Thursday, December 23, 2010

Progress on Several Fronts

It's been a very busy week here at Amen Farm. The house project seems to be pulling together on most fronts. The folks from HA George were here yesterday morning to finish up the pipe work from the generator to the propane line and to put the tack room on the main propane line thus removing the small temporary tank. Powers Generator will be here on Monday to 'fire up' the generator and give me instruction for it's operation. Already I can fell that 'my ponytail is way too tight'.
On Tuesday the sonic water treatment system was installed and the pressure tank was moved further into the corner of the tack room. A double bonus here....more room in the tack room and the minerals in the water will no longer turn my hair blue!!

Dave had a bit of a Christmas Party yesterday noon for all the people who have worked on this project. Apparently a fine time was had by ALL !

This morning Mike and Brian are putting siding on the front of the house IN THE SNOW. Gotta love it!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Gary Leonard sheet rocker extraordinaire is still working full bore and the panels for the radiant heat on the first floor have been laid. Gerry has laid the tubing in the grooves in the living/dining

room area. The heavy duty vac's were in use to clear the grooves of any foreign material that might poke a hole in the tubing.

I've spent quite a bit of time choosing paint colors for the first floor. It all started a month or so ago with my friend "Pearl" and I brainstorming some colors using my Fine Paints chips. We eliminated
95% of the colors and I put the remainder in a Zip Lock for further consideration. Now that the sheet rock is up it is easy to thumb tack the chips up on the walls and stand back for a good look.

This afternoon I finalized the colors! Now on to the upstairs bedrooms and bath. I am considering using the gorgeous pale apricot that I used in the dining room at 1744 NW Hill Rd in one of the bedrooms. And, now that I think of it I really do need to check out the tiles for the upstairs bathroom as they well may dictate the paint color for the walls. Perhaps I'll run down to Lee in the morning and take my paint chips with me or better yet bring the tile board home so that I'll be able to see it 'in' the bathroom.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


This was the sky on last friday morning. It lasted for a good long time and was simply glorious!

The sheet rocker was here all week end. He has finished the first floor and is working upstairs today.

Had a meeting with Jeremy this morning about the kitchen cabinetry. This may be the most critical part of this project Also having a hard time deciding on a mantle.

Dave was laving the grids for the radiant heat when I went out this afternoon. I went over from the barn to ask him to take a look at the Nelson Waterer and explain to me how to adjust the counterweight. A 3/16 in the socket wrench and i had it fixed !!

I'm off to knitting as soon as I've finished haying the horses. More later.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


The sheetrocker was here Friday and again Friday evening. We awoke to his arrival on Saturday morning. He worked through the day and then was back at work at 8:00 P.M. and according to "himself" he left around 1:45 A.M. I'll have to get out to the house and take some pictures and perhaps I'll get around to posting them this afternoon.

We took the dogs for a walk on Indian Massacre Rd yesterday and on the return , at the height of land, we slithered down the slope to the old railroad bed and followed it along the river and then on through McMahon's corn fields. We reached the end behind the Oil Lady's place and had to bushwack through a hedgerow and then through the open field opposite the cemetery.

This morning we are experiencing a bit of a wintery mix that is in the process of turning to rain.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I took this photo a few days ago from the loft of the barn after I threw hay out for the horses breakfast and before the 'lake effects' snow blanketed our area. How lovely to see the four horses enjoying some sweet summer hay on this sunny cold morning.

As of Monday the wet area at
the bottom left of the picture has been fenced out of the pasture and a new 20' section of culvert has been attached to the culvert that runs beneath the driveway and carries the runoff from the foundation drains. Eventuall all of that water will be piped to a future pond site. Meanwhile it will just run over the bank into the woods.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Have you ever seen a 'furnace' like the one hanging on the wall of the utility room? I am absolutely astonished that anything so small is reputed to be a state of the art propane furnace. There have been many more pipes and valves put in place since this picture was taken last week. I think that I will be needing a serious tutorial to understand how it all works.

And here we have our Rumford fireplace complete with andirons. We were concerned that the black cast iron andirons either wouldn't fit or wouldn't be appropriate for this fireplace. We both think that they will be perfect. I wish we had some history about them. We do know that they came from Syd's family's house in Annandale, NY but where they came from before then remains a mystery. For all anyone knows they may have been in the house when they moved there.

You can sort of tell that some bit of insulation work has been done. They have been working here off and on for the last week. They were apparently held up today due to bad roads and didn't arrive until early afternoon.