Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Little Things...

Sometimes living near a small town can be a unique experience. The other day I called our bank to check on a deposit I had mailed in. The conversation went something like this…

Me: I need to see if a check I mailed has been deposited to our account.

Teller: The one for $**.** - from your in-laws for your anniversary?

Me: Yes, that’s the one.

Teller: I know it came in, I remember recording it. Wait a sec and I’ll tell you the date.

Now, come on, how many people are that lucky with their banks? In this world of being only a number, the whole conversation actually made me feel like I was pretty important to them. Kinda cool!

Now about the weather. We haven’t had any real significant rain here in the Ozarks for about three weeks. But, now we know exactly how to bring on the rain.

No, not a raindance. Yet, by the same token, almost as unusual. Our method – set eggs in the incubator to hatch. Guaranteed to rain and storm the day the chicks are due to start hatching. This has happened the last three times.

And yes, it appears to be true that chicks will not hatch during a thunderstorm. At least for the most part. When I candled the eggs three days ago, we had 40 (of 48) viable eggs. They were due to begin hatching today – so far – 1 chick. We’ll see what the rest of the day brings, but based on the last two hatches, I’m not holding my breath for 40 chicks by the end of the day. We’ll see…

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

It’s Official – Lo Gap Woodworks, Inc. Is Open!

Today was the day, all the legal paperwork is done and the Press Release has been issued. Lo Gap Woodworks, Inc. is officially open for business.

The last couple of weeks have been hectic. With modifications Kevin has made to the sawmill, along with doubling the size of our woodworking shed, we are now able to do both custom saw milling orders and work on building our own woodworking designs.

It’s exciting. Will we be able to make a living at this? I sure hope so. But until we are sure, we’re not giving up our day jobs just yet. J But that is indeed our final goal. To make a good living without ever having to leave home.

Now, I’ll have the job of not only updating Backwoods Living, but also the Lo Gap Woodworks site too. Plus, we’ve got most of the garden out, the first batch of chickens are in the chicken house now and the next batch is due to hatch the 25th.

With everything going on, it doesn’t leave much time for blogging or anything else online, but I’ll attempt to update these pages even more often. For those few of you that read this regularly, at least you’ll know if I haven’t posted – that means I’m sawing logs (and not the sleep kind).

Okay, for now it’s back to work. If you’ve got a moment, check out the Lo Gap Woodworks site and let me know what you think.