Sunday, July 4, 2010
Houston, We Have a Problem
My dream of having a real goat barn has taken many different forms over the last few years. The latest one, since tearing down an old shed and a log barn and masterminding with my honey, has been to just remodel the existing cow milking barn rather than to build a new structure in the ideal spot in the barnyard. I like this solution because 1) being I am not building said barn and the builder comes free and he likes the idea and is excited to do it means that I like that idea; and 2) it will be lots cheaper. I like that, too. But when we (he) got to inspecting the barn to level the haymow floor before siding the open end that was attached to the log barn he noticed that all of the poles that hold up the building have nearly rotted underground. Little details like that really slow down a project. So, rather than just digging in and jackhammering out the cement feeder bunks and starting goat stalls he had to borrow a cement mixer, buy some cement and dig through lots of rock and dirt to rebuild the foundation first. What a guy! All so his wife can have her dream goat barn.