Scary Stairs


When someone builds a house, or remodels it their marks can be seen long after their work has ended, leaving their legacy mark on the house. In the past I have captured some of the horrors that the previous owner of this house left behind in work that looked pretty till you scraped the surface. The stairway that was taken out as a part of Replacing One Wall: Surprise Yeah Right was one such example. The stringers of the old stair case were built out of 2×8’s, which meant that by the time they were notched for the treads there was only a little over an inch of material tying the whole thing together. It was no wonder that no mater what we did these stairs were noisy. They have now been replaced with 2×12 stringers.


Just a little bit better right. I was unfortunately not around for most of this process, but each of those notches had to be marked and cut by hand. I am sorry but I don’t have that kind of stability when I cut.


Between the new stringers going into place and the new treads being installed there was a day or so, but after not being able to get upstairs for a week there were a few items that we needed from our bedroom and the full bathroom upstairs. We started a game of climbing up and down the 1.5″ edge of the stringers and holding onto the stud wall for support. 145.jpg


The new treads are 2x as opposed to the old 1x so they are much more sturdy as well as being just a little bit deeper. Now our absurdly steep staircase is just a little over code steep. The treads are installed upside down and unfinished without risers for the time being until we are able to finish a couple of big projects upstairs. Then we will be without stairs for a little while again the treads are stained and finished. We are looking to go with a dark stain and light grey risers when it is all said and done.



Thoughts on Farriers and Vets

The other day I read a great post about the quality of farrier work that is done on, My Life with Horses: Not all Farriers are Created Equal. In there was a discussion that really settled down to you get what you pay for when it comes to a farrier, and the quality of their work reflects that in many cases.


While my farrier I would call as one of these exceptions; I got to thinking about our vet Dr Cathy of Healthy Pawsibilities. When it comes to Eliie and CiCi I want someone who will look for the best overall solution for them and not just pushing vaccines and meds at them. A great example of this happened a year ago when Dr. Cathy came to see our girls for the first time. She was running late due to a dog emergency, but was very friendly and apologetic for it, but we had been notified when the incident happened that she would be late and kept up to date on her ETA. I had not issue with her arrival, and she promptly got to work on the girls for physicals, annual vaccines. The reason that I tell this story because a month or two before this is when Ellie checked me into a wall and put me in a wrist brace because she was upset. I was unsure how she would act and in spite of Ellie throwing a first rate temper tantrum Dr. Cathy kept her cool and got her taken care of. Then after some discussion about how she had acted that night she came back out later in the week to do an acupuncture scan for ulcers and Ellie lit up. I had a horse that I was considering selling because she was  becoming too much to handle and Dr. Cathy was able to find the problem, and then help me find a less expensive and more holistic treatment in the product Gastrix. The great horse that I have now would have never happened without her diagnosis and now I have a horse that I love to be with.

Unfortunately Dr. Cathy is no longer a vet and now I have to start over to find a vet that can deal with my hot head mare and that I can build that trust with. Miss you Dr Cathy.

RIP Cole

This last week we lost our first barn cat Cole. We called him the Grumpy Old Man since he was always unhappy if he wasn’t getting his way, but he was a great snuggler when he wanted to be. When he would come in for dinner he would look like he was over weight and we would debate cutting back his feed till someone picked him up and realized that under his winter coat he was very fit and nothing but solid muscle.

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This hunter always earned his keep. He would go after a mouse if the opportunity presented itself, but they were low on his culinary choices. Cole would wait hours for a ground squirrel and shrews  to pop out of its hole, and he would never share them. During the summer he would trot down the sidewalk with a robin so fat that he couldn’t see where he was going when he carried it. This cat even brought baby weasels up to the garage on two occasions. Seriously what cat kills a weasel? This wonderful hunter and four legged child will be missed. Cole you were far too young to go. 2015-06-16 18.45.43.jpg


This corner of the web is dedicated to C & L Rausch Farm in Indiana. This is a 10 acre hobby farm and 101 year old home that are all going through a major transformation. While I have been documenting projects for the past couple of years it has been hit and miss, and this is a redevotion to the cause of sharing our many projects with family, friends and future friends who want to share in our adventure. 4-17-13 010.JPG