Weekly Update: 11.26.22

Well, it is officially the holiday season. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of laughter, family, and more turkey than you could eat!

Along with our normal work load, most of our family came down with colds this week. Coupled with all the holiday festivities, it made for a crazy few days.

We had a busy beginning of the week out at the homestead. Since it was so cold on Saturday, we spent a large portion of the day picking up supplies. It was so cold in the Menards wood barn, we thought we would absolutely freeze. We picked up lumber for our deck stairs and external portion of our tent frame.

We took the supplies out to our site that day, and we did some work finishing the deck. We added some extra screws (we had run out), and we did some sanding of the splintery areas.

On Sunday, we visited a new church near our property. We still attend church in Springfield most weekends. We would like to connect more with our local community around our property, so we want to find a home church out there. This was the second church we visited near our place, and we had a great experience at both churches. We feel blessed to have so many believers in our area.

We rarely work Sunday afternoons, but we made an exception this week so we could take advantage of the good weather. We started on our deck stairs.

We finished the deck stairs on Monday. We ran into yet more issues building on a slope, so we had to adjust our plans a couple times. We used extra decking for our treads, which looked great.

On Tuesday, we got started on our tent frame. We are really excited to move on to this part of our project.

We spent the rest of the week in town at our brother’s place. Those of us ladies without colds cooked all day on Wednesday. We have a big family, and we always make too much food so that we can have leftovers for days. While we made all our favorites, we opted for several gluten-free and low-glycemic versions this year. We did splurge, though, and made a few full-sugar, full-flour pies.

We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving. Most of us had colds, but we still had fun just being together. We have so much to be thankful for this year. After so many years of planning and trying, it feels almost like a miracle to finally be making progress on our homestead dream.

In between all the festivity, we started a side project of stripping and seasoning our old cast iron cookware. We will have a full post on the topic soon. It’s quite the smelly process, so it has been nice that we could have the windows open so much this week.

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