April has flown by. We spent the month inching ever closer to the completion of the rehab of the old farmhouse. We are in the phase of hanging drywall on the newly constructed walls -- upstairs. Downstairs is another story. We still have some electrical and plumbing to complete before we can start the drywall. But we ARE making headway.
We started the month insulating the new pump house in preparation for the plumber who would move all of the equipment from the old, cinder block pump house to the new one. What a difference the new pump house makes. Once the pump, water tank, water softener etc. were relocated, we were able to knock down the old pump house, preparing the back of the house for the eventual addition.
Or two? Another Irrigation trench, please, as long as we're at it!
Now, of course, with the promise of "April Showers" which, in these parts, means....lots of water with no place to go, and since we'd enjoyed almost a month without a rain event, we decided we should take advantage of the pond being almost dry, and increase her diameter and depth.
Of course, the juggling of the many different parts of this project can get a little overwhelming. Every day is an adventure, and we never quite know what progress will be made by day's end. There always is progress, but I for one, will be happy when the whole rehab is complete! At least we are nearing completion with the upstairs drywall.
Naturally, life isn't ALL about the rehab of the old farmhouse. I traveled to Maryland on Easter to share a meal with family, and we had a great time. There are definitely some excellent cooks in my family -- several generations worth! I was really, really full when I finally pushed myself away from the table.
I returned to Maryland this weekend to celebrate my mother's birthday with her. We did all kinds of exciting things...umm...we tried out her new washing machine for the first time, ordered a book online for her (one that she will be reading for her book club) and I called and set up appointments for her to meet with contractors to get bids on refinishing her floors! (Will the excitement never end?) Later, she and I met my sister for
dinner at a nearby restaurant. Mom turned 77 on Saturday and I think
she was thrilled when the waiters led the restaurant patrons in song
wishing her a Happy Birthday....
On a sad note, we lost
one of our goats to a copperhead bite. The only good thing about the
whole incident is that she went quickly. In less than two hours from
the time of the bite, she was gone. While I understand this is life on
the farm, in the woods, etc. it is always sad to lose an animal. Oddly,
Renee was always the "loud" goat. The other two were quiet in
comparison. Since her passing, the other two have become much more
So life goes on and I (ALMOST) managed to get a post published in April....
And of course, the post would not be complete without a picture of Eloise. One of my nieces and my little brother's girlfriend conspired to snap a
delightfully silly photo of my sweet granddaughter....almost 4 months
old in this photo.