To say it was a tough winter would be an understatement. It was a very wet, muddy time, but things have dried out and those things are just a distant memory.
Due to the wet winter, we have been blessed with grasses and lovely wildflowers. The grass is starting to take over our building site and the hubby needs to get after it with the weed wacker soon before we lose it all under the vegetation.
Sometime during those long dark months, we made a decision to try to find a home in town to buy. We hoped to find fixer to live in, fix up, and eventually sell to help fund this project and maybe a future fixer. Prices have soared in our area for what we were looking for, so it took us all winter to find the perfect one.
We ended up going a bit further from here than we wanted to, but we are closer to our kids and grandkids, so that’s a real plus. We closed on what we call “the project” on April 11. It’s a lovely 50’s rancher with a solid foundation and needs quite a bit of loving updating, but it is a fun challenge.
One of the best parts, I am finding, is the yard. When we originally looked at the house in February, the yard was overgrown and in hibernation, but since then I have discovered a wonderful treasure full of old-fashioned flowers and lush trees. Eventually, I will get the time to really work out there.
For now… I am flitting from one project to another. I can’t seem to stay focused long enough to finish anything. Let me just say one thing…Wallpaper! I will fill you all in about that at another post. GRRRRR!
Dave has gutted the bathroom and is working on his days off to put it back together. I try to do the things I can in there when he’s at work, there’s no room for two of us in there now. We are down to a toilet and bathtub, and the toilet will eventually be replaced as well. We decided to wait to move in till the bathroom is finished. There’s no reason to move in without a shower since we have one here in the camper.
Neither of us is in a hurry to move anyway. We both love it up here. The peaceful beauty is sometimes overwhelming, if that can be. We will divide our time between the two places so that we can make sure there are no trespassers or vandals. We have noticed footprints and motorcycle tracks that don’t belong to us here on the property.
Our neighbors seem to continue to want to start trouble with us no matter what. We try to keep to ourselves and even though I threatened to make nasty signs with the tires they detest, we have remained above the fray.
I will keep you all updated on both projects as much as possible. I have neglected my writing/editing and now I have to ground myself to make sure I get something done on that front.
We are truly blessed, and look forward to a bright future.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
I am so excited for you both. I don’t know how you do it all, but I do know that you have the enthusiasm and strength to do so.
We sure don’t have the energy we used to, but it is all worth it in the end.
Whew—makes me tired just reading about all the work! You will surely be rewarded for your tenacity and hard work. I admire you for all that you are doing and hope to get an “in person”update in a couple of months!
Thank you Brenda! We are planning on being there! I look forward to catching up with you too.
Good luck to both of you through this next stage of your lives. It will be a lot of work but you will have the satisfaction knowing that what you accomplished – you did it your way and succeeded.
Thank you so much Carolyn. We love doing this.
Thanks for the update! You are making the most of your situation, it sounds like. I hope to see you and Dave this summer!
We are planning on being there and look forward to seeing you as well.