Monday, December 29, 2014
Spoke to Soon
Looks like I jumped the gun on declaring no Bald Eagle sightings. This morning I went out to feed about 7:30 and while forking hay over to one of the rams and harem looked up and there was a Bald Eagle soaring only about 30 or 40 feet in the air. I'm pretty sure it was a female as it wasn't as big as some I see down towards the river but it wasn't a juvenile cause it's white head was unmistakable.
She glided down the full length of the hay field and pasture and landed in the top of a one of the sycamores that line the creek about 100 yards or so passed my North boundary line. She stayed there a long time, long enough I got tired of watching her and went back to work but by the time I had finished all the hay forking and feeding she was gone.
Definitely not big enough to be a danger to any of the sheep but I wouldn't want to be a cat caught out in the open with one on the prowl that's for sure.
In other news I got about a third of the wall hanging done today. I made my Mother help me and by the second sheet of paneling she mentioned that she understood why I tried to talk her out of all those wall outlets. The top of her little ceiling comes out at 6'10" so I have to cut a bit off the top of each sheet but of the entire 26 sheets I measured out as needing to cover the downstairs room only two will not require measuring out and cutting a wall outlet somewhere in the middle of. The outlets are also set for the OBS boards she originally told the electrician she was going to use so I have to pull the nails holding them onto the studs and move em back a quarter inch or so.
Needless to say it's slow going but having my Mother admit I was right about something was almost priceless :)
The routine is I measure and carry the paneling piece out while she holds the door and then helps me manipulate the flimsy stuff onto my outside work table I built. Much easier to slide the paneling around on than saw horses. I measure out the first cuts and clamp down my guide boards then it's her job to cover the cut line with painters tape and hold the end up even while I cut it. Then I measure out the outlet positions and cut the holes with my jig saw.
Of course by the end it's easy to see the cabin is not as completely square as they claim. Well that and I am not a professional so I imagine I get off a bit but so far by starting in the middle and working out it all comes together nicely by the edge and any little lines that are off square are nicely hidden.
My goal is to have the walls finished by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning at the latest at which point my job is finished for a few months and things can get back to normal in my routine a bit. Other than the added feeding chores morning and evening now I suppose. She is planning on moving in without the ceiling in place for now as she decides what/how she wants up there and the extra addition won't be started until Spring thaw at this point. She also has a team of friends lined up to help her move her stuff and isn't bringing anything heavy enough to need me there.
I guess if this whole arrangement doesn't work out for her, and really she doesn't have any other choice now anyway, The Small-Hold now has a guest house at the very least. Certainly that wasn't in any of my plans but what the hell eh? I bet the county assessor notices and raises our taxes next year though. I prolly should tell em next year soon however. One reason I don't want her moving in until after the first :)
At this point I am about 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule though. I have 26 yearlings to sort into slaughter, market and keep groups and I need to get the slaughter and market sheep out of here. They have fattened up considerably and as it stands right now are quickly reaching the red line point on returns from all the feed they are getting. I also wanted to have some fences fixed this month that I never got to get to and maybe won't be able to now until February or March if the weather breaks too cold and stays that way and I am haven't cut wood in three weeks either. I really need to get this thing done and get back to the business at hand.
Oh ya and I signed up for a sheep shearing class that starts in March so I got that coming up too.
The New Year is going to be busy.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!