Sunday, January 3, 2010

To do list 2010!

Survive calving season, kidding season, and the baby arriving with family manners, relationships, and minds intact.

Actually write down how many eggs and gallons of milk we are recieving.

Finish goat barn: Interior walls, stalls, shingling, insulation and interior boards, ceiling for milk room, milk room shelves, second milk stand, windows, etc. Try to get most of the important aspects of this accomplished this month before kids and baby arrives (If Blessing is even preg!)

Pick up "Tina" Fantine from breeding in Cheyenne. She's been there since dec 8th-ish and has refused to come back into heat. GRRR. If not bred by another heat cycle she will be picked up and remain dry this year :( Not fond of the idea of having kids in July/aug. and we're into early june dates already.

Close off eaves of chicken coop and work on insulating and improving it. (provided the money is available) Finish roofing. Sell some chickens! 16-20 eggs a day is WAY more than I can use! Even making all my own baking items.

Breed rabbits successfully! Sell or eat babies!

Buy turkeys in spring, keep female alive this time (modify duck pen to allow ducks/chickens only). Let them eat and stuff themselves fat on our stinkin grasshoppers all summer then sell turkeys!

Finish fencing for second pasture area, finish discussing third area with hubby and possibly put the in as well. Put up grounding wires that are already purchased on outer fence. Dig post holes and make pasture fences permanent.

Modify or rebuild goat shelter in pasture and build second one for other pasture. Possibly make big enough for horse.

Go to lumber store garage sale and buy cheap building supplies again! Put siding on goat barn!

*sigh* wonder for the third year in a row if I will ever have a garden here. Plant a few items in select areas and attempt to even out and work the soil in the garden area. Build fence around berry area to keep cats/birds out. Cross fingers and hope that trees all make it through the winter and that "dead" ones come back. Give up on planting for the year, too many other things to do.

Feed my family more homemade food and eat out a whole lot less! Go for a walk instead of renting movies! Don't buy daughter cute outfit that she doesn't really need just because you like it! Pay debts down!

Clean out shed go through boxes you haven't openeed in two years (better yet dont open them), clean and go through baby items, have a garage sale and store the rest in wood shed. Clean freebie shed out and put new floor on it. Store spare windows in it. Sell metal shed.

Have hubby work on getting the scrap metal out of our area, taking broken down tractors back, moving the steel posts that aren't used to an inconspicuous area and generally cleaning up the looks of the place.

Thoroughly scrub dog kennel and cathouse down. Hopefully buy cheap windows at lumber yard garage sale and put windows in cathouse to replace plexiglass holes. Make cathouse more watertight.

Fix rabbit cages and make shelves in freebie shed for winter living for rabbits. Repair rabbit hutch. Rebuild doors to open and shut better and secure wire better with small boards over the wire. Staples alone do not work well! Move the two portable rabbit hutches closer to the house for winter living and secure.

Put in/set up swingset for daughter with peagravel underneath. Kick cat out of sandbox!

Pound in posts and get pallets to create second row of windbreak for trees so they dont get drifted in every year but still get the snowmelt to water them.

Taken doggy shredded canvas tarp and make bigger pieces into blankets for goat kids in spring.

Put outside flood light up on exterior of house, paint house, finish putting in new windows. Build outside porch area for boots and coats.

Work on constructing elevated herb garden in corner of garden. Plan what to put in.

Build outside excercise pen for rabbits. Build hotboxes for plants, put greenhouse together.

Put boards along the chicken wire fencing on the outer pen to hold wire more securely and safely.

Paint shed

Place stepping stone path across backyard and plant grass. Make flower garden!

Keep up with finances and office work in the house and don't leave for December! (January/feb, etc.) Update finances from 09 and get current again.

Keep house clean and organized!

*sigh deeply* and pray very hard to God to help me get HALF of this done this year!


small farm girl said...

I'm tired just reading this.

Kelle said...

Mike says all the time, for every project we crossed off the HONEY DO list three more appear! *wink* LOL!

I've been saying it for the last two summers, but this summer come whatever, we ARE going to get out barn, outbuildings and trim on the house, scrapped, sanded and painted. Otheriwse they're going to deteriorate to the point of being rotten and then we'll have to replace them!

Now that I'm no longer tied up with home school I think it will be easier to find the free time to get more small projects done as well.

Good luck and we'll be praying for you to get as much crossed off your list as we need to get crossed of ours, WHEW! To bad you aren't closer, we could have project days and help each other out. :o)

Christy said...

That is a lot of goals! Makes my list seem small.

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