An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
With Spring around the corner and summer soon to follow, I have compiled my worklist of things I need to accomplish before summer is over. In no particular order:
Harvest Logs Rade cut most of our two downed Alders into smaller pieces. They need to be hauled out to the woodshed. However, the method by which this will be done is yet to be determined. Unsure of how close I can get either of the trucks...may have to buck the wood up into smaller pieces and either roll or carry them out.
French Drain/ "dry" creek bed At the front end of the barn and then leading through the chicken run and down the west side of our garden area we have a real drainage problem. I will install a french drain system and cover it with a rock bed that leads down and dumps it down the hill where it will run off easily.
Convert "storage shed to barn Presently our largest outbuilding is being used as a storage shed. However, we believe it will function better as a barn for the goats. A few interior walls and a shrinking of the large opening in the front ought to do the trick.
Build a large storage shed No explanation neccesary...need a place to store my stuff the goats will be usurping.
Goat Fencing An area to the south and west of the barn (and including the barn) will be fully fenced for the Goats.
Garden Fencing A large area to be connected to the chicken run will be fenced in order to keep Sue's garden safe from critters.
Replace two Windows I still have two more windows to replace in the house.
Build Cabin/Guesthouse It will be small (200 sq ft) and rustic (electricity but no plumbing), but it will be better for our guests than camping or cramming into the boys' room. This will be a big project, but I am planning it now. We hope to have an old fashioned "barn raising" weekend to help with the stuff where I need more than one person.
New flooring and toilet for front bathroom I already have the supplies, just need to find the motivation.
Finish upstairs room Need more mudding/tape and paint and then carpet. Again, all I need is motivation.
Extra Pasture for goats Exact placement is yet to be determined.
The money for these projects is supposed to arrive today...so, no excuses. Anyone bored and need something to do? I'll provide beer and...say a month's supply of eggs or something. :)
I've often wondered what they do/did in the old country where nearly the whole village is Orthodox. But in todays society I believe we will sell our eggs and make cheese with the milk for use after Pascha/Advent. MMMMM sounds good!
Yes, goats! In fact I just spoke to a lady I met through Church who has a Nubian goat (great milker) ready to kid April 1st. We have first dibs on the kids if they are does! I can't wait! We better get ready!