April 2024 – Our Unrecognizable Yard and Things

Apr 28 2024
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April 2024 – with the loss of our horse last month I knew eventually we would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I’m not into wasting anything so we’d already found someone who was really happy to take the leftover hay and grain. (Also sold the red panels and t-posts as well.) Spending time down there, where he used to be, felt both good and terrible. It was really sad but there was also a certain amount of relief in it.

In March, literally the day after my old boy died, we had the one major snow storm of winter. (Really, the only two weeks of winter we got this ENTIRE record-breakingly-mild year. I even joked that Gar said, “Screw that!” and decided to head out before he had to ever deal with winter weather again.)

When the storm hit for three days I admitted to Lodi that I was glad my old boy at least wasn’t out in it.

I worried about him constantly – especially during shitty weather.

And not worrying about Gar anymore is a relief.

He really was ancient in horse age and my old guy seeming to have not suffered is a small gift though of course I wish I could have been there.

With no evidence otherwise I have no reason to believe that he didn’t simply die of old age.

I knew after Gar left us that I never wanted to have livestock again. (When taking care of anything very big its always an expensive big deal (not to mention dangerous) and I just don’t want that on my plate anymore…)

I’ve been asked over the years if I had any real plans for when all this went down.

I would never have guessed that we would lose both Gargoyle and the barn in less than a year of each other.

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

- with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

- with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

- with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

- with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

- with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know

I borrowed a fabulous tool from my sister-in-law’s mom.

I don’t even remember how she and I got to talking about it one day but T-posts were mentioned and she immediately said I absolutely had to borrow her T-post puller if we ever needed it.

Guys, it is a life saver… or, maybe better put, it is BACK saver.

I love that the top review about it says, “My only regret is that I didn’t buy it sooner.” Because it is absolutely the type of tool that Lodi and I (and other stubborn idiots such as ourselves) would foolishly never buy.

One warm April 2024 day I went down to the shed before Lodi got home from work.

I’m glad I was alone there for a couple of hours.

It needed to be me, who built this little place for my horses, to be the one who took it all down.

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be though I won’t say it was easy. God knows how much I’ll miss the smell of horse and Gar and emptying the place of him was pretty terrible.

(I kept his halter of course and hung it up in my office.)

This area down here is one of the best places on our farm. It is glorious, south facing and out of the wind. I remembered tackling this shed one weekend years ago, clearing it out, hauling the red fence panels down here and building the space for my horses.

And they absolutely loved it!

(We lost our other horse Jazzy a couple of years ago now.)

I was so happy I could give them this place.

Lodi and I would grab a beer, put on some music and go for a “visit” like you would with any good friend. I saw Gar every day but we still had to catch up from time to time!

And it is, of course, those weekly visits that I will miss for the rest of my life.

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We took down the pasture fence and, between that and the barn foot print, we suddenly have at least three acres of property that we’ve never had before.

This shed has a ton of uses for us that I can’t help but be glad for.

Its basically a three car garage.

Our two little out buildings are FULL of outdoor furniture, furniture we’re storing for family and one of them is also half full of wood for our fire pit.

And it will all easily store here with room to spare.

The little shed we’ve been using as our “wood shed” was a play house my Grandpa built for my mom and aunt when they were little. Lodi had the idea of moving it and, my gosh, if I had known that was a possibility I would have advocated for that a long time ago.

Its current spot is just not that great.

After emptying it we’re going to move it up near where the barn used to be and where we’re planning on building our new garden.

Of course there is the possibility that it might not “travel” well… it is very old but I did put a new roof on it a few years ago to save it so I have hope it’ll hold together… and its not like its moving that far.

This will also empty out the old well house that we’ve been wanting to make into kind of a bunk house chill spot.

Now we actually can work on it because it will finally be empty.

When I’ve been asked in the past if I had any plans for our acreage here I admit my answer was always something that would absolutely horrify my Grandparents.

April 2024 I want to plant trees… ALOT of trees.

My Grandparents were farmers. They spent thousands of man hours (over thirty years) clearing this property and all the rest that used to be a part of this farm.

But we don’t need pastures for cattle and we have no plans on planting acres of potatoes…

I have the heart of a northern Minnesota gal: I love everything about the woods and the trees that grow here not to mention the amazing wildlife.

Also, Lodi loves to mow, but our yard is now massive!

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

So now I’m looking at what I’ve always thought of as our “back pasture” which is a couple of acres of open ground in a U shape around the foot print of the barn.

I had it all fenced in at one point for our horses but we cut it way back when we had the barn demolished so Gar would be safe.

(They did an incredible job of clearing out the debris but there’s just no way they got every last nail of the hundreds of thousands that were in that barn. So we never gave him the pasture back because I’m sure he would have found something to hurt himself on…)

With him gone now I want to plant most of the acreage in trees.

We will leave about double the barn’s foot print for the shed, our garden, extra parking etc. but the rest I am very excited about planting in trees completely.

Its really common around here to do full pine tree plantings but I’m hoping to find something a little different. Don’t get me wrong, I love pine trees, but I would much prefer a natural mix of leaf and pine both and our native leaf trees grow much faster.

So I’m on the lookout now for quotes and have already decided if a solid planting of leaf trees is reasonable we might just do that instead.

It would be awesome to have a north wind break and to actually be able to appreciate it in our lifetimes lol.

As for the yard we’re still going to be covering it with black dirt and new seed this year. (We are going to hire it out to the same folks that put in our new septic system last year.) You can see in the photos how badly it washed out and really needs to be done.

I was going to opt for a no grass yard but the options are outrageously expensive.

So, I am content instead, to someday create a little plot here for a bee and butterfly planting that we won’t ever mow.

I might just do it beside the new garden!

So, as my usual, I’m picking myself up with plans that I can look forward to and get excited about.

I’ll miss Gar forever though.

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

Comments

  1. Linda Martin
    April 28, 2024 at 8:54 pm

    I’m way behind on my email and just saw that your horse died! I’m so sorry! We thought our 31 year old mare was dying last November, even had the vet scheduled and dug her grave, but she bounced back from sand colic and is still here. It was just a temporary reprieve from the inevitable though. She’s going to be missed, but I know she’s lived a good long life and hopefully will die on her own. I’m not looking forward to making the decision for her. 🥺
    (((((HUGS)))))

    • April 29, 2024 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Linda! San colic is no joke, my old boy colicked a couple of times in his life and it was very scary. Hug your lady for me!

  2. Marcy
    April 30, 2024 at 8:25 am

    Take a look at the Arbor Day Foundation and other local, state or national environmental groups to see if they are offering any support for tree planting. Good luck!

    • May 1, 2024 at 9:48 am

      Thank you Marcy that’s a great idea!

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