We. noticed the last post we did was for the Saint Patrick’s Day parade, so we figured it was time to get caught up. We spent Pashca (Easter) at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, and as always, the food and the company was spectacular. Butte is pretty far away, but its always worth it.
AS ALWAYS, the youngest boy looks like he would rather be chewing on rusty razor blades than pose for a picture. There is no way to get that one to smile for the camera.
The super coolest part of that day was that Mychael was present at church when a visitor fell ill and needed medical attention. Mychael, being an emergency room nurse was able to be with the woman to make sure she was OK.
I finally took the biggest plunge of my life and started my private practice. I quickly learned that if I want to see patients who have insurance, I would be filling out paperwork until I wanted to set myself on fire. Here I am demonstrating the thickness of ONE SUCH PACKET, and I have started four others.
The best part is, I now can make my own hours, see the kinds of patients I want to see, and I am thinking about dressing in the standard issue “tacticool” attire that all retirees are required to wear for work.
I might skip the M-4 though. But Montana is an open carry state.
Mother’s Day was a double header because it was our oldest daughters big debut as a butterfly in the Queen City Ballet rendition of “Alice in Wonderland:”
I put an ad in the program, which came out pretty nice.
We also filled up Mychael’s charm necklace, which now has five names on it, one for each kid. That was the Mother’s Day part.
Around the farm, spring is trying really hard to get started. We have a ton of projects that need to get done, including the main house build. The excavation and foundation pouring has been delayed several times because of weather. But, I have managed to get a couple things completed.
I built a round pen for training my horses.
My favorite part of that job was pounding the pointed posts into the ground with my tractor bucket.
I got a new puppy, Lovac (LOW-vatz). It’s Serbian for “Hunter.”
And ten-year-old girl is learning how to drive the four wheeler to help out around here.
I also fenced in about 7 1/2 acres of land, and had some help from a son of one of the Orthodox families we have met here in town. That project took about a week to complete. Over three thousand feet of wire stretched (four times, because its a four strand fence). We had to stretch it over some pretty rough terrain, through some thick woods, and rocky stuff as well. The auger had a lot of trouble with decomposing granite (most of my property). I used my tractor by putting a piece of electrical conduit through the three point hitch on the back to unspool wire, which sort of worked.
That last one is the farthest corner post from the house. Its about 2/3 of a mile away.
I also fenced in another 1 1/2 acres with woven wire for the goats. If you have never worked with that stuff (and tried to stretch it tight–even with a come along) I do not recommend trying to do it by yourself. One roll weighs about two hundred pounds.
Got it done, though.
Last year, the really crappy roof I basically screwed together on the chicken run flew to pieces the minute the wind started. So I tore it off, and started building a roofing system to hold pretty much whatever I put on it. Those main beams are twenty foot long 2x6s, and I had no help for that one either. Should be done tomorrow.
Finally, I do farm SOME of the work out. This new horse shelter was built this week by Pole Barns -R- Us, right here in Helena. Just finished today. The paint is a perfect color match to the main barn. It was a reasonable price, and it is built like a tank. It will be here for my grandkids.
Here is the link to my private practice.
Treasure State Psychological Services
Pole Barns -R- Us is a pretty small operation. His number is (406) 439-4800.
Hope everyone is well. We will have pictures up of the digging and house building as soon as they start!