Friday, January 18, 2013

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #92

Happy Farmgirl Friday Friends!
Sorry I'm a bit late to post, but we experienced technical difficulties today when my sweet hubby accidentally disconnected my internet cable.  We've been working on our new home this week, trying to improve energy efficiency.  Jerry is working on changing out all the old single pane windows, a room at a time.
The dining room was home to a ten foot wide sliding glass door built in the 50s or 60s that was single pane and left the back of the house very cool.  The door and wall sink at the corner making it very difficult to open and close the door.  This was an urgent problem to fix. 
Once he got the door removed Jerry started to see signs of termite damage, lots of it.  
 In the picture above you can see the "frass" or waste left behind by the termites.  It looks a little like the honeydew waste left behind by aphids, though not sticky.  More like sand particles.  Dry and hard.
 Poor Jerry.  This job just kept growing.  He had to keep going, removing and replacing every damaged board along the way.
We got very lucky.  It could have been MUCH worse.  I sprayed everything thoroughly, saturating all of the wood.  Then, after 24 hours I sprayed one more time.  Now, Jerry can begin to rebuild the wall and floor.  

Unfortunately, the sun faded and it got cold before he could finish so he put temporary walls up again for the night.  Hopefully, I will have a brand new wall featuring a small window and recycled french doors we got from a yard sale by the end of the weekend.

For fun this week... oh yes we PLAYED!
We took a drive up to the end of our road... 
 It ends at one of the prettiest campgrounds in the Sequoia National Forest Park.  Ladybug Creek Campground.  
 Along the route we were flanked by calves and cows.  Lots of beautiful moo moos.
Then, we took a drive up to a ranch to take a look at a young bred jersey cow for sale.
There was a setback in my plans for dairy goats this week.  The darling little Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat I was gloating about a few weeks ago, was injured by her mother and is not going to be coming to my farm afterall.

I have been waiting for two nigies since last summer and it's looking more and more like that is a dream that is not meant to be.  I am not giving up just yet though.

In the meantime, I am trying to research whether or not I can find a smaller jersey milk cow locally.  That led me to attend my first stockyard sale this morning.  I have to learn to do my own evaluation of body conditioning in dairy cattle so I can find a sound cow eventually.
We finally made it to the local nursery that everyone raves about late yesterday.
  I was very pleased.  It's such a clean environment and it was full of healthy plants...
I found so many wonderful bareroot fruit trees.  I had to resist the urge to overdo it.  I am going to be planting these by myself this week so I stopped at ten, for now.
I got fresh eating and cooking varieties for apples, peach, cherry, nectarine and apricot.  I then got a pear and plum for my hubby.  I plan to go back soon.  They will be getting boysenberries, blackberries, and grapes next week.
We got home just as the sun was about to set so I put them into moist soil temporarily, until I decide where to start my orchard..  Now, to watch the sun as it moves across my yard and within the giant oaktree canopy.  I need to select a spot that offers atleast 6 preferably 8+ hours of direct sun light daily...

Well, I could blather on and on for hours and bore you to death with all of my projects.  We are warm, well fed and happy on our little mountain.  I hope you are well this week too.  Now let's get hopping!


Your Farmgirl Friday Hostesses are:

Dolly of Hibiscus House and me of course!

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Yours, in farmgirl spirit.
Deb, Heidi and Dolly



  1. I'm sorry about your little goat! I hope it will eventually be ok. It looks like you are going to be pretty busy with putting your orchard together too!

    1. Thanks Kathy. I am just going to have to wait for another little doeling to be born before I can realize my dairy goat dreams. There are lots of other projects to keep me going.

  2. This is what I hate about wood because they are prone from pesky termites. It's important to find their “Queen” first before doing the repair. How did the renovation go so far? Let's hope that Jerry get rid of the Queen termite, along with her colony. Please keep me posted. I'm pretty excited to know how the transformation looks like, especially the looks of those windows and sliding doors.


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