Farm Life

Happy New Year!

This past month has been our busiest yet. We had a ton of friends and family visit us from mid-November until yesterday. We partied, shopped, cooked, cleaned, decorated, painted and hung out with the cows as much as time permitted. Which was not much; I think we are both looking forward to much more cow time in the future.

Patsy eating Lucky Break Acres

While we take a breath and try to get our bearings, I’ve thought a lot about what we will be doing in the coming months. Here is what I’m thinking. We’ll see what Anthony thinks after he reads this.

Finish the Interior of the Chicken Coop 

chicken coop Lucky Break Acres

The last room in the coop that needs to be demo’d

We haven’t done any work on the coop for months. A few weeks ago we finally got new windows installed and have a few new doors that need to go in as well. We plan to vacuum the rest of the ancient spider webs and tear down the remaining raccoon poop walls. It all sounds so sexy, I just can’t wait to get back out there. Ugh.

Get Ready for the Bees

Beehives Lucky Break Acres

We have finally figured out where we are going to put our first two beehives. I have ordered our bees and they will come in sometime next year, in late Spring. In the meantime we need to order our boxes and equipment and read up on everything we should know as beginning beekeepers.

Clean the Heifer Barn 

heifer barn 1 lucky break acres

heifer barn 2 lucky break acresheifer barn 3 lucky break acresWhen we got our girls, it was a quick decision and we did not have time to get the barn looking as nice as I wanted. Anthony told me it didn’t matter, that it would be filled up with cow poop in no time, but it’s really bothering me.  The stanchions are rusty and all of the whitewash is peeling off. The windows need to be repaired so they can open and they could also use a good cleaning. We will wait until it’s warm enough for the girls to be outside while most of this is going on. So yay, we don’t have to start this one for a bit!

Finish painting inside the house

Master Bedroom 1

The Master Bedroom – we will paint below the chair rail and above, remove the wallpaper and freshen everything up

Master Bedroom 2After the Kitchen remodel was completed in May, Anthony and I decided to hold off on any other major projects for a while. I have started painting everything in the house until we can make the rest of the changes we are thinking about. All I have left is our Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom, the Dining Room and Parlor, a few doors and some closets. Oh and maybe the Great Room. I can’t wait to not paint anything anymore!

Clean up the calf barn, because GOATS!

Calf Barn 2 Lucky Break Acres

The beautiful light inside the calf barn

Calf Barn Lucky Break AcresCalf barn outside Lucky Break AcresThe calf barn is in really good shape. The doors could probably be replaced, but the inside looks great. We just need to replace the chip board on the walls, do some sweeping, shop vacuuming, and probably more painting. If we can get this done before summer, I think we will finally be ready for some baby goats!

Paint all the things outside

Exterior Lucky Break AcresWe are planning on having a family reunion here on 4th of July weekend. That means we need to paint ALL OF THE THINGS outside. Or at least it seems like everything. The pool area needs some love and I would love to tackle the brackets and details on the exterior of the house. Oh, and the garage door. And the pole barn. And..and..and…

After writing this I’m ready to go and take a nap. Happy New Year and here’s to a productive 2016, with lots of breaks in between!

in between barns Lucky Break Acres

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  • Reply Cindy Loomer 2015-12-31 at 9:50 pm

    Everything is so beautiful even before you refurbish. Wish we were neighbors so I could help out. Could use a good project. Happy New Year to you both. Love you!!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-12-31 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Cindy, we would love if you lived close and could help out! Love you too, Happy New Year!

  • Reply Lelia 2015-12-31 at 7:36 pm

    Has it been a year already? You guys are doing great! Happy New Year to y’all and look forward to the next Lucky Break acres post!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-12-31 at 9:33 pm

      Yes, Lelia, can you believe it! Thanks so much.

  • Reply Rich and Chris Braun 2015-12-31 at 7:00 pm

    You are too funny – LOVE the pics, the heifer barn looks fine, GOATS AND BEES?, you guys are serious! Ok, painting, but ALL things outside. Man, I’m tired just reading about it 😄. So happy that you two are happy here! Your holiday party was so beautiful – thank you so much for including us. Hope to see you soon – Happy New Year!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-12-31 at 9:34 pm

      Haha! It made me tired writing it. Thank you so much, we were so glad that you could join us. Let’s get together soon, and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Momma 2015-12-31 at 3:53 pm

    Happy New Year to you and the “family”. Love you both so much.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-12-31 at 9:34 pm

      You too, Momma!

  • Reply judy judy 2015-12-31 at 3:42 pm

    I”m glad you all have the energy (and time) to do all these wonderful things you have planned! Uncle Walt and I are getting lazy and just want to get a few new chickens in the spring! LOL I guess we may paint the barn, too, but that is about all! I can’t wait to see your farm in person and just love all the pictures you post and the blogging you do! I too, hope you have a productive and Blessed 2016!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-12-31 at 9:35 pm

      Hey, we don’t necessarily have all of the energy to do this, but if I put it out there, it helps me to hold myself accountable! I can’t wait until you come up here, and thanks so much! Happy New Year to you two, much love!

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