Saturday, August 16, 2014

Farm Sale Update...closer and closer.

No blog for a week !  Not intentional just so much going on. After you've  read , if you still haven't decided you have better thing to do, I've supplied you with some current pics (taken just days ago) of The Poor Farm. For your review and of course comment.

Sale contracts have been written and revised by both parties and both attorneys.The next step, signatures. Of course as with all contracts there are contingencies. Like the sun must be shining on the day of closing and all Red Wattle pigs must pass inspection.

I'm certain the pigs will shine, no guarantees on the sun.

And so we are now seriously working on an "exclusion list." That would be a list of all the items NOT included in the sale. And I thought putting together the inventory list of items that were included in the sale was time consuming. HA!

Seems we must be clear about all the items not included in the sale. Critical items like tire swings, hay racks with broken floors, miles and miles of old electric wire, the horse who does nothing but eat too much anyway.  But really, I don't mind, anything for the cause, not to mention a successful farm sale.

It does now seem that this indeed is becoming reality and I am in a bit of a panic.

Frankly, Panic and I are old friends. She motivates me when she is not vexing me. Panic always rears her ugly head when stressors build. She wants me to flip out just because I start school full time  in 8 days, and because we must find some sort of shelter to live in the winter on The Poor Farm, which will require electric hookup and well inspections and hook ups. We must continue to can and freeze as much produce as possible, we must pack up 21 years worth of inventory and then decide what gets moved, what gets stored and where, and what gets used in the short term in the interim home (still not found) before we move it into the permanent home(still not built.) Panic...I laugh in your face. Ha ha ha ha.

All the above talk about a house is of course if we decide to build. Life in one big tent is looking better and better. The animals however are insisting on something more permanent. Which must be built NOW but not really now because there is no money until the farm sale is final. Then NOW will most likely not occur for at least another 30 days which brings us to fall and cooler weather and then frost and then snow.

Which means if we don't get the animal barn built soon and we don't find shelter for ourselves soon we'll all be holed up in my daughters tiny in town garage for a bit. But really, no worries, I'm not panicked.

That happens tomorrow.

And now the walk through The Poor Farm as promised.

 
Shed.
Future Soap Shack? Chicken Coop?
Writers Retreat?
 

 
 

The Shed up Close.
 

Kitchen sink. Just $15 at the Restore
Out with the old and in with...
even older.

View towards the east. Small grove of
non-weeping willows. Happy willows?

 

Path going south.
Probable future pasture sight.

Look ! Another path. This one on south end
heading west.

And now the path weaves through our
wild flower patch,
aka the weeds.

I like to call this one
"Old post with Wire"
Reprints just $150 each

I call this one
"Old post with old wire and old gate"
Because it has more metal reprints are $151 each

Heading north along west side. Unknown flowers.
I'm sure they are very rare


 
Wooded spot on west side. Another ideal place for
a writers shed. Of course it would not be
permanent and therefore would not require
any kind of permit...
(just in case IDPH is snooping on my blog again.)

Old pig shed in middle of The Poor Farm.
Circa 1865.
I'm sure Lincoln slept there

Path through the wild grapevine
on the north side

Grapevine out of control

The Driveway.
Gravel donations will be accepted

The Midlife Farmwife wearing her
happy to maybe be moving soon face.



29 comments:

  1. Love the shed! Love the sink! Send me two copies of your fine art for Christmas presents:) Yay! So happy that things are moving ahead for you, Mrs. Farmwife.

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    1. Hey you! Just checked in on your recent post. Would love to see pics and get more details of your new abode and simplicity of life. I have so many questions, like where did all the animals go? Why is there no electricity there? What do the kids think? Are you still making soap? You know all the important stuff. Mostly happy cause you sound more peaceful.

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  2. You could always do some hard negotiating, keep one of those hay racks with the broken floors (why would the new owner want those anyhow?), and build a sheepherders wagon to live in.

    If you keep the horse (or get stuck with it), you could even pull the wagon up and down the road, or move it around the Poor Farm so that you can also have a summer place.

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    1. Brilliant! I am plugging you in Rich to work Monday-Sat 6 am until 8pm. I will feed you lunch

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  3. You sound like me.......I don't do too much early in case I jinx things.......then all of a sudden, it is all happening. The shed looks like a prime candidate for shelter for you and the animals. Glad it is all going forward.

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    1. I haven't done more than we can afford at this point but man do I LISTS. The August list, the September list , The October list. It's going to be ton of work to make our life simple.

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  4. I'd love to come out with hammer and nails, and help build some wonderful eccentric home. Are there vineyards in your area?

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    1. There are Cro. Illinois actually has a couple fine vineyards but then again I drink beer as well so what do I know? Come anytime, we'll supply the hammer and nails that way you'll have less trouble going through customs

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  5. Yay! (trying to not complicate things further)

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  6. Seems your journey is bumping along nicely. Things will fall into place and you guys will be just fine. Hugs!

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    1. And if the offer gets bigger Martha, I'm planning to have you weave us a new home.

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  7. Fingers still crossed for you! Everything is moving as it should, and what great pics of your property. Sort of reminds me of ours in a way, though ours didn't come with any extra old structures. Our oldest thing is the huge old mesquite that I'm sure General Sam Houston camped under at some point, ha. I'm sure you have much better weather though, ha.

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    1. Thank you for the fingers. We can use all we can get. Are you available to help us pack?

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  8. test - is this working for me?

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  9. Not sure what happened to previous comment! Hope all continues to go well and of course the big sale and move would happen at the same time as you start college. I wouldn't happen any other way x Best of luck with both and looking forward to reading about new adventures.

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    1. To add even more excitement to it all...I'm Pregnant!!!
      Na, just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention

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  10. Omigod you are super-farmer-wife: A sale, a move, a homestead (without home) and now full-time school? I doff my chapeau. I'd be running to the registrar to reschedule so fast you'd think a banshee was chasing. Good luck to you!

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    1. I love banshees. Plan to raise several on The Poor Farm. Although noisy at night I hear they eat very little. And as far as super-farmer-wife, It's that I'm more just a restless soul who is STILL not very good at being...just plain still.

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    2. P.S. Lovely swallowtail caterpillar on the Queen Anne's Lace.

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  11. i'm glad to see the poor farm has buildings! shelter for something or someone! :) think the wildflowers are queen anne's lace aka wild carrot.

    fingers crossed this deal will be done!

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    1. There once was a lady in a town near by who grew tons of queen ann's lace in her yard instead of grass. The city wanted it mowed down as a "eyesore" to others. It is in her honor I grow our weed/flowers/pigs sky high. But we live in the country so not that big of a statement

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  12. When it's all done, I will miss your farm pics and updates. Good luck with all of it!

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    1. Oh but Karen, when it's done...it will never be over. I plan to keep blogging about our next simple life which I have a feeling will be much more complicated than I have planned.

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  13. What about a yurt? One for the humans, one for the animals. Do you know any Eagle Scouts looking for a project? Maybe they can do a barn or house raising.

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  14. Such an adventure! Panic would have me totally in her grip! Your new farm looks lovely, and I'm sure will look better to you when at least the animals have a place to stay. I'll give you a happy thought: Be glad that's grapevine and not kudzu! Remember, kudzu is the vine that ate the South, and given half a chance it would eat the North, too! Can't wait to hear about your new complicated life!

    Btw, I put a link to your blog on my blog because I wore your South Pork T-shirt out to West Texas and had my portrait made in it. :)

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  15. A soaping shed sounds glorious. What a stunning farm =)

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