Restoring Our Farm’s Pre-Storm Dignity

There are subtle hints that Fall is not that far away. This means Phoenix’s brutally hot summer is finally going to let up and we can get back to working outside. This season we’ll have a totally different agenda, clean-up from the monsoon storm is first priority, then the repairs and rebuilding of what was destroyed.

Although the temperatures are still a steamy 109, the sun isn’t quite as intense as it was a month ago and there are signs of relief. School supplies are on the store shelves, summer clothes are hanging on store sale racks, and that means only one thing to me. Phoenix will soon turn from a hellish territory to lush paradise for seven whole months!

Seven months… plenty of time to restore the farm to it’s pre-storm dignity. There’s a plan for the new shed row barn, and the replanting of lost trees and foliage will begin in November. There is progress, we’ve made a dent in the clean-up and the shed row barn is half down and  salvaged materials neatly stacked.

 

Our in-home remodeling projects are starting to look worthy of our efforts, and it looks like we just might meet our Spring completion deadline. However, take note I didn’t mention which Spring!

There will most likely not be any chicks in the brooder this Oct. With the barn construction, there will be too many disturbances and my hens will probably be unreliable setters.

Changes are always going to be a part of life, and none of us are immune. Rather than wallow in woe…

Perhaps change is the ladder forced upon us when we quit reaching for higher levels of accomplishment.

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Digging out from the Rubble

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I can see the light! Insurance claims are in, estimates on rebuilding are happening, and the clean up is at least noticeable. Considering the temperatures are hovering around the 112 mark, the rebuild will be easier on me if it’s put off until Sept. or Oct.  So I will close the window blinds and just pretend I’m not living in a junk yard.

If all this isn’t enough, we were in the middle of remodeling three rooms in our house when the storm hit, another place where I’ve closed doors to ignore a mess.  We can’t keep closing blinds and doors or soon we’ll be living in the confines of a closet. So for now, all my efforts are on the three rooms. With any luck at all, by the end of the year TBN Ranch will be what it was, maybe even better.

What’s all the remodeling about? That’s a secret for now!