Monday, May 12, 2014

Hoxie Machine in the Making

Hoxie Machine in the Making
A few months ago we finally figured out what we were going to do with that huge church building. The downstairs (kitchen and meeting room/stage area) is my craft room and altar room. The upstairs is hubby's machine shop.

Hubby had come up with a company name, but it was too generic, so I suggested something that would endear and tie us directly to our little town of Hoxie, KS. So I suggested "Hoxie Machine", he loved it, and thus "Hoxie Machine" was founded. I designed the logo, the signs are made, and should be installed soon; one for each of the round vent holes at the peak of each end of the building. They'll be 6' in diameter.

So here are some of the before & current after pictures, and as it gets even more completed I'll share more.

Looking west, toward the altar area - soon to be the "dirty room" for sanding, grinding, etc.

Looking east toward the choir loft (which will probably be turned into an apartment later), the nursery on the right (soon to be the shop office), and the entry doors (which accidentally got destroyed - not in the best condition anyway - while putting in a machine with a telehandler forklift - oops!)

The above pictures were taken prior to our buying the place, and it pretty much sat this way until this past March, when we began clearing it out to get the shop started. The pictures below were taken in the last month.

The floor tiles are mostly removed, the lathe is in the center of the room for the moment, and the trash is pushed out of the way until it can go into the burn pile.

View from the choir loft (eventual apartment) down on to the shop floor. The north side of the shop, the main working part of it, is all in place. The lathe, then the keyseater, then the mill. The compressor will go in the room behind the lathe, to keep the noise level down. The large window will eventually be cut to the floor to make a large open dock area, and will be covered with a roll down door.

And this is the logo for the business, the round one is the signs on the outside of the building, and the rectangular one is for every other use (letterhead, website, etc.)

The official opening date is June 4, 2014. But as soon as the shop is really up - meaning completely cleared of debris, the office set up, and everything really going smoothly - then we'll have a "Grand Opening". We'll post an ad in the local newspapers, send fliers to businesses that could use our services, and let our neighbors know to tell everyone they know.

It will be good to be a contributing part of the community!

Meet the New Members of the Family

Meet the New Members of the Family
A few weeks ago I got a couple of baby Nubian goats. A little black & tan doeling, her name is Khloe. And a wethered buckling named Khnum. OMG! If I'd known goats were so sweet and lovable, I would've had them years ago!

Khnum is exactly 2 weeks older than Khloe. He was born on April 4, 2014, and she was born on April 18, 2014. They have a pen we keep them in on warm days, but at night and on cold days they're in the shop office (which used to be the church nursery - very appropriate). Today is cold & rainy so they're inside. I've been working on their house, but I really suck at building, so it's taking longer than I'd planned. But it will get done, and they'll then be outside all the time, and I can begin turning that room into the shop office.

So here are Khloe & Khnum.

They're favorite hang-out spot - by the gate waiting for me to come feed them! :)

On their first day out, introducing themselves to their pen and finding the Lilac bushes. Couldn't go around, had to get tangled up inside them! LOL

My sweet Khnum.

My beautiful Khloe, chewing straw, hanging out in a makeshift shade box - a re-purposed woofer box found dumped in the church building. :)

Khloe's favorite spot to sit - on my lap!

Either late October or next March, I will have Khloe bred. If she has a doeling, I will keep her, and if a buckling I will sell him. I'm not sure if I'll like goat's milk to drink, if I do, great, if not, no big deal. I will use the goat's milk for Goat's Milk soaps. Can't have too many sideline income generating ideas!

We found a better home (with lots of acres to play, woods, and creeks - just like in KY) for Ahri & Preacher (broke my heart to let them go), but now I have the goats to help fill that void. They're definitely much more affectionate, and capable of generating some income to offset any upkeep (a preference of hubby's).  :)

Galinor's Garden

Galinor's Garden
Not sure if anyone ever noticed my 5' tall concrete dragon that can be seen in previous posts standing next to the front steps. Well, we moved him out to the center(ish) of the yard and I built a garden box around him and planted flowers. LOL He stood out there for a couple of months all by himself, looking a bit ridiculous, but always there greeting the rising sun each morning.

Well, on Saturday I finally built the box, filled it with soil, and planted the flowerbed with lots of different flowers & bushes; 3 Black Gold Lily, 1 Midnight German Iris, 1 Midnight Rose Coral Bells, 3 Mystery Night Lily, 1 Onyx Odyssey Double Hellebore, 5 Rose Fountain Grass, 5 Sweet Lavender, 1 BLueberry bush, 1 Blackberry bush, 2 Sage bush. The Lavender didn't look so good when it arrived, and if it doesn't pull out of it, I'll have to return them for replacements. Oh, and I also planted 5 Ginger Roots that had begun sprouting.

So, here's Galinor with his garden. His hands are cupped in such a way that I can put a post with a sign through them, just not sure what I want the sign to say yet. LOL plus, I would have to really seal it in well, considering the intense winds we get here!

Galinor's Garden from the front. The Lilies, Ginger, Sage, Hellebore, and Coral Bells are in the front half of the box.

Galinor's view toward the sunrise. In the back corners of the box are the Blueberry & Blackberry bushes.

It will be great watching the flower box fill in over time. The box's sides are built from one set of the door sills from the church building. Hubby was going to throw them out!

I. Don't. Think. So. :D