Almost two months since my last post. Not only does time fly, life really changes. As I write this I am sitting on a futon with Tandy in front of a pellet stove. This is the first night we needed to turn on any heat.
First cold night of fall
We have been in the new house for over a month now. We are loving it. The dogs have a bigger yard, Evelyn has a play house and swings and we have chickens. This is so different from the old house. We are closer to Carlisle and most of the things we do. The house is new with lots of light switches and a grounded electrical system. I know these things should not be exciting but after living in an old house so long they are truly exciting things. I do miss the simplicity of the wood fireplace right now but the pellet stove will be cleaner and is thermostat controlled.
We have most of the everyday things unpacked and a lot of the house is set up and ready to go. It will be some time before all out stuff is moved and the old house is sold but life is good. I am using my drive time to listen to podcasts on permaculture and my head is full of ideas for thing I want to try with the land in the spring. I am starting to put together a food forest plan that will block the view of the car lot on the next property and provide all kinds fun stuff to eat. So far I have a basic plan in my head, a few sketches and lists of plants. If all goes well we will be planting a lot of things either later this fall or in the spring. I have also developed a desire to learn as much as possible about the American chestnut and find some chestnuts to plant. I am considering a post dedicated to the American Chestnut in the future.
Hopefully I will now start to dedicate some time daily or at least weekly to establish this website and blog.
We started packing to move. Closing is scheduled for August 21st. That is less than 3 weeks. There is so much to do between now and then to have this move happen quickly. We want to be sleeping in the new house on the 22nd. We are moving so quickly because school starts on August 25th and we want to start the school year in the new house.
Last night we signed the loan paper work. The next step is to have a VA appraiser look at the house and approve the mortgage. If all goes well we will close on August 21st and move in quickly for the start of the school year.
In contrast to our current house the only thing we need to do is install some fencing so we can let the dogs out. I already started researching fencing options.
I spent the evening gathering financial paperwork for a Mortgage Company to buy a new house on 5 acres. Although gathering paper is not an exciting task this is a major step on the way to having a farmstead. Right now the property is a house with a lot of land. It is our hope that we will be able to turn the land into a small farmstead.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.”
I was going to start with the quote “Every journey begins with one step” so I went to look it up to see who said it. It turns out that the common quote that I was looking for was “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Either way the quote is attributed to Lao-tzu. According to The Quotations Page the more correct translation from the original Chinese is “… beneath one’s feet”.
I really like the subtle difference in meaning to remind me that no matter where I want to end up the journey or as my wife and I call it the adventure starts where we currently stand. I can do a lot for preparation now so when the time for step out is right we will be ready.