I'm so glad that I feel like we're out of the doldrums and moving forward again! Hopefully we'll keep on pace (or even exceed it!) from here on out. We're working hard to make it happen.
ALL the trusses are set! The barn is up! More steel went up on the roof and it's so close to the full barn structure being up and done so we can get to work inside there!
I also found out this week how big the barn truly is, I mean I knew it but apparently big is too small of a word to describe it. I met with our tile layer and gave him directions and he called because he'd passed our neighbor's "big" white barn to make sure he didn't miss it. I told him to keep driving down the road and when he finally did see it he said it wasn't big but ginormous! Really, you can't miss it once you see it.
And the visitors we had on Saturday also commented on how much bigger it is in person. She said the big side wall posts look like toothpicks in pictures online but they're huge in person. You'll have to come visit and see for yourself!
We have electricity INSIDE the barn and guesthouse, well only one outlet so far but that'll change soon and it's still a big step forward. And we have lots of plumbing and even duct runs with the HVAC system and water heater on-site too! The "guts" of the Guest House are being put into place and I'm so thankful!
Well I'm off to prepare for a little girl's birthday party! Toddle-loo!
Unfortunately I can't say that I'm surprised by all the work that was or should I say wasn't done this week, but at least we kept moving forward. I know this is often how building goes, especially since it's a domino effect and it's hard to "catch up" when you lose a few days here and there.
The biggest change is that we're very close to having electricity! We have all our boxes in and our local electric company came and did their part and we should finish it up this week.
The guest house got a couple more showers installed and I got the electric outlets, lights, etc all specked out with the electrician so we're ready on that front.
The manure handling system continues to progress as well with the pump being installed in the reception holding area and fill around the larger area.
With such a windy and rainy week the builders did some odd but important jobs like installing the chimney vents in the roof, putting up some more poly board in the milk room, getting steel siding on the barn side of the Guest House, as well as getting some steel and insulation up on the roof too.
Dan and his Dad continued to help with chopping corn silage for our cows until Wednesday and then are planning to finish up today after some rain last week. They took a few fun pictures while working hard!
While Dan was around the farm again more this week after being away for almost 2 months and took some pictures of the current farm I wanted to share.
Last week the local Clarksville Star had an article about the new dairy farm. You can find a short excerpt here.
And finally a beautiful picture that Dan's mom took this beautiful September morning... what a blessing to get to see this in the morning.
Considering that it was a short work week we made progress this week, although it doesn't seem quite as dramatic as some weeks, but still a lot of important things were done and most importantly things kept moving forward, even if not always as fast as we want them too - typical in building!
The barn builders got all but the last end truss set, even working Saturday morning to finish things off - hats off to them! That means even more dramatic changes will soon start occurring in the barn.
The rest of the Guest House was finished framing and it's exciting to see it come together, although once again pictures don't really do it justice! Now we just have to wait for all the insides to get done - plumbing lines, HVAC ducts, and and electric wires... apparently it can take awhile :( although we're hopefully it can get done in as timely as a manner as possible to get us moved in soon!
We got GREAT news to start out the week at Dan's appointment with Dr. Lantz (who we love and would totally recommend!). Dan's free to start working again, slowly and he's not suppose to over do it, and although he hasn't gone back to milking or calf chores yet, he's been working ever since because....
our busiest week of the year, typically, on the farm started on Thursday. We started chopping corn silage, which once again probably needs it's own post but that will have to come later I guess. Since we're increasing the number of cows we'll have to feed we need to harvest and chop up even more this year than ever before, which also means more work!
So even though Dan is out of his boot, I'm still doing calf chores and since Dan is working helping to chop silage the kids come with me. So far we've mostly had fun but it's a wee-bit more challenging to say the least! When I'm finally done with this round of almost continuous calf chores I'll be doing a post on my reflections on caring for calves - be watching!
Here's to hoping that I'm surprised at how much gets done this week! See ya!
Since it's Labor Day weekend and no one worked at the site today I feel like I'm still getting last weeks review in before the next week begins. Even more so because Dan & I got away to the Iowa State Cyclone football game on Saturday and stayed over in Ames into Sunday, making it an extra special and long weekend! On a side note I made some great connections with some other farm women who are also blogging about their farm life - so be looking for me to mention them from time to time to broaden your perspective (I know mine was just talking with them about their farms - Turkeys, Hogs, Sweet Peas, and more!).
On the barn side of things almost all the trusses on the north side are now set! Hopefully by the end of the week both north & south will be up!
More poly board went up on the walls & ceiling the beginning of the week in the milk house as well as the beginning of plumbing. As soon an electrical piece arrives we've have both electricity & water!
The Guest House began to literally take shape - into rooms! We're two days into framing and you can really begin to get a feel for it. Pictures have a hard time really doing it justice but it's super fun!
We have some amazing views & pictures of the barn this week too! Dan's dad Dave climbed the silo to get it ready for harvest & filling it with corn silage for the cows to eat. While at the top he took pictures all around including reaching around the silo for a view of New Day Dairy....
And then on Sunday evening during chores God gave us rainbow right over the barn. A similar thing happened a few years ago and I've been using the picture I took then as my header picture on Facebook and the website but now I've replaced it with a picture that includes the barn! Both Dave & I took pictures of the rainbow from different perspectives.
And today we got to have lots of family visit - Dan's grandparents, both of Dave's sisters and three of Dan's cousins & their families. We love getting to share with anyone but especially family as we know we're only able to do what we're doing because so many have worked so hard before us and we're building on the strong foundation they worked hard to build. Although we are the only set of cousins that have chosen dairy farming as a career and lifestyle we love that our family is supportive and cheering us on and love to share what we can with them!
Growing up a city-girl, after marrying my dairy farmer husband and spending a few years abroad, we came home to expand the family dairy farm and want to share our journey & farm life with you!