What I have really been up to here on Dave's Farm obviously has had nothing to do with posting here for the past couple of months. I will not go into much detail in this post, but will instead, give a brief rundown and hopefully find time to fill in details in later posts. If anything is of interest, mention it in a comment and I will make a point. Basically I am mainly posting to show that I still live and haven't completely lost my mind (alright, that last one is debatable).
A while back, my older sister who is completely non-ambulatory, was diagnosed with cancer. I have been taking her every day for five weeks of radiation which ended about a week ago. They say the outlook is good, but there may be more treatment a few weeks down the road.
About three weeks ago, I left my job at the corporate retailer (Wal-Mart). I am now self employed, currently contracting welding repairs, and actual rebuilding of trailers for my son's small trucking company. The work is harder but, amazingly, I get home and am physically and mentally able to work here on the farm. It also takes less hours to pay the bills, leaving more time to work here.
During my absence, the main garden has been planted, trees have been cut for expansion and some of the newly cleared areas have been tilled and planted. Since we got carried away on the onion sets, the space is needed for sweet potatoes and corn, so wish me luck tilling around the stumps.
There is a continuing question of storage for all the food we plan to grow in the enlarged garden. The answer, of course, is a big cellar. A couple of weeks ago, I managed to get an acquaintance who owns a small excavating company to bring out a backhoe. A couple of hours and a chunk of cash later, there is a big hole in the hillside ready for me to build a cellar in. The drainage gravel and pipes are here, and ready for me to squeeze enough time to start building.
Certainly there are things I have forgotten to mention, but I think that is at least most of the high spots. Hopefully things will settle down enough that I can spend a bit more time here keeping thing updated. There are also pictures of some of the progress, which I will add to future posts (and yes, I finally got a decent camera so they should be clear).