I’m back home in Grass Valley after spending the last 3 days at the new house, figuring stuff out (internet there will be set up on the 26th).
Not having the internet at the new house was interesting… But, in a way, it was kinda fun to take a Starbucks break to check the internet. It made me tear myself away and refresh from it all! And, I got to have a treat, which I loved! Starbucks is only 12 minutes away – I timed it.
THE FENCING REPORT!
I finally found a guy who will do the fencing (Phase 1) starting on Friday! He came highly recommended by the lumber company in town. (The original fence guy recommended by readers didn’t come to our appointment… and the neighbor who said they could help, just didn’t have the time during this busy season.)
Anyway, Juan showed up on time (even early!) on Friday which was a great start! I had everything drawn out and he knew what I wanted and knew how to build it all, and hang the gates. Yay! So, Phase 1 of fencing will happen this coming weekend! Then all I have to do is make the pastures safe (gopher holes) and then BRING THE HORSES!
I spent a lot of time painting dirt and gate contemplations: placement, what sizes and which direction they would swing.
I also had to consider the least expensive way to create the initial three pastures in Phase 1AND create them in such a way that they would integrate into the larger pastures of Phase 2 and 3.
Two long fence runs behind the house that split the upper area into two pastures would be most efficient… and then cross fence the larger pasture to make a total of 3, smallish pastures. In this way, I think I can make the upper pasture into a pasture paradise, once the larger pastures are fenced, later.
When I get established and find some work, I’ll do the rest of the fencing.
By the way, since many of you were not able to open my VoiceOver Demo Reel, here it is again via You Tube. If any of you have anything you need voiced, I’d love to do it! Even phone messages! …Will work for fencing! ;)
DEAD PASTURE OUT BACK
I spent some time measuring the back pasture (Phase 2) and noted how dead it was compared to every other pasture around. Clearly, the previous owner sprayed this entire 10 acres except the front pasture (too steep). This sucks. However, I did take all of those Savory Institute Holistic Managed Grazing Courses and do understand how to bring it back over the next few years. Sad. Why would anyone kill every single plant, insect and life form on such small acreage? – Just to not have to deal with the weeds, I guess. Too bad. Especially because when I went to the very end of the property where the seasonal creek lies, I could see that he had cut the entire property of all trees and bushes, and then dumped all the remnants in the creek. It was awful. The entire creek – from the width of our property – was filled to the brim with dead foliage that had been thriving on these pastures and could have provided some shade.
OK, we’ve all done this paint folly – or at least I think we have.
You get the swatch from the paint store and it looks perfect! So, you get a few gallons. And then you paint. And it looks…………awful.
So, you go back to the paint store and get a sample of a color you think is perfect… And it, too, looks awful in different natural lighting.
Anyway, I ran out of time to actually put the 4 new samples that I got on my third trip to the paint store on the walls and check them out against the fireplace in the natural light… but I did get the entire room painted with the too yellow paint – as it functioned as an excellent primer. The green blue that was there before was very dark and made the room look even smaller.
MAY BUCKET FUND: THE HUNG HORSES! These lucky surviving horses are very much alive and would greatly benefit from our support! Click here to read their story! Click here to donate!