Project List

GREENOVATION, FARMING, LIFESTYLE, PAST PROJECTS

Information about past projects can be downloaded from the Merchandise/General Store for a small fee.

GREENOVATION
Deck Sealing, South Porch Oct 2021
Exterior Door Replacement, French Patio Doors Oct 2020
Exterior General Maintenance, Roof Cleaned, Window Repair Update: Sep 2021
Gutters Oct 2020
North Porch Replaced Fall 2017
Update: Oct 2020
Siding Replaced and Painted Spring 2018
Update: Sep 2020
French Drains, Garage Spring 2018

SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Beekeeping

Feb 2017

Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Plants for Sale

Update: Jan 2021
Integrated Pest Management

Update: Oct 2020

Raw Honey and Bee Products for Sale Update: Oct 2021
Water Update: Mar 2021

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE
Internet Access Jan 2021
Lighting Oct 2020
Green Cleaning Jan 2016
Mattress, King-size: Replacement Jan 2020
Septic Tank Maintenance Update: Sep 2021
Television, Flat Screen: Replacement Jan 2020
Vacuum Cleaner, Canister: Replacement Jan 2020
Vehicle, Smartcar fortwo pure Jan 2020
Window Treatments Oct 2021

PAST PROJECTS/INFORMATION

Links below take you to the General Store where the
Adobe Reader Files (PDF) of the Archived Webpages are located.

GREENOVATION

OVERVIEW

  • Goals
  • Site
  • Client
  • Design
  • Systems
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Acreage and Buildings as Purchased
  • Energy Audit - Prior to Purchase (actual reports included in PDF)

DECK/PORCH

  • South Deck Repair

FIREPLACE CHIMNEY

  • Backstory (Sep 2008)
  • Exterior Chimney Repair (Sep 2008)
  • New Chimney Liner (Oct 2008)
  • Chimney Sealant (Aug 2010)

HEATING AND COOLING:

  • Ductwork, Sealing (Dec 2009)
  • Time to Update the Heating and Cooling (Nov 2011)
  • Ductwork, Correct Old and Install New (Oct 2011)
  • Install Geothermal Tubing (Oct 2011)
  • Install Ground Source Heat Pump and Water Heater (Oct 2011)
  • Remove Propane Tank (Oct 2011)
  • 2012 QHCA Award by Contracting Business.com (Jun 2012)
  • Proof: How Great Insulation and New Geothermal System Is! (Jun 2012)
  • The Glory of Geothermal Cooling! (Aug 2012)

INSULATION

  • Estimates (Apr 2009)
  • Replace Fiberglass in Attic with Cellulose (May 2010)
  • Add Closed-Cell Foam to Crawlspace Below Master Bedroom/Bath and Basement Rim Joist (Sep 2011)
  • Add Cellulose Under the Floor in the Front (North) Hall (Sep 2011)

PAINTING

  • Remove Wallpaper and Paint Living Room with No VOC Paint (Jun 2008)
  • Exterior 'Maintenance' Painting (Sep/Oct 2008)
  • Exterior Whole House, Siding and Trim Painted (Apr/May 2011)

PLUMBING

  • Searching for a Plumber (Oct 2009)
  • Replace Polybutylene with PEX (Apr 2010, May 2010)
  • Standing Water in Crawlspace (Sep 2011)
  • Repair Shower Faucet 1st Floor Bath (Sep 2012)

ROOF

  • Backstory (Apr 2009)
  • Replace Metal Roof on House with Energy Star Qualified 'Cool' Roof (Jul 2009)
  • Replace Fascia Boards (Apr 2011)

SIDING:

  • Repair and Installation of Cementatious Fiber Siding (Apr 2011)

SUSTAINABLE FARMING

BEEKEEPING

  • Backstory (Apr 2012)
  • Getting the Bees and Installation (Apr 2012)
  • First Inspection (Apr 2012)
  • Second Inspection (Apr 2012)
  • Third Inspection (May 2012)
  • Fourth Inspection (May 2012)
  • Time to Remove the Feeder and Add the First Super (May 2012)
  • Mr. Reidler Comes Out to See the Hive (Jun 2012)
  • Bees "Bearding" (Jul 2012)
  • My Honey! (Oct 2012)
  • Sad News (Dec 2012)
  • A New Start (Jun 2014)
  • Ups and Downs in Beekeeping (Aug 2015)

CATTLE (An Adventure in Cattle, Vol. 1)

  • Summer Guests (June 2012)
  • Our Own Herd - It's a Start (April 2013)
  • Flush of Grass (May 2013)
  • Moowers (July 2013)
  • Photos of Moowers (September 2013)
  • Pumpkins and COLD Weather (January 2014)
  • SirLoin Departs... 3 Steers Arrive (June 2014)
  • One Little Happy Family of Moowers (July 2014)
  • A New Addition (September 2014)
  • A Second Addition (November 2014)
  • Alone on the Farm for 2 Weeks (December 2014)
  • The Herd in Winter (December 2014)

CATTLE (An Adventure in Cattle, Vol. 2)

  • The First Veterinary Visit (April 2015)
  • Weaning (April 2015)
  • Domino Joins the Herd (July 2015)
  • Steers Go to Be Processed (July 2015)
  • Nike Has a Boy Calf (August 2015)
  • More Calves! (December 2015)
  • The Cattle are Going, The Cattle are Staying... (Dec 2015)
  • Cattle Loving Those Pumpkins! (December 2015)

CATTLE (An Adventure in Cattle, Vol. 3)

  • Winter BIG ROUND BALES of Hay (March 2016)
  • Portable Cattle Panels with Trailer (March 2016)
  • Veterinary Visit to the Farm (May 2016)
  • Weaning (May 2016)
  • Nike's Heifer Calf (June 2016)
  • Dannon Goes to Her New Home (June 2016)
  • Moving to Fresh Pasture (June 2016)
  • Button's Bull Calf (July 2016)
  • Domino's Heifer Calf (Aug 2016)

CATTLE (An Adventure in Cattle, Vol. 4)

  • Apologies Are In Order
  • Winter 2017
  • Spring 2017
  • Vet Visit
  • Weaning
  • Selling Heifers
  • Processing Excitement
  • Nike's Brisket
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Summer and Fall 2017
  • Button's Blossom
  • Pumpkin Time! and Winter Hay
  • Spring 2018
  • Domino's Calf
  • Nike's Calf
  • Summer Makes A Break for It!
  • Fernie Keeps Cool
  • Button's Calf
  • Drought Report
  • Autumn 2018
    • American Royal Steak Competition
    • Winter Hay
    • Another Interesting Story (AGH)
    • Gleaning Pumpkins
  • More Pumpkin and Other Nonsense Pics

CATTLE (An Adventure in Cattle, Vol. 5)

  • Mild Winter, Thankfully
  • That's All, Folks!
  • The Last Vet Visit and Heifers Away
  • Sold!
  • The Last Processing
  • Saying Goodbye Isn't Easy

ENDGAME - CATTLE

  • Livestock For Sale : Belted Galloway Cattle
    • General Information about Belted Galloway Cattle
    • Belted Galloway Unregistered Bull - SOLD
    • Belted Galloway-type Bred Cows - SOLD
    • Belted Galloway-type Heifer Calves - SOLD

CHICKENS (Chicken Adventures, Vol. 1)

  • Getting Into Pastured Poultry (Mar 2012)
  • Chicks (May 2012)
  • 10-Days Old (May 2012)
  • The Chickens Have Left the Building! (Jun 2012)
  • Moved to the Chicken Tractor (Jun 2012)
  • Added Independence (Jul 2012)
  • Growing Up (Aug 2012)
  • Coming Down to the Wire for the Boys (Aug 2012)
  • I Feed the Chickens, the Chickens Feed Me (Oct 2012)
  • Extra Photos (Oct 2012)
  • From Pasture to Freezer (Oct 2012)
  • It's All About the Hens! (Oct 2012)
  • Sunny-side Up, Please (Oct 2012)
  • Adding Light to the Situation (Nov 2012)
  • B-B-B-BRRRR! (Dec 2012)
  • Winter Hens (Jan 2013)
  • Spring Equinox (Mar 2013)

CHICKENS (Chicken Adventures, Vol. 2)

  • May Day (May 2013)
  • Mother and Child Reunion... Well, Sort of (May 2013)
  • Processing Chickens (Aug/Sep 2013)
  • A Rooster in the Hen House??? (Nov 2013)
  • Overwinter Pasture (Jan 2014)
  • Bah-Humbug-Chicken Style (Feb 2014)
  • Another Polar Vortex in March... In Like a Lion (Mar 2014)
  • New Homes All Around (May 2014)
  • Freedom Rangers, Dark Cornish, Turkeys, Egg Layers, OH MY! (Jul 2014)
  • Feeding Japanese Beetles (Nov 2014)
  • The Turkeys (Nov 2014)
  • Chicken Processing (Nov 2014)
  • Overwintering Setup (Nov 2014)
  • Phaerghus Meets the Chickens (Dec 2014)
  • From Winter to Summer Pasture (Apr 2015)
  • The Chicks Have Left the Building (Jul 2015)
  • A Difficult Decision (Oct 2015)
  • The Last Update on Poultry (Jan 2016)

CONSTRUCTION OF MOBILE COOPS AND MORE

  • Chicken Ark (Jun 2012)
  • Chicken Tractor (June 2012/Sep 2015)
  • EggMobile (May 2013)
  • Cockerel Campers (Aug 2013)
  • Brooder/Hover (Jun 2014)
  • Shade/Covered Roost (Jul 2014)
  • Turkey Coop (Jul 2015)
  • A New Life for the Turkey Mobile (Dec 2015)

FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HERBS...

  • Making Plans (Oct 2008)
  • Can We Really Call this Farming? (Oct 2009)
  • Preparing for a Fruit Orchard (Jun 2011, Feb 2012)
  • Raised Beds for Vegetable Production (Nov 2011)
  • 2012 Crops (Jun 2012)
  • 2013 Crops (Spring 2013)
  • 2014 Crops (Spring 2014)
  • The Orchard, It's a Beginning (Apr 2014)

GLEANING PUMPKINS

  • Pumpkins, A Food Source for Livestock (Apr 2013)
  • Free Pumpkins through Gleaning (Nov 2013)

HEALTHY EGGS FOR SALE The discontinued (as of September 2015) webpage.

  • What Sets My Eggs Apart
  • Pastured Poultry
  • Coops
  • Breeds - Triple Purpose
  • Food (Feed)

MEAT CHICKENS FOR SALE The discontinued (as of September 2015) webpage.

  • What Sets My Meat Chickens Apart
  • How to Buy PlayHaven Farm LLC's Meat Birds
  • Pastured Poultry
  • Coops
  • Breeds - Triple Purpose
  • Food (Feed)

TURKEYS

  • Pastured Turkeys
  • Eating Our First Turkey (Apr 2015)
  • Turkeys Like to Be UP (Apr 2015)
  • A Nest for the Turkey (Apr 2015)
  • The First Turkey Eggs (Apr 2015)
  • Starting A Turkey Flock (Apr 2015)
  • Blue Becomes a Momma (Jul 2015)
  • Poults First 'Walk-About' (Jul 2015)
  • Poults Roosting (Jul 2015)
  • More Fun with Turkeys (Jul 2015)
  • Videos (Jul 2015)
  • All Grown Up and Walk-About Pictures (Sep 2015)
  • A Really Tough Decision (Oct 2015)
  • The Last Update (Jan 2015)

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

SUSTAINABLE LIVING : 2008 thru 2015

  • Bed, Natural King-size (May 2012)
  • Broadband Service, also known as ‘Internet Access’ (Jul 2008, Oct 2011,
    Sep 2013)
  • Eco-friendly Cookware (Dec 2008, May 2011)
  • Heater Ceiling Fan (December 2010)
  • Lighting (Jul 2008, Feb 2012)
  • Recycling and Repurposing (Jun 2012)
  • Seasonal Decorating (Dec 2008, Oct 2012)
  • Television, Flat Screen, LCD HDTV (Dec 2009)
  • Vehicle, Dodge Grand Caravan SE with FlexFuel (Aug 2009)
  • Water Conserving and Energy Efficient Washer and Dryer (Sep 2008)
  • Yard Equipment: Trimmer/Edger, Ratchet Pruners, Electric Mower (Sep 2010, Feb 2012, May 2013)

 



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