What a crazy few months. Surgeries (yes, multiple), selling of a home, buying a new homestead, enrolling kids in a new school (nope, no more homeschooling for now), & so many other things.
You can start here: We Obviously like Change.
Our new Farm
Built in 1990, 2,034 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 60.7 acres of land(24 acres cleared and 36 18 year old timber), 2 ponds, & 2 buildings. My husband, as I type, is currently building our first need. A fenced in area for our 4 dogs. It’s a necessity. Our two golden retrievers have already ran as hard as they can…to not the 60 acres we have…but to the main road. Not the smartest dogs we have, that’s for sure. We tried the electric fence route, but we want a more permanent solution until they learn their boundaries.
We lost about 1,000 square feet of home with this move, but crazy as it sounds…it hasn’t bothered any one of us. It’s one level and I don’t think, even when we build, will we ever have a two level home. I love it.
We’re slowly renovating the home. It’s in dire need of a refresh and keeping in mind that this will eventually be my mother’s home (and Papa) if/when the time comes.
So far we have replaced all 3 toilets, hardware and lighting in all bathrooms, and I’ll be working on the kitchen once the kids go back to school.
Future goat barn. Most likely this spring.
First animals we’re adding to the farm is our precious ducks. I mean, look at them. Welsh Harlequin, Khaki Campbell, Buff, & Pekin ducklings(two of each). They have all been chosen specifically for amazing egg production, keeping unwanted insects at bay, and to bring life to the pond. They are also cold hardy (meaning they handle cold weather like a champ), give you great fertilizer, & easy to herd. No, we will not be eating our ducks. I’ve been asked that by our 8 year old.
We have a GORGEOUS sunroom that we will be using for them as ducklings and then they will move out to their new home (the duck house that is next on the list) by the pond.
Changes (and Surgeries)
Not to be too graphic but I had surgery scheduled for a MUCH needed hysterectomy October 9, 2020…a few weeks later…I woke up and I thought I had slept on my neck wrong. I was sadly mistaken. While moving I broke down in tears, laid on the empty floor of our new home, and prayed. The pain was too much to bare. The following day, I made an appointment to see the Orthopedic closest to me. A MRI was scheduled, and surgery was scheduled. Not even a dang month out of one already major surgery. Two major surgeries less than 8 weeks from each other. Now, 3 weeks out of neck surgery and I feel like a million dang bucks. I’ll have a wicked neck scar but I don’t care one bit. Those are just a roadmap of your life.
Kids start back to public school tomorrow. After almost an entire year at home with me, it is time. They need it, I need it, we all need it. Am I nervous? Slightly, but we gotta keep living. There are things I need to get done here, they need to be around people their own age, and we need to get back to some normalcy. Homeschooling will always be on my heart, but I am a better mom when I am not only focused on them. I don’t feel bad for saying that either. Well, maybe a little bit lol.
Future tractor/work shed. Tractor purchase is happening next month.
Pond #1 with lots of fish swimming there. The duck house (aka: Quack Shack) will go in that right corner.
What we think was an old tobacco barn…let us know if you think otherwise.
Here’s to our new adventure and to being able to write again.