Have winch, will travel.

Check on both.

When asked recently “Lis, what HAVE you been doing with your time?” Mostly I say “Stuff. I do a lot of stuff with my time”, But it’s a little more involved than that. I have projects. I have destinations. I get around to both. Most recently was a task I called Project Thursday. Because I tackled it on a Thursday, duh.

If you look back in the blog files to last October you’ll see a post from Art the Husband about fall weather, chainsaws and dominating a messy storm ravaged Oak Tree in the upper pasture. Girlfriend Fraley and several chainsaws helped Art make short work of the fallen and broken limbs. Unfortunately neither the weather or Art’s attention span held out and a year later small random piles of cut (and now well seasoned wood) and brambly limbs remain. In addition last years winter/spring weather and severe winds (and maybe a little summer shotgun action) took it’s toll on the old lambing shed next to the afore-mentioned Oak Tree.

It collapsed entirely, with some of the supporting walls flung partially down the steep slope of the pasture.

What wasn’t blown far and wide was collapsed on top of a deep and rodent riddled pile of mulchy straw bedding. I wasn’t sure what I was going to find under the heavy rotting wall panels, so I collected the dogs and remanded them to the dog run for their own safety (rattlesnakes you know, not dog friendly in the slightest)

After gathering the correct tools for the job and jump starting the lawn tractor Project Thursday was officially underway

You never know when you’re going to need your Ladies Home Protection System, good thing it’s highly portable.

As it turned out (and perhaps due to me stomping around loudly and boorishly before upturning anybodies hiding place) all that I surprised were 4 field mice and a handful of lizards. 🙂 I let the dogs come out one at a time to check it out. Dretti was completely disgusted with the prospect of eating live mice. Darby just enjoyed chasing them down and slobbering them up. Dee looked at them as fast food style appetizers.

It took about 4 very full loads to clean up the remains of the shed. Andretti supervised most of the unloading as Art the Husband was not around to fuss about trivialities like rusty nails and termites. Andretti Ducati certainly knows how to fuss over details.

The big stuff needed to be ‘managed’.

Hello SawzAll. I love my powertools.

And then…..the roof. No trivial piece of metal, this was about 300-400lb of heavy duty and surprisingly well constructed galvanized tin and pressure treated beams. I say surprising because everything else the previous owners did to this place was pretty slap-shod. Quality was NOT a word common in their vocabulary. The lambing shed roof however was meticulously constructed to outlast the earth and elements. And to laugh in the face of our lawn tractor.

For this, I would need the big guns….err, the right tools for the job. It didn’t take a lot of imagination.

It did take some elbow grease though. I had to remove one fence post and the tangle of wire (livestock and barbed) to accommodate the size of the fallen roof.

Of course nothing is easy, once it was through the fence it was facing the wrong direction to tow with the tow straps (the beams that fit tow straps only go one way…grrrr) Angry Birds popped into my head, with all the angles and distances and exact torque. Problem solved, a la Angry Birds.

I wish Art the Husband had been there, I would have LOVED to get a video of him pasture surfing on this thing when I towed it through the upper pasture with the tow straps.

It was a really tight fit through the gate, by a few inches on either side, but we squeaked through. Now it sits by the top fence between the riding arena and the pasture. Any bets? It just needs to be de-constructed. 6 months?? Another year??? I know this much, it won’t be blowing away anywhere, that’s for sure. 🙂

Now for those wood piles…..

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