I haven't shared this with you all yet. But I guess I better do it now.
Last November, Frank and I sold our land here at Deadwood. We still own our home quarter, and it is currently listed with a real estate agent. Frank hasn't been happy since the second year we moved here and we have been here at Deadwood for six years.
I don't why. I believe it is along the lines of 'middle-aged crazy' -ness. I should be thankful that he hasn't traded me in for a twenty-something-year old, and a Ferrari!!
We purchased a place with a smaller house, and six quarters of land. The land has re-growth, but I told Frank who cares. We will start with the home quarter, do a bit each year. And if it doesn't get all cleared before we die, it can be the kids's headache!
I also told Frank this is the last time I am moving. If he ever mentions moving again, I will pack his bags, and he would be the one that is moving. And yes I told him that to his face , but I added a couple of cuss words for emphasis.
We get possession of our new place on May 1st. There is no panic to move out of this house, because there is no new owners moving in. Since spring is a slow time for Frank at work, he will have plenty of time to build fences, and paddocks for the livestock. We don't have a clean up job like we did when we move onto this place. Pretty much a turn key operation. Well not 100%. When these folks had their farm auction a few years back they sold all the panels that made up the stalls in the barn. The lady hasn't had a garden in a few years too. So I will be starting again from scratch.
I have some photos taken in February, that I will share.
We plan on building a porch, roofed deck, and better stairs on the east side (right side of photo). From the front door heading west we plan on building a wrap around deck, with a roof. The fence in front will be gone. We will in the future up-grade all the windows, and put a log siding on the house.
The barn. It is heated, cement floor and has water. Bonus!!! Just needs some stalls.
Look at how deep that snow is!!
The garage. It is heated also, but has a dirt floor. We plan on putting a cement floor in.
There are other outbuildings, which will find new purposes.
There is a dugout which has been very well maintain. So no more hauling water! I can do laundry when I want. I can have a shower when I want! I can even have a bath!!! I haven't had one of those in six years!!!!
The house, garage, and the barn are heated with natural gas. No more wood burning. Which I am going to miss. Frank isn't. However, when we build a mud room/porch onto the house, there will be a wood stove in there. Just in case.
We have a bunch of other plans, which I shall share as we go along.
I do like adventures.
It's just I am getting a bit to old to be starting over. Again.
I was 25 when we bought our first farm. Forty-one going on forty-two when we bought Deadwood. Now I am going on forty-eight.
And trust me.
This ole hen isn't a spring chicken anymore!!