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December Swamp Time

December brought some travel for our crew, but that is nothing unusual.  There were several days we were able to enjoy the mild South Carolina weather.  Christmas Day turned out to be one of those days.  We walked to the back of the farm and down to the swamp.  The spring was bubbling away at the swamps edge, it was quiet and peaceful (before the girls arrived).  We all enjoy the sounds of birds and frogs that are down at the waters edge.  You never know when a giant Pileated Woodpecker will sound a warning call in a tree above you.

Chas and the girls traveled to Kentucky to spend time with her grandparents, and I made a separate trip to North Carolina to spend time with my family.  The small amount of farm animals we have (rabbits) require someone to be here so it is hard for us to take longer adventures without someone to critter-sit.  It was nice to spend Christmas Day with our girls.  A camp fire made the day complete…

A Day of Loss

RIP Emmie

Today we suffered a tough loss in the bus crew.  Emmie Lou Scholl, our beloved Shih Tzu was hit by a car today at the farm.  She didn’t suffer, which we are thankful for, but Lydia saw it happen so it is extra hard on her.  We have no idea what kept attracting her to the other side of the road, but every time she went outside that is where you could bet she would go.  She had always been aware of cars and watched before she crossed, but Lydia called her and she ran out in front of one.  Killed instantly, but the car didn’t slow down or stop after hitting her and kept going.  The car driving off was harder on Lydia than anything, they didn’t even stop to say they were sorry.  The loss of Emmie was hard, but three little girls hearts shattered more because the driver “Didn’t Even Care They Hit Her”.  They could not comprehend not feeling bad about it.  Yes, it was an accident, and we made sure the girls are aware of this.  Let this be a lesson for anyone that is unfortunate enough to be involved with hitting someones pet.  No matter how hard it is for you to do so, an apology is always best.

Emmie came to us in November of 2007 as a 6 month old.  She was a great snuggler and a good friend for the girls.  She got to go on adventures in the bus and visit 26 states where she strolled on South Carolina beaches, walk among Arizona Saguaro Cacti, stare up at California Giant Redwoods, dig in the sand on Oregon beaches and hike around Mount Hood, sniff sugar beets in North Dakota, and smell the sulphur in Yellowstone.  We are thankful for the smiles she brought to us through the years and miles.

If you have any memories of Emmie, feel free to comment below.

November – The Blur

Well, I am almost caught up with blog posts.  I never thought that would happen this year, but it is a moment that is rapidly approaching.  The month of November was filled with work on a 12×24 building on the farm to be used as an office and workshop.  I didn’t take any pictures of the beginning of the project, the bones of the structure were already in place when I made it back to the farm from North Dakota.  I will post a few pictures of the completed building in the near future.

I happened to be in the building painting the trim and listening to a podcast when I noticed I had an observer high above.  The light fixture had a resident pest control specialist, I actually watched this little guy eat a fly that ended up in the fixture.  I also determined I do not like sanding drywall, it is not fun at all.


Here is a method I came up with to paint the sides of the dormers.  I am not a fan of heights, so walking around on a roof with this pitch isn’t an option.  The tractor bucket worked as a perfect support for the ladder, holding it at the correct angle and allowing me to be confident the ladder had no way to kick out.

Chas also started a new obsession with crocheting baby and adult booties.  She is making several pairs each week, we are definitely going to have to find an outlet for these before we drown in booties.  I am a good enabler though and have been purchasing bulk lots of yarn on Ebay for her to keep her crochet hooks humming.

Our furry critters always have something going on in a house full of girls that love playing with them.  The bunnies often get makeovers, but I had to share some espresso with Kitty Pig (the newest of our guinea pig babies).  He didn’t really care for it, but seemed to enjoy sniffing the foam on top.