Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Horse-less Shed

Well, today I dragged Shaun begrudgingly out to the farm to start some serious work on the shed. We move in there the end of February. It's already the end of January, and February is a short month. I was starting to have quite a bit of anxiety about it because I have gone out there to work on it 3 or 4 times and haven't actually done anything besides tear down the vines.
So today we worked. We started by measuring some stuff and going to the hardwood store to buy log chinking and some putty for the windows and stuff. By the time we returned to the farm, my parents, my sister, and another friend had all showed up and started throwing out their helpful ideas.
Consequentially, tomorrow we will return all the stuff we bought at the hardware store today because we really do not need it.
We cleaned out the wood stove that lives in the shed and started up a nice little fire. The stove is actually very large, but it is also very old and was designed for cooking. So of all the empty space in the stove, only a very small chamber of it can actually contain a burning fire. I was pretty put out when I discovered this today and had visions of freezing to death under 50 pounds of blankets.
But, after getting a fire going in there the cabin warmed up pretty nicely. I decided if it could get that warm in there with no windows, no insulation in the roof, and the wind blowing through the holes in the walls like it was a cheese grater, we will be fine when it's all sealed up.
If not, I will move into the sauna in the house. And then I'll be fine.
We also succeeded in moving all of the horse tack out of there and into it's new home in the Cow Shed. Now that the cabin is empty, we can get to cleaning it and efficiently stuffing all the holes with insulation.
WoooHooo! My anxiety has lessened significantly. I now have a little bit of faith that our Horse Shed will be livable in less than 28 days.


  1. Sunny! when might you be coming this way? to visit shaun's famalama? I hope the shed project is going well...looks like a fabulous place! anywho, let me know when you are heading across the plains because I would love love love to see you!

  2. grandma Betty and I are looking at your blog. Today we are visiting at Roselle's house for Grandma's birthday and Easter. We like your house and your story. We are looking forward to seeing you in May and Grandma is very interested in hearing more about fiber arts from you.
    Luv Ya,
    Aunt Roselle