Snaping out of it.

“We’re OK!”

Around Halloween I was spending way to much time on Facebook.  I tend to get sucked in when I am depressed.  However, all the moping and browsing uncovered a little Youtube gem that I will share with you!


Although the film is listed as a “FAIL”, I believe that with his attitude he is a WINNER in my book!

I watched it and laughed.  A good belly laugh which is something I haven’t done in far too long.  That old saw “Laughter is the best medicine” is not far from the mark.  We need to laugh.  A good laugh, or cry, is a catharsis for our system and, I believe,  vital to our mental well-being.  I shared these golden 16 seconds with Bob and it had the same effect on him.

For several days we could be heard to follow a negative remark or situation with,

“I’m OK!”

These comical outbursts were soon followed by laughter, or at least a smile.

We are grateful for many things we did prior to his loss of work, and this brutally cold and early winter weather:

We ordered broilers for our winter food supply.


I am not happy that they are currently in my living room while waiting for all their feathers to come in, but it is too cold for them in the barn even with heat lamps.   I anticipated them being freezer ready before the winter temperatures set in.  (I’m OK! 😀 )

We prepaid for our propane this year.  We will stay warm and not worry about that mid winter refill.

We are not idle. 

We are working on getting projects done both here and up on the Mountain Farmlet.  We’ve transplanted our soft fruits, and begun planting the steep slope that is impossible to mow by the cabin.

Cabin-shotThis slope doesn’t look so bad in the picture but mowing is impossible and weed whacking too strenuous for us at 60+. The wiser move is to plant the slope in native shrubs and ground covers, to hold it in place, and let it keep itself looking good!  😉

While we were there we primed the old well pump and found that it works!

Hand-pumpHowever, in spring we will need to get in there and clean out all the years of moss growing down on the sides and floating on the water’s surface, because it promptly plugged up the spout!  😉

Bob has drawn up plans for the new Chicken Tractor on AutoCad and we have begun construction on it.  Those chickies are growing fast and need more room to move!  While we work hard we pray for warmer weather so we can send them out to the barn, because even with feathers it is still very cold!

Bob and I carefully measured the lean-to portion of the cabin and Bob once again put his AutoCad skills to work.


He marked door openings, a proposed new wall for between the kitchen and the washroom, a walk-in pantry…

We found room for it in a surprising place!

Walk-in-pantryThis entryway room will be divided and the new pantry accessed through this existing opening in the kitchen.

And, of course we will be reusing the original door!


He also added the space for a new door to replace this old hobbit sized model and more!

Hobbit-doorIf you recall, it was the one I told you was 5 ft 4 in tall and that could make a polite lady swear or a grown man cry.

We have the propane man scheduled to come out soon to check our lines, add a line for the stove and turn on our gas.  We will be warm while we work on the old farmhouse this winter!

And, during all this flurry of activity, Bob continues to look for work.  He went to a promising interview yesterday and now awaits their phone call…

We’re OK!


34 thoughts on “Snaping out of it.

  1. Pam Nunn says:

    I loved reading this post! I hope you guys (pups included) are able to stay toasty warm this winter! And good luck to Bob on the job interview. I knew it wouldn’t take him long to get a new one!

  2. Carolyn Hurlbut says:

    Glad to hear you’re doing great. I look forward to reading your articles even when I don’t have time to comment. My hubby and I are scheduled to retire in about 10 years and your tips and tricks are close to the heart. We are re-inventing our farm too.

    • Lynda says:

      Reinventing. Carolyn, that hits the nail on the head! 😉 We are not only reinventing our properties, but ourselves as well. I’m glad that you’re enjoying our progress.

  3. Nanny says:

    glad to hear from ya’ll. I was getting worried. It is freezing here today but maybe it won’t last too long,.Thank goodness for a tank full of propane!

    • Lynda says:

      Yes! Margaret, we are blown away at our foresight on that issue. Things will be turning around shortly, but that tank of gas will keep us warm until we get back on our feet. 😀

  4. Na Na says:

    Glad to see you are perking up a bit. So am I. It was like I was in a fog when I realized there would be no more quilting income for me. I kept asking myself what now and getting no answer back.

    • Lynda says:

      Anita, I have been out of sync with blogging and reading for months now. I went back to find out what happened and never read the part about why you are no longer quilting. What has changed? It has taken over a year for everything to shake out and get to where we are today. (good news in next post) I have great confidence that your situation will change too!

    • Lynda says:

      LOL, thank you Bob. It is sort of like dressing a pig in silk, but it was a necessary fix before the old place could dry out and be repaired on the inside. 😉

  5. Kathleen Clark says:

    Ooh, love this post. The video is cute as the chickens and I love seeing all you’re doing at the Mountain Farmlet. Hope Bob gets good interview results. I couldn’t leave FaceBook even for a little while. It’s too vital a Lymphedema support source for me! Come back soon!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Kathee! I understand your needs and I will be back on Facebook tomorrow night. The challenge was made by a FB friend and I took it on because I knew that, in my case, I was avoiding my feelings and what needs doing around here. 😉 I have good news in my next post!

  6. LB says:

    Oh my gosh that video is a hoot! “I’m okay”!!! Thanks for the laugh.
    So glad to see this post, Lynda. I’ve thought about you and appreciate the update.
    I don’t remember reading that Bob was out of work. Fingers crossed that he is successful in the job hunt.

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, I have been a sloth when it comes to posting this past month. I quit writing because I couldn’t think of an uplifting thing to say, and I was tired of complaining so much. I do have good news regarding Bob in my newest post! Thank you for your concern and your positive energy!

  7. Littlesundog says:

    What a wonderful attitude you both have! I am anxious to see Bob’s plan for the chicken tractor. FD and I are talking about having our own chickens and he wants to build a tractor. I’ll put in a prayer or two and send some positive energy your way for Bob to find an excellent employer! That in itself is exciting! So many grand things to look forward to for both of you!

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, so far we have the framing for the lower portion done, and we start on the hutch today. I was off for the past two days with a very mild flu. Aspirin and bed rest got me through it. I’m so much better today!

      Thank you so much for your kindness and prayer. They worked! 😀

  8. shoreacres says:

    Oh, I’m so glad to see you posting, too. I’d seen you here and there on the blogs suddenly, and was happy for that. All things considered, it sounds like things are going well. I do hope you get a warm up. Chickens are lovely, but running the house? Not so much. Now I’m eager to go read that next post and see what new details might be there!

    • Lynda says:

      Oh dear, NO! They are not running free. Never gonna happen, LOL! They are chicks and they’re contained in brooding tubs. But, even at that they are a mess for inside. I have to change their litter twice as often (the smell) and all that running and scratching they do makes an awful amount of DUST. 😛

    • Lynda says:

      Actually, he has been offered another job too! Now he has some thinking to do. Both are a 4 day work week (Fri & Sat off) but this one is 4 ten-hour days. We shall see what he decides. 😀

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