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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gettin' Back to Normal~The Barn Makeover

~On the trail, a good sharp knife
is more important than a cowpoke.~
~Louise Davis 1887~

Well...at least I think we're gettin' back to normal...whatever 'normal' is...

As the rest of the USA and Canada get hit with a blizzard, we have sunshine with not a cloud in the sky. It's a bit chilly; 15 degrees this mornin'. And it's supposed to be down to between -6 to 8 above tonight. I think the rest of you all broke the National Weather Service website, because it hasn't worked right since yesterday!!!

How's Ms Cindy Sue you ask? Well, see for yourself...


Nom, nom, nom...good!!!
It's amazing how quickly she's healing...I know it's because of everyones good thoughts and prayers. But, she's doing great!! But, you know what? She didn't learn one darn thing from those two coyotes...she went strolling out toward that fence line again this mornin' while I was gettin' the first load of hay. I called them all back (waited until they were all with me) and finished feeding. I've got a long leash that she's going to be on when I can't keep an eagle eye on her. Did you know her middle name is 'trouble?'

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Way back last year...May 14, 2010 to be exact...I did one post about our 'tack room makeover.'  And actually, the whole barn will eventually get a makeover, but $$$ and time seem to keep the process going at a crawl. But, My Man is really doing a great job for what's gotten done so far.


After ripping out the whole tack room floor, he put in a 'real' floor; including insulation.

This is tongue & groove wafer board...we won't be falling through this floor!
He also insulated the ceiling and covered it with wafer board.
All of the edges are mouse proof too!

Then My Man put in this wonderful (but dirty) window! It's awesome!!
We're still waiting for the oak paneling that's going to be coming out of a building that is being demolished. I think there will be enough to line the inside walls, and maybe even the outside walls too! Then the last thing with the tack room will be the 4 foot door...probably not going to happen until next fall/winter.

But My Man's been working his lil' butt off this past winter on the barn ceiling...it's been a bird nesting haven...but not any more!!

See, the dang birds have torn lots of the vapor barrier and would build their nests up inside.
There were probably 6-8 nests throughout the barn.


My Man has lined the whole ceiling (36' x 48') with sheets of wafer board.
He had use of a scissor lift from a friend, which really helped!
This last section is inside my grain room and he couldn't get the lift inside it.
When the weather turns warm again, I'm having a scrubbin' party
to get all the bird crap off of everything!!!

Next is the floor. We've got to bring up the ground level in the barn 6-8 inches. That will prevent the flooding we get down the isle way and inside the stalls when it rains real hard or the snow melts. The stalls already have rubber mats, but the isle will get rubber mats too...I can't wait for that to happen!

Well, I'm off to work on the taxes...great fun huh?!?

Have a fantastic week everyone!


19 comments:

K. T. Sparks said...

Glad Cindy Sue is recovering well and the tack room is going to be really nice! It will be nice to get rid of the birds, they make such a horrible and unsanitary mess!

Karen B. said...

Tack room and barn are looking great! LOL about Cindy Sue, these little dogs ~~shakes head~~ they just KNOW they're big! LOL I was talking to my son this morning and heard Tootsie go off. Lordy, you'd think she was going to tear someone's leg off. He said a cat walked by outside. All I've got to say is that cat didn't know how lucky it was! LOL Yeah.....uh huh....right. Glad she's doing so well.

5 Starr's Farm said...

That is great news on Cindy Sue, glad to see her doing so well.
Projects, we all have projects. Will they never end.

mj said...

Big dog in a very little body, and I'm very glad to hear she's got her sassy back.
Be glad that you took the before as well as the after pictures, cause after all that work is done, it's so very hard to remember how much improvement is there. Especially when so much of the work gets covered up. Yea, for the warmer, dryer tack room!
The worst of the weather has missed us here in SW Colorado too. Not complaining at all.
Have a good week!

Rain said...

That's great news about Cindy Sue. And if she didn't learn something about the coyotes, you sure did and I'd say that's the most important part of keeping her safe. We've had quite a pack around here too and put up tighter fencing last year but still can't trust the sheep out there (they stay in around the house pasture) unless we are out there with a gun.

Jeni said...

Great news about your big little dog =) You gave me an idea on where to get building materials THANK YOU!!! Can't wait to see your finished barn!

DarcC said...

Thanks for the update, glad healing is progressing well. It's funny how I will happily spend hours tidying my barn and/or stable yard but the finer points of housekeeping continue to elude me...

Celeste said...

So glad Cindy Sue is healing so quickly, it is down to all your TLC she couldn't be in better hands.

aurora said...

What a huge project! It will be so nice when it's done. Glad Cindy Sue is better.

Reddunappy said...

Glad Cindy Sue is doing so much better!!!

alas, I never got my tack room. I have all my tack in the shed, which isnt mouse proof, (sigh).

When we built our barn we sheeted the roof with waffer board before we put the tin on. except for the air vent along the peak, darn birds, finchs mostley nest up there! I have always been going to staple hardware cloth up there to keep them out, but never got it done, now I can do it, I would have to hire someone. (sigh again) LOL
I love that you are getting your tack room, and am a little envious :o) LOL, I wish my Hubby would have helped me finish my barn. But they have nice dry stalls so they dont complain.

Train Wreck said...

Oh I can't wait to see your "new" barn!! How exciting. So glad to see your Cindy Sue all better and healing quick:)

kbos2hm said...

there is only one true thing that you get in life death and what you were of to work on taxes dont know where the saying comes from

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Very glad to hear Cindy Sue is healing up so nicely and so quickly.

The tack room and barn are coming along well. It's going to be plumb fancy when you get it all done.

Dreaming said...

Cindy Sue just wants to stick her tongue out at the coyotes and show them that they didn't get her!

Tack room looks great - you will love the 4' door. Mine is only 2'6" and I have a hard time getting through it with saddle in hand.

Rhonda said...

Hey, your tack room and barn are looking good so far. I'll bet that feels good to be making improvements. Your man is doing a good job.

Shirley said...

Putting ceilings up is hard work! It's going to be so nice to have it done, kudos to your hard working man.

Ed said...

Both Cindy Sue and the tack room are lookin' good. Enjoy the weather..:-)

CTG Ponies said...

The tack room looks great.

gowestferalwoman said...

Cindy Sue is a great representation of the breed - they are so tough to the core!

The tack room is exciting - I bet it will be wonderful to get your stuff out of the trailer and house and put it into a mouse proof room! IM ENVIOUS! :D

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