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Building A Clubhouse on A Budget--Part two

Posted by earlybird on August 25, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Good News--the clubhouse is no longer just an idea. Here's how it happened over the summer, as probably one of our most successful fun activties.


-Ballerina helped tear down a bridge, and was given the lumber


-Earlybird and Ballerina finalized the location.

-A few days later, building began

The first boards, which were nailed to trees, were originally planned to support a roof.  Since there were three trees, Horselover added a post  the fourth corner would be. From there, a decison was made to upgrade the roof to a deck, and the club worked to create a stable deck


-The deck portion of the clubhouse was completely finished


We're not sure how the rest of our clubhouse will take shape, but we have two options--we could build a room on the deck with a manually retractable tarp roof and horizontal plywood walls, or we could use the deck as a roof and build walls. We will hopefully choose and start on an option this week!8) Expected finish date: Before the snow flies!

Summer Plans

Posted by earlybird on June 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally! All five FAC members are out of school, the weather is nice, and fun activties are piling up. But for the most part, we have an empty summer calander. We have a possible 4th of July celebration, the county fair, and family camp on our schedules, but there are many long, hot, unscheduled weeks between these events that need filling.8)

What we plan on doing this summer:

-The fair, with pig wrestling a possiblility

-Family camp will work out this year, it looks like. (The entire club plus some family will at fit into one cabin--although we may bring the RV or camping gear as well, because 10 in one cabin would be a tight fit.:lol:)

-Working on our clubhouse (We've chosen a location!)

-Doing crafts

-Finding shortcut paths through the woods

-Making s'mores

-Writing letters to the club member who has now moved away.

-Getting sleds together for the winter

-Doing long-term writing projects.

Some updates on club members:

Our lawmaker is now our pen-pal. She's settling into her new home, which is beyond the distance you can safely drive within a few hours, so she can no longer participate in the club meetings.:( Come back and visit us sometime! Have a good time at your new home! We'll miss you.

Our vice president, in the meantime, is finally healing. As of the last time we talked, she was wearing only one, small brace on her leg, instead of a small and large. She is putting weight on the leg and only using one crutch. Her leg is feeling much better, and she should be able to participate in lots of summer fun!:D

Earlybird and Ballerina are on vacation but will return soon for the rest of the summer.

Sir Benjamin the first is going to be showing pigs at the fair! Good luck, Sir!

Hope you all have a great summer!


Late winter/Early spring updates

Posted by earlybird on May 25, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The snow melted early this year--around the end of January, after we got a huge amount of snow very early in the month, it began to melt off. The snow was completly gone by March, which is a month earlier than usual. This cut off our sled season really early, (it's a terrible idea to sled in blotchy, patchy snow!) and so there wasn't much to do outside. During February and March, we met several times but had no entire-club meetings or activites.

Late March brought Spring Break, and since then, we have had only one club activity and one partial  meeting, since the school year begins to pick up the pace this time of year. Since the Club began January 2014, it has been probably the longest club-hiatus ever without members being out of town. Our one activity was the West Valley Parking Lot Sale, which turned out better than last year, and kick-started our club budget. We now have a fancy coin-counter jar to put our budget in. 8)

We recently learned that one of our members, our lawmaker, will soon be moving out of town. We will miss you! Keep in touch, and come back and visit us often!:(

We also have a minor injury--Our vice-president has been in a leg brace and crutches for two weeks, and will be in it for another week. Ouch! She injured it during gym class, when someone kneed her in the leg. That must have hurt!:| Feel better soon, Horselover!

 So it's been an uneventful few months for the club, but a very eventful few months for our individual members. Summer is right around the corner, though! Get ready for a very eventful summer!

Building a Clubhouse on a budget, Part one

Posted by earlybird on March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The club has been talking about having a clubhouse for months, but none of it seemed to be moving forward. There were plenty of things to do outdoors...

And then winter came. You can't sled every day, and it's difficult to when it's below zero. But indoor activites  are not the point of the club, and with limited transportation and weather that was far from favorable, we decided it would be nice to have a home base where we can hang out without being freezing cold, while not tracking mud all over the house and being bored.

So the answer was to build a simple clubhouse.

The club building committee (The President, vice-President, Human Resources, Treasurer, and Secratary), all have discussed potential locations, designs, sizes, and materials. There is over sixty acres of land available to us to build, and we have narrowed it down quite a bit. We want to build by the creek, in an area fairly close to all three houses. We don't want it to be easily seen by everyone, but we don't want to be too deep in the woods or off the beaten path. We have a handful of locations now. 

Designs is a bit trickier, as is sizes and the materials we'll need to use. More on this in our next clubhouse update!

No School Today!!! Snow day!

Posted by ballerina on January 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

1-5-15. Last night I set my alarm clock to The Bear, and its a good thing I did. When it woke me up, It was saying no school for all of the county. 14 inches of snow, and growing. No school for everyone in the club, including cookiemonster!!!!  We will probably have a club meeting, And defenetly sledding.

Early Winter updates

Posted by earlybird on December 12, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey, it's earlybird here!

The Fun Activties club was able to get together to go sledding for the past two weekends. We had a lot of fun and hot chocolate. Plans for later? Skiing isn't going to be a possibility this winter, but we already have plenty of great sledding snow, and plan to keep sledding until the melt in March or April. Going to church together? Absolutely. We plan to do this as often as allowed. 

We also plan to have a small Christmas get-together for a gift exchange and hot chocolate. 

Hot chocolate features promenantly in all winter plans!:lol:


Posted by ballerina on November 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally!! It started snowing tonight at about 7:30, and in half an hour we already have half an inch! Kind of bitter sweet, the first real snow signaling the end of fall and the start of winter. Time to start thinking about ski trips and sledding and best of all, Christmas! Well, I guess Thanks giving comes first, but.... well, you know. The snow made me start getting excited about Christmas. Horse boss and sports for life came my house yesterday, and today, only horse boss did. We watched M11B, Aka. Men in Black 2. We really enjoyed it!



Mid-Fall updates

Posted by earlybird on November 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you, Horsefanatic, for that blog post on horses. The club is into horses and various other livestock. Two of the members own horses, while each of the remaining four have some sort of an animal. 

Early fall has kept us all busy, but our late fall clander is looking pretty open. The first snowy weekend we hope, is coming soon so we can get our sleds out. Until then, hunting season is in its peak, and some of us are looking forward to that. As the weather gets colder but there is no snow, our main options for fun activties are hiking, biking, and hunting.

Some of us also attended church together recently and had a great time!

Now its time for individual members' updates

Earlybird is doing NaNoWriMo, and trying to write a novel within a month. Toadee has finished up with football and is now playing basketball. Horsefanatic is working with his team, although not playing on it. Sir Benjamin the first recently got a trio of goats. Ballerina and Mickayla are both keeping up with busy schedules!

We hope snow flies soon, bringing us into sledding season!


Posted by horselover5300 on November 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

My dad is planning to buy a horse in spring. I will be willing to train you how to ride and maybe go onto a easy trail that I know of. I am not sure if I can for sure or not because it will be my dads horse but I am sure he will be fine if it is a mellow horse. I am looking forward to spring!


Sledding season is coming soon!

Posted by earlybird on September 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The cold is starting to set in, and we are getting ready for sled season. Here's the sleds that belong to each club member.

*Two zipfys (Sir Benjamin the first)

*About three reasonably functional toboggans, belonging to various members

*Two kneeboards (Belonging to Horsefanatic and toadee)

*One round toboggan-type sled (Earlybird)

*Two inner tubes (Earlybird and ballerina)

*Whatever sleds mickayla has.

However, not all of this works in all snow. We do not know how inner tubes work on anything (Our guess is ice with packed snow or powder and packed snow), but this is our findings from last year.

With loose, fresh, powdery snow, zipfys or toboggans typically work best. Runner sleds should work okay. If this is a layer less than an inch thick, the sleds do fine pretty much anywhere as long as there is a compact snow base. Deeper powder slows most sleds down and you need to establish a good trail. 

Packed down snow works on almost all sleds. If this is smooth packed snow with a fairly steep hill, this is prime kneeboard snow. Kneeboards tend to want a very specific type of snow in order to go at a good speed. 

Sheer Ice--Ice is a tricky one, because if you are on a good toboggan or a runner sled (We may be able to borrow a runner sled) it is all to easy to spin out of control. It is best to sled slowly at first, whatever you are using, and get a feel for it before you start experimenting or going fast. Runner sleds are amazing here, and some good toboggans work well too. Zipfys are usually pretty good here, too, although it depends on the ice. Kneeboards are not good here.

Ice with powder on top--This is great for zipfys, runner sleds and toboggans. You may need to experiment with establishing trails, depending on the powder and ice.

Ice with packed snow on top--this can be good with anything, but trail establishment may need to be fiddled with, depending on the snow you are using. 

We are hoping to have a great sled season!

Coming soon: Winter and skiing plans, and pics of our sledding areas. 

How our fun activities are planned

Posted by earlybird on September 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Note that this is not done formally, this is done very informally and it just typically works out this way. We don't say "Okay, onto step four" this is just the way we do it without thinking.

Step I--proposal.

Any member of the club can propose an activity--these range from sessions of hide-and-seek in the woods to a weekend vacation at Family camp or a ski day. 

Step II--Acceptance

 Typically, at least three club members must be able to participate for it to be considered a club activity, and the acivtiy must be able to be effectivly scheduled and bugeted. 

Step III--"Big-picture" planning

This really depends on the activity. For things like skiing and day trips to the fair, excessive amounts of planning is typically required. For hide-and-seek, all we need is a place to play. Usually this third step involves an informal survey of club members to see what day will work out best, discussion of time we can get there, and basic stuff needed. (Ski equipment? Cell phones? Swimsuits? Walkie-talkies?)

Step IV--"Little detail" Planning

For things like skiiing and other in-depth activties, this is a very important step. Here we discuss

-Budgeting and saving money. 

-Getting needed supplies

-Safety in the activtiy

-Hour-to-hour plans and scheduling.

-Communication plans

-Storage of supplies.

-Getting transportation

Step V--Final planning and semi-final schedules and lists.

Here we make final plans and changes, and draw up  tenitive schedules, contact lists, and packing lists and hand them out. We make sure safety procedurs and ability levels are known in activties like skiing or swimming.

Step VI--Fun activity!

Late Summer Updates

Posted by earlybird on August 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We got to go to the fair together, and most things went as planned.  We

-Showed animals (Mickayla and Sir Benjamin the first)

-Rode rides

-Looked at animals


-Won hermit crabs and fish from playing midway games

We had a lot of fun and stayed for hours!

Other things we did since the last  blog update I posted

-Hung around with horses (We got to pet babies!)

-Discussed having a walkie-talkie communication system

We had lots of fun these past few weeks. Now, in the last few weeks of summer, most of us are either quite busy trying to cram in everything we need to get done before school and Fall, or we are on vacation. Earlybird and Ballerina are going to family camp and take swim lessons, and Horselover and toadee are off on vacation. The next time we can get together is probably around August 30th, and then we will post our Early Autumn plans. 

Mid-Summer updates

Posted by earlybird on July 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Okay, it is July 14, almost exactly halfway through Summer.  We were unfortanetly unable to get together for the fourth,but we all enjoyed it, whether we were on vacation, or at home that day. Only two out of six members will make it to family camp this year, but the fair is still in our plans. We have yet to take a hike or go on a picnic, but we have gone swimming--in a stock tank in the back yard--and plan to swim more. Possible hiking locations are State and National parks as well as the neighborhood. Horselover changed er username to horselover5300. 

Our Public relations manager now has an account. He is Sir Bejamin the first.

Weather report:

 Today:Sunny and hot.8)

Past Week: has been sunny and hot.  8)

Next week's prediction: sunny and very hot.8)

The picture is of last year's also very Sunny and hot summer. That is the mountain Horselover and Racerguy live on, from earlybird and ballerina's house's perspective.

Next Blog entry should be somtime in mid-August, after the fair, which starts on the thirteenth!

Summer Plans

Posted by earlybird on July 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Now that most of us are no longer busy, here are our summer plans!

-Maybe get together on the fourth for food and fireworks

-Have a picnic at some point


-Take  a long walk

-Go to the fair together!

-and go to a church-sponsered family camp!(Late august)

School starts in the last part of August. Although the six of us are all around the same age and live in the same neighborhood, we are spread out at three or four different schools. Thankfully, most of us have at least one other Fun Activities club member attending the same school. Only one, maybe two of us are alone at school.

Spring Updates

Posted by earlybird on July 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

First, We got a new member! she is the lawmaker. However, she is away for the summer, but will probably will be back in time for the County fair this August! The parking lot sale was a success! We didn't make money though; we broke even. We wil do it again next year, with more planning before hand. We sold homemade dog treats (Much loved by very dog who tasted them!) and homemade horse treats (Loved by most of the horses who tried them). Shh! We also sampled both kinds of treats! Our verdict? Neither were too bad!. We also sold chocolate chip cookies, tropical punch kool-aide, books, used video games, and more!

Summer is  a quiet time for the club, but a busy one for families, so we were all busy or away for much of June. We will have a less busy summer from July on!

Sled season is over! Springtime is here!

Posted by earlybird on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The Fun Activites Club finished off the winter with a trip to the ski hill! Everyone had a great time and wants to go again next winter!

It's now well into springtime, and the Fun Activities Club has been done with sledding. The only snow left would take a long hike up in the wilderness to get we're starting our spring activities!

We are doing some bike riding and hiking, and will hopefully get to do more soon.

 Other Spring Plans: Participating in a giant garage sale/swap meet sometime in May! Stop by our stand--more details later!

Earlybird and Ballerina may be adding a new hen (production red) and a rooster (Also production red) to thier flock of currently seven hens of varied breed.

Some springtime photos:

The flooding creek.

March melting snow

Blue skies!

Summer Plans so far: We are entering animals into the county fair, probably in August. Earlybird is entering her Orpington hen, ballerina her Easter Egger hen, horselover may be entering her horse, and racerguy is considering borrowing an animal to show. 

Meet the club!

Posted by earlybird on March 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey, this is earlybird, the club secratary, checking in.(I get up early) Currently we have five members--Ballerina, the club president, (Who's into dance) Horselver, The club vice-president,(Loves horses) racerguy, the club treasurer, (he loves racecars), myself, and the Personal reasorces/vice secratary/alternate guy, who doesn't have an account yet. The five us made a club while sledding last December.