The snow is quickly dwindling as we ready for some barn kitties

This past weekend we focused on two things up at the land:  staining a back portion of the inside log wall to see how the color would look, and reorganizing the barn now that the kitchen has been moved out of the corral. 

The snow has melted quite a bit, but what is left is still such a challenge.  Anything that is packed down has turned to ice.  I’ll be spreading ALOT of de-icing salts onto the driveway when I go back up.  There is still about six well packed inches on the ground.  If you look closely in the photo, you’ll catch the snowman that the crew made before they left on Friday. 

Tim focused his time up at the house where we chose the back wall in the mechanical room to try out the inside stain.  We need to check out the color.  We also need to see how the logs would look after we de-weathered them.   So, here is a glimpse of that wall. 

Notice the unfinished side on the left and the stained back wall to compare.  The color is called "Hazelnut" and has a nice, neutral butternut kind of feel.  We need to go back and put the satin top-coat finish on it to really see how it will look, but we were liking what we saw.

Meanwhile, back in the barn, Glenn and I focused on getting all the motley collection of hardware, supplies, and kitchen items back in place after their move from the animal corral.  We had a special intention of making a little hidden den under the table against the wall for some new additions we are expecting this week: barn cats!  We are rescuing four of them and are hoping they will be good mousers as we are still seeing mouse turds throughout the barn kitchen.   They will have a nice cozy bed down there and we’ll keep them in the barn for a couple of weeks so they can adjust to their surroundings.  That means the llamas get kicked back out of the corral until we can open the barn doors again once the cats establish their rule over their new domain. 

Be sure to check out the 2 video clips I’ve uploaded.  One is a quick sweep of the barn and the other is the llamas in their corral.  Below, Tim tries to coax Mucho closer.


About David

Making manifest the change I want to see in the world through the hospitality of a humble little homestead campground with yurts and alpacas.
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