Thursday, February 27, 2014

Farm Chore du Jour: Doorknob Repair

This morning I found the doorknob on the store broken. Since Brett was a work, Sarah and I decided to try to fix it ourselves. After all, we needed customers to be able to enter the store.
Peeking through the hole in the door after we removed the doorknob.

You may be thinking that doorknob repair isn’t really a farm chore. That is true. However, when you own a farm, you have to be a handyman (or handywoman in this case) or you’ll go broke hiring people to fix all the things that go wrong on a farm.
The insides of a doorknob

Neither Sarah nor I had ever fixed a doorknob before, so we weren’t aware that the springs inside would cause pieces to fly out when we took it off the door. We nearly lost a couple of critical parts. It was a lot like doing a jigsaw puzzle to get it back together. Then we found the cause of the breakage in the hole that the doorknob fits in… two loose screws.

Between the wacky weather we’ve been having and the fact that the building is 83 years old, I guess they wiggled their way out of their intended places. There was no sign of vandalism.  

Thankfully, we had enough mechanical ability between the two of us to be able to put it all back together before our first customer arrived.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Never Thought We'd Do That!

This is the first installment of the new MHF blog category "Never Thought We'd Do That". You see, since we moved to the farm 5 years ago, there have been many things we've done that we never imagined we'd have (or want) to do. I thought it would be fun to start sharing those things with you.

Today, Brett cleaned our chimney for the first time. It took 3 tries moving the ladder to different areas around the house until we found a spot that he could (somewhat safely) climb atop the roof and get to the chimney.  But alas, he had success!

After cleaning the chimney from the top, he unscrewed the bottom of the chimney pipe behind the wood stove and cleaned out the debris.

We purchased a chimney cleaning brush and poles at Lowe's last winter. The poles come in 4 foot sections that screw together and the brush screws on the end. I think the whole package cost us about $70 - less than it would cost to have our chimney cleaned one time.

It's a messy job, but it only took about an hour. Now our chimney is clean and safe for another season of warm crackling fires.
Debris from the chimney

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Llamas, Goats & Jesus?

I just closed the store for the day, put another log on the fire and sat down to watch Sense & Sensibility while I work on our 2013 marketing plan. Sounds like a fun Saturday night, huh? Lest I sound like too much of a bore, last night was fun.

We took a llama and 3 goats to Clear Creek Bible College for their live nativity. No, there was no llama at the birth of Jesus. Llamas are indigineous to South America, not the Middle East. However, it is hard to find a camel in this area, so our llamas "stand in" occasionally. No one seemed to mind. Beatrice was the hit of the evening, but she stood still and quiet during the presentation so as not to steal the show from Jesus.
A Shepherd with the goats & llama, Beatrice

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How We Name Our Goats

Recently, we decided to start giving our new goats biblical names. This year we gave our goats names beginning with the letter “A”; next year we’ll do “B” and continue going on down the alphabet.

Since Violet was the first of our goats to give birth this year, we named her silver baby boy Adam – the first man. Mocha had two boys – Asher (silver) and Abed-nego (black). Eleanor was our only goat to give birth to two beautiful baby girls named Abigail (black) and Anna (silver).

Here are pictures of our new healthy kids. 

Adam and his mother Violet

Abed-nego (black) and Asher (silver)

Abigail (black) and Anna (silver) with their mother Eleanor

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Pavilion is Finished!!!

Yay! We’re so excited to see that our new addition to the farm has been completed. We started building the pavilion in the beginning of April and finished it on May 8th. Now we have a nice shaded area for tours and birthday parties complete with lights and fans for those hot summer days and nights.

Here are photos of the progress from start to finish.


Monday, May 7, 2012

A Shawl Fiasco ... Almost

Brett came into the store and stopped to chat for a few minutes with me and sat down in one of the chairs which had Angela's beautiful crocheted purple shawl on the back of it. When he left, neither of us noticed that her shawl had disappeared. He came in a few minutes later saying "Look what I almost dropped into the burn pile!" while holding up the shawl. I said, "Why in the world would you do that?!?" To which he explained that it  somehow had gotten caught onto the lighter in his back pocket - when he was taking care of the burn pile he noticed something hanging behind his legs and almost thought he had grown a tail. After a few minutes of playing around in his back pockets, he managed to free himself of his newly-grown purple tail so that he could return it to its rightful place. Angela and I are both very happy that Brett took the time to figure out what was hanging behind  his leg instead of hastily casting it into the burn pile. We all got a good chuckle out of it though.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Featured Products - May 4, 2012

Come in and check out our locally made products. This display features our products made in VA and TN.