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Marty

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I'm very excited that things are shaping up on our

new barn. It's been a long depressing time watching

me have a new barn out there that isn't usable while

my present barn continues to take a battering against

the elements. It just won't hold up much longer. After

Katrina, things have taken it's toll on the old structure

and it's hanging on by a thread.

This weekend has made me very hopeful. We got so

much done.

My job was to get some insullation hung up in my

tackroom area. Piece of cake. It was fun and easy

and went quickly. Then I cut and hung the OSB board

up in place and Jerry put my cabinets up for me. They're

old but in good shape. They maybe could use some paint

or stain on them. He got them from a remodel job he

did a few years ago and they've been in storage up until

now. I've had a fun time stocking them up with my supplies.

It seems so strange now that for the past ten years, my stuff

has been in Rubbermaid containers where I would have to

dig for things. Now they are up where I can finally see what I have.

Today, I am still moving whatever I can from my former

tack room to the new one. We still have to concrete the

floor and build walls, etc. But there is much I can do while

I am waiting for that to get myself organzied in there.

I've been outside since 7:00 am working on it and I'm already

a dirty mess, but I'm having a blast.



Remember the stuff I have been telling you about

that I have been storring forever to decorate the

new barn? Well, I uncovered a lot of it that's been

in the Rubbermaid containers and set it out to see

what I have to work with. Most of it is pictured here,

but I've still got lots more shoved under my bed. I

won't be hurting for barn decorations, that's for sure.



And last but not least, here is a picture of the first stall

that Jerry built yestarday. From my other post regarding

the increase in wood, it is not what we had planned to

build at all for stalls. So due to the costs we had to sit

down and re-plan the whole thing. Jerry had made drop

in channels in the 2 X 4's for the OSB board and lattice,

then more channels on the sides to drop them into. It is

still going to be "airy" and everyone will still be able to

see eachother well and visit without being able to reach

over and grab eachother. MerryBeth and Chrissy have

pretty much cured me of that one since they both drive

eachother crazy being able to hang their heads over to

eachother and they spend a lot of time chewing eachother's

manes out! Nick's stall of course will be

modified so he won't be smelling a mare's twat all night

long with his nose, and Sonny's of course will drastically

be different as well. We did decide not to make a double

stall for foaling, which then frees up another stall. We then

also opted not to use a stall for hay storage, but rather

for me to use my existing tack room just for that purpose

which again, gives me another stall back for a horse.

I think these stalls are going to work

out just fine. I always did want "cute" and I do think these

are very serviceable and will be comfortable for the Prancers.



Also, one other change will be that I have decided to do for

the time being is to leave the

existing three stalls that are presently next to the existing tack

room in place, rather than tear them down with the rest of

the old barn, just in case. They are only 8 X 8, but they are

much newer, as they were an "add on" two years ago and they do

not flood and do have a good roof. They would be good for a new

horse coming in to quarantine, or whatever.

We are very hopeful that we will be able to get the rest of the

material for the other stalls this weekend and continue the progress.
 
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nootka

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Congratulations!

I can't wait to see the pics of it being inhabited by your beloved minis.

Liz M.
 

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It must be wonderful to be able to move some things in and to see all the progress! I know your horses are going to be comfy this winter.
 

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Nice job. I love the idea of lattice for ventilation.Your horses hould be very happy in their new digs.On another topic, have you published your peoms in book form?They are so great, but they do make me cry.You truly have a gift with words for horse lovers.
 

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Marty,

I can feel your excitement!! Everything looks so neat! I love your "stuff" on your shelves and many of the things I see are the same things that I have on my shelves.

I like the looks of your stall, the lattice work really adds something to it.

Good luck and have fun getting moved in. I know this has been a loooooong time coming but I do believe it is starting to be a reality for you.

Just think when the snow and wind fly this winter, everyone will be snuggled nice and warm in the new barn!!
 

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Marty, Things are really starting to come together and are sure looking good!! I bet when you are all done your barn is going to be the cutest barn out and all the Prancers will love it! I sure know you will. Corinne
 

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WHOOHOO! It looks great, it must be so exiting to be moving things in and have your first stall up! Hope the rest runs smoothly, be sure to keep us updated!!
 

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Lookin' good!
I can't wait to see it all finished with all your decorations up.

Linda

Roxy's Run Miniatures
 

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Your new barn is super Marty and your pictures were so nice to see. Bet you will be glad when the minis get moved in and you are operating out of it. Took time but the results are great.
 

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Hey Marty, looks great. Nice to see anbeginning, and an end in sight eh!!!

I need to know, when you stock your cupboards do things actually get to stay there without hauling it into the house for winter, or are you sooooooooooooooooooo blessed to have a heated tack room
 

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Lookin' good Marty! Your stalls are going to be so nice! Can't wait to see them all done! Everyone's doing a great job!
 

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No heated tack room, but it will be completely insullated in there. I could of course put a space heater in there, but I really don't think I'll be needing anything like that and those things scare me anyhow. I am very used to having to take in my wormers and things that I think will freeze and get ruined on me. This time, I will have to test out the temps to see what happens. I really do not expect it to freeze inside the tack room at all.

The rest of the barn will also be fully insullated too. That's my job this week of getting more insullation up on the stall walls. Oh joy.

Jerry is just ruff guestimating that if it gets zero outside that the inside of the barn would maybe get to be 25 degrees if that but we really won't know until it happens.
 

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Everything is coming along so well -- bet you have been pinching yourself to be sure you weren't dreaming
You know, with the tack room being insulated, you could probably keep it at a decent temp by just leaving a couple of light bulbs on in there.

Well, makes me think I'd better get hopping to get my other two run-ins built real soon. Old man winter will be here before I know it
Be sure to tell Jerry what a great job he's doing!
 

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Hi Marty, Everything is looking great. I asked my daughter about the wood increase in price...her husband is the manager of the local 84 Lumber Co. but so far I have never been given a deal.
 

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Looking great Marty! You've had a long wait, know you are excited to finally be moving in.

My new tack room will have a wall of shelves built for - Rubbermaid containers LOL.
Just for soft stuff though, slinkies, sheets, sweats, etc. Grooming supplies still go in a cabinet.


Jan
 

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