1. The upper gate opener is installed and working well (this is a follow-up note to the previous post).
2. We got a pickup truck to assist in various tasks including the collection of firewood, because...
(it's a 1978 F-150, 6cyl 300ci 4-speed with 4WD)
3. We got a wood stove
The stove pipe and chimney will be installed soon, then we need to fire it up and open up all the windows and leave while the initial burn-off takes place. They say it will be stinky, but not toxic.
And here is a thistle flower with bugs in it: