Thursday, January 31, 2019

January 2019 Community Work Day: Fence Fixing, Milo Gathering & Chimney Sweeping

This past community work day, we did half-day at our place, and the folks here graciously helped us accomplish a few projects...

First, over the years, in trying to get to the "grass that's surely greener on the other side" of the fencing, the goats have put a pretty good leaning-angle in the fencing when their heads are through and they are pushing to get just that perfect morsel that's as far away as their little necks can reach. ;) Anyway, we had to straighten up the fencing on two sides by unclipping the fencing, pulling the t-post, re-pounding in the t-post, and then re-clipping the fencing. Here are the gents helping me with that:

Straitening Goat Fencing


And here, the Stonger boys are helping gather milo seeds from the field:

Gathering Milo


Then, it was time to try our first chimney sweeping. We used an adjustable ladder, uneven on one side, and Mr. Stronger held it in place on the roof while I worked the stove pipe.

After years, I believe the creosote "glued" on the cap, so I had to pound it off:

Removing Stove Pipe Cap


And then it was time to use the sweeper. For our metal chimney pipe, you're supposed to use a poly brush so it doesn't scrape up the metal.

I will conquer you o creosote, my foe! ;)

Ready with the Chimney Sweeper


And here's the sweeping. One thing I forgot about was that near the bottom of the pipe there is a damper, so when I hit the stopping point, I kind of tried to push through it, and ended up bending the damper turner...oops. :) :

Sweeping the Chimney


And then, putting the cap back on:

Putting Back On the Chimney Cap


Finally, here are some other sights from work day....

I'm not going to ask about this one... :D I'm with Joshua....must...get...away...quickly... ;)

Community Work Day Folks


Don't wear out the youngin's, Mr. Peck! ;)

Community Work Day Folks


A quarter for your thoughts...(inflation, you know) ;)

Community Work Day Folks


Tree climbing, supervised of course:

Community Work Day Folks

Community Work Day Folks

Community Work Day Folks


We all here are grateful to the Lord for Him granting us this opportunity to be here and live together and focus more of our lives on Him, and showing we love Him by loving and serving each other. We thank Him for the safety He granted, and Sue and I thank everyone for the help!

-- David

4 comments:

Judy said...

It looks like you all had a fine day of work and fellowship. :) We keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Is that Mr. Braley in some of the pics? If so, give him our best. We think of him and the Stongers and Pecks as well.

David and Susan Sifford said...

Mrs. B, is that you? Hi there!

Yes, we are thankful for the fellowship times. :)

Yes, that's Mr. Braley. :) Will plan to pass the word.

Nice to hear from you, and we pray you all are well! Please say hello to Mr. B...thanks!

-- David

Judy said...

Yes, it's me. :)

David and Susan Sifford said...

Well, hi Mrs. B!

I think of and pray for you all at times as well over the years, and thank you for yours.

Like I said, it's very nice to hear from you. Thanks for saying hello!

-- David