Odd jobs

You know what?

Bronchitis sucks.

There, I said it. Now let’s move on.

And I’m so glad I can. Move on, that is. I think I’m finally over it. In fact, I felt good enough, I spent several hours working on the hillside behind the well shed.

The rocks stacked up against this hillside is a form of erosion control called riprap. When you have as many rocks as we do on our property, it only makes sense to use them when and where you can.

So riprapping a hillside is pretty easy. It’s kinda like a jigsaw puzzle putting all those rocks on there, only a lot easier because the rocks don’t have to fit together exactly. They just need to be placed in such a way that they are stable enough to walk on them. This usually just means finding the position that they lay on the ground and against the other rocks the best. It’s an easy but back straining job.

This is not a one afternoon type job. Or even a two or three afternoon job. We’ve already spent countless hours just getting it to this point. It’s not a sprint, it’s more of a marathon. This is one of those types of jobs that can seem overwhelming in the shear amount of time it will take. So, when I’m faced with a job like that, I just do a little bit each day and it eventually gets done.

And it is important to do it. If we don’t, this hillside will eventually spread itself all over our driveway through erosion. And since I can’t work on the house right now, I’m going to be keeping busy checking off smaller odd jobs from the to-do list while I can.

This is the reality of building a homestead on a piece of land from the ground up. Many, if not most, of the jobs are not glamorous or fun, but they have to get done. Just like cleaning out the chicken coop.

Which reminds me, that’s another job that needs to get done. *Sigh*

What simple but important jobs are on your to-do list?

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About Maridy

Hi, I'm Maridy. My husband and I and our two girls (ages 12 and 5), along with a tiny dog and a huge dog currently live in a 33ft trailer while we build our house on our homestead property in Northern Nevada (Castle Rock Homestead). My father-in-law also lives with us on the property in his own trailer, and we have a couple flocks of chickens. Join us on our journey to building our high desert homestead from the ground up!

12 thoughts on “Odd jobs

  1. Toni

    Maridy I live to read your journal on this journey it is incredibly inspiring and I’m so proud of all that you’ve already done I don’t have a homestead just a normal small little cabin home but I must admit you’ve inspired me to think about creating a homestead of my own

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  2. Vickie

    Holy cow, that’s a lotta rocks! And you are finding them right there on your homestead? That’s clever to make use of them in that way…and it looks really nice! I’ll bet you are ready for a back massage, however 😉 We still have a lot of clearing to do for our house site. Cal Fire requires that we have 100′ of defensible space, and getting there is taking a lot of time and energy! But, it has to be done before we can get a final on our house and winter time is a great time to burn all the brush and tree trimmings. Have a great weekend!

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