New Projects for Hunny-Bunny Farm in 2015
As is my wont every year-end I propose resolutions for the upcoming year and December 2014 was no exception. As a preliminary, I had proposed some things for 2014, which sadly I was not able to fulfill due to larger and more urgent projects, primarily, the completion of the installation of the patio which occupied a large portion of the spring and early summer seasons. This coupled with the onset of the gardening season had priority and the resolution for 2014 would be relegated to the 2015 resolution list.
That said, the attaining and purchasing of a Ham radio license and a transceiver is now postponed to this year. Generally speaking such an undertaking would be accomplished in January, February, and March; however, I have been preoccupied with commitments beyond Hunny-Bunny Farm which is taking up much of my time. This also may be delayed until later in the season, most likely fall, or even to winter 2016 as already the productive season is upon us. Waiting just around the corner is the maple tapping season, which I plan to take full advantage of this year since genuine unadulterated maple syrup is very, very expensive and much of the store-bought stock is imported.
Also the finishing of the basement with the insulating, sheet-rocking and painting, is another project from 2014, which may need to be postponed until winter of 2015 or even later. This is because my tax assessment is due this year and delaying of the basement project will improve my chances of a lighter assessment, (with the resulting lighter tax burden), as it is not yet considered to be a “finished” basement.
With all the above explained I now can move onto the article on my resolutions for 2015. First thing is that I’ve been working on both of these resolutions since mid-fall of 2014. I’ve slowly been accumulating the things necessary for these 2015 resolutions.
The first resolution was to buy and install a generator as a backup power source during our many natural and man-made events which have caused lack of power over the years. Here in the sylvan setting of Hunny-Bunny Farm the many overhanging tree branches, which are quite beautiful, can and usually do lead to frequent blackouts of varying lengths; the most memorable of these being the late summer hurricanes Rita and Sandy with the resultant damage. In each of these storms we were down for at least a week and while exciting and novel for the first two days, cooking on the camp stove and cat-bathing in a basin gets old fast.
In anticipation of these continuing power outages, I’ve finally gotten the resources to assemble a backup generator with all the associated paraphernalia; transfer switch, housing, ventilation, etc. for construction and installation in the spring. To this end I’ve gotten a 7500 watt Generac generator to run the most essential items in the house; the well pump, the oil burner, at least one refrigerator, in addition to one or two lights. While the generator is a portable unit my plan is to install it as a semi-permanent structure by housing it in an insulated wooden box to stifle the noise level and to adequately ventilate it to prevent overheating. For this I need to assemble a semi-permanent foundation which will be done when the earth is soft enough to be worked.
My intention is to have everything in place for a complete installation, (which I will do myself) in March of 2015. Certainly, this may seem a “big” operation for a weekend warrior handyman, but after much reading and research, (thank goodness for YouTube), I’ve found an easy method of installation for even those with a mere modicum of tradesman-like skill to achieve. By April all will be completed!
The second resolution is a bit more complicated and has also been in preparation since fall of 2014. That is to teach myself MIG welding. This has been a pipedream for many, many years, but the initial outlay of resources always took a backseat to current expenses. Now many of the welding jobs that have been put-off are reaching a critical stage and cannot wait any longer. Additionally, welding is an indispensable skill needed for any truly long term self-sufficient enterprise. To date I’ve gotten the welder, which is a Hobart Handler 190, (this is a great all around welder especially suited for newbies), a stand, a welding table, a self-darkening helmet and shield, welding gloves, and a 6’x8’ welding blanket. Next purchase will be a leather welding jacket and I should be good to go come mid-March. Beginning with small projects using scrape steel to gain the necessary experience and practice. I will move on to the bigger jobs so needed here at Hunny-Bunny.
Once again I’ve been availing myself of YouTube for “How-to” videos on MIG welding, as well as, reading and researching books and article on welding for the beginner and intermediate welder.
The above resolutions, already well underway should be easily achievable. These projects, as well as, the postponed HAM license and purchase of a good all-around transceiver will greatly improve my self-sufficiency. I will post the ongoing process of all of this over the next few months; hope it will be of interest to the readership.
With all the above said, clearly, now is also the time to make beers for the summer season barbeques in 2015, so preparations for this, specifically the cleaning and disinfecting of the buckets, carboys, bottles, and other paraphernalia is taking place as this article is being written. Since the Russian Imperial Stout was such a hit last year, I will reprise this recipe, as well as, the Blue Moon clone and brew these two batches over the next two weeks. Winter is the beer making season here at Hunny-Bunny because the snows are deep and once the wort is brewed and steeped a quick plunge in a snow bank rapidly reduces the temperature for pitching the yeast without the threat of strange yeasts from the atmosphere spoiling the batch.
Meantime, as the world turns the smoke of Satan fills the eyes of many of the Faithful obscuring for them the fullness of the orthodox Catholic Faith. This is occurring to such an extent that even those who were the bulwark of tradition are in the midst of capitulation to Modernist Rome. To remedy this seek out and follow the bishop and priests who most faithfully follow the traditional Catholic Faith to preserve our souls and those of our families. Also have recourse and redouble the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.