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Barn Down!

Posted on December 16th, 2013

The last week of July I was able to make the final major push on the barn de-construction.  Work began by removing the remaining siding along the south, east and north sides as well as the upper sill beams on the main barn frame.  The sill beams shown in the photo below leaning against the […]

Cope's Gray Treefrog

In The Blink of an Eye!

Posted on December 16th, 2013

You may be wondering what I have been up to given that I have not blogged for some time.  Well, it seems that this summer and fall have passed by In the Blink of an Eye!   Miechelle and I have been busy with so many things — between keeping up with our boys, Ben […]

Weber

Barn Roof – Independence Day

Posted on July 7th, 2013

This past week, while most Americans were planning 4th of July celebrations, I was focused on removing the main barn roof and east lean-to roof of the barn that I am moving.  First and foremost, I am happy to share that the work of the week far exceeded my expectations, and most importantly, was without […]

Michael and I Dismantling the Outer Frame

Barn Work

Posted on June 9th, 2013

Yesterday I posted background information about The Barn.  Since our initial discussions in the spring of 2012, I have made some progress on the barn deconstruction.  In fact, the first weekend of work happened to coincide with the 2012 Johnson County Barn Tour on June 23rd and 24th sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation.  Steve […]

Barn Exterior Spring 2012

The Barn

Posted on June 8th, 2013

I cannot believe how quickly the past six weeks have gone by.  I have been ‘inundated’ by the legislative session, preparing for Michael’s graduation party, and most recently, by flooding throughout Iowa.  It has been quite a busy time.  Fortunately we have been able hike at Old Man’s Timber, and have welcomed many guests during […]

Nice Collection of Bloodroot

Old Man’s Timber Woodland Walk – May 11th

Posted on April 23rd, 2013

I wanted to let all of you know that Miechelle and I will be hosting a woodland wildflower walk on Saturday May 11th, from 9:00 – noon.  The event is being organized by the Johnson County Heritage Trust, but all are welcome to join the informal walk.  We will be especially fortunate to have many […]

Floodplain Becoming Inundated Wednesday Evening

Owl’s Nest Lost (and other flood observations)

Posted on April 21st, 2013

Well, it was quite a week last week.  Heavy rain over eastern Iowa resulted in river and stream flooding at several locations.  Wednesday morning, intense rainfall dropped around 3″ of rain in the Iowa City area, with another 2.5″ overnight.  Old Man’s Creek rose to bank full by Wednesday evening, and then came up another […]

Bloodroot

A Few Wildflowers Blooming

Posted on April 16th, 2013

Old Man’s Timber is our “Happy Place”, however, we have been working pretty hard this spring with the TSI work, prescribed burning, and our recent seedling planting.  This Sunday Miechelle, Michael and I planted about 190 seedlings in around four hours.  Good thing we were at our Happy Place, or that would have started to […]

Three Week Old Owlet

Three’s Company

Posted on April 15th, 2013

It has been a few weeks since I posted when the owlets hatched, so thought I would share the latest news regarding their development.  I am happy to report that all three owlets are growing and appear to be doing well.  This is great news to Miechelle and me, as last year, only one of […]

fire close

Prescribed Burn – Better Luck

Posted on April 10th, 2013

On Saturday April 6th, I planned to try another prescribed burn at Old Man’s Timber.  As I was planning my day, I checked the Weather Channel to check the wind, temperature and precipitation forecast for the day.  I noticed there was a fire/wind alert for the day.  The alert stated that warming temperatures, low humidity […]