February and March Images

Hello Everyone:

 

I hope to get back to posting essays and photos for the Mule Springs Farm blog soon, but for now I am posting some of the images from February and March to give you an idea of what we have been doing.

 

We moved into the new house the first week of March.  Of course that week was wonderful, but the weeks leading up to the furniture coming and the weeks since have been over the top crazy. I hope this is my last big move.  Too many decisions to be made regarding where to put items, what to keep, and what to set aside for a yard sale.

 

Bruce did get 500 plants in the ground in March, and it has been nice to see furniture and books that have been in storage for the past few years.  And speaking of views – I am enjoying seeing the donkeys from every window in the new house.

 

And the trail camera has been working hard. We captured some strange and interesting animals. In addition to the pictures I’ve shared below we got many shots of deer and raccoon.  I hope you can help identify the mystery creatures.

 

Happy Spring to you all, and I hope to write more soon.

Laurie painting one of the seemingly endless cabinets that needed to be painted throughout the house.
Laurie painting one of the seemingly endless cabinets that needed to be painted throughout the house.

 

Cabinets galore, and they all had to be painted.
Cabinets galore, and they all had to be painted.

 

The garage became a staging area for painting all the cabinets.
The garage became a staging area for painting all the cabinets.

 

The kitchen is coming along.
The kitchen is coming along.

 

The kitchen and main living area of the house almost ready.
The kitchen and main living area of the house almost ready.

 

Hallway from sleeping areas and mudroom to living area.
Hallway from sleeping areas and mudroom to living area.
Crates of furniture arrive from Alaska. It had been two years since we had seen most of our furniture.
Crates of furniture arrive from Alaska. It had been two years since we had seen most of our furniture.

 

Mom holding the cuckoo clock I got in the Black Forest. We were waiting for the builder to help us set the clock on the wall, and we could not sit the clock down, because of the weights, chains, and pendulum.  It was a heavy job, but mom did it.
Mom holding the cuckoo clock I got in the Black Forest. We were waiting for the builder to help us set the clock on the wall, and we could not sit the clock down, because of the weights, chains, and pendulum. It was a heavy job, but mom did it.

 

We stored the gas range along with the other appliances in the barn, but mice got into the range. We we unboxed the range to install it, the oven box was filled with mice nests and the mice had eaten much of the insulation.  A rep from Portland came and replaced all the remaining insulation, cleaned the range, and certified the range was safe to use. Thankfully non of the wiring had been damaged. Once the range was ready to be installed we found we could not get the electrical outlet to work. I'd had enough waiting though; so, for two days we cooked in the new kitchen using our camp stove.
We stored the gas range along with the other appliances in the barn, but mice got into the range. When we un-boxed the range to install it, the oven box was filled with mice nests and the mice had eaten much of the insulation. A rep from Portland came and replaced all the remaining insulation, cleaned the range, and certified the range was safe to use. Thankfully non of the wiring had been damaged. Once the range was ready to be installed we found we could not get the electrical outlet to work. I’d had enough waiting though; so, for two days we cooked in the new kitchen using our camp stove.

 

Our first meal in the new house. Mom sauteed lobster tails in the wok, since we did not have a stove the first few weeks.
Our first meal in the new house. Mom sauteed lobster tails in the wok, since we did not have a stove the first few weeks.

 

It's so much fun; donkeys can be seen from every window in the house.
It’s so much fun; donkeys can be seen from every window in the house.

 

Donkeys taking a break mid-day and resting in the shade.
Donkeys taking a break mid-day and resting in the shade.

 

Watching the donkeys from my office.
Watching the donkeys from my office.
The trail camera captures a bobcat walking down Kickin' Mule Creek near noon.  Three images show the bobcat was stepping on the stones walking down the creek instead of just crossing. Perhaps the wild cat is not as eager to avoid water as the house cat?
The trail camera captures a bobcat walking down Kickin’ Mule Creek near noon. Three images show the bobcat was stepping on the stones walking down the creek instead of just crossing. Perhaps the wild cat is not as eager to avoid water as the house cat?

 

Trail camera brings another intriguing image. What is this?  Can you guess?
Trail camera brings another intriguing image. What is this? Can you guess?

 

A strange animal caught in the dark with the trail camera.
A strange animal caught in the dark with the trail camera.

 

The farm animals caught with the trail camera on an early morning walk.
The farm animals caught with the trail camera on an early morning walk.

 

My opportunity to be a star. Love that trail camera.
My opportunity to be a star. Love that trail camera.

 

In March Bruce planted a mixture of five hundred snowberry, Woods' Rose, elderberry, Ponderosa Pine, and blackberries across the farm.
In March Bruce planted a mixture of five hundred snowberry, Woods’ Rose, elderberry, Ponderosa Pine, and blackberries across the farm.

 

A view of our new house taken while I was out hiking with the donkeys. A new very old looking house.
A view of our new house taken while I was out hiking with the donkeys. A new very old looking house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 thoughts on “February and March Images

  1. Oh, so much work! I do not envy all the packing and unpacking. But it sure does look beautiful, spacious & comfortable. All lovely windows to watch the outdoor animals, plus the trail cam. What fun. I hope to see Bruce while he is here.
    Don’t work too hard.

  2. Looks great and it sounds like the adventures continue. I can’t imagine finding my stove stuffed with mice nests! Is the bird a blue heron? How unusual to see one in that location if that’s what it is.

    1. Looks great and it sounds like the adventures continue. I can’t imagine finding my stove stuffed with mice nests! Is the bird a blue heron? How unusual to see one in that location if that’s what it is.

      Hi Karen– I see what you mean about the mice meaning the adventure is continuing. 🙂 On the bird, my first thought was wild turkey, though I knew that wasn’t right. I think it is a blue heron.

  3. Hi Sher

    It looks beautiful and worth all the hard work and the waiting. Now’s the time to enjoy!

    Like you have been very busy this winter (on completely different things) but will be in touch soon.

    1. Hi Sher

      It looks beautiful and worth all the hard work and the waiting. Now’s the time to enjoy!

      Like you have been very busy this winter (on completely different things) but will be in touch soon.

      Joanna– I have been thinking of you often , and I look forward to another of your wonderfully detailed missives.

  4. Congratulations Sher & Bruce! Fun to see your Mom in the mix of your new digs! Enjoy settling in with your Alaska stuff! Joanna K DeSanto

  5. Sher, Your new home is SO lovely! I especially love all of the wood, but I can see how much work you’ve had to do and will continue to do. How nice that your mom has been part of it. Loved that photo of the bobcat! We saw one on the road right in front of our car after we had hiked Mount St. Helens – breathtaking encounter. Hope I get to see your place one day!

    1. Sher, Your new home is SO lovely! I especially love all of the wood, but I can see how much work you’ve had to do and will continue to do. How nice that your mom has been part of it. Loved that photo of the bobcat! We saw one on the road right in front of our car after we had hiked Mount St. Helens – breathtaking encounter. Hope I get to see your place one day!

      Thanks Kathleen – you just need to travel through the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. 🙂

  6. Congratuations! With all your and Bruce’s hard work, everything that you wished for is falling into place. Enjoy your wonderful life! Know that you are blessed!.

    1. Congratuations! With all your and Bruce’s hard work, everything that you wished for is falling into place. Enjoy your wonderful life! Know that you are blessed! Thanks Carol — I appreciate your sentiments. 🙂

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