Finishing October

Things got really busy (again) at the end of October. First, was a wedding. Then, a scurry to get things clean ready for the chicks. And a rush to collect materials from a house that was scheduled to be torn down. And a hurry to plant things while the weather is so unseasonably mild. And I thought this was supposed to be the off season….

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The wedding was in Georgia, so it was a long drive, but we made it a two-day trip on the way down. Tony let me pick the route, so we meandered down to the Blue Ridge Parkway, took that most of the way to Asheville, then dropped down into Georgia. The first day’s drive was amazing and I really enjoyed all the turns. We stopped to check out the viaduct and the walk was nice (both because of the chance to get out of the car and because it was  really pretty up in the mountains). The second day’s drive was just to get to our destination.

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Because it was an evening wedding, we had the morning to explore. I’d done some research on things to do near Macon and we decided to check out the Ocmulgee National Monument. It’s nice that it’s so close to where we were staying (so we didn’t have to spend all of our time driving), but far enough from the center of the city that you could imagine yourself to be a little more away from it all. Unfortunately, Georgia is in a pretty severe drought right now. It’s so dry down there that a supposed wetland was entirely dried up. The creek that feeds into the river was completely dry and the river was much lower than it looked like it should have been. It’s been dry here, but not that dry!

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I intended to spend the week after the wedding getting ready for chicks to arrive (after the chickens were sick, I needed to thoroughly clean the house…there’s a post about it). Then Dad told me he was working on demolishing a house that had some good windows in it and asked if I was interested in having them. He initially mentioned it in reference to cold frames, but these windows are pretty nice vinyl things, so I think they’ll probably go in the barn when we build it. When I got up there, Dad asked if I was interested in the rocks too (they had a rock wall with little rock planting areas) and I said I’d be happy to take them. Then, Tony noticed the wood floors in the pictures I sent him and said he’d be interested in pulling those out too. The owners were hoping to get some of the better materials out of the house before tearing it down, but I guess Habitat didn’t want to go to the effort for some of this stuff. Anyway, we spent last week, last weekend, and this week working on getting some of the materials out while we can. We think we got enough of the floors out for the office Tony wants. And it looks like there are enough windows to do a couple of projects at least. And I think I’ve gotten two and a half truck loads of rock so far. And one load of cinder block (from the chimney). So somehow, we got some really good stuff just for the going and getting it.

The rest of the August-October pictures are here, if you’re interested (there are some I didn’t write about).

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