A Look At Our Week
We packed in as much activity as we could into the past week! House tours, family visits, gardening, visiting a friend in college, crocheting, and a holiday meal! I’m looking forward to a much less active week this week!
I have started clearing out the garden spot on our land. This garden plot has probably not been used in about 20 years. My first chore has been to clear out all of the sticks/vines that are covering the land. Once that is completed I will begin to dig up the grass so that I can till the planting area. My plan is to plant my seedlings around the second week of May, so not much time left for the work to be done. Here is my current before and after picture of my garden clearing process.
While working in the garden the other day as I was walking to the other side, a bird flew out and startled me. A little while later I was reaching down to pull up some wildflowers and realized what the bird was doing … I found her nest hidden in the flowers with several eggs inside. Mama bird was keeping a close watch on my activity from the fence. I backed away and left the flowers as they were. I guess my garden will have one small uncleared patch!
My seedlings are coming along very well. My living room ironing board greenhouse is doing a great job. I now sit the plants outside during the day and bring them in at night.
Busy Hands & Busy Mind
I am still working on two of my works in progress, my market bag and an afghan for my son. I’m really pleased with the afghan. The market bag I am not too sure how it is going to turn out but we shall see.
During our car ride this week I crocheted several hair scrunchies for my nieces, sister and myself. I was quite happy with how they turned out!
House Hunting News
We’ve viewed four properties in the last week. We have began widening our search borders in hopes of finding something. The first two houses were about two hours from here. One was a solar house that really intrugued us. The land and views were beautiful but unfortunately the house was not! Next was a beautiful, spacious house with a huge laundry room and master bedroom. The only downside to the house layout was the size of the kitchen. The lot was small and most of the land was not usable land. Also, it had an uphill driveway that was a bit challenging. In the perfect world we would be able to find the second house on the first house’s land.
Since we had a trip to mom’s planned we decided to see if we could find anything near her area that caught our eye. We looked at two properties during our visit that were about three hours from here and about 45 minutes away from mom’s.
The first property we viewed has 92 acres. The current homeowner led our tour and gave us a gater ride of the land. She was this cool, barefoot, hippie-like woman who maunevered that gater like a pro up all those hills. Most of the land was wooded with no pasture land. The house needed some cosmetic work and was a little on the small side for our preference but could work. Here’s my guy and our tour guide during our gater ride.
The next property was 28 acres of a mix rolling pastures and woods with great front porch views. The living room/dining room/kitchen area is perfect. Beautiful flooring and the kitchen is the perfect size. A full greenhouse is included and there are several garden spots all ready to go on the property. But – there always has to be a but – there are a few design flaws that concern us about the property. It is on the discussion block and we shall see how it goes from here.
This house hunting experience has been quite the emotional roller coaster for us both. I have a very difficult time viewing these properties and not getting attached or getting my hopes up. When things don’t work out for whatever reasons I tend to go into a moody funk for a couple of days to recover. My guy isn’t quite sure how to handle those moody, funky days. I will just be glad when we can finally just be settled and have all of our own things around us and truly begin our new life. I’m sure people wonder if we will ever find a house, I’ve wondered it as well but I am positive that we will.
We have cows on our land again! The land owner’s grandson has brought four of his cows to our pasture. Three of the cows are pregnant and one is due any day now. We’re going to have grand-cows! Needless to say the first thing I do each morning is to check the pasture for babies!
Last Saturday evening we made a trip to Bluefiled, Virginia to attend a choral concert of a friend of ours from Danville. This is her first year attending Bluefield College and we were very excited to see her perform and catch up with her. At first we we were unable to spot her during the concert not realizing she has changed her hair style and color. After the concert we took her out to dinner before we returned home.
We went to visit my family for the Easter holiday from Thursday through Sunday. Mom is continuing to recover well from her latest surgery and is able to walk in regular shoes some.
We had planned on attending a group hike on Friday morning but it had to be cancelled due to stormy weather. I prepared Easter Dinner for the fam on Saturday evening. Thanks to my sissy for giving me full access to her kitchen! Dinner turned out very well despite the fact that I somehow “cooked” the ham for 90 minutes with the stove turned off! We had ham, pork tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, broccoli, glazed carrots, deviled eggs, green beans, tossed salad, potato salad (Thanks, Mom!), fruit kabobs and strawberry cake. Oh, and rolls that were supposed to be in the shape of a bunny but looked more like an unmentionable object instead!
It is always good to catch up with my family and I love being able to cook for everyone. We climbed up the mountain on Sunday morning for a sunrise service. Such beautiful views of the city below!
Have a great week! XOXOXO