Prairie Barbie

Prairie momma, modern homesteader, blogger, advocate for rural living.  Making life as beautiful as possible.

The Windmill Project

 Here at the farm I have an ancient, sad windmill who's blades have been taken down ages ago.  It stands alone in my lower pasture faithfully telling us when the wind changes direction and hoping for a day when it be returned to it's former glory.

Most people like to relax on their days off.  But not our friend Adam.  He likes to stay busy.  So busy, that when he happened to have a couple of days off from work, he decided it was time to get busy fixing my windmill.  So just after the crack of dawn.... and two cups of coffee.... we headed out to see what could be done on the old windmill.

Some time back Adam had taken her rods to town to straighten and re-thread them.  So we had to lay the pieces out on the shop floor and put the puzzle back together.  Once she had bones again, we were ready to haul the head over to the lower pasture.

One of the bonuses of my old oil field life is a bucket truck that is now semi-retired here at the farm.  Once in a while a girl just needs a bucket truck. Don't ya think?  Anyway, it sure came in handy for moving and working on the windmill.

Another thing that came in handy was a chainsaw.... can't work on a windmill if you can't get to the windmill.

Please don't think I wasn't a very important part of this project.  It was my job to sit there and wait until Adam needed a different wrench.... or maybe some pliers.  Then I got to throw them to Adam, thirty feet up in the air, hoping he could catch them before they hit him in the face or something.  I am happy to report he still has all of his teeth.

And I got to take the pictures....

My big boy came down to keep me company for a bit.

My big boy came down to keep me company for a bit.

I wish I could show you some glorious "after" picture or something.  But sadly, no.  The old windmill has a couple of issues that are going to make it pretty tough to get her going.  One of them being that the "motor" part has to come down for some major repairs and it absolutely refused to come off of the shaft!  After two hours up in the bucket wrestling with her, Adam decided to let her win the match.

For now.... In the meantime we'll do some research about stubborn windmills and how to get them to behave.

After we put the bucket truck away we got to tackle some other fun projects.  Like fixing every single gate on the place.  They now swing and latch absolutely perfectly for the first time ever!  Oodles of junk was cleaned up, hay bales were re-stacked nice and neat, trees were trimmed, leaves were racked and burned, broken corral planks were replaced and so on.... 

 We also worked on eradication of prairie dogs from my pasture.   I can't tell you how grateful I was to have so much help and I think Adam didn't mind this part of the job.

 We also got the chance to work on the eradication of prairie dogs from my pasture.   I can't tell you how grateful I was to have so much help and I think Adam didn't mind this part of the job.

 

Today I was so sore I felt like I got ran over by a truck.  But for the first time ever, my "to do list" isn't giving me anxiety and my farm yard looks like I always knew it should..... ahhhh. 

 

Now go make something beautiful,

PB

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