Monthly Archives: February 2016

Beyond the Fence Post

How to remove old fence posts from your homestead

Remember that exciting news I had to tell you?  Well, we’re removing old fence.  Aren’t you excited???  Ok, just kidding…..I do have some news to share with you.

We, meaning, my family, just purchased some more property.  It’s just under 10 acres and we are so excited!  So, this means we will be moving from our little 1 1/2 acres in the woods to more of an open pasture area with beautiful oak trees in the front of our property.

I will be sharing with you more on the details as we are getting ready to build an “old” new Farmhouse.  YAY!!!  Stay tuned but let’s focus now on the whole fence thing first…..

So, we wanted to tear down the existing fence and put up a new nicer split rail across the front and then fence in around the property.

Here I am driving our CAT.  I had the cool job of lifting the posts out of the ground.  My daughter and I took turns while “boss man” aka hubby directed us.

And here is my son carrying all of the posts back to the wood pile.  It truly was a family event!  Only took us a couple of hours to pull about 40 posts out.  Bill aka hubby, removed all the fencing wire last week so he made it easy for us.

Now, if you don’t have a machine like ours, you can still remove the posts pretty quickly. Well, as long as you have someone with strong hands.  Kyle, our 16 year old son, was going in front of us and just twisting the posts and then moving it in circles trying to get the dirt loose.  He then was able to just life the post out of the ground.  Pretty easy unless they are concrete set which our were not.

Stay tuned as I hope you will join me on our new journey!

New property.New “Old” Farmhouse.New Barn.New Livestock.New Garden.






A Soldier Indeed

I’ve been a little “MIA” for a while and I wanted to share why.  My dad has been quite sick for the past few years.  He was diagnosed with Agent Orange related Congestive Heart Failure about eight years ago, COPD, PTSD and failing lungs.  He was a proud Vietnam Veteran and loved his country!  He served in two tours in Vietnam and spent a total of 20 years in the US Army.


On top of all of his illnesses, my dad was an alcoholic.  I remember as a child how alcohol effected him.  It’s a wicked illness and the alcoholic doesn’t know how to get out.

The past couple of years have been rough.  My parents divorced after 45 years of marriage. See what alcohol does? My dad re-married four years ago and it’s just been so tough trying to warm up to his new wife.  Do you know what I’m saying?

I used to be able to spend all kinds of time with my dad but ever since he re-married, we have to schedule visits and well, it’s just different.  This is me and my hubby with my dad about five years ago, just when he started to get sick.


Let’s fast forward to 2016.  It is now the 2nd week of January and my dad was in the hospital.  Hospitals became a frequency of ours with dad, but this time was different.  He wasn’t coming home.  My dad’s lungs were failing.  My sister, daughter, niece and I watched him take his last breath.  He passed away on January 24th, just five days before his birthday.  He would have been 69.  It still blows my mind that he was so young.


It still seems like a blur and I’m trying to get back on track and into my normal routine, but it’s still hard.  RIP Daddy, I miss you!  I’m thankful for God’s love and that dad isn’t suffering anymore.

Ok, so……let me wipe my tears and share something happy now.  I’ve got some “good news” but I’ll be revealing it in another post.  Don’t be mad……Oh, alright, I will give you a hint……


Until then…..have a wonderful evening!


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