And here we are!

So we’ve moved in… last Wednesday that is.
I don’t know what I expected when we bought the place, I really don’t. I guess I was thinking that things would just be ready for us. HA!
I could not have been more wrong. Now… please note that I am not complaining here… not at al! I totally am in LOVE with our farm! But…
We’ve been here since Wednesday, and just got power turned this week – because we had to do about $500 worth of repairs to the electrical system before they’d turn it on.
They did turn it on today (so now my phone and tablet will stop being on the verge of dying all the time, yay!) and we were soooo excited! But… when we went to the basement to prime the water pump, it turns out to be bad. Theres a leak in the system that’s irreparable and the pump has to be replaced. So… with that knowledge we’ve decided, for the short term, that we’ll hook up to the county water system. They’ll contact us in the next 48 to 72 hours to set up a day to come out…
So far we’re amazed with the kindness of the people we’ve met. If you’re interested in hearing more – come on over to Star Dollar Farm and pay us a visit!


It’s here! It’s finally here!

Moving day has arrived in an avalanche of boxes and things I’d forgotten we had. By this time tomorrow I’ll be in Kentucky. I’m excited, can’t wait!  I’ve got some apples and peaches ready to can as soon as we get there and have power. 

What a journey. 

Pins & Needles

You ever have something that you want to happen right away and it seems to drag on forever?

Yeah… buying a house is just like that. You hurry up and find the one you want – you negotiate your way to an acceptable price, you put up the earnest money…

Then you wait.

Wait for the title search, wait for the closing date, wait for the movers, wait for the boxes…

I don’t want to wait – I want to blink my eyes and wake up to coffee on my deck with my grandsons playing in the backyard; I want to wake up to a pantry filled with goodies and a garden filled with delights.

I want to wake up, gather eggs, milk goats, and make cheese.

Patience is a virtue I wish I had more of.



Well, we’ve gone and done it now y’all!


That is the view from the back deck of the house we bought yesterday.

Yep, we bought a house. In the middleofnowhere Kentucky. Actually, its not really nowhere… we’ll be about an hour from Louisville… and the two little minions who stole my heart – my grandsons.

We’ve initiated the sale… and provided our earnest money. Now we just wait for the title search and closing date. Meanwhile – my house looks a little like this:


It’s pretty much wall-to-wall boxes. I’ll be spending the next few days/weeks packing and getting our house ready to move. I’ve also got to plan a trip to Florida to see my family there. My brother has been really sick after having a stroke. I’ve not seen him in a very long time, so we’re going to go visit him – and then go see my grandma and uncles/aunts/cousins that live in the area as well.

Its going to be a busy couple of months. Thankfully, I’m not working anymore so I’ve got time to do all this crazy stuff.

I’ll also be planning a whole new blog for you all… following my adventures as a Homesteader and Chicken Herder. Visit me over at The Hopeful Homestead soon!

Oh boy!

Its really happening guys. I quit my job today. The bank account has a sum of money sufficient to purchase our homestead. House shopping begins in earnest next week. I’ll (hopefully) share as much of the journey as I can with you all.
For now… I’ll just say – whoohooo!!!!!


And we all know that I’m so good at announcing the month by now, right?

Yeah. June is upon us in my little corner of crazy. I wonder some days… is it just me or does it seem to everyone that 2014 seems to be zipping past at the speed of light?

I don’t know what is up with that, but… I think I’m ready for it to STOP.

So, June is supposed to be house shopping month. Only, we’ve heard things. Things that might be slowing down the process… not things from really good sources mind you – frantic ramblings of a desperately demented woman; who would do anything to ruin your parade given any opportunity… so I take it all with a grain of salt and count my blessings; that storm too will eventually play itself out.

June is also supposed to be “retirement” month for me. I’m not sure what to think about this. I’ve been working at one job or another since I was 15. That’s the better part of 30 years. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself. Oh, wait… yes I do.

Chickens, goats, ducks, geese, cows, and pigs. That is what I’ll do. Starting small with chickens and goats. Moving forward with cows and pigs once I’ve got my handles on the others… maybe, just maybe even a horse – you know… just to get around.

Gads, there is so much to do… and so little time in which to do it. I can only hope that we’re prepared for this challenge. Oh, and that everything falls into place at just the right time – as things tend to do.

Happy Thursday!


June is almost upon us. I find this remarkable. It seems that just yesterday we were celebrating the new year – and now suddenly we’re six months in! Whew – talk about time flying.

We are supposed to start shopping for our homestead this month. Choosing a property to which we will retire and become self sustaining. I anticipate this being many things… a lot of work, exciting, and even heart rending I’m sure as we agonize over which place will suit us best.

I want to be closer to my grandsons – and am being pulled in that direction. Yet I don’t really want to leave these mountains, and I honestly don’t think he does either. So… we shall shop – and we shall find that perfect place… the one for us. And we shall homestead the hell out of it.

What about you, what would  you look for in a new abode?