October 13, 2013

Keep Out!


Another outside project we've been working on is putting up a gate to block access to our property. While we do love company, we were growing tired of the numerous people pulling up asking us if our houses were for rent or peeking in the windows of the houses to see what was going on inside.

Oh, and people asking if they could take their four-wheeler up the mountain and hunt.

So, the first thing Walter did was post that  private property sign. You know, in case the gate doesn't give enough of a hint.

A cattle gate mounted to a cut telephone pole guards our driveway.
Then came project #2: the gate. Cutting, digging, and setting the poles was a (easy) job. After two weekends, we finally have a bright red gate that adds to our farm land.

While we waited for the concrete to dry, I had a little time to work on a project for the gate. I found a piece of scrap wood, mixed some creamy paint and water and "white washed" the wood. Then, I just painted the name of our lane out on the board and roughed it up a bit with some sand paper. I put another watery coat of paint over the letters once it had dried.

It was a fun, easy sign to make. Still not sure how I feel about my penmanship though...
The sign before we hung it on the gate.
 The board already had some nail wholes so we just laced some wire through and wrapped it around the pole of the gate. Project 2 is complete!
The finished gate.

October 12, 2013

We've Got Mail!


October has brought us the most beautiful weather here in southeast KY. We've had warm temperatures, and the clearest blue skies. (Skies we missed dearly during our rainy summer.) Temperatures have been hanging in the seventies and eighties.

Walter and I have been taking advantage of the warm weather and doing some outdoor projects (besides mowing and bush hogging.)  The housework is on hiatus for a few weekends now so we could accomplish some much needed projects outdoors, while the weather still permits.

Project 1: Mailbox.
While a mailbox is one of the first things we probably should of worked on, most of our mail is sent to my parents house, so we thought it could wait.

However, when our garbage bills was floating around in the mail and caused us to be late on our payment. We decided we must have a mailbox.

 Last weekend, Walter cut the pole, and glued the boards it's mounted to together. Together we dug the hole and concreted it down.  A simple project? Yes. Yet, we are learning that even the simplest of projects takes up most of our weekends. After a couple weekends of work, we finally put up our mail box (one of two).

We used on old telephone pole for a post. Walter is leveling it off.

The mailbox is on the small property we own across the road from our house. It stops at the railroad tracks.