Septic Installation

The septic system was installed at the gray house. I had no idea how involved this would be. The tank was 1000 gallons, concrete, and took a large crane to install it. It has an input from the house of course but we also put one up by the RV parking so we could dump our future RVs and/or have a full hookup right there at the house.

The drain fields were much bigger than I expected. Instead of gravel they use what looks like ‘styrofoam’ peanuts surrounding the lines which I guess helps distribute the water around the fields. Pictures below show the various parts of the installation.

Chickens moved into Winter Coop

Finally installed an automatic door and built out the chicken ladder and nesting boxes in the barn coop so the chickens could be moved into a warmer environment. What motivated me was the Christmas eve storm and subsequent plummeting of temperatures forecast for Christmas day. Me & Patty spent a good 45 minutes trying to capture all of the hens and get them into the new coop.

Ice Storm & Power Outage

Had a pretty decent ice storm the night before last and a subsequent power outage and lengthy Internet outage. The scenes were beautiful but reminded me that we needed a backup for our internet service. Unfortunately due to a quirk in circumstances Emily’s final critique of her semesters work had to be delayed due to lack of internet access to confer with the professors and others. While a disappointment for her, I’m sure her work will be well received.

This was the impetus I needed to order an LTE router and unlimited plan to act as our internet backup when this happens again. City and suburb folks have no idea how bad/non-existant rural broadband is.

Barn Office Construction Started

Our go-to handy man Glen started construction on an insulated office in the barn loft, initially for use by our resident artist Emily, but perhaps later a good location for other things.

I installed the wiring and boxes for plugs, lights and ceiling fan this past weekend and Glen has continued on with installing the insulation and drywall. Should be complete in the next week or so depending on timing.

Live Confederate Cannon Ball Found

When Chris called shortly after he went out relic hunting I could tell by his voice he had found something big. Me & Patrick drove over and found him kneeling in front of a whole cannon ball that was incredibly only about an inch below the surface. Chris picked it up (although it made me nervous) and you could see the fuse still in it. He could tell it was a confederate round by the way the fuse installs. I held it and the weight was impressive, can’t imagine that puppy hitting someone.

Chris said the ball likely came from Confederate A.P. Hill’s artillery in the cannon pits on the other side of Mine Run.