Finally--we started chopping the back part of the orchard yesterday and I finished it up today. BUT--apparently, something on the chopper was not attached yesterday, so all we actually did was "drag" the blades across the grass. I thought it should have been deeper, but I don't really know anything about tractors and choppers, so I just kept on driving along.
Today, we decided to go ACROSS the area that had been cut yesterday, and after a while, Sid came back to check on me. He noticed that the part was not attached and had to go to the Kubota place to pick up the part. He attached the piece and I began cutting again. What a difference one little old piece made! Unbelievable! Now, that's what I called CHOPPING, and it was certainly a lot easier to do. We may go over the area one more time, but I really don't think it will be necessary. The next thing we have to do is to pass a "cattle guard" over the area to sort of smooth it out. Then, it's pecan-tree-planting time once again.
While I was on the tractor, Sid was working on finishing up the fascia and the overhang on the addition to our Cottage. Tomorrow, he'll work on the overhang near the front porch. It looks so good and I am so proud of the way he has done this.
When we built our first house, neither Sid nor I knew anything much about construction--and I still really don't. But he has done miraculous things here, remodeling the shed and turning it into a lovely little Cottage for us, a "little" Cottage that has turned into a four-bedroom Cottage with one of the bedrooms a dormitory-style room for visiting by our kids. We also have a study, 1 1/2 baths, a utility room, and a kitchen/dining/tv room, which is pretty much where we live. We also have a front porch and an enclosed back porch, both of which have swings. In addition, he built a huge barn to house all his tools (he had lots of help with that), and that has a patio with a swing. As you can see, he is now considered by me, definitely, a professional carpenter (no, he doesn't get paid, but that's OK).
The barn patio is really used by us, especially in the summertime. We pull out the grill and eat our meals out there. In the winter, we pull out the fire box AND the grill and have more meals there. The kids love cooking hot dogs over the fire, and the adults love cooking burgers, chicken, sausage, shrimp, fish, and whatever on the grill. That way, we're all satisfied.
Tomorrow is my dental appointment--YUCK! They called today to remind me and to prescribe my antibiotic that I have to take because of my knee replacement. Please say a prayer that everything goes well and that I'm not too nervous. Yeah, right!
Tomorrow will be another busy day--more construction stuff and possibly more chopping. Sure keeps us out of trouble!
Have a great evening and a wonderful Wednesday!
QUOTE: "There is some of the same fitness in a man's building his own house that there is in a bird's building its own nest. Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged? --Henry David Thoreau