We closed on the purchase of Loving Farm on April Fool’s Day, 2020. Interestingly enough, we sold the city house on Friday the 13th, 2020. As soon as I heard that Friday, November 13th would be the date to close, something inside of me knew it was going to happen. It is 2020, after all!
Having completed the duck run and coop, Perriee left her job at the end of September, as we were putting the house on the market. We rented a few U-hauls to move our stuff, 15 feet at a time. With the pandemic in full swing, and being able to work from home all of the time, it just made sense to scale it back and take the plunge to move to the country. We are literally Making Time for Tipi now! The intentions that have been set are coming to fruition and we could not be more pleased!
We think the ducks have something called, “gapeworm” and are going to be heading to vet via Howard on Tuesday. I made the appointment on a Tuesday, but they had a week long wait, or we would have had him seen sooner. He is going as the family representative, since ultimately, how we treat him for whatever he has, will be done to all four of them. It has been stressful, per usual to find a vet in the vicinity. I called some places close by, but no one sees duckies, so he will have an hour ride ahead of him to get to a doc that saw June before for a stuck egg. A dream would be for someone to come here to see them. Fingers crossed that it is a manageable treatment. They are all eating and drinking and spry, so not the emergency in “vet speak”.
Our current projects are focused on keeping the pipes warm, with some insulation and getting the house’s legs stabilized by having some pier and beam reinforcement done in the basement. There is a large stone missing from one of the piers and maybe someone removed a supportive wall at some point. We are on the list for February unless there is a cancellation. The people we hired seem super organized and professional – a husband and wife couple.
It has been getting cooler, so we had to get the pilot lit on the propane furnace. Both of our propane heaters are amazing. They are by-far my favorite features of this house. I have always wanted a gas fireplace, and now we have two of them! The electric is on in the trailer and the barn now too. We feel the progress and somehow, amidst it all, I am finding more moments of relaxation and self care. I think it is good.
Tip your Uhaul movers. During one of our truck moves, we hired movers through Uhaul so we could save our backs on the large items (picnic table, matress/boxspring, dressers, etc.). Compared to having a mover drive the truck, it was several hundred dollars difference to drive the truck ourselves and have someone else do the lifting. Something felt like it was a gig type job and they were getting little more than base pay and hopefully some insurance if they got hurt on the job.