Weekend Warriors – First half of December 2017

It seems like the holiday season is in full swing around here- which leaves me very little time for writing at the moment. We’ve decorated the Gillis Fuel office for the town’s contest. We got our tree and decorated the homestead for our own pleasure. MrGillis and I are planning the big family gathering and…

Weekend Warriors – Last of October 2017

Last we left off, we were working on our shed greenhouse addition. This last weekend, while Mr Gillis and My Dad worked on the addition, I worked on cleaning up the yard. The funny thing is, because so much of this thing is see thru material, it hardly even looks like anything at all. But…

Weekend Warriors- 3rd week of October

We have been enjoying a rather extraordinary fall this year –   And because of all this beautiful weather, we’ve really been getting a lot done. And this weekend was no different. We’ve been working on getting this new addition hooked up to the shed for months, but thankfully, my dad was able to come…

Hat Organization

I have an absolute love affair with hats. I don’t believe in wearing them indoors, and honestly, I don’t even wear them a lot- mostly gardening. But I like to have selection. I also like to just look at them. They can be quite inspirational when sewing. Some of them have been parts of costumes,…

Slow feed hay cage for livestock

Thursday afternoon I walked into a very messy barn housing some very happy looking alpacas.   This is a becoming an expensive mess. So being the DIY problem solver that I am, I made a quasi-slow feeder hay cage Saturday morning. The deal with it is simple. I took two pieces of similar sized welded…

Hey you guys- WE HAVE ALPACAS!

So, you know a few weeks ago, when I wrote about a Big Major Deal Changer happening to Gillis Gardens? We were given an alpaca farm. No – I am not kidding. And when I tell you how this happened, you are going to be like, “No, it did NOT happen that way.” And I…

Closet Hack – Using Shower Rings to Organize

I have a confession. My closet is seriously out of control. And no I’m not going to post pictures. It’s really a bit embarrassing. But, I have decided it is time to tackle that mess and get it together. Because I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear because I don’t see them. And…

Permanent ToDo Lists

I am a serious list maker. Long ago, at the end of the night, I’d sit down and make my todo list for the next day- meticulous and right down to the nitty gritty. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a list telling you to get ta frick to work. That was before the…

My Chicken Kit – First Aid For The Birds

We live in a pretty remote area. Its quicker to list the things we DO have, that’s how remote…. a bank, a grocery store, two gas stations, one of which is the only local restaurant, a non emergency health clinic and a post office. None of which help when you have an injured animal. When…

A Hint At What Is To Come At Gillis Gardens.

  Mr Gillis can be seen here, clearing out lots of side and front yard pasture- Here is what this area looked like before – including a huge ground wasp/hornet/demon stinging insect that MrGillis said he thought was a rock at first. We didn’t get picture of it, we just killed it. And here is…

Clearing the Pond- Part 1

MrGillis and I have been talking about cleaning up our pond system since we landed eyes on the property. It’s been overgrown like this for as long as MrGillis can remember, and the land had been in his family for generations. Well, happenstance worked in our favor yesterday. The local tractor dude, Mason, had his…

Big Things Coming! 

So remember that blog I just posted a few days about all the stuff we have to accomplish before snow flies? And you know that last blog about not announcing big plans before having them right and tight? *(I will never learn) Ok, so I am not going to even lie- you are going to have…