We’re melting around here already and the temperatures are supposed to claw their way back into the 60s this weekend. (Yay.) Which is a good thing because I have the usual array of odd problems that need work that just seem to come with an old place. There is always a new and different plumbing problem due to old pipes. The latest is the gurgling forth of water up out of the ground in the barn yard in front of the alleyway, by one of the outdoor faucets. Fantastic! This means I have an underground leak! It needs dug up! I’m just glad I’m not doing the digging! And I need to buy new heat tape for the well bladder tank. I wrapped it in an insulation blanket and saddle pads and a tarp last night when I realized the heat tape wasn’t working. And I need to get the de-icer into the cow’s water tank and get the extension cords strung up inside the barn to keep the lines away from the animals. And. And. And. I could go on! What time did you say you would be here?


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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on November 14, 2013  

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  1. 11-14

    God love ya..the joys of being a grown up are never ending! lol make sure to have you a big pitcher of margaritas waiting on ya! Good luck !

  2. 11-14

    When I have so much to do, I usually find that after I get it all done is when my family and friends come and ask me if they could help! If I was in WV near you I would be right there. I just finished your book this weekend. I really loved it, hated 52, but I loved the book. Love you too! Because I have been following your blog for sometime now, I am trying to do things myself and push myself to become more independent. I hope that someday I would be able to make it to one of your retreats and meet you personally. I will be awaiting your next book and in the meantime, continuing to read your blog daily.

  3. 11-14

    I’d be right there if I lived close enough. SORRY,3,500 miles is a short distance if you own a jet, but I don’t.
    chin up, Love you.

  4. 11-14

    Would be happy to help if I were closer. But I know you will handle everything. One. Chore. at. a. Time.

    Prioritize by importance (first cut off that water so you are not paying for it!!!) and then tackle the list. We will all cheer you on. :yes:

  5. 11-14

    I’ll be there as soon as you get all that done. :D

  6. 11-14

    Well if you lived a lot closer I would love to come help you!!! And I have a bad foot right now. Good luck with your projects, I know how you feel about always something to repair… :happyflower:

  7. 11-14

    Wish I lived closer, I would come over and help you. I like to dig in the dirt…And I have a sharp shovel!
    Good luck with your additional unexpected winter chores. One at a time is the best way to “get-er done”.
    Just finished your book. Love it! Very well written and interesting. I put it on DH’s Kindle so he can read it too.

  8. 11-14

    You are right about living on an old place and a farm to boot!

    You just have to keep plugging along and making repairs when needed and one of the times (years….) most thing will be fixed.

    If you haven’t already, replace all outside hydrants with frost free ones. We still have to drag a drop cord to the hen house for their automatic waterer.. I keep thinking about wiring the hen house but haven’t yet. Don’t ask how long we have had the chickens.

    So far no snow here or freezing precip.

  9. 11-14

    Yup, old places have old plumbing and more. This place had ancient hydrants frozen shut with rust but one broken copper pipe to one. A friend noticed it the first day our water was on. It wasn’t a bubbling crude oil in that east field like old TV show… At least you get a warm up to finish the chores in time.

  10. 11-15

    Unusually warm here too, thank goodness, as my oil furnace has now decided to act up, cutting in and out repeatedly. My biggest bugbear are so-called professional types out of the Yellow Pages who say they will call you back the same day as to when they might be able to “take a look” at your problem but then NEVER CALL BACK!! While one waits all day by the phone!! A pox on them, I say!!

  11. 11-15

    Beautiful photo Suzanne! Every time you have a photo of the farm from a different angle I remember being there and enjoying it so much!!
    Fondly, rain :)

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