Brief Look at Our Summer

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Since I was pretty MIA over the summer, I thought I’d give a little update on where we were and what we were doing, and so on.

We traveled up to the mountains and did a lot of fun hiking. My wife climbed up this intense side of a mountain almost effortlessly. While, I struggled really bad. I’ve taught her mountain climbing well…;)

I also did a bunch of hunting with a couple of my buddies. We had this epic backpacking trip in the mountains and had the time of our lives. On our first night out, we were sitting around the campfire under the stars and we also brought some neat camping lights to light up the camping grounds, when all of the sudden we heard this sort of deep roaring sound. We all stood up on our feet at the same time and looked at one another. No one could say anything intelligent so we all just shrugged our shoulders and sat back down. But then we heard a rustling nearby that was too close for comfort, and we couldn’t see because the lights were blinding.  We stood up and edged closer to the fire. A couple of my buddies grabbed their guns instinctively.

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Then, all of the sudden this large mother moose came into view, out of the trees and bushes! She was angry too. She was about to charge, when all of the sudden she stopped, growled (or whatever you call the sound moose make) and ran in the opposite direction. For whatever reason she did this, it was a big sigh of relief for us. We almost died that night.

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There were a lot of other crazy stories and things that happened to us while we were out on our hunting trip. But I’ll save those all for other times. I got some rad new hiking shoes, and camping light fixtures, and they seriously make such a world of difference.

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And I can’t even begin to describe the beauty of all the places we visited this summer. I can’t wait until next year!

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Industrial Barn Project

Hey guys sorry it has been so long since my last blog post. I am currently starting a new project and want to post about ideas I have and everything I’ve been doing.  As you know I am really into outside activities and thought it would be a great idea to build a barn next to my garden to host get together with all my buds. A very important aspect of my barn and outside area will be the lighting. It is a rather large area to illuminate so I am going with some state of the art Industrial Lighting Fixtures. These Industrial lights will be place on the inside and outside of the barn and garden area.

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Industrial Style Barn and Garden with lighting.

I originally got the idea from a neighbor I live next to who has a great looking barn and He also went with industrial lighting. He told me he ordered his fixtures online and that he got a pretty good deal on his industrial lights. He also said I shouldn’t pay more than $259  for  each industrial light fixture and that for under $1000 he put lighting up inside and outside his barn.

He gave me the name of the website and I looked it up and saw that they had some really nice lighting fixtures that would look great for my barn. I browsed around for hours and I found all the lights I was looking for, and just like my neighbor said i was able to buy them all for under $1000. A few weeks later they arrived and I was super excited, I took them out of the package and It was exactly was I was hoping for. The lights turned out great and I can’t wait to put them up.

My buddies are going to come over to help me put the lighting fixtures up because It requires a bunch of work I don’t want to make any mistakes, So when it is all done and finished I will definitely post a picture of it so everybody can see it.

Garden Eating

Like I mentioned in my previous post, we have our own garden, and it is constantly changing every season. When my wife first got the idea of having our own garden, I wasn’t too thrilled, since it meant me having to build her a couple of 10′x10′ garden boxes. I also had to put up some barnlights to go around it. When we first bought our house, we noticed a gofer problem–holes everywhere! So garden boxes were definitely mandatory as well as really bright barnlights to stop them in there tracks if we planned on eating any of our produce. Putting up the outdoor barn lights wasn’t too bad either, It took me all of one Saturday morning, and it made my wife happy, so it was worth it.  Here a picture of the lights we put up.

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Our girls love the garden and these gooseneck lights too. They help us out as much as possible.  Another great thing that’s come out of it is that we’re saving on grocery bills. Because we harvest almost all of our produce, we need to stick to what’s in season. Right now, we have a lot of strawberries, blueberries, spinach,  and asparagus. Our apricot tree is also showing its first signs of fruit, so my wife’s been making me smoothies. She mixes in organic milk with strawberries, apricots, and spinach. She might also throw in a tablespoon of organic peanut butter. I don’t know what else she puts in there because I feel like superman afterwards. I feel energized and like I just ate a full meal! Yeah, she’s great.

Doug I am

Howdy! This is my very first blog post, so I’m kinda excited to be writing. I guess I should tell you about myself. If you can’t tell already, I am what some might call an outdoorsy type. I grew up in the back woods of Mississippi, and now I live in Portland, needless to say, I’ve come a long way. I’m happily married, and I have two beautiful daughter. We live in a beautiful two-story home out in the suburbs. Our house has plenty of character, as it’s a 100-year old home, but it certainly still  needs some work. Right now we’re working on the bathroom that has horrible-looking yellow and green lights all over it, so we want to replace it with nicer-looking old style copper barn lights that will better suit the character of our home. When we bought the house back in 2011, we knew that it needed quite a few fixes, but we didn’t think it would be so difficult, trying to raise a family and renovating our home at the same time. I feel in a sense that we have three kids–our two girls, and this house to care for.

Despite being a challenge, it certainly has come with plenty of rewards. Our lot is about 1/2 an acre, so my wife has started a backyard garden. It’s great because we save on having to buy vegetables, and our girls get to enjoy being outside. One thing I have to say that I love about our garden is that we’ve made it very inviting, perfect for entertaining. We have a brick grill, a wooden deck, and a we’ve even installed some outside copper lights that surround the parameters. We bought them off an online website called www.barnlightoriginals.com. They sell all kinds of copper barn lights, that look great if your into copper house lighting . I think we’ll be buying our bathroom lights from them sometime very soon.

 

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