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Motor City Homestead » 2008 » August

Archive for August, 2008

We’ve done lots of gathering, now let’s do some hunting.

Friday, August 29th, 2008

MCH has spent most of our time focusing on the gathering aspect of survival.  Even the chickens and rabbits are essentially gathered / farmed, instead of hunted.  All that changed this afternoon.  Staying with us this week is an extraordinary young man named Robbie, who has a gift for catching squirrels.  As far as I can tell, it mostly takes the combination of stupid squirrels and lots of patience.  The basic set up requires a cage, a long rope tied to the cage door, and some bait.  Then, the hunter (Gabe and Robbie, in this case) hides behind a tree or garage.  When an unsuspecting squirrel ventures into the cage, the rope is yanked, the door swings shut, and the squirrel is trapped.  Impossible, you say?  Think again.

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My favorite part is the obviously panicked squirrel clinging to the side of the cage.  The kids were pretty disappointed when I told them we weren’t going to skin and eat the squirrel.  Maybe next time.

Does he know something we don’t know?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Gabe’s friend Robbie, while retelling the story of Amy getting pulled over this evening:  “Man, I thought I was going to Juvi!”

4% Peach Harvest

Monday, August 25th, 2008

We planted a peach tree several years ago, and this year it actually bloomed and started making peaches.  You may recall that early in spring, we had a wasp laying eggs in the peaches.  We lost all but two.  Those two survivors grew into the most beautiful peaches ever.  They were round and red, and looked downright delicious.  They grew right outside our kitchen window, and Amy and I have spent many hours gazing at them in anticipation.  Saturday morning, I looked out at them and thought “Those things are just about ready to eat.  Awesome.”  Saturday after lunch, Elisse came in and said, “Did you pick one of the peaches?  How did it taste?”  Of course, we hadn’t picked a peach.  Some four legged marauder had come by, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, and pilfered one of our precious peaches!!!  PREPOSTEROUS!!!  My numerous exclamation points don’t even begin to convey the indignity and outrage we expressed while standing in our small kitchen.  I ran outside just praying I would see the squirrel (of course, I’m assuming it was a squirrel) and dispatch him in a most heinous manner.   No squirrel to be seen, so I shouted in impotent rage at the sky.  Not nearly as satisfying as what I had envisioned, but it was all I had.  One peach left.  We picked it immediately, cut it into slices, and shared one peach among seven people.  So our original 25 peaches ended up as just one peach.  Not a very good ratio.  But that peach was unbelievably good.  We all stood around the cutting board in complete agreement.  Best peach ever.

Thanks for helping with the parenting, honey

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Mom:  Eva, would you like to tell everyone what we talked about today?

Eva:  Oh, yes!  I learned that daddy is God’s enemy’s lie.

Dad:  Wait, what?!?!

Life with Levi, in a nutshell

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

We were doing tongue twisters at the dinner table.

 Dad:  Levi, say “Toyboat” five times

Levi:  Toyboat, Toyboat . . . we need to break something!

Windows Madness II

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Last weekend we replaced more windows.  This project was even bigger than the first.  Thankfully, I had lots of help.  My neighbor and pastor Jim Pool, my brother Seth, and my Dad all plugged away cheerfully at an insane project.  Once again, we had to reframe a part of the opening since the house had sagged out of square over the years.  But the biggest part of the project by far was the demolition.  The house has gradually accumulated layers of siding over the years, and so, in a fit of “do-it-right-edness” I decided to strip all the layers of siding off, wrap the house, install new windows, and re-apply the vinyl siding.  We were only working on the front of the house, but still had to remove:

- Vinyl siding

- Layer of foam insulation

- Cement board siding

- Tar-coated cardboard

- Original wood siding

- Tar paper

Once all those layers were off, we wrapped the house in tyvek, installed the windows, and now the siding is 75% re-applied.    Pictures of the whole project can be seen here.  Talk about windows madness.  The sequel was at least as good as the original.  They brought back the original cast, had a bigger budget, and the special effects were state of the art.

MCH Humor

Friday, August 8th, 2008

A year or two ago, I regularly posted the funny sayings of my kids (7, 4, and 3) on another blog.  By popular demand, and in an effort to post more regularly, I’m adding a humor category to MCH. 

Dad:  Look, Gabe.  The sun is shining, and it’s raining at the same time!

Gabe:  You know what that means, Dad.  (spells) R-A-M-B-O!!

Dad:  Rambo?!?! Where?