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Post destruction wrap-up

May 22, 2013

With the major debris cleared, my girls and I got on to doing the things that still needed to be done, like raking the splintered wood and using the magnetic sweeper to pick up nails off the driveway and yard.  While we are far from done, it’s a long process, and we will be spending some time at the farm every day until we are done.  That also gives us time to work on the garden, so in a few weeks there should be some food-porn, farm-style!


These are the two burn-barrels we filled today, with thousands of wood splinters and shards of broken glass.


Here is the driveway, we removed close to 4 pounds of nails from it with a handy-dandy magnet on a stick.


Here is the view of the concrete slab where the barn used to stand. Yes, there is still much work to be done, but I have no idea which remaining out-building should best house the items that were salvaged.


I did find some of nifty old pieces of iron scrap, a bowling ball, and a piece of cool driftwood to accent the herb garden.  That, folks, is a rednect gazing ball set-up if there ever was one, but also a wonderful reminder of how everyone pulled together to get the farm back in shape.  In the background, a cool old metal buzzard made by my boyfriend’s grandpa, out of a bicycle fork, shovel, tooth off a combine and washers for eyes  gives fair warning to the bunnies that might wish to lunch on my herbs or veggies. (Never underestimate the power of a retired farmer with scrap iron and a welder to concoct something to keep himself occupied.)


You can see the first part of the garden is weeded, the potatoes have a nice bed of straw to help keep the weeds down and (the part you can’t see) the peas, carrots, radishes are also weeded.  Tomorrow, we will plant tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, green beans, round #2 of carrots, potatoes, onions and the rhubarb plants that were salvaged from another house that was torn down.  For perspective, the rows are about 45 feet long.

I am pooped out, but thankfully, Ian Ironwood at The Red Pill Room has written a wonderful post that tells much of the story that I don’t have the energy to write about. With his added perspective and male red-pill spin on things, you can get a better feel for how the past few days have gone.

Thanks for the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes.  I appreciate everyone’s patience while we get over this little disaster.

While I am at it, here are a few links to food and red pill related articles:

Yes, you are fat and unhappy because you don’t understand that Food=Work!!!

Good, gawd, are women really this inept?  Cooking is a Gigantic part of caring for a family….

Cool men WILL learn culinary skills, just sad that is their only option for a decent meal.

  1. Set the bowling ball hole side up & use it as a bud vase!

    The storms skirted us luckily; the devastation & tragedy.just breaks my heart.

    Thanks for the love! ❤

  2. hole side up is good for a centerpiece here, but water in there will freeze and crack it in the fall… You are welcome for the link love!

  3. sqt permalink

    I learned to cook through a love of baking. Not healthy, I know, but I my mom never made cookies and I was really motivated to learn how. My brothers loved me for that.

    But it was a great foundation to build on as a cook. I learned a lot by making those cookies. I loved my Betty Crocker cook book. That thing had pages falling out of it just because I thumbed through it so much. Now I troll the internet looking for recipes– but my cooking skills are solid thanks to Betty Crocker.

    Love your garden art.

    • sqt – I ❤ betty crocker Cookbooks, and I also learned some solid skills from using them. As for baking, it's still a good skill to have and a lost art. Very few people know how to bake bread or cookies from scratch. While it's not the healthiest thing, you don't have to abandon it, just use it as a treat. (P.S. Coconut oil makes the best pie crust ever!) I like baking because it is very precise and the science involved in how the ingredients work together is incredible. Soup will forgive you for not breaking out a cookbook but you can't just dump things together to bake an angel-food cake!

      • sqt permalink

        That’s why my mom could never bake. She’s a cook-by-taste kind of person and can’t ever stick to a recipe well enough to do something as simple as bake a cake. Sometimes her food is good but other times it’s awful.

        Where I have found following precise directions the most helpful now is in doing things like cook meat in the oven. It’s never a bad idea to use a good meat thermometer (something my mom never did) to make sure your meat isn’t overcooked. I never have a bad Thanksgiving turkey thanks to my trusty thermometer.

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