Surviving the winter

Well, no one ever said that moving in the winter would be easy. Other than finding out that the realtor and former homeowner lied on the disclosure statement and that the inspector did not even catch the issues, I made it through pretty well. We put in a new sand point for the well, fixed some of the plumbing issues with the upstairs bathroom, and still waiting for the one heating unit to be fixed. Good thing people told me “this was a mild winter”, even though it was negative 17 degrees some days. Well, moving forward we have been cleaning out the front yard from years of fallen trees. I will be posting pictures soon. We live in an area where they have very strict burn bans at times so we will having the brush piles hauled off to another location. Mike and I have talked and we will be resuming our postings on the site within the next week, as I have stated before moving was more stressful than either of us thought. See you soon…….

Moving

So you never really know how much stuff you have until it is time to move. While we are not much on nik naks, whatnots or whatever you choose to call dust collectors, it is all the stuff in the closet and drawers that will fill up some boxes.
We made the drive in about 24 hours, I really had to stop and sleep for a couple of hours. The past two weeks have been busy unpacking boxes, having people come out to check out some of the appliances and learning to navigate in the snow.
I have also had to get use to the new timezone, the fact that it gets dark really early here, like 4:30 PM and getting the animals adjusted to the new environment. My rotties are snow and ice lickers.
What is great about this area is that people are so willing to help you out, finding someone to plow the driveway after it snows, finding electricians and plumbers and they still have a bartering system here even at the local feed store. I am just in awe of what a different life it is. My husband went back to Georgia to finish up the stuff with the house there and so far this “Southern Girl” has done okay with living in the “snowy tundra” lol. Mike will be bringing the camera that I forgot back with him next week, so I will be taking and posting a lot of pictures of our new lifestyle. I have found a couple of great things out.
1. Lemon Oil will get rid of Asian Beetle bugs. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QR6SS6O?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00
2. Peppermint Oil will keep mice and spiders away. http://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Essential-Detailed-Dropper-Essentially/dp/B00QVNKSA2/ref=pd_bia_nav_t_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Z21DSFWNN2H4WQD74H5
3. If you have gas heat get a humidifier. I found a great one on Amazon. Works like a charm and once you go through the initial setup I only refill it once a day for a 2700 square foot house. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S34ISA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00
Hint: put a couple drops of lemon oil in your water and your house smells amazingly clean!!!

This Is Our New Homestead

Wisconsin House

This is the house we decided to buy. It is in Wisconsin and we love it!! It has 10 acres of land, is 2 blocks from the St. Croix River. Far enough out for us to be private, yet close enough to a large town for our shopping needs. While we were walking the property, my husband kicked up a Doe which got him really excited, and we love the fact that the house is heated with hot water and gas. I cannot wait to show you the rest of the pictures once we close!!!

It’s been awhile….

I know it has been several months since we have posted. For this we apologize. We have been very busy traveling for our new homestead and we have found it!! We have traveled to Tennessee, Maine and Wisconsin. It has been a lot of traveling, eating wonderful food and enjoying nature as we hiked miles on different properties.
All of our efforts paid off we have found our perfect spot and soon I will begin posting the adventures of developing our new homestead, we are just waiting to close on the property which should happen in the next couple of weeks. So Stay Tuned for those updates!!
In the meantime we have begun work on our “Tiny House”. This weekend I will be posting pictures and progress as we build what will be my husband’s temporary housing during the process of selling our home in Georgia. Look for pictures as we document step by step our building of our Tiny House on Wheels.

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