There have been several occasions when Dwayne has mentioned to me - a simple fact about life here at our place.
“ Nothing is ever - finished - on a farm. “
I have to keep that tucked in my mind like it's Tylenol for headaches - or something. Otherwise - I’d lose my mind with all the overwhelming panic that can ensue - if I dare to go over the - list - each week.
But there is one positive. Just making a mental glance at that list makes for the greatest strength in refraining from buying frivolous things.
The re-purposed Tobacco Barn is one example of those things that never get finished. One of the doors was dealt with during this past round of days off - among a couple other challenges.
The Boys began taking advantage of the alley of the barn in the mornings - after eating their breakfast - before the temps even reached over 70* outside in the sunshine.
Two cows can create a mess in no time - if given even a week of time.
It was time to make some changes. We needed to keep the guys out - as much as possible. We needed to be able to air out the barn - taking full advantage of the southerly breezes that tend to flow here. And with the Barn Swallows having their brood going on strong - we needed to leave access for the parents to go back and forth to find food for the babies.
With the incisive hot temperatures lingering around our region at this time - the barn offers a great advantage for working on projects during the day. The roof is high enough to keep a cool atmosphere - malleable enough for encouraging work on projects.
It was time to begin installing split doors on each end.
Hubs found himself quite comfortable while working in the barn - putting this door together. Re-purposing more of the reclaimed wood from tearing out the dilapidated portions of the barn was a bonus!
We’re able to keep the Boys out during the day. The barn continues being aired out. The Barn Swallows have access for going after food to feed their babies.
And I don’t have to use up all the A&D Ointment to help me deal with all the scrapes - from this little rig we were using.
He thinks of everything - even a latch outside for the top half of the door.
And when he steps back inside the barn after calling the last task complete…
He finds the silhouette of a tall glass of iced tea sitting on the saw horses.
Changing out this door is next!
Oh - and finishing the seat covers on 2 more Dining Room chairs!