May 2, 2023
On December 2nd, 2021, my wife had a massive stroke and it has been a long road to recovery.
Recently, there have been a lot of ups and downs, but she rebounded and tried out the trampoline yesterday.
She did not do half bad, but she is exhausted from the well-placed effort.
My son is putting a lot of effort in, and he may well deserve the moniker “14-year veteran of life.”
Currently, he is working an abundance of side jobs to go on a faith-based cruise in January. He went out with his mom yesterday to work on his passport. I am proud and excited for him.
As stated in my recent posts, I am working hard on Willow Manor Urban Farm to manage my property effectively.
Last year, I let folks drop off compostable items such as logs, branches, pine needles, leaves, grass clippings, and thatch.
This was my bumper crop and I received over 50 pickup trucks full.
Surprisingly, when spread over a third of an acre, it settled down quite nicely, and large portions of the yard are mulched for water retention.
In a semi-arid steppe environment, moisture retention is important, especially for an urban farmer such as myself.
The long-term plan is to cover this mismatch of color with red mulch from Lowes for uniformity.
The logs are another project entirely. While I am using them for The Campfire, I picked up a few rusted-out 55-gallon barrels to manufacture charcoal.
I am hoping to use some of this for “biochar” in the yard, and most of it to attempt an iron smelt for a blacksmith project. I might bisque fire pottery as well.
With an enormous pile of maple on hand, I might reach out to a few grill masters and see if they would like some charcoal as well. Maple isn’t prevalent here
24 thoughts on “Jumps, Cruises, and Fire”
I’m glad to hear your wife is continuing to recover!
So awesome post 🌹🙏👍🏻 so happy to read that your wife now ok and her son helping his mom ,
So lovely and you also enjoying your work together, so peaceful and beautiful family 😍God Bless 👏
Bless you as well!
So welcome 🙏 thank you and Blessings to you dear friend family 👏♥️💝😍
I am happy to hear your wife is continuing to recover.
I am very happy your wife’s recovery is progressing. And you are staying (very) busy! Thoughts with you.
I am ecstatic about her progress!
Indeed! I have immersed myself in work!
you’ve both been through it Ben. Glad your wife’s doing better!❣️
Thank you Cindy!
Your so welcome Ben!💕
I hope your wife will recover soon.
Woohoo, I’m so glad to hear the trampoline part and I hope she ends up being well enough for a bungee jump someday. And I really admire your farming efforts. I also hope your son enjoys the cruise, I remember ‘working’ side jobs for relatives when I was 10 and wanted my first cell phone, but my parents thought I was too young for it, so they made me earn it. Even now it’s the things that I’ve earned myself that have the most value.
I am extremely excited about the trampoline for sure.
Urban farming is in my blood I think.
Hard work is good. I won’t allow my son to have a cell phone yet.
It is always so nice to hear from you, Petra!
I’ll try to drop by more often. 🙂
That’s a lot of work just to get the land ready for planting, big area.
A wee bit!
That’s back breaking labour intensive. Take adequate rest of your physical body brother Benjamin!
I will give rest a chance, rest assured !
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