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  1. I had someone ask me if the corona virus has effected my daily life today and it was the first time I stopped to think about it. Besides my mom staying home from work, my daily life hasn't changed much at all. I have enough work to keep 3 people from going stir crazy. Our ranch is far enough out that unless they're specifically coming here, people don't just show up. We put up alot of our own produce so we shop out of our pantry, cellar and freezers and go into town every other week for fresh groceries and errands. We aren't preppers, it's just the way our family has done it since they got here in the mid 1800s. Worst comes to worst, we still have the salting barrels if the power goes out and we need to salt the freezer meats. Water is free, gravity fed from a spring 3 miles up the road. Wood for heat. Hot water coils in our stove, so long hot showers are available at any time even after 3 others have taken long hot showers. A couple of things have changed. I now only watch 30 minutes of news, in the morning, can't handle it before bed. If it weren't for catching the weather report it would be down to the first 10 minutes where I actually hear the new bullet points of info. Its made a big difference in my mental health being ignorant of the minute by minute updates that seem to be everywhere. Don't they realize that stress weakens your immune system? Also our phone hasn't stopped ringing from 8am-9pm for the last 5 days from people wanting to adopt a puppy since they are stuck at home with little to do, some as far away as the east coast. Since I've been out doing the back and leg work of the ranch, my dad has been answering, returning calls and fielding emails full time all week. Unfortunately we won't have any puppies available until June, which is on our website, but that doesn't stop them from calling and you can't ignore a potential future customer.
  2. Thats funny, I always thought I'd like working in a shop sometimes. I guess the grass is always greener. The adjustments were nice while I was finding the right height, but I haven't adjusted it once I found the right height for me ~6 months ago. It didn't hurt that it was a pain to adjust the rims. I had 3 large rims and 2 small whose outside rim fit snuggly inside the larger ones, so by flipping the larger ones so the "center" was either high or low, I could change the height while still being solid. From what I've seen of adjustable stands (which isn't alot) is that the adjusting mechanism can't take the continuous impacts of hammering
  3. Yeah I'm out in the elements for now. I have everything put up right now, Tess and Mariah have decided to visit on and off for the last few weeks, with Tess's cold cousin popping in now and then. Which is why I decided to spend some time to make a stand for the anvil instead of nesting the rims in the proper order for the right height. The rims were nice to find the right height for my anvil. Depending on how I nested them together I could vary the height of the anvil face from 24" to 36"
  4. It's raining enough to stop me from working outside, so I'll share something I did the other day. I moved my anvil from it's stand of sand filled nesting tire rims to a stand I made specifically for it from some scrap lumber. Used some gate hook bolts to hold it together and to make hammer holders on either side.
  5. That is a great idea Frosty. We have backup help for our kennels and also for our farm animals. And backups for the backups. We also backup for other farms. Mules, sheep, cows and pigs can go somewhere else if they need to without too much worry, but we have to have someone come here to take care of the dogs if worse comes to worse.
  6. Those are really nice Hans. The rebar texture looks almost like the hair on the ants legs
  7. Well today I got a call from my friend who I might have bought the greenhouse frame from. He said I could have it for free if I wanted it. Then he sent me this picture. I guess the snow took out more than just our kennels. Not much left to use as a shop, but I may be able to salvage a few ribs, or I could sell it for scrap to put towards a storage container, or I could make a lot of wind chimes. I'm not sure I want to use it as a shop anymore though. My friend was down the hill from us and only got 1.5 ft of snow
  8. In my experience of splitting it as firewood, locus has a really straight grain that splits fairly easily for how dense it is. Though the knots can be extremely stubborn if you hit them wrong.
  9. I usually don't chase animals either. Under normal circumstances I would just have to say "kennel" and they would all run to their pens and wait for me to let them in. Instead I used the "come here" tone. I didn't want to do it to much because it jacks them up a bit when I use that tone and with that many Dachshunds together there was a potential for fights. All our other farm animals are bucket trained. You walk out with a bucket and they follow you like a train.
  10. I can take a picture of the damage now that's is done, but no video of the incident exists so you'll have to take my word that at 3am I was sinking into the snow to my hips in some parts and my navel in others, in boxers, a robe and snow boots. It probably would have been a hoot if someone was filming me trying to get 25 Dachshunds in 3 ft of slushy powder. Luckily once they saw me most made a bee line for me and I could break the trail to our other yard, but there's always the jokester in the group who stays just outside of grabbing distance. *grumble*grumble* Your right, people are weird. They have the wrong type of Dachshunds in those pictures. I would use the wire haired doxies for mushing instead of the smooth coats. They can handle the weather better. The long haired ones would be good too, but they don't have the drive of the other 2 coat styles.
  11. Lol, I got a bit of a preview of the kind of team your taking about. We had 3 ft of snow this week. Or more accurately, 3 inches of slush, then 3 ft of snow, then a tenth of an inch of rain. Anyhoo, it was enough to collapse the roof and walls on one of our kennel buildings, so we had 25 mini Dachshunds bounding like deer though the great white mess. All in line following the leader who was doing a kind of burrowing leap through the snow. If there wasn't the stress of getting them all caught and re kenneled it would have been very entertaining to watch. It also busted our water line somewhere between the house and the head of the spring, 3 miles UP the mountain. There's still enough water coming through to survive, but the pressure is nil. Have to wait till the 6 ft of sierra cement up there melts enough to walk the line.
  12. That's a good looking owl Joe, I like the horns. Frosty, I like the way you think. I'll have to try to figure the talons out on my next one. If I ever get back out to the anvil
  13. I hadn't thought of that part yet. A lock would be a nice feature to have. Another con that came to me as I was headed to bed was condensation. It will be warmer inside the greenhouse than outside, so moisture in the air will condence on the inside of the plastic, and drip constantly in unanticipatable places. It seems like the con list keeps getting bigger with the greenhouse. I think I'll end up going with the storage container, but I may still get the greenhouse the neighbor is selling cheap and add part of it as an extension to a cargo container and cover it in tarps for shade, leaving the end open for ventilation. If nothing else I can use it for it's intended purpose and grow our tomatoes in it. Or break it up and make a few large pig barns for overwintering. Thank you everyone for your input so far. I won't be decided until I have enough saved, so if there is anything else that hasn't come up yet, please bring it up.
  14. Haha, good one Frosty. Joe, remember to keep a nice even heat when scrolling owls, and keep an eye on them in the fire so they don't burn.
  15. Congratulations Das, she's beautiful.