old barn renovation

June 21, 2010

It seems all we do around here is fix up old barns. This one is a less flashy but highly useful barn nearby the white one where we keep chickens, farm equipment, and huge mountains of firewood. Some previous owner neglected to put any gutters on it, so all the rainwater dripped straight down into the foundation and caused the barn to sink in an almost entirely different way than this fake American McMansion into a Venice waterway.

Local builder Kirk Skovlin and his crew jacked up the barn, pulled out all the old cement foundation blocks, and re-poured new ones. Now the barn is straight and tall. Next we re-do the roof, where we’re planning to put some solar panels.


my little sis graduates

June 14, 2010

My little sister Lara has bucked the family trend of being unemployed dirt farmers (my dad’s usual description of our family to people we are trying to impress) and has graduated with a degree in medical assisting. Yippee Lara! Now get out there and salvage the family name.

I thought I was going to be losing my summer by spending it in “frigid” Alaska but it turns out that I’m getting twice the summer with only about 3-4 hours of darkness and tempetures in the 70s most of the time. I usually don’t take pictures of sunsets but this was the view looking northwest  at  10:30 pm half way up Elephant Mountain about 5 miles from Hoonah(to beautiful not to take a picture).

Wallowa County is experiencing some minor high water issues. You kinda can’t take Rt. 39 anymore.

I know a lady whose truck slid over the crumbling lip of road and imitated a see-saw at the edge while she carefully crawled out of it and got the heck out of there. How about don’t do that. You can still take the main road from La Grande, just not the back road from Baker City or Halfway.

metal veggies

June 4, 2010

Most farmers’ markets have a dude playing fiddle or something. But not in Enterprise! There’s an outdoor concert program that runs all summer here, and it coincides with the Thursday farmers’ market so that people can go hear some tunes and get their veggies at the same time. The first band booked for the season was Stone Orchard, our local metal band. Picture me trying to explain the health benefits of kale to little old ladies while these guys played 10 feet away. And also bear in mind that the venue is a gazebo in the middle of town next to the courthouse on a perfectly manicured lawn. Kinda incongruous. But kinda awesome.

petting zoo!

June 1, 2010

While Tyler was busy taking bears’ skulls out of their faces, I was in charge of organizing a petting zoo for the first Farmers’ Market of the season. We all had a cozy ride together in the back of Tyler’s truck. Long story short: everybody pooped (except me) and the lambs ate part of Tyler’s camper shell.

I enlisted a local 4-Her, Landra, to help me keep tabs on the animals while I ran my market stall.

Our friends Julia and Bill were also extremely helpful in toting animals from one place to another, which I’ve discovered is mostly all you do when you set up a petting zoo.