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Never thought retirement would be like this

  1. #2536
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    It may be a sign that a stranger has been around and the goats are just making sure that you are their human.
    I suppose it's possible, but trespassers would have little interest in the goats.

    Their lives have been messed up ever since the dogs got Dixie. First, I spent a lot of time with her, putting out sad and worried "vibes", vets coming and going. Then they were penned up in the barn for several days waiting for the fencers, then the fencers came, then a different pasture. And now there are only two---different herd dynamics. It's not really surprising that another little change in routine messes them up. I think hunting season starts soon, if not already. There will be a lot of gunshots out there until January.

    I think they just need a routine that follows a 24 hour clock. My own life never followed a 24 hour clock, even when I was working.

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    Closet update:

    The ceiling sheetrock came down Monday---what a mess. Rediscovered there is a beautiful unfinished hardwood floor in there.

    I'm studying different ways to secure a knee wall. Because of the old lumber in the house, and all the modifications over the years, I've learned, the hard way, to *try* and think ahead of all the things that can possibly go wrong. Can't afford any complications when it comes to putting up sheetrock, 'cause I've never done it before. In fact, I'm getting cold feet on that. Maybe I should use paneling instead.

    I'm going to try to follow something like this picture, with blocking, only just 1 foot deep, for shelves, unless it proves to be just too complicated:

    attic-bedroom-closet.jpg

    Worst comes to worst, on the *other* 3 walls, I think I can always do one of these:

    The Mooney Wall

    Strips on top of framing to remove imperfections, and provide more room for insulation (outdoor wall has studs oriented flat side to the wall). Anyone who has some tips, please jump in any time.



    When they bulldoze this house down, after I'm gone, I don't want anyone looking down at the rubble and saying, "She didn't frame that closet properly." It's kind of like when your mother tells you to always put on clean underwear when you go out.

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    I see you said hunting seasons coming up Nancy. You might want to have your goats defend themselves. Some hunters will shoot anything that moves.

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    Q: Why don’t mummies take time off?
    A: They’re afraid to unwind.

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    Pappy, for some reason, your picture reminded me of The Andy Griffith Show, and the episode where they thought a goat ate some sticks of dynamite.



    Barney is playing a harmonica to calm the goat down if I recall correctly.


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    I remember that episode Nancy. Loved that show. Still watch it now and then.
    Q: Why don’t mummies take time off?
    A: They’re afraid to unwind.

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    Can't find a good place to put this picture, so I'm puttin' it here! I just like old houses. Haven't seen a porch built around a chimney. Maybe a later addition?

    "Breake Farm, Taylor's Crossroads" Nash County, North Carolina, 1936.
    (acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston)

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    Large Picture (for sale at shorpy.com)

    Frances Benjamin Johnson
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    Picked up 12 bales of straw at Lowes this morning and got the barn ready for winter. Grocery shopping. Removed that horizontal "antique" 2x4 in the closet tonight without ruining it, using a hacksaw. It might possibly be used beside the antique one already nailed to the floor, so the frame can be done correctly? We'll see...

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