Sunday, January 6, 2013

my back is tired but I am VERY happy!

not all the photos on the blog can be of cute farm animals --

We completed a HUGE clean up project this weekend!! That 20 cubic yard dumpster I talked about -- it is FULL - and not a single stick of what's in there could have been used, reused, recycled, or salvaged any further than it was... we combed over every stitch of what we put in there any salvageable lumber bits of anything metal, aluminum you name it... it all got sorted, saved, piled, and gone over ...... whew!!

The biggest part of the project was getting rid of the last of the dairy panels. If you've ever visited our farm you have seen them - either in a pile or in the form of a make shift shed - they are there  6" - 7" deep and on average 3 x 8 foot -  they are filled with foam insulation and wood and covered with sheets of galvanized steel that is formed and stapled all along each edge -- they are heavy (about 120lbs each) cumbersom and all needed to be torn apart and the steel salvaged with each and every staple removed... it was not a small task... these panels were 'kindly' left here by the previous owners and we've been slowly but surely getting rid of them and salvaging the steel over the last 6 years ... (the galvanized has proven useful as all of our animals houses are made of the up-cycled dairy panel 'skins')

So we have put them to good use -- but I'm so excited to report that now 6 years later every last one is gone!!  yippie!

In addition to that - we got all the scrap metal we salvaged along with the stuff that's been piling up loaded and ready to go to the recycle place in the morning.  Then we moved all brian's 'bits' --the things he will most likely use at some point - treasures, tools, raw materials, useful bits of steel, the galvanized panel skins - etc etc. He's amazing at re-using and up-cycling and for all the rough time I give him he is pretty darn resourceful and never wastes a thing. - my compulsive side actually enjoyed organizing them into little groups of pretty rusty things...  (as I have no clue what 90% of them are for)

Brian, recognizing that his wife also has need for order came up with the idea to use some of the lumber we salvaged to make into a 'screen'... what a gem he is...  ; ) I'd say every one is happy!!

I even got up to the barn and garden did some major clean up there too - put away things sorted hoses... hell I even oiled the handels of our tools... I dont' think we've been this productive in a weekend in quite a while.. must be the new year!! here's to 2013 and all the promise she holds.. my she pay back hard work with reward!!


Anonymous said...

Wow - a long hot tubby for you & Brian - and a huge hug and pat on both your backs for all that work -it must be so satisfying as you clean the slate & head toward your next goal. Hugs!

Cecelia (CC) said...

tired and happy: a good combination.

Tiffany said...

One more reason you are kind of my hero.