Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Orion came up Thursday night, and Steven took off work Friday. They spent much of the day tearing out the breezeway between the old house and garage. It looks much different – and better. They loaded up the trailer with scrap metal and took it to the scrap yard. Got $68 for it! They salvaged as much wood as they could and began setting up the new chicken coop.

On my way out of the office Friday, the realtor who we hired to give us an appraisal on the old house caught me walking out the door. He gave us a report showing the value of the house as $7500. I didn’t think that was bad, since we only paid $53,000 for the property.

Saturday Steve’s friend Dan came out to help with the asbestos removal. We showed him the wrap around the exhaust pipes, and asked how to remove it. He said “I’d just take out the whole pipe.” So that’s what they did. It didn’t take much time at all. Afterward, the guys played with Steve’s stunt kite, and then we picked yellow tomatoes. Orion, Dan and I picked for about a half hour and ended up with two gallon buckets full of yellow tomatoes. Dan stuck around for the first showing of the new Transformers movie at our house.

Sunday we didn’t do much. I canned some whole tomatoes (with cherry tomatoes) and yet another batch of yellow salsa. Steve took care of a couple of ‘honey-do’s’ for me. It was extremely windy, so I had a difficult time hanging out laundry. I eventually had to retrieve several pieces in the yard, and the sheets were the last straw for the fraying clothesline. Steve and Orion had to repair it, and this time Steve included a piece of old garden hose as reinforcement where the clothesline rubbed against a tree.

Norman has been getting much more friendly lately – especially around feeding time. Last night he kept running around my feet, so I scooped him up and took him inside for the evening. It was the first time he had been in the trailer in a couple of weeks, and the first time he’s been free to come and go. He did pretty well, and only hid from us once. He really likes the dogs (rubs against them and such), and he’s improving with us.