G.F. Ranch

The beginning of His vision

One Tired Puppy!

Yes, I’m referring to myself. Been a long day, much of yesterday and today in the sun.  I am sunburned, was so glad I happened to make a coconut oil, lavender & peppermint concoction today for Bug who came in contact with a bush that made his skin burn.  We are trying hard to get the pig shelter done. Yesterday Bug & I ripped the 2×4’s we would need. Then I bought the screws and plywood we need, as well as the 4×4’s. 

Today I let Bug choose a color from our exterior paints and he chose a pretty, lighter shade of blue.   I had him start painting the plywood while I notched the ends of the 4×4’s. Now this was a task I had a general idea of how to do, but not a job I’ve ever done one my own.  There is a difference Between knowing how to do something and being able to do something.  It took longer to do than I had planned, setting me behind and frustrating me.  Once I finally finished that step, Bug and I built the framed sections for the front and back walls and put the base frame together. 

I know some of my pictures aren’t great, but give me some credit for trying to take pictures.

Tomorrow  we will put together the two sides and attach them all to the base.  Then we will work on making the rafters and putting the plywood on and roof.  But first, I need sleep.  Goodnight y’all!!! 

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Not Colonel Sanders

Even though he was a charming & cheerful looking man and he brought us some good fried chicken, he’s not who I am referring to when I speak of sanders.  Did you know he lived to 90 years old?  What I am talking about is the tool.  We already have numerous sanders and they are all handy, but I found another one that would be quite useful in my arsenal.  It’s the ONE+ 18-Volt Corner Cat Finish Sander.  It has an orbital action that provides a smooth finish without producing unwanted marks on your material and the V tip helps get in the corners.


Actually, While I think of it, I need to check our Ryobi tool bag.  I wonder if one of these came with the set we bought many moons ago.  I’ll have to break that puppy out! If not, it’s going on my Christmas list.  I did a search on the Lowe’s site and they don’t carry it, but it is available at Home Depot.  We don’t shop there much; just our personal preference.  I would place a link, but for some reason, for the past few days the blog keeps freezing when I try to post a link.  It has taken 15 minutes or more to post some of the links, but I just don’t feel like dealing with the aggravation.

Speaking of Aggravation, it was one of my favorite games growing up.  The board we had looked like the one below and it is the 1972 design.  Which is really cool because that’s the year I was born.








Now of course I am thinking of my Momma. One, because I played the game a lot with her and this is often how our conversations went.  Starting to talk about one thing, then going on to another and another and another and another.  After an hour or so we would wonder how we got from subject A to subject Z.  Then we would back track all the subjects to figure out how we got there.  My parents are in Heaven, Dad since 2003 and Momma since 2009.  I miss them dearly! (tears welling up in my eyes)  But I am so grateful to know beyond a shadow of a doubt where they are!

But back to sanders…. there are reasons to have numerous types of sanders.  They have different purposes and different sizes.  And last night was a great example.  I was using 3 different grits while sanding some wood.  I was using a 60 or 80 grit sheet by hand to sand the cut edges that were very rough. Then I had a large sander with about a 150 grit and my smaller palm sander with 220 grit.

I am not a hard person to shop for (unless we are talking about pillows.  I have yet to find the perfect one and it’s probably the one thing I complain about the most!).  Crafts, tools, wood or spa certificates make me extremely happy!  First Born texted me the other day and said he found the perfect Christmas gift.  I asked if it was a craft store. Sadly he said no, LOL. But I told him I know he has good taste in gifts so I’m sure I’ll like whatever it is. He really has been blessed with good taste in gifts from an early age.

Now it will make it convenient for Hubby and the kids to pick my gifts by keeping my shopping list on here.




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I’m SAW Excited!

HAHAHA!  I crack myself up!  But I found a new saw that I told Hubby ‘we NEED!’  So glad he loves and wants it too!  He always brags to others that I LOVE power tools!  It’s one of the many things he loves about me. But thanks to the gals at S2C, I learned about this amazing 12 inch SLIDING miter saw by Ryobi.  They may have been out for a while, but the concept is new and exciting to me!


Isn’t she just beautiful!!!  See, I didn’t pay attention to how Hubby changed the saw blade on the table saw. And the blade on it is meant for thinner pieces of wood.  And our miter saw isn’t big enough to handle 2×10 or larger. And I have a few projects that I need to cut 2×10’s and 2×12’s.  Have I mentioned I am impatient and don’t like waiting.  Not to mention hubby is on a 4-week work schedule now AND working an extra week overtime.  So even though I have a lot of boards at home awaiting to be cut, I cheated a little and bought another board and just had them cut it Lowe’s.

Do you remember in one of my last post that I mentioned I was opinionated?  That just popped in my head because I started to recall some of the thoughts going through my head while the guy was cutting my wood.   Not bad things and the guy was super helpful and nice.  I appreciated his service.  My cuts didn’t need to be perfect, so I kept my mouth shut, but he marked all the cuts straight out.  I needed 14″ boards and there were 6 cuts.  When you need to be true to measurement, you need to measure out after each cut.  You lose wood from the kurf (what the blade cuts away).  And that measurement can vary between types of blades as well. even at 1/8th of an inch kurf, by the 6th cut, the board can be down to 13 1/4″ rather than 14″.

My other thought was ‘the cut won’t splinter as badly if you slow down the cut’.  Again I didn’t say anything because I have to get after myself about the same thing.  lol.  Between that and a sharp blade (which I’m sure he has no control over), you will get a much smoother cut.

Anyhow, I just wanted to share this awesome tool that is on my Christmas list and share a couple of tips with you!

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