Yikes, we’re working on the ninth day of August already and soon all the fairs will be coming. We will partake of the ones we enjoy this year, missing them last year for whatever…or multiple reasons. This year, there isn’t anything pressing that will cause us to miss one that t to attend, so we’re looking forward to the first one, which will be the Washington County Fair which is in Greenwich, starting the nineteenth to the twenty-fifth. We enjoy this fair over the Dutchess County Fair because of the size. The one in Rhinebeck is so large, it is hard to enjoy, with thousands of people crowding everything there.
We went the other day to pick up about 90 boards from the saw mill for the outside wall covering of the new tractor shed we will be building. Since it is raining cats and dogs today, we will spend our time designing and placing the posts on paper so we can make the material list for the treated lumber and kiln dried roofing materials. We have plenty of baton boards for the roof purlings and wall board runners, so it will be pretty easy to figure it out. Vick already got pricing on metal roofing, which is a fortune, but like everything else….what are ya gonna do?
The barn looks really great after placing the boards over the plywood we installed for stability. It’s looking really great and will really “POP” when painted or stained oxblood red. I got into a large nest of those long yellow jackets that look like a cross between wasps and the traditional yellow jackets. Instead of nesting in the ground or old logs, these guys make paper nests just like the wasps do, but man, they are nasty! I got a little too close to a nest measuring six inches across that held about a hundred bees. I only got nailed once, but it was a shame to kill that many bees because I infringed on their turf, but as a human, we must destroy…so I did.
Considering the lousy support the hospice people gave us, we will probably be raising more with this venture by keeping it closer to home and helping our own needy neighbors instead of the entire seven county region the hospice program now serves. I’m not saying we will not give to the hospice program any longer…because we surely will, but not exclusively as we did before, when so many others need help too.
The rain is nice…the air refreshing and cool…and I want to sit on the porch and listen to the raindrops gently tapping on the tin roof…maybe I’ll even snooze a little. Life is good.
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