The Chicken Dome Takes Shape

We spent a lot of hours working on this geodesic dome structure that was to be the Chicken Dome. I came up with an ingenious method for attaching the tarps to the structure so that in any wind, it would not blow away. It was put on in layers and it was loose at the bottom of each layer. I can’t say I invented the method, because it was inspired by those umbrellas that don’t flop outward in a windstorm. We tested this method extensively before adding the final levels at the bottom. We had a number of fierce windstorms blow through and the dome performed flawlessly — it didn’t move an inch. So now it was time to add the final bottom layers and move the chickens into it.

This was definitely a family affair. No telling how many hours were spent on this project. If I had hired it done, we would have no memories of working together to build it.

All the dogs enjoyed the shade while watching us work. Like my Dad always says: “I’m fascinated by work … I could watch it for hours.”

Robbie and I probably spent the most time working on this. We made a great team.

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Building the Geodesic Dome

I had this vision of what would make a perfect chicken coop. A geodesic dome. But just how does one build a dome coop? Well the first thing you do is go to Ebay and find someone who is selling the plans. At least that’s what I did. It turned out to be a massive undertaking. A dome built out of 2×2′s and pvc pipe and screws (tons of screws). First you cut a million 2×2′s and a 10ft pvc pipe according to the detailed instructions, taking care to do it precisely.

It turned into a family affair. Even my mom and dad showed up to supervise. I sort of felt like Noah building the arc. Alot of people looked at me like I was crazy. Yeah, I thought, crazy like a fox.

Noah adopted the cordless drill. He claimed it as “his tool”.

Peter and Robbie contributed major efforts to the building project. Robbie distinguished himself as a truly hard worker who did not seek to give up or complain.

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And the Floods Came and Beat Against the Dam

Robbie is standing in the remains of what once was a proud dam but is now only 50% of its former self. It is still holding back the lake, but we’re going to need to rehabilitate it for sure.

You can barely make out Eric standing in the breach there. He is not crouching but standing tall.

Sammy looks over the torn up grass where we had to make some emergency repairs to the dam, so that it could survive another big rain.


Here’s a good picture of Red with the full lake in the background.
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Crazy Weather on Easter Eve

The weather this spring has been crazy. I know people say that all the time, but this time it’s really true and I have the proof right here.
It was the Saturday before Easter and we had a get together planned with friends and we weren’t going to let the weather stop us. The forecast called for 41 degrees and rain. That’s a lousy forecast. But it dawned a colder day than that and guess what?? The snow started to fall. And it snowed like a blizzard. Here are Rebecca and friend Katie C. going out to the pasture to catch the big white horses.

This is further evidence that giant flakes of snow were falling on the fields all green with the spring greenup and with all kinds of wildflowers in the mix as well.

Yes, that’s snow falling on Bluebonnets!

Here’s a picture of snow accumulating on said Bluebonnets. What a crazy day. And it snowed like this all day long. We had no accumulation because the ground was too warm but it did accumulate on the flowers and on the trees. Amazing.

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Sunset After a Rain Storm

Diane got this picture of an incredible sunset we had about a week ago right after a rainstorm. See the basketball hoop is blown over in the pool area. We get a view of some beautiful sunsets right out our back door.

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