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First Day, Second Day

Greetings from Fifty Shades of Green Acres!

Yesterday, the first day of Spring… 50 degree temps, sunny skies, and signs of what awaits us as the earth warms up…

Blossoms on Peach Trees

Pear Tree Blossoms

Grape Hyacinth

Daffodils

We also noticed a sign that we are hoping will entice the blue birds to take up residence.

Mr. Fifty Shades built a second blue bird house this year because for the past couple years, tree swallows moved the blue birds out of the one house we set up.  We read that if there are two houses the two types of birds will live happily next to each other.  So – here’s hoping!!!

Today, the second day of spring – the world looks much different…

Even so, we’re working on various projects in anticipation of the season…these are tomato and pepper seeds that have germinated in our basement. These babies will be going into the ground in May.  

Also, Mr. Fifty Shades is working hard in his workshop to enclose his office and he’s making a lot of progress…

Until next time, friends…enjoy your spring!

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team

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As The Cement Drum Turns

The trusses are in place.  The metal roof is attached.  What’s next?  Of course…it’s time for the cement floor to be poured.  You would think this would be kind of like watching paint dry, but things got a little exciting for us….As The Cement Drum Turned.  It’s early morning – the cement truck arrives and the driver lines up the truck at one end of the building.  The drum rotates…

…and then the wet cement is released down a chute and into this cute little motorized cart with a hopper.  Once there is enough cement in the hopper, the driver hops (is that why they call it a hopper?) on the back and guides it to where the cement needs to dumped.

Our driver is doing pretty well getting the cart into the exact place it needs to be – you can see in the pictures below the cement has been dumped and they are starting to flatten it out.  The only thing…in case you ever find yourself needing to operate one of these little babies…

…is that you need to keep it on the track and not let it go too far….

Because…if you don’t….you get stuck…

…and it’s all hands on deck to help Puuuushhh and Puulllll.  Everyone tried to help because they needed to get the cart out of the way so that the cement could be flattened out before it started hardening.  You can see Mr. Fifty Shades in the bottom of the picture below placing a piece of wood underneath one of the wheels to help them get some traction.

At last, success.  Lots of team work there.  Yay Team!

Now they flatten  and level out the cement into all the spaces.  It’s hard and messy work.

The crew boss watches as more cement is poured.

Now the boss goes to work using this float that smooths out the surface.

The crew worked most of the day – they were all in constant motion making sure it was all flattened out and smooth so that it could dry properly.  It looks great!

Up next – Mr. Fifty Shades of Green Acres finishes up the mower garage and embarks on a new project.

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Crew

 

 

 

…and Drama Ensued

With the construction of the new workshop, the activity level spiked in our little piece of the world – we’ve had lots of stuff happenin’ here!  The dimensions of the workshop are 24′ by 50′.  Mr. Fifty Shades of Green Acres drew up the plans and then hired the builder who built our house for the construction.  Within a couple days the framing was completed and gravel dumped to provide a base for the cement floor.  Then – time for the trusses to go up.

Truss me on this – watching the last truss get installed made me go weak at the knees…

Here are the four guys working on it – they first walked it up…

There’s a lot of switching positions in order to make sure there’s somebody in the right place to raise it to the next point.

Once the truss is in place the guys on each end use monster nail guns to secure it..

It was quite the dramatic, nerve wracking scene for me to watch.  They proceeded with great calm as they completed this part of the job.  Phew!  While all this was going on, our quiet little country road turned into Grand Central Station…

A logging truck drove by…

BB, the beagle, wandered over to see what was going on

And our neighbor and his nephew came over to borrow a jack.

We haven’t seen this much action since….well…Ever!

And, if you think this was exciting – our next installment involves a cement truck!

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team

 

My Midsummer Night’s Dream

My midsummer night’s dream…

Getting ready for our evening walk with our well behaved dogs…

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…Mr. Fifty Shades went outside before me.  A few minutes later, he stuck his head in the door and said, “Honey bunch, you better get a sweater, it’s a bit chilly out here.”

…And, then I woke up.  It was all a delirious dream.  It’s hot and steamy here and has been so for FOREVER.  Has it been hot where you are?  Part of our desire to move up here was to enjoy the cooler weather.  In wishing for a cool down, we know we’re not alone – the whole country has been enduring the high temps. The heat must be due to the nonexistent climate change.  That’s all I can think.

Just for something fun to occupy his time, Mr. Fifty Shades began a new project.  This mower has earned its keep and should not endure the indignity of having to share space in our garage…see how pathetic this is?…

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After it was determined that this tough little mower deserved a building of its own, Mr. Fifty Shades designed the building and began laying it out. The Deere’s new digs will feature a garage door and two additional doors, electricity, three windows, a 50 inch television, and a spa.  Ha!

Coincidentally and concurrently with the planning, our 14 year old (soon to be 15) friend was looking for a way to earn some money this summer.  Wow – don’t you love coincidences?  Mr. Fifty Shades and his young assistant tackled the job…

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…and the rest of the summer is kind of a blurry, humid, impossibly scorching span of time.

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Here is the status as of today:

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…still some work to be done, but Mr. Fifty Shades believes it will be move in ready in about six weeks or so.  We are all so happy for Mr. Deere.

In milestone news, these are the three little chicks that hatched on June 12th.  They grow up so fast…

Time will tell if they are hens or roosters (they aren’t saying).

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Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres