Progress on the homestead is exciting but there is always more to do.

Progress and Setbacks

I don't want to always write about the challenges of homesteading because there are so many rewards.  Reality is there will be many challenges and it is your mindset and faith that will get you through the tough hurdles with a smile on your face. 

Right now, we are full steam ahead!  So exciting. The fleas are gone! We are putting in our wood flooring and building our garden fencing.  You check out our current projects on our YouTube channel here: Country Living Experience on YouTube 

My wife is very relieved that the flooring is being installed and the interior of the house is coming together. I think she was becoming a bit weary about the fleas and was very excited for that chapter to be over.  

Leaving a House Vacant for 2 Months

Nature is amazing. It takes a very short time for nature to overtake what man has made. In two short months, the home we purchased has been overtaken by vegetation. When we visited the house during our real estate search, every bush and tree was trimmed perfectly. That in part is due to the property being for sale but also because someone was living there constantly tending to it. I have been venturing over during the weekdays to cut the grass and weed whip but it seems to be an overwhelming growth time.  It does not help that East Texas has been experiencing a massive amount of rain. Luckily there has been no flooding as it has been a light but constant rain.  

My driveway has disappeared. The driveway is gravel and has been taken over by weeds and crab grass. I am not sure the best course to clear these out as I dislike using chemicals to control the problem.  Maybe I can offer my 3 year old a penny per weed? Hmmm. I tried the old vinegar, salt and dish soap combination which works well but has one issue. It does not go very far. I purchased 2 gallons of extra strength vinegar and it only took care of 1/5 of the driveway. Not very cost effective. 

The rock beds the previous owner had roses growing in are completely overtaken by weeds. The landscape fabric and rock mulch seem to attract weeds more than repel them. As for the rock bed surrounding the house.....same problem. Seems as though there are no rocks left.

Vines are evil.  They will go anywhere. I have been ripping off vines growing up the side of our metal barn. This is quite impressive to me. These things have octopus like tentacles that stick to a myriad of smooth surfaces. The have also wrapped themselves around my garden hoses, a pressure washer that is on the rear deck and growing underneath window screens on the side of the house. Crazy!

Next Steps for the Next Days

It is funny how things tend to break even when you are not living at a property. 

Our front gate has continued to sag. It has sagged so much that the auto gate closer will not work because the swing side hits the ground. The simplest solution was to buy a wheel for the swing side so that it does not bind on the ground.  The post on the hinge side was not installed properly and was not sunk into the ground far enough. We will need to replace the post in the future but for now, the wheel will set the gate free.

The ATV we purchase from the seller decided to stop running. It is a few years old but in good shape.  We suspect that something is wrong with the fuel system because it will start but it will not remain running. We may have a dirty carburetor and will probably have to remove it and give it a serious cleaning or rebuild it. Fun stuff.....seriously.

Our gutter is hanging off the house. This just happened in the past week. Unfortunately, the roofing company hired to replace the roof failed to replace the gutter screens when they were done. This resulted in a lot of debris from our trees clogging up the gutters. The result was one of the ends getting so clogged that it ripped off the fascia board. 

Joy in Projects and Tasks

It may sound like I am complaining but I am not. I take joy is tackling these new projects and tasks that arise. In a way, one needs to be creative to figure out how to do them yourself. It is easy to hire a specialist and not think twice about it but that is not the point of being a self-sufficient homesteader is it?

Have fun with your projects.

 

Next Steps for the Next Days

It is funny how things tend to break even when you are not living at a property. 

Our front gate has continued to sag. It has sagged so much that the auto gate closer will not work because the swing side hits the ground. The simplest solution was to buy a wheel for the swing side so that it does not bind on the ground.  The post on the hinge side was not installed properly and was not sunk into the ground far enough. We will need to replace the post in the future but for now, the wheel will set the gate free.

The ATV we purchase from the seller decided to stop running. It is a few years old but in good shape.  We suspect that something is wrong with the fuel system because it will start but it will not remain running. We may have a dirty carburetor and will probably have to remove it and give it a serious cleaning or rebuild it. Fun stuff.....seriously.

Our gutter is hanging off the house. This just happened in the past week. Unfortunately, the roofing company hired to replace the roof failed to replace the gutter screens when they were done. This resulted in a lot of debris from our trees clogging up the gutters. The result was one of the ends getting so clogged that it ripped off the fascia board. 

Joy in Projects and Tasks

It may sound like I am complaining but I am not. I take joy is tackling these new projects and tasks that arise. In a way, one needs to be creative to figure out how to do them yourself. It is easy to hire a specialist and not think twice about it but that is not the point of being a self-sufficient homesteader is it?

Have fun with your projects.

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