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DIY Homesteader Fest – June 24, 2017

We are back by popular demand! (Someone must like us…)

Chris and I will be attending the DIY Homesteader Fest, on June 24, 2017, in Teulon, MB. This is an every-two-years festival, bringing together a really neat group of people, to learn, and share skills.

Chris will be teaching you how to make nearly anything into delicious booze (Country Wine) I (Reta) along with my best bud Danielle with be co-facilitating two workshops – Everyday Kraut – basic how-to make sauerkraut, and Seed Crackers!

Let me know if you have any questions or where the party is – 204-730-0368

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These chips don’t go with dip!

We get this question a lot.

“What do you do with your wood chips?” “What do you do with your logs?”

The first step is to offer these materials to the homeowner – it is your tree/hedge/bush after all, even if we have feed it through our chipper. Wood chips can be useful to mulch around trees, augment compost, you could even get a little nutty and start a Hugel bed!

As for firewood, we can stack it neatly against a fence or shed in your yard, so that it is ready for a marshmallow roast (as your local bylaws allow!)

If you choose to take a pass on the wood chips, we have several local farmers and gardeners that we work with who would love a load of wood chips or five! And we have a whole bunch of firewood folks, just waiting to jump in and grab some logs.

If you would like to talk chips and dip, or chips and logs – call Reta at 204-730-0368

Look out behind those bushes!

Look out for this guy!

When we look to solve problems, we often look to our own professional experience. Makes sense! An accountant may suggest that a budget makes owning a home easier (but not as fun!) A contractor may suggest a new bathroom (good idea!) A locksmith may suggest a new lock (do you see where I am going with this?)

A recent article in Popular Mechanics about home security listed the normal “update your locks” suggestions that you already know, but what jumped out at me was the importance of landscaping. Read article >>>>

Being able to see clearly out of the front door and windows means that someone cannot hide, or get close to the house without attraction notice. It would be helpful if burglars wore little black masks and striped shirts, but in real life, I don’t think they do. A well lit home, with nicely pruned trees is an excellent start.

Call Reta if you’d like to talk security strategies 204-730-0368

It is the season for snuggling

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Smiles 2016

As the snow has finally hit, after an uncertain month – ones thoughts turn to the important matters. “Do I have enough hot chocolate on hand, if I get storm stayed?” “How much turkey can I eat this month?” “Are cheese grilled sandwiches their own food group? Or some sort of crazy synergy between butter, cheese and bread?”

But all joking aside, as the pace of life slows, we tend to look back and look forward. 2016 had a lot more challenges than we could have anticipated. It was also one of our busiest years ever. Maybe it just felt that way as we juggled diapers and logs.

We completed some of our largest removals ever.

Chris is the poplar guy at the party

It was estimated by our firewood guy, Bill that he loaded nearly 20,000 lbs of wood from these trees. THOSE were some big trees!

We dealt with a lot of logs! We made up log dances, and log songs – but in the end, we just moved a lot of wood!

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Logs logs logs!!

We developed new ways of dealing with juniper…which at one point, may have been the bane of my existence. I had totally underestimated the depth and involvement of this juniper bush a few years back and we were there for way too many days. The homeowner was very patient, but it was tough. It was 40 degrees, I was pregnant, tough times!

So Chris developed the truck removal! Which involves chains. Now this is normally something we would advise against – when the stump breaks free, it does not have brakes, and therefore, that clump is technically out of control. He advanced, braked, and then backed up. Repeating this action means wiggling the roots back and forth, then popping it out like a tooth. Low speed means more control.

Chaining juniper up is the only solution

What a beautiful day to take my juniper for a walk!

Once again, we entered into a storm season. Every year, we think, all the trees that would be affected by storms have already been damaged/removed/pushed over. And yet every year, there seems to be a tree on a house, a tree on a car, someone who needs us on a Saturday morning. This year, we had an exciting day that took us from the North Hill, in Brandon, to Ninette, and then up to Carberry. It is really humbling to think of the size of that weather system and how many people it affected.

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Is there a tree on your house? Please call us – we can help!

We did have a few rough spots. Tree work is not for everyone, and we had to say good bye to a dear friend because of irreconcilable differences. Richard caught a chainsaw in the face in August, and is still under treatment (good news – he is driving again!) They managed to remove the piece in his eye and it turned out to be a chainsaw chain tooth – there may have been something in the log that he was cutting that interacted with the saw. First aid training and excellent response time from the ambulance made all the difference.

What a difference a year makes!

Eight months pregnant on the left – ten month old baby on the right!

We will spend the winter dreaming, planning, and getting our equipment ready for 2017. We tend to renovate in our downtime. We also plan to spend time with friends and family.

We wish your family that happiest holiday season and good health in the New Year!

This Wild Trick Means Selling Your House Easier!

It is so very simple.

A 1950s Popular Mechanics book (that Chris read and has been oft quoted in our house) is that when you sell a house, suggest easy living. There are plenty of blogs and Pinterest pages that can show you how to stage your home – so this is not that post.

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What a lovely day for yard raking and concrete!

Suggest easy living. No one wants to wake up to a tree on their house. No one wants to own the house on the street that is totally overgrown. No one wants to buy a house – then realize they need to set aside the plans for the hot tub/pool table/new couch – all because of the overgrown mess they have bought.

Look at those tasty maple mushrooms! They don’t make for very good eats though!

Old dead suckering maples need to go! Clean up branches around the house! A good general yard clean up is like a good haircut – it should not be obvious, but it just looks good. It all comes down to curb appeal – does this house look like a nice place to call home? Does it look friendly?

Give Reta a call at 204-730-0368 to discuss how we can arboreally prepare your home for sale. And if there happens to be something baking (isn’t that an old real estate trick? Have cookies baking in the oven?) all the better!

Optimize cleaning your eaves-troughs!

It is always nice to make a yard beautiful and safe! To improve the ease of maintaining your home!


These trees were overhanging into the neighbours yard, and the leaves were filling the eaves-troughs!

We removed five trees, and pruned the remaining two. We love trees, but this is an excellent example of too many trees in a too small space!

If your trees think they are sardines, instead of trees, call Reta @ 204-730-0368

Is there a tree on your house? 

We can help! The summer storms that are becoming all too regular (read also – it seems like we have had destructive storms every year since Chris and I moved back from Winnipeg four years ago)

During the storm season of 2014 or ’15, Chris was photographed and interviewed by the Brandon Sun. He was quoted as saying that “a downed tree is a spring loaded death trap.” Now to be clear, he is not trying to scare people. What he wants to make clear is that a downed tree presents many, many risks – some of which are not obvious at all.

One of the challenges of storm work is how to remove trees and branches without further damaging your property. Maybe something is fully on your house, but depending how it is removed, there is a possibility to damage eavestroughs, soffit and fascia. Or perhaps, as a post is taken apart, there is the possibility of logs sliding down the side of your house, damaging siding or stucco.

While there is no 100% guarantee in storm work, we deploy a host of tools, trucks and expertise to safely make your home tree-free. From using a pole saw to cut branches from a safe distance (logs/posts can turn or shift suddenly depending on how their weight is distributed) to using jacks, straps and chains to support trees as we take them apart, we enjoy solving the challenges presented by a downed tree.

We would rather take down a marginal tree on purpose, than come clean up after an accident.

If you would like to know if we can help, call Reta at 204-730-0368

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