As I sit before you, I’m in shock – a bit.
I mean, I knew we were buying a house… but it took so long – and we jumped so many hoops – that now that the day is here, I’m a bit slack-jawed.
We ended up with the Blue House, not the strawbale house (although we almost ended up with the strawbale house – long story).
Anyway, I saw the blue house once, on a foggy morning for 30 minutes. That’s it. The second time we were going to have a viewing, only Hubby went because I couldn’t make the drive down. So, I am a bit scared on what I think I have and what I really have – or however I should say that… I’m not sure if I glamorized the house or if I passed through so quickly I didn’t catch all the nuance. I don’t really know what I have, except that it was the best house we could afford that had most of what we needed after 2 years of looking (at least).
So today, Scouty and I are going to pack up, drive the 5.5 hours and go look at the house again. Tthe propane isn’t hooked up yet because we needed to be there to let them in, so that will happen tomorrow (no hot water or cooking tonight). Also, no fridge…
I’m bringing Scout because the property manager for the rental of the Grass Valley house wants to show the house tomorrow and I didn’t want Scouty to be loose and jump on the people or have to be locked up in the barn for 48 hours. And, she’ll be a good driving companion since Hubby is training out of town. It will be just Scout and me in the big, new, drafty house tonight. WOW!
We don’t yet have internet or TV (in fact, I’m not sure how to get internet there yet), so I’ll probably simply read all night and then in the morning, I’ll go out and suss the pasture situation. I know there are no trees and no shade. But, I have to figure out the most cost effective way to erect fencing and shelters for the 10 horses so I can move them down ASAP. But, I also want to be mindful to create the pastures so that they still make sense later when I have more money to do it right.
Where will I eventually put the barn? Where will I put all their hay and feed in the meantime? Where will I put all the other stuff I have that was in my previous barn? How will I keep Scouty inside the perimeter for now and for later? Where will the cats go without a barn? Where is the sunrise and sunset? From where does the wind blow? Rain? Which direction should I put the shelters? Where should I plant trees that I can water them easily and not waste. Where is the mailbox? Is there trash pickup? Where do the cans go? Who are the neighbors? I hope they like us…
We also need to paint the interior walls and the exterior (hopefully soon – blue is not my favorite color…). Hubby said he would paint the interior walls on the nights he is at the house alone before I move down. (I will move down after we have a renter and when the final horses are moved.)
And…How /who/which/when will I move the horses? …
I’m very excited!
Me and Scouty… on a roadtrip to our new life.
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