This Monday, if everything goes as planned – I will be the owner of a house and land! After looking at many properties in the area, hopes and dreams are so close to becoming a reality. It still seems surreal and I am sure after all the papers have been signed and I drive up the driveway, unlock the door and walk in it still will be surreal! I think it will take many days for this reality to truly hit me.
A house to make our own, over time – yeah!!! I look so forward to experimenting and putting my creativity to use and don’t worry you will get to follow along on my projects – both good and bad. I am sure that there are things that I will try and then decide was not a very good idea, but that is all part of it. Stella hasn’t decided on the color of her room – each wall may be different and she may paint a rainbow and might not – she will paint the closet doors with chalkboard paint – so drawing and playing school will be great fun for her! She has also requested a large bulletin board area.
This will truly be an on-going learning experience – our own little homestead. Finding ways to cut our energy use, collect our rain water, gray water system?, gardening, preserving our food, raising chickens and in the future Stella would like sheep (still need to do more research on that one) and once again heating the house with wood. I know that I tend to take on way more than is reasonable, so I am working on patience and pacing myself. The list is long, but the priorities are few: plan and prepare the garden beds for next year, plant the orchard and either refurbish the chicken coop or build a new one.
There are already some grape vines on the property. At an event I was at recently, I was able to take home some Black Cherry and Oak saplings – so those will be planted within the week. I also could not pass up a bargain and also a way to say way to go to me! The orchard will be started with 2 peach trees, 2 apple trees, 2 almond trees, 2 cherry trees, 2 blueberry bushes, an apricot tree and a raspberry bush! A friend also offered for me to come over a dig up a couple lilac bushes – I know not a fruit tree – but I love them and the scent divine!
The next couple of weeks will see us planting, getting items out of storage, slowly moving out of the rental house, painting, cleaning and unpacking. I can’t wait! It will be so nice to have our stuff out of storage, especially my kitchen and crafting items – I am so anxious to get back to creating and writing the blog on a more consistent basis! Stella can’t wait to get her bunnies, which are waiting for us to move – Fiona and Hope – and to start exploring the woods and finding the perfect spot to build a fort – with her cousin’s help of course.
We can’t wait to dance around the fire pit, watch lightening bugs and for me to come back from my morning run – get a cup of tea and sit with the cat and admire the view. Just take a look – spectacular!