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