A Place For The Future Past

Another step taken
September 29, 2006, 1:46 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

Yesterday evening I signed the final papers for the sale of this home, the double wide mobile home where I have lived for twenty years. It’s the home twenty years ago my new husband Lauren and I, with our new baby boy and my little girl came to first live, after clearing out of the home Lauren formerly shared with his ex-wife. It was never meant to be permanent, only temporary as we saved up, cleaned up his credit, shopped around and found a real house and property. We had only been here less than a year when Lauren died suddenly, and I was left with two young children to raise alone.

Today I will be signing over the actual deed and handing over my last copy of Lauren’s death certificate.

I figure we will be moved out by the first of the year (we will be moved in to the new place as soon as we gain possesion — Oct 20) I will be taking advantage of the cool weather to dig out the favored plants.

I will be so glad to go. I think Lauren would be proud with how I’ve managed.


Happy Birthday to Me!
September 22, 2006, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

Yesterday was my birthday. How did I spend it? Sewing (finishing the Master and Commander set for a wedding, yum yum) working at the shop (good day) and then some Drama —

The Inspector ( Michael Glendenning, who did an excellent job, complete with photos taken during the inspection) had sent his report to me but not one to Maria. In the last few hours before my Inspection Reply deadline was due was some scurrying about — getting a list of minor items written up and sent. Then I crashed early, having only taken a short nap for a couple of days.

Wednesday Em and I walked the fenceline (or most of it) of the new place with Mr Carl. The beautifully cleared fenceline made of new materials. Only one short length was unfenced, SE, the outer strip that runs bewteen the Willapa Trail and the easement road to the neighbors place. All the rest is done, with a gate out front. Oh my! The fencing is a combination of wire, metal posts with occasional heavy wood set in concrete, electric wire, with two strands of barbed wire along the top (pretty much at shoulder level). I’m not crazy about the barbed wire because of possible danger– that stuff is wicked if a length ever got ripped off and tangled up, but it’s a very effective fence — already in place. I feel like I’ve just spotted a Shiparelli original in a Goodwill store, but have not yet made it to the register yet.

The land for the most part is level, with some sloping here and there. Foothills kind of topography. It was logged in 1993 and replanted — so the Douglas fir is all about 13 years old, with a healthy amount of ash, alder, maple, wild rose, wild berries. Very few toxic plants seen — a couple of tansy and few horsetail, easily managed if we keep on them we can keep controlled mechanically.

The land on the east side, where the neighbors are closest, has deep forest — probably kept that way because of the spring that runs through it from north to south — a small unnamed year-round water source. We have a second well run from that — a simple pump system that maintains the landscaping and animals water.

More later — gotta get back to sewing…

September 17, 2006, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

As the day for moving approaches, while at sleep I am finding myself dreaming about moving. In my dreams it is an adventure, no doubt it will be so in realtime. At least I will have plenty of help, folks are offering themselves left and right — highly unusual in my experience (but we will see closer to when the time comes).
A great deal of my old furniture is not going to make it to the the place ;-P I’ve been saving my pennies and making do with some pretty ratty furnishings so that unless they can do a radical makeover, they’re not coming in the door 😉 On the other hand, I can’t go around buying new things all at once just yet — a large amount is being set aside for initial setup for the animals- tack room, feed storage, pens for goats, pen and stall setup for Chance, dairy area for milking goats (with a stand), oh the money will flow…So unless they are immediately thrown or given away, the two car detached garage will become their Purgatory while their fate is decided.
Inspection is tomorrow. I’ll try and remember to take my camera, and Em and I will go Wednesday (if it’s okay with the Carls) to draw up a layout and start planning. Red and Em have scored cyclone fencing which will be dandy to use for temp fencing and also permanent penning later for billy goats. Getting Mom set up is first priority, animals second, then third a caretakers dwelling for Em and Red, all in close succession.
I’ve been checking out places online and having catalogs sent, the favorite by far is the yurt catalog. Oh yes, Donna, there will be YURTS ;-D
Meanwhile, it’s back to work for me — the mountain of sewing to finish with deadlines — and paychecks — looming….

Offer made and accepted!
September 6, 2006, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

Yes for the home on 58.79 acres, with a barn and detached two car garage. The one next to the town of Dryad, 16 miles from Chehalis… Woohoo!

Now, to get the financing in order and inspections scheduled….Closing date is set for October 20 YIKES (remember, I own a costume shop? That’s 11 days before Halloween!!)

Labor Day weekend
September 3, 2006, 2:21 am
Filed under: Fun on the Road

I’ll be celebrating Labor Day weekend by — what else — laboring 😉 This will be the big push to complete several looming projects, including the Adelines. Or at least make mightly progress with all of them. Because the push is on to plump up all accounts as full as they can be — making the most of this normally slack time. For a new home deal is in the works, finally!
Happily, thanks to a recent payment of a long-fought fight has come through (for those who truly wish to hear a lurid tale of betrayal, deceit and dogged tenacity, just ask me to tell the tale of Dick) my assets have never looked better. And this during what is normally my lowest ebb, business-wise! Next, I think I will be facing how to efficiently move myself and my mom just before Halloween, Ah, good times, good times!

Once more, into the breach….
September 1, 2006, 3:15 am
Filed under: Fun on the Road

Yesterday Maria, Emilie, Red and I went to check out a couple of sites, the 58+ acre and the 1880’s farmhouse (with 14.5 acres). The 1880’s one was cute, but the land was bad — stuck into a hillside that hung out over a road, with a blind corner on the second driveway.

Then we went to the 58+ acres one, the one I’ve been truly eager to see. It’s an interesting house, built around a single wide mobile home. I know I exclaimed NO MOBILE HOMES but the extent of the building around the frame of the original home was completely stickbuilt, remodelling done to the extent that it is no longer considered a mobile home. The guy completely went through it and then built out in both directions, installing a huge living room plus a couple of utility rooms on the other side. And on the property is a fully ready small barn, plus a detached two car garage (enclosable for winter-over storage).

It’s zoned forest, with three acres pulled for residential. That’s why the taxes are so low. I can pull acreage as I need it, and still run trails and pens and outbuildings for goats and horses. Well planned they should not conflict with the forestry zoning.

The roads are good all the way — right off of Hwy 6 just down the road from the town of Dryad. (look that up, Donna — it’s just down south and over a bit for you — you could stop in on your way to or from Norwescon hee hee).

The perimeter is fenced — saving on major fencing costs as well as eliminating the need for a surveyor.

Puget Power very recently sank the overhead powerlines (upgrading the gravel driveway as they did, thank you!)

The south border runs along a abandoned rail trail that apparently is used for hikers and horses — foot traffic only. The trail runs all the way into Chehalis (I think — 16 miles away).

It’s move-in ready for humans now, and with some minor fencing installed, for the animals too. Oh, a circle drive (for horse trailers).

Now the bad: Em and Red fear it’s too far a commute for them (80 miles, it touches the outer perimeter of their ability to travel) It’s an hour and a half from the shop, with good traffic. It’s also not got a seperate dwelling ready for them, I’d have to install a small mobile or similar for whoever I contract to come out and help.

So that’s a decision they will need to make.

In the meantime it’s got a great place for Mom — both bedrooms are large and have their own full bath. The enclosed front yard should be very easy for her to get to and enjoy, and there is a big deck out the front (outside the large living room). Oh yes — the deck is wrapped around a three foot deep, 24′ wide pool. The pool is set up for swimming but that will change. I could see a covering and a transformation into more deck space or a small courtyard garden or even a fish raising pool — lots of possibility there!

Can you tell, I like this place?

More soon….