After lunch we drove all the stuff to the acreage and unloaded everything and then went on our way to get two good loads of firewood in Norquay. The place we get the wood from, is a nice cute farm. In the back of the yard are the big piles of fire wood. Carol picked the logs and put them in the back of the truck where I stacked them. After my truck was full, we continued with her truck. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze and around 20 C. How lucky are we with this amazing fall weather!
When we got back at my acreage, driving up the driveway, I turned my window down and called the horses. They looked up, and then galloped with me alongside the driveway. Freya was bucking so happy! They ran all the way with me. That was so cool! Carol loved to see how happy the horses were and enjoyed watching them run and buck.
It was getting dark and I said to Carol to just throw the wood out of the truck on a pile. I would stack it the next day. I needed to go home and can’t drive in the dark. I’m night blind and won’t see a thing when it’s dark. It unloaded faster then loading. Hahaha! When we left, there were two huge piles of wood beside the cabin. LOL
Monday morning I arrived with enough groceries and stuff for a few days. After caring for the cats and having my coffee, I started to stack all the fire wood under the cabin. That was a lot of work but I got it all done. Got 2 rows under the cabin, a stack beside the cabin and covered with a tarp, and then put a whole bunch in the wood shack, in front of all the green wood. Carol and I will go one more time to get more wood to get the whole cord. Of course I was very tired after stacking all the wood but was happy it was done.
In the evening Paul surprised me with a visit. That was so nice! He has a new job and was telling me about his first day. He really likes the job. He does maintenance in a huge shop of a agri culture business, where they test the soil of farmer fields. He has to organize the big shop that is full of many tools and also has to do the basic maintenance on some vehicles. I was happy to hear it went so well the first day. Later I showed him the wood. With a flash light as it was very dark. Paul couldn’t believe how much wood it was all together. LOL And that is not even all of the cord. After Paul left I watched a movie and then went to bed. My new bed! Ah, what a lovely bed. I slept so good. I woke up one time because I was too warm so I removed the top blanket and then slept again. I slept in and got up at 9.30 am! I really had a great sleep. It’s so nice to have a bed that has some bounce. A matrass on the ground only goes well for so long but soon my back really started to get sore. Getting up was a struggle too, as it was on the ground. This bed is great. Thank you Carol! I’m very happy with it. Nothing so important as a good night sleep when working hard all day.
Tuesday morning I went to get fresh water for the horses and myself. It was another beautiful sunny day. We didn’t had rain for so long and the roads are very dusty. When another truck passes, it’s like driving through a thick fog or a snow storm. It’s like a white out. Can’t see a darn thing and you have to slow down until it clears up again. But I can’t complain about this weather though. Just love it. No bugs, not too hot and not too cold. I hardly have to use the wood stove during these mild days. I lit it up when it gets dark and then let it slowly simmer to keep it a pleasant 19 C. I don’t even bother to put a bigger log on for the night. It just gets too hot. LOL
In the afternoon I worked on getting the shelve /cupboards up. What a hard job that was. They are heavy shelves and it’s not easy to hold them up with one hand, and with the other hand put the screws in. So they are not level but oh well. They are up and I’m fine with it. Lucky I could use the scaffold for this. Without it I couldn’t have done this. Now I could put some things on the shelves and get rid of the bags they were in before. Slowly I’m getting more living space this way. When the cupboards were up I had a break with a snack. After my break I set up everything to cut off a piece of one of the counter blocks I got from Carol. I cleaned the whole cupboard after that and then wanted to bring it upstairs. Well, forget it. Way too heavy for me. So I left it. I got everything ready to cut off a piece of the other counter, but couldn’t do it, because there was too much counter between me and the saw. Too dangerous. Paul would come after work again and we would have supper together in the cabin. I had asked him if he could help me after supper to get the one counter cupboard upstairs and cut the other counter piece and it was no problem. When he text me he was on his way, I made a nice fresh salad of the spinach and tomatoes that I had in my cooler. When he arrived he brought me a nice Iced Cappuccino from Tim Hortons. Mmmmm! Those are my favorite. I had made chili and salad and we had a lovely supper by the light of the solar lights and the wood stove that I just had lit. Paul loved the shelve/cupboards that I had hung up. He said he would straighten them out one day so they would be level. After supper we got the kitchen counter block in the cabin and after he cut the piece of the other counter. Awesome, because now I could start with my kitchen and bathroom. He also showed me how to undo the scaffold, as I wanted to bring it back to the renting place. The ceiling still has to be done, but I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do for that. For now I want it out of the way and get some more living space. When Paul left I watched a movie and then went to bed. Ah, I slept wonderful again! I really enjoy my new bed. It’s nice to get up in the morning and feel refreshed instead of aching. LOL
So today I took the scaffold apart, got the parts down the stairs and put them in the truck. And that was also the last time I will do that. Wow, those parts are SO heavy! There is a lot I can do myself but some things I just can’t and shouldn’t do. The rest of the day I could feel I overdid my self. But I’m happy it is out of the cabin. I put the folding table next to the counter and put tools and stuff I did not use right now, underneath it. Out of sight. The right part of the counter needed support so I screwed in a piece of wood onto the wall and the counter can now lean on to that. I still need sinks for the counters so I measured the openings.
It was also time to put in a chimney cleaning log. They burn for 90 minutes. I had made a small fire before to warm up the chimney to get a better airflow. I put in the log and lit it. It burns like a regular wood log. While the log was cleaning the chimney I went outside to bring the left over osb pieces to the garage. Because I was cutting outside so much, it had piled up quiet a bit. I put a whole bunch of the pieces in the wheel barrel and it took 4 trips to the garage. Next time I will clean out the bathroom, where I stacked a lot of leftover pieces too. Then I cleaned the deck and restacked some of the wood I had stored on one side. After a break I cleaned my English saddle that was in the back of the truck for a long time. Then I brought it to the tack shed as also some bridles that I had cleaned before, and another bag of horse feed. Very happy with my little wheel barrel. Perfect for this kind of things.
The coming days I have a whole lot on my To Do list again. Half of the things I do I don’t even write down here. There is a lot of simple maintenance things and a continuously tidying, cleaning and sweeping going on. I even took the vaccuum cleaner so I could vaccuum the floor for a change. It get better rid of all the dust then sweeping. Day by day the cabin become more like a home now. :-)