Update on the Livingston House

This past weekend our son Joshua brought his skid steer to do some clearing and leveling on the hill.

When you have trees mulched it leaves behind 4 – 6 inches of wood so all that wood has to be scraped into piles.

The good thing is Jeanelle & David can use it at their place next door for the muddy areas on the trails because the kids are always driving the Polaris Ranger around.

He got the hill scraped and it looks good. This is a picture of him on the skid steer.

The concrete guy came out and gave a general bid. Our plans show an 11′ 9 x 40-foot front porch well we are also going to do a back porch the same size. The side entrance is by the kitchen and there will be a sidewalk joining both porches.

Even though we are on a hill with concrete you still buy dirt for us it looks like 6 – 8 loads of dirt to go down before the concrete. He will come out this week and shoot a grade and give the actual estimate for the job.

We could have a slab in a few more weeks. Woo Hoo!

I made the down payment on the building but told them by the time we get the culvert set, the temporary driveway built, and the slab and plumbing it will be the end of February before we can start the building.

It sure would be nice to think that we could have the house by the end of March this is my springtime dream.

We wanted a Barndominium that will be Zinc metal which is dark grey with a white roof and black trim and black trimmed windows.

Here are a few pics of the property on the hill we are thinking of naming it “Magnolia Hill” because there is a magnolia on the hill. That is it leaning on the right-hand side it is leaning because there were other trees supporting it at one time. We are hoping it will straighten back up again. If not we can brace it until it realizes it has more room.

There are a few clusters of magnolias on the property in the front and the back yard.

I want a black iron gate that is 20 feet wide with Magnolia Hill on the gate and maybe our address.

Progress is moving along and I will share pictures as time goes on.

Happy New Year

We are driving to Livingston today to meet our oldest son Joshua.

We are hoping to get started on the weekend house in January.

Everyone please stay safe on the roads and remember to watch out for the other guy.

We will be back before the crazy starts. Livingston is 1 1/2 hours from us.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Another day another hawk

The hawks are everywhere.

Do not get me wrong I love looking at them but when I go outside after I feed the birds I can spot four different ones in trees.

I am going to try hanging small mirrors to see if that will keep them away.

Does anyone else have any ideas?

As you can see this one was eyeballing the ground from high up in a tree.

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

If you are traveling stay safe and watch out for all the crazy people driving on the roads.

I will post again before the new year.

Fungi on the forest floor

The forest floor in the piney woods offers the greatest opportunity to photograph some of nature’s wonders.

This time I concentrated my pictures on the Fungi in the damp pine straw under the pine trees.

I have no idea what the names are and whether they are edible or not I just know they photograph quite well.

The piney woods never lets me down there are always a lot of things to photograph.

Beauty Berry Jelly

In Livingston in the woods beneath the trees lies the beautyberry bushes.

They are everywhere if you can beat the wildlife to them you will have a treasure.

The wildlife loves the berries but they are too tart for people to eat. They do make some delicious jelly.

My grandchildren picked almost two gallons and then asked me to make some Jelly.

This was my first time making the beauty berry jelly but it turned out great.

We ended up with 14 half pints in the first batch and 8 pints and 2 – 1/2 half pints in the second batch.

That was not too bad for almost 2-gallon zip locks of berries.

Mushrooms on a dead tree

This hackberry tree fell down about a year ago it was blown down by strong wind while the ground was very wet.

My husband cut part of the trunk up for me to use as plant stands outdoors. They work pretty well for this.

These mushrooms look like oyster mushrooms but I am not sure for sure if that is what they are. The tree trunk was taken over by them and this did not happen until the tree fell down.

I thought the mushrooms made a nice picture.

The fungus is among us.

The little red shed

Next door is a little red shed and it shows up good sometimes.

This field had recently been mowed and that’s when it can really show off.

The best part of the country is the free space that is only occupied by livestock.

I love it when the cows are next door.

Oreo and her panda calf

Oreo is a belted galloway she had her calf on Saturday night.

We think it’s a full fledge panda calf if so it’s her first panda.

The dad is a miniature Hereford named Cecil.

The baby is tiny, and Oreo can be a bit aggressive in protecting her babies, so there is no close interaction at this time.

I love the calf’s two black eyes and her sweet face I would name her moon pie.

Black and white cows in the piney woods of east Texas make a good backdrop for pictures.

Basket Plant

Callisia Fragrans Plant is also known as a basket plant.

My sister n law gave me a piece about 5″ long this was 6 weeks ago.

Mine is staked up and about 2 1/2 feet tall now. All those arms coming out the side are new babies there are currently 12 of them.

I staked it up to see what would happen because typically those babies droop.

This is one of my new favorite plants and I am about to take some clippings off mine to have more plants.

Share plants with your family and friends it is an excellent way to get a lot of different varieties of plants.

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