Thursday, September 19, 2013

Please Welcome ...The Poor Farm!!!

Well, it is done. We just closed on our new land, our retirement home, our piece of heaven, our lifelong dream...our future money pit.

You might recall our farm is for sale, and has been now for two years. You might also recall, if you've had your second pot of coffee like I have, that the farm almost sold a few weeks ago. But due to a huge difference between payment offers, it did not.

But because it seemed very likely it would I began looking for our final resting place. (Literally, we plan to build a family cemetery there) I was suddenly aware we might need a place to live if our current farm sold.

Shockingly, I found 7 acres just 20 miles from us!   Original pictures on the day of discovery are HERE, And because the property was in fore closure, the land undeveloped, other than a 150 year old crumbling house, it was much cheaper than other land parcels around us. We pounced on it. Made a bid. Another bid, Another bid and then today we paid out our lives savings, and so now we own this...

 
A Dr Seuss type tree in the midst of our soon to be new farm
 
 
The other trees on our new property look much better. Since the property has not been lived on for over 3 years and prior to that owned by just one family for several decades it is free of...most anything. It does comes with some decrepit buildings and several piles of trash but nothing that cannot be squared away by a couple of 50- somethings ready for a new challenge in their lives.
 
This fall we will start tearing down the house that is there and moving items that we no longer need here but will absolutely need at the new place, which by the way will now and forever be known as "The Poor Farm"  Because as I said in paragraph 4 above, we spent our life's saving on it, that's why.
 
Next spring we hope to start building our very tiny retirement home, an earth sheltered Hippie Haven and man are we having fun deciding why that that little gem might be located. Friend Jay and Keith surveyed the piece recently trying to pick the ideal spot to bury ones home.
 
Maybe over on the south east side...
 
 
Or perhaps on the south west side...




 
Only problem is, the old challenge in our life, our current farm, is alive and well. In order to keep its mortgage paid we must continue to raise the pork and feed the beef and sell in our store and make the soap until one day our prince does come, and I just know he's on his way.
 
I have to say that. It's only way I can sleep at night.


30 comments:

  1. WHOA NELLY! Congrats! What will the hippie house look like?! You are living my dream, you know. Do you need a funky-haired farmhand? ;)

    HUGS!!

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  2. Congrats on closing on your new home. I say you build a cob house! I've ALWAYS wanted a cob house...and since that's probably never going to happen, I thing you should build one so I can oogle over it.

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  3. Hi Donna, I have some experience with earth bermed and earth covered houses. I'd be happy to share insights and considerations I learned in years past.

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  4. Only 7 acres will feel wonderful after all you and hubby have built up. Now, to find a buyer...your prince will come, I know it.

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  5. Wow! Congratulations. So many possibilities -- I even love your Dr. Seuss tree. :)

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  6. Wow! Congratulations. So many possibilities -- I even love your Dr. Seuss tree. :)

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  7. Sounds good to me. A wonderful adventure.

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  8. If I had one to offer, I would send You a prince with loads of money. Wish You good luck.
    Petra

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  9. Hey. Don't count out a princess, girl!

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  10. Woo-Hoo! So happy for you Mrs. Farmwife!

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  11. Zan. Funky hairs are welcome. Can you take payment in soap bars?

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  12. Caolyn, we are seriously considering a cob house, a straw house, a concrete block house, a house of cards even at this point

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  13. Black, your honey awaits you and yes would love to hear what you know about earth bermed homes.!

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  14. Susan, yes 7 acres of fun! We are beyond excited

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  15. Dirty Laundry Lady..How exciting to see you on my blog. Oh how your blog cracks me up.

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  16. Leslie, the Suess tree can be seen a mile away. It is my marker for our new silly life to come.

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  17. Cro, I know you have free time now and then. Why don't you come abroad and help us with the artistic styling of our new home? We could use some international touches.

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  18. Misc.Yes please
    Kris,Good point. How narrow minded can I be?
    Crazy? How goes your sale? Guess I'll pop over to your blog and see

    PS Can anyone tell me how to comment RIGHT UNDER a readers comment?!?!?

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  19. Haha...I will take payment in soap. We'll both laugh until I show up at the edge of your lawn one day ;)

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  20. Donna, the farm will sell as they say believe and it will happen.

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    1. Martha, sort of like "Build it and they will come?"

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  21. Donna, try this link to learn how to have 'threaded' comments on your blog. Easy-peasy.

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    1. Kris, looks like I got it. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Look! I did it again. There's no stopping me now.

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  23. Congrats Donna, I think, on your new adventure and just maybe the farm will sell now that you have found your retirement home. We are still looking for a friend of that prince to buy our VA home.

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    1. Beatrice. What is the deal really? You know there has to be someone out there who wants your place and someone who wants ours. How hard can it be to hook up the right people with the right homes?

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