This is the job that never ends…. it just goes on and on, my friends.
Despite the excessive amounts of time this project is taking, we have hit a milestone – first wall IS DONE! We still have to put on the cam locks to secure the door, but all the framing is framed, metal is up, trim secured and door is built, hung and sided. Bam.
** Helpful hint when working with sheet metal – have a hammer and sharp nail handy and ‘pre drill’ your screw holes by tapping the tip of the nail once where you want the screw to go. Screwing direction into the metal can be seriously frustrating. Also: be sure and wear eye protection to keep those peeper safe from flying sharp objects!
Now it’s on to the other side. The scary side. The rotten, ugly, ominous side. We got about a third of the re-framing done this past weekend but stupid Mr. Maple stump is in the way of the footer and thus prevents us from moving on. Never ending impetuses! I’ll be butchering turkeys all day next Sunday, so we’ll try and get as much metal up and framing framed on Saturday as we can. I hope for a lot of progress, but am skeptical.
Another milestone: i have almost all my rabbit cages hung! I just need to add the buck cages to the end and then clean the heck up so that i can take a good picture that you can actually decipher, vs these ones. Trust me – it’s awesome. And i continue to promise that i will post a ‘how to’ on how i hung these rabbit cages in our barn using both on-hand and purchased materials. I’m still dealing with rabbit health issues and am awaiting test results back from the OSU diagnostic lab that i hope will shed some light on what’s going on.
The end is nearly in sight! And for now, i’ll just enjoy this shiny and secure end in all its glory. Not bad for a rotten, old barn, ay?
I’m excited to announce that you can once again find a supply of Fiber Friends ornaments at the best little yarn shop in Corvallis, Stash!
Find these cuties and pick up a skein of yarn (or 5) while you’re there. Stash is a super fun store, owned and run by Sonia, a wonderful gal with heaps of skills up her laceweight sleeves. Joined by her knowledgeable “stash enhancers” you can be sure to have a great shopping experience that might even become a learning experience! Stash also offers classes and a social knitting night. I might even be teaching a class there next year! Yipee!
If you’re near Corvallis this season, stop in and tell them Fiber Friends sent you!
Confession: i’m having some problems with my rabbits. Respiratory problems. Potentially flock wiping out problems. Problems that may be infections and devastating OR as simple as environmentally induced stress. Worthy of an entire blog post, i’ll leave the details to the side for now and focus on the strategies i’m employing to improve the housing for my rabbits.
We’re renovating the barn to be a secure building, with doors to close out predators and walls to block out foul weather. I’m getting frustrated at how long these repairs are taking, but that’s what happens when you work every stinkin saturday in the month of November and only get 1 day a weekend to work, slowly, on such a monumental task. We almost have the first door finished and should get it hung this weekend, completing one wall’s exterior repair – yay! BUT we still have the biggest job ahead – repairing the major rot of the second short wall and repeating all the siding and door building on that end. In the meantime, i’m doing some major cleaning up and getting the new cages ready for my little wards to have a better ventilated place to reside and make lots of healthy babies.
My new hanging cages are totally awesome AND i finally got the second two dowels i needed to hang the next two banks. I can’t wait to post that ‘how to’ for you to be inspired by for your own rabbit project. But as clean and new as the new banks of cages are – the walls surrounding them were dirty, moldy, mossy and just plain gross. Enter: hose, bleach, Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds and some Kilz. (Hazel looks intrigued)
I hosed down all the walls, including the upper joists, knocking off the majority of the nasty green moss/mold that may or may not be noxious. I then scrubbed all the walls with a bleach/Sal Suds solution, let it sit then hosed it back off. Once the walls were slightly dry (i have no patience) i painted it all with Kilz to further kill any mold spores and seal in the dirt i didn’t feel like cleaning off. Over this i’ll be painting with some free paint from the Marion county waste place to make future cleaning a breeze. It already looks so much better and is much less dusty! The old chicken wire up in the joists was covered in some real nasty dust and i’m sure there’s still plenty up there, but a good hose off certainly improved the situation.
Rabbits have very sensitive respiratory problems. If you can smell ammonia, the levels are too high. If the logging road traffic dust hurts YOUR lungs, your rabbits are suffering. This is goingt to be a long term project, trying to reduce the dust but maintain ventilation. I see a big ole’ greenhouse/poultry house fan in the barn’s future.
Laura in Australia’s Tollers may have no interest in retrieving ducks in REAL life, but their little felted dopplegangers do! They’re ready to spin round and round, chasing the elusive mallard for years to come as her new baby grows and perhaps welcomes little siblings to take their turn gazing up at their mama’s first babies.
Oh my gosh Miranda, it’s absolutely GORGEOUS! I can’t believe how much they look like my actual dogs! Thank you so much… this is going to become a family heirloom for sure. - Laura in Balgowlah, NSW
From ‘small’ 4-5 stranders to huge 6 plus stranders, no project is too big or too small. It’s my goal to provide Friends for every budget, including my mobiles. (And i’m happy to take your payment in intervals!). Get your holiday orders in now! Visit the Fiber Friends page of this website or hop on over to my Etsy shop. Corgis, Tollers, Collies, fluffy Bichons and mutts – i do it all, including donkeys! Surprise me with YOUR favorite animal
When it comes to baby decor, do you prefer cheap and disposable, or are you more inclined to invest in a family heirloom to be cherished for years to come?