It Feels Good To Decide

It Feels Good To Decide

This whole “should we move now or should we move later” thing has been stressing all of us. There are so many tasks to complete on the 18.96 – and equally as many things to consider with M’s school and sports. After a lengthy family discussion, we’ve decided to make the move now, establishing temporary residence in the new school district. I have been struggling with the timing and the idea occurred to me that there is no “one right way” to do things. Moving into the school district puts us closer to the farm and I’ve been there working the land or overseeing tasks most every day anyway. I went to the Administrative Offices yesterday to complete paperwork and begin the process of getting M enrolled in her new school. I have one more thing to turn in today which will allow them to contact M’s current school and finalize the process. M told all of her friends yesterday which is a huge load off of her – she had been worrying about telling them, not knowing the exact timing as well as thinking about how it might hurt her team bond. She’ll remain where she is through volleyball season and begin at the new school in mid-October. We are all very happy. A few weeks ago I went to the post office to determine logistics of getting our new mailbox set up. Yesterday, J’s Uncle Byrd put it up for us. I also went to the neighbor’s house to talk with them about the electric service but no one answered. I am writing a letter today that I’ll mail in...
Progress On The 18.96

Progress On The 18.96

I met with Scott from South Central Power on Thursday to get electric service established on the 18.96. It’s apparent that electricians and web developers speak totally different languages. I also had no idea that we’d be at the mercy of our neighbors in establishing new service. The electric company provides a certain amount of feet of laying line for free (300, I believe). After that you pay by the foot for how far you have to go from the existing line. We have a neighbor relatively close that we can run service from, but only if that neighbors agree. I may need to go over and introduce myself if they don’t agree. Scott suggested that, in fact. I know part of the reason we are moving to the country is to get away from close neighbors. I imagine they like their privacy as well. Keeping fingers crossed that it all goes well. It will be expensive enough. J’s dad, Ron, also met me on Thursday and weed whacked a good bit of the weeds that were growing on the property. He suggested a brush hog to get through it all a lot more quickly. That is the next item on the list so we can really get a good view of the area that is “cleared.” This area will comprise our farm, with chickens, goats, a greenhouse, garden and garage. Where we are now: Looking straight back upon entering the driveway, facing burn pile. Looking toward the field, standing by the pile of wood that begins the entry into the woods. View looking out toward the clearing from the start of the path...
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Trying to settle into new property is hard when you’re in two different places at once. With J working in NC, I’m here taking care of our current place, figuring things out with the land and working with various people to start the transition. Juggling it with work, study, M’s school, volleyball, travel softball plus visiting J (and coordinating taking care of dogs and chickens while gone) has been interesting. I am not complaining. Truthfully, I feel so blessed. And though I want things to go more quickly, I know that everything will work out exactly as it’s supposed to. Yes, everything’s gonna be alright. I went to visit J after teaching a class at Sand Hollow Winery over the past weekend. The trip was a whirlwind in terms of both travel and emotion. Class Saturday morning was amazing with 22 people in attendance. I met with some of the students and enjoyed a glass of wine immediately following and then darted off to Columbus International Airport that afternoon. My flight landed first in Philadelphia and I caught another plane to Raleigh/Durham. Excited, nervous, I made my way to passenger pick-up waiting for my better half. J pulled up in a beautiful red jeep and waved over to me with flowers. His face was covered with that mischievous grin that I love so much. My heart fluttered. How does he still do that to me, I wonder. I am madly in love with this man. We hung out with friends, ate amazing food, taste-tested two local breweries and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. How did I get so lucky to live this life? We may not...
Flying Home

Flying Home

What a great trip! Heading home today … until next time …   Safe in Chicago. Next stop Columbus! Ready to watch my girl play some...
Last Day Poolside

Last Day Poolside

Low key day. We hung out at the pool with everyone. His apartment is cool … The Forest, adjacent to Wake Forest College....