hair?

The 80's are alive and well in our home....  
Even if they have no clue why Eric asked them to do a side ponytail.

A little bit of sunshine from California!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Naomi's Birthday and Insulation

We celebrated Naomi's birthday on Saturday.  We woke her up with our traditional balloons and singing.

Naomi unwrapped and opened her gifts before getting out of bed!

Elanor does what she calls "ultimate wrapping."  It sure adds to the suspense of the gift.

Naomi loves her gifts and has had fun with her play dough toys.

We went to the restaurant of Naomi's choosing: Olive Garden.  We stopped for a quick shopping trip that was not so quick....  And we ended the day with a castle cake!

We are STILL working on our house.  It's been more than FOUR months!  I think everything should be DONE by now.  But reality is not so.  And I get the feeling we will always have ongoing projects.

We have had our thermostat at 57 degrees.  We are never really warm and comfortable.  It's been jackets and sweatshirts all around.

We have been planning to put in insulation but there was a lot that needed to be done before that could happen.  Eric had an extensive list, but I don't remember all of it.

Rewire some of the lights to be on separate switches,
add outdoor outlets,
clean up,
install the air foil thingys that keep the insulation off of the sofit.
Complete the air intake on the main floor.

Put up a ceiling in the utility room (because it went straight up into the attic).


And then...... it was INSULATION DAY, also Naomi's birthday.  We started bright an early! 
We had a well oiled machine with everyone helping.

78 bags

Birthday girl got to play a little.

The tube got clogged, TWICE.  Not fun!

We ran out of bags......

We resumed on Monday.....
18 more bags.  Things were going smoothly.  Then Amelia ran out and yelled "DAD FELL THROUGH"  I was terrified. I turned off the machine, tore off my respirator and gloves as fast as I could, and ran into the house.  I expected to find him on the floor, broken.  Thankfully, I only found a huge hole in the ceiling with a very upset husband still up in the attic.  He managed to catch himself and was ok. 
The mess was everywhere: scriptures, my open purse, cups of water, Eric's computer.  Not good.

The mess was promptly cleaned up.  The table - spic and span, steamed and everything.

Duct tape really does fix everything.  Right?

No time to fix the hole.  Eric had to get back to work and I had to return the blower machine and the trailer.

I have the best ministering sister.  She and her husband offered their truck when we needed to remove large amounts of debris.  They also brought us wood and left their trailer for us to use.  I feel so blessed!  Thank you!