What goals do you have for (or before) winter?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Rowdy, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. Rowdy

    Rowdy Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Jones Co, Texas
    An adaptation of the other goal thread.

    1. Finish underpenning trailer.

    2. Invest in propane heaters, or build a room on for a wood stove.

    3. Build better, tighter goat shelter

    4. Build another cold frame for the raised beds

    5. Burn brush if burn ban is lifted

    6. Plant windbreak

    7. Stockpile more hay just in case all my lovely browse is not enough

    8. Cut more wood

    9. Winterize the house

    10. Winterize the vehicles

    11. Lie in bed one day and read because it is cold and rainy outside, with everything being taken care of for once. (I hope)
  2. RoseGarden

    RoseGarden Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2005
    Well, I am not sure I will accomplish it all, but I would like to;

    Finish laying the laminate flooring in the house, I only have one large room and two very small rooms to go.

    Put in a few more ceiling can light fixtures so I can read at a comfortable angle.

    Outside, I would like to get some kind of orchard grass planted under the fruit trees.

    Lay more landscape fabric around my greenhouse so it will look nice and not ratty with grass growing up everywhere.

    Clean out and organize the inside of the greenhouse, it's a mess.

    Build a few more small square raised beds for planting next spring; perhaps four or five beds that are about 3'x4' each.

    I have wood for firewood, just need to split and stack it, but that is cool weather work.

    Oh, new soffits under the eaves, and to paint the new fascia boards that were put up a few months ago.

    That is all I can think of right now. I did so much over the spring and summer that I accomplished my main goals (new roof on the house, new fascia boards, new electrical service, most of the house has new floors, some new fixtures, refinished kitchen cabinets, repainted inside, some new landscape plants, part of the carport at the back of the house enclosed).

    I'd like to lay in bed and read on a rainy day too, but it's hard to find a good book.

  3. ET1 SS

    ET1 SS zone 5 - riverfrontage Supporter

    Oct 22, 2005
    Forests of maine
    insulate the walls.
  4. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

    Sep 26, 2005
    about 70+ feet of concrete porches and roof

    rebuild or replace a window that is boarded over

    sealing a few back porch roof leaks and unsided areas under 3 replacement windows

    wood furnace door gasket

    8 more cords of firewood

    hopefully empty and stabilize or cover a 180 year old log structure that is collapsing from a bad roof...dangerous job there

    a bit of tin for a garage roof leak

    window caulking and painting for 9-12 windows

    parge basement walls and or rebuild sections

    french drain by the garden (maybe in the spring)

    get a job

    the other 4 outbuildings and the barn will have to wait for spring

    solar hot water and hot air projects at my leisure
  5. eacrouch

    eacrouch Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    Buy our homestead ( we will know next week)
    Get a job
    Clean up house/homestead
    prep garden area
    build chicken coop
    prep for 2 goats for the spring (depends on $$)

  6. farmergirl

    farmergirl Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 2, 2005
    Austin-ish, Texas
    Finish fencing in the garden plot
    Install garden irrigation
    Figure out some way to combat the bermuda grass that's currently in the garden plot :(
    Tighten up and re-paint the large run-in shed in the dog run
    Finally finish my dang round pen...posts are all set, just need to purchase and put up all the utility panels I plan to use
    Build dutch doors for the north-facing opening for the run in horse stall, so when the wind howls down from Canada I can shut it out!
    Take my border collie to the sheepdog trainers
    Set up my "sun shower"
    Reduce our household expenses so that our lives are less stressful!
  7. TxCloverAngel

    TxCloverAngel Happiness is Homemade

    Jun 20, 2005
    Kenefick Texas
    insulate/repair windows, (old windows ... 20 of them! ouch!)

    weather strip around doors.

    caulk everything caulkable.

    cut wood for wood stove.

    get some large rugs for chilly floors.

    finish quilts for the boys.

    build a run-in shelter for the horses.

    build a better shelter for the hogs.

    oh my.. thats a lot! better get busy
  8. sue currin

    sue currin Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2004
    Get up firewood, build a trator shed, clean the logs on the cabin and seal it, lay a stone floor in the solarum, put on gutters, save seeds, lay out sea weed after I go and get it from the sea, do some fishing, and frog gigging, put a wood cook stove in the solarum and learn how to cook on it. take some photos, do some pen and inks for christmas gifts.
  9. primal1

    primal1 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 22, 2003
    Quebec, Canada
    Maybe buy the house we live in, it's not a homestead but it's a start. If that goes, i'll need to put three support posts in the old horse barn along with some braces and put some rain gutters to stop the run off rain water from shifting the concrete wall foundation.
    verify brick chimeny and install a woodstove but that all depends on insurance.
  10. Scomber

    Scomber Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Clean up dooryard, including selling the two disfunctional tractors and 600' of chain link fence there.
    Finish re-siding east wall of the house, including a coat of primer and two coats of paint.
    Put the contents of my neighbors horse stall cleaning pile into my garden.
    Plant garlic.
    Plant bulbs for spring flowers.
    Harvest all root crops (potatoes, onions, beets, carrots) and get them into the root cellar.
    Plant winter cover crops.
    Kill Bambi
    Insulate some more.
    Move wood into basement and woodshed.
    Clean last winter's accumulation out of ruminants' winter shelter.
    Cut up several downed trees.
    Build a Sauna.
    Make sauerkraut.
  11. primal1

    primal1 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 22, 2003
    Quebec, Canada
    Oh ya almost forgot about making sauerkraut, wild grape jelly, elderberry syrop and way more wild apple jelly and lots of tomato sauce and pesto.:)
  12. Spinner

    Spinner Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2003
    My one single goal for this winter is to finish remodeling my large bathroom. I have everything to finish it, just need the time to get in there and do the work. Right now the walls don't even have the sheet rock up yet, just the insulation staring at us day in and day out. Subfloor is down, but it would be nice to get the ceramic tile in place. Need to build a 1/2 wall in the middle of the room, then bring the vanity in from the storage shed and get the water and drain lines connected. Lots to do before it's finished. I sure do miss having my son here to help out!
  13. Alex

    Alex Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2003
    Vancouver, and Moberly Lake, BC, Canada
    I am going to Enjoy Fall, which hasn't started yet -- too hot and still a drought (driest in 43 years!)

    OK, it would be nice to;
    • Add 4 double glazed windows to the (my) shop
    • Put the 6" insulation in the shop roof/ceiling, cover with plastic
    • Get and insulate 4" walls
    • Put on interior sheathing
    • Install two flues and wood stoves in shop
    • Relocate shop bench in final location
    • Add glass to shop side door
    • Install shop side door
    • Make removable shutters for all shop windows
    • Paint shop (maybe next spring -- need more water to high pressure first?)
    • Varnish the walls, ceiling and floor of the outhouse

    'New' (given my neighbors and moved 1 mile by us) shop needs high pressuring and painting in spring

    Relocate bench to exterior wall after, electrical, another window added, wall insulation and sheathing added

    Sand and varnish -- 3 coats walls, 8 coats floor and seat area (we just finished adding the T&G Pine to the walls last week)

    Shutters are on windows -- we are leaving for awhile. No comments from the real carpenters about the caulking at the corners -- they are tight enough -- except for an outhouse -- needs to be airtight -- with ventilation thru the two operable windows and glazed door -- and lower area vent thru 4" pipe 3' above roof)

    Well my list sounds like great-fun to me,

  14. sheeplady

    sheeplady Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2003
    New York State
    My goals before winter:
    #1 Get enough hay for my sheep ( and reduce my flock).
    #2 Get some heating system in. None here . Am hoping to also get a woodstove as a back up.
    #3 Get my previous house sold so I can do the above. Guess this should be first on my list. Unfortunately, we had it sold back end of June ( or so we thought. I had retired from my job and moved here) Than the flood came, buyers backed out and I sit up here broke and so much to do :Bawling:(There was flood insurance to cover house damage but none for barn damage, lost fencing, property damage)
    #4 Get a roof over my two outside doors before snow and ice weather.
    #5 MAYBE get a roomate to help with chores and as a little income. But thats an area I am a little hesitant about. Any input on this?
    Aside from the above, I am content here. Nice neighbors, beautiful area, and am finally on the family homestaed. :)
  15. pasotami

    pasotami Hangin out at the barn!

    Jun 1, 2006
    Upper East Tennessee
    Goals before Cold weather:
    Finish the draft horse/blacksmith shop side of the big barn (big job)
    Cover the riding arena
    install wall heaters in house
    cut and stack firewood
    build a hen house (portable/moveable)
    Take hay to my parents in Texas
    knit at least one work sweater
    and naturally all the fall garden stuff....
    I'm sure I will think of at least a hundred more things in the weeks to come!
  16. silvergirl

    silvergirl Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    The list could be e-nor-mous-ly long!!!

    I want to build a papercrete shed to house my chickens, goat, and rabbits who are all still in makeshift shelters since we moved back to the mountains...

    Make an enclosure - finally - that will keep our escape-mastermind dog from roaming the entire mountain!!!

    Finish our 'bonus room' downstairs...

    Sell our home - yes, it is in conflict with building the shed, sort of... but if the house doesn't sell, we will need the shelter and if it does, it'll be a nice plus for the new owners...

    Put up more preserves... particularly applesauce and apple jelly and apple chips and apple... well, you get the picture!

    Build our cold frames... for at least a four by twelve garden...

    Clear the scrub on the mountainside here and plant barley grass and clover for my goat to browse...

    Put in stairs from the deck to the basement level of the house and re-finish the side deck, dropping it down to ground level (and buy a hot tub!!!)

    Get our homesteaders 'large tract of land' purchasing group organised and ready to buy the land... so we can move by spring for sure!

    Clean, sort and sell junk/stuff in our two (!!!) storage lockers...

    and the list goes on....