One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, April 11, 2011

No Make-Up Required

Yesterday, my husband and I started to build a split barn door, to replace the one that is basically hanging from the barn.  When we moved here, the bottom door was missing.  Here is the “before” picture.


We are trying to keep the original barn frame vs. tearing it all down and starting over.  It has housed many animals for many owners over the years.
My husband took this photo of me putting the screws into the backside of the bottom portion of the door.  It’s a bit out of focus, but the good news is, we have a new camera.  Pictures after these were taken, should look a lot better.


And yes, I used the table saw myself.  We work together 50/50 on most work such as this.  All women should know how to use these types of tools and build items from scratch, or re-purpose items to build from.



We are making progress, but these things just don’t happen as fast as you think.  We still need to frame the outside it, and attach it to the existing hinges.  Instead of purchasing new hinges at $8-9 each, we are using the ones that were already on the barn.  We estimate the barn was built around 1954, first housing cattle. 

We worked until dark, but had to stop to plant a plum and peach tree.  We are starting to build a small orchard for our self-sufficient farm.  We are unable to grow oranges here, but we can add pear and more apple trees.  If the two blueberry bushes survived the winter, we will add raspberry and other berry bushes for our fruit as well.

I’m so tired this morning.  I forgot how much work is involved with self-sufficient living. The humidity was very high yesterday, and it just sucked the life out of us, while working outside with tools.  There’s no use, or purpose, for wearing make-up these days.  

It’s all worth it.

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