Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Here at Two Farms One, amid the struggles and hardship, we find so many things to be thankful for.  The list is a very long one, and you, our readers, are certainly high on that list. 

May each and every one of you have a truly happy and blessed Thanksgiving. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

(D♥A) Dave is in the Hospital!

But he is FINALLY on his way home!

Dave's ankle has been severely hurting him for some time, now (an old injury healed up wrong). But that Midnight Stroll really did it in. The pain finally grew so intense that he could no longer walk and ended up in the local ER several days ago. There, they ran tests, diagnosed him with a drug resistant staph infection, started him on strong antibiotics, said he would need surgery, then sent him on to the orthopedic ward of a much bigger hospital further away.

The current hospital wasn't so sure that the diagnosis was correct and also ran tests, but they had problems getting any accurate readings because the first hospital had already started the strong antibiotics (via IV) and it was interfering with the test results.

So, after days and days of poking, prodding, and trying to figure it out, they have decided that it is an extremely severe case of gout with some infection mixed in. The IV antibiotics have helped considerably. Swelling isn't gone, but is greatly reduced. Pain isn't gone, but is greatly reduced. (I don't think either one of us could tell you when our last pain free day was, going back decades, but reduced pain is great!).

It has been so hard for him to just lay there in that hospital bed, medications dripping in, while it has been so beautiful outdoors. But for me, it is great to hear some strength back in his voice again! He hasn't felt good for quite awhile, and we had been suspecting that he also had pneumonia and/or bronchitis, (remains of these flu bugs and viruses we have had lately) but it looks like all of these high powered antibiotics has remedied all of that, too.

We would love it if you, our wonderful readers, could keep him in your prayers and positive healing thoughts for his continued healing with no set backs.

Thank you so much for your support and have a very blessed day!


Monday, November 2, 2015

(DF) MIDNIGHT STROLL? Well, sort of (part 3)

Walking down the hill proved much less pleasant than going up had been.  Not only was it more painful going downhill, but the downhill side was much steeper.  With traffic coming from both directions, it was also necessary for me to move back and forth across lanes to avoid passing cars.  The road ditch was much deeper (and with steeper banks) than it had been on the uphill side.

Before I reached the bottom of the hill, I encountered another concern.  Cars coming to meet me, would swerve across the other lane, in an obvious attempt to run over me.  As I would jump off in the ditch and scramble up the bank to avoid them, the drivers would honk, shout obscenities, and laugh before swerving back into their own lane.  It seems they were quite enjoying their drive to work.  This happened several times within the next couple of miles.  Had I been slower or less alert, I have no doubt that I would have been hit.

Another mile and a half, with the stars fading into the gray light of dawn, I walked past a mobile home and was greeted by dogs.  Not your average happy to see a stranger type dogs.  These were large mix breed dogs, one coming out in front of me and the other behind, teeth bared and hackles up.  One was barking loudly while the other just kept creeping up and snarling.  The barking brought the lady of the house to the door with a gun.  Did she call off the dogs?  Did she offer to call someone for me?  Did she even have a kind word?  Absolutely none of the above.  Instead, she shined a very bright, red filtered spotlight on me, and asked what was going on.  I told her that my vehicle had broken down and I was trying to make it home.  Her reply was simple and to the point.  "Well, I guess you better just keep walking then", she stated in a very rude tone, and went back inside.  No, she did not call off the dogs before going inside, so I had to maneuver very carefully to get beyond their territory.

Another mile and it was daylight, and by now, I was in an area where most people know me.  Imagine my disapointment when I started seeing people I was acquainted with speed on past like I wasn't there.  Even my former brother in law was going the opposite direction.  He smiled, waved and drove on.  Did he bother to call any of my family and tell them I was walking?  Of course not.

At the corner which marked the point of only three miles remaining, an old man had stalled his little pickup.  He had been taking it to the shop to have the starter fixed and missed his turn.  In turning around, it had stalled and would have to be push started.  His friends were coming to help and would be there shortly, so we had a few minutes of conversation.  When his friends arrived, I helped them push his truck to start it.  He told them that I had been walking all night and could use a ride, but they completely blew it off.  So I walked on.

About a mile from home, and only about a hundred yards from the gravel road I was dreading with my now sore feet,  my little sister came around the curve to meet me.  I was not really expecting her to stop, since she has not been willing to speak to me in over a year, but she did stop.  Actually, she acted like there had never been any bad feelings between us and we had a good conversation.  Very strange.

Finally, being home was great, but still lots to do.  I hurried inside to call Anna, who had been expecting a call about an hour after I left her house, to let her know I made it back safely (our standard routine)  She had left two messages on my phone just in case my call didn't go through to her cell phone.  This happens often and she doesn't get my message until she dials my number.  The third message, as calm and sweet as the other two, was letting me know that she was hoping it was just my phone not working and hoping I would get a good night sleep.  However, something in the tone of her voice said she was terrified.  In the absence of information, the imagination can do terrible things.  I quickly called her to let her know what had happened, then went to care for the animals who had missed their evening feeding.

These things done, it was time to take the truck to Anna's, hook up to the trailer, and haul the Jeep home for repairs.  The hauling went well, and by the time evening chores had been done, I was ready to crash.  Considering the walk, the hauling and the fact that I hadn't slept in about forty hours, I wasn't really doing all that bad.  I knew I would be sore in the morning, but it was good to finally get horizontal for a few hours.  Yes, I was very sore in the morning, but surprisingly enough, my body handled that walk and sleep deprivation about as well as it did in similar circumstances about forty years ago (except for the ankle injury), and with a much better appreciation of the stars than I had had back then.

Several lessons were also learned, as follows: (keep in mind that there are others but these are what comes to mind)

1.     We have become too dependent on cell phones.  Everyone
        expects that you have called  and  have help coming.

2.      People are afraid to help strangers.  In fact, they seem afraid to
         slow down, as if expecting a rock through a windshield.

3.     There are now people out there who will make sport of trying to
        hit you with their car.

4.     If you are not in contact with your own personal support base,
        whether it be friends, family or some other support, you are ON
        YOUR OWN!!!

5.     A good star and meteor show is hard to beat, whatever the

6.     Just because I am older, doesn't mean I am not just as tough.

I hope you have enjoyed my midnight stroll.  Thank you for reading.

UPDATE:  I was partially correct as to what happened to the Jeep.  When I pulled the head, I found that the head gasket was really badly blown.  However, I also found that one of the pistons has a large hole in it.  If you are like Anna and have no idea what that means, it simply means that the engine no longer works and must be rebuilt or replaced.  A lot more work and expense than expected, and much longer before we can afford the parts.

Friday, October 30, 2015

(DF) MIDNIGHT STROLL? Well, sort of (part 2)

Leaving the small town convenience store, and turning toward home, there was still hope of assistance.  The highway bypasses the town, but I still had to walk over a mile to be outside the jurisdiction of their law enforcement.  Many people call that stretch of highway a speed trap, and maybe it is, but whatever the case, I seldom drive that stretch without seeing at least one police car.  Not this time!!!!

That's right, in the time it took to walk the mile and a half to the edge of their jurisdiction, not one member of the local police force passed me.  On the other hand, within that mile and a half and the two miles to follow, three different ambulances passed me, apparently making transport runs (no lights or sirens).  I had hoped the local police would make their rounds and at least make a call for me.  Then I had hoped that at least one of the ambulance drivers would radio law enforcement to let them know there was a late night walker and an abandoned vehicle.  It seems that neither scenario was in the offing.

Not to be brought down by such trivial matters, I continued to walk.  A beautiful star filled night should not be wasted, and a meteor shower is always a rare treat.  My quiet walk and star gazing was only interrupted by the passing of cars, always accelerating and seldom moving to the other lane (this part of my walk was on a large divided highway).  A few miles down the road, I passed another convenience store that is the highlight of a small community at a major intersection.  There was no need stopping, since I already knew that they close at 10 pm, so I continued walking.

Another three miles and I reached the shortcut which connects the highway I was on with the next highway north.  The shortcut is actually a very highly traveled paved county road.  Narrow and only two lane, I would have to be careful of two way traffic, but at least for the moment, most of the cars were going my direction.  Were they more likely to stop than on the big highway?  IT SEEMS NOT!

By the time, I had reached the shortcut, I was beginning to get tired.  There had not been much rest for a few days, and the hour was truly getting late.  An old leg injury which had left a misalignment in my left ankle joint was beginning to ache a bit as well.  The fact that I had not walked more than a mile at any one time in quite a few years did not help much either.  Oh, but those beautiful stars, meteors and warm, gentle breeze.  Such a truly beautiful night for a stroll.  Slowly but steadily, I continued walking, stepping into the road ditch each time a car approached (this is a narrow road and the cars were not slowing down or changing lanes).

About four miles further along the shortcut, I could look to the east and see the morning star rising, telling me it would be daylight soon.  It would be a while yet, but it was coming.  With the approach of morning, I knew that the traffic would soon change.  The majority of cars would be coming to meet me instead of going my direction.  At this point, I was also approaching the bottom of about a two mile long hill.  Not really all that steep, but steadily up hill.  Fortunately, with the particular ankle problem I have, up slope is easier than down slope.  My hope was to reach the top of the hill before the direction of traffic changed, and I would worry about the steep slope down the other side when I got there.

With the morning star high in the sky, but still no daylight, I reached the top of the grade.  For the first time since leaving my Jeep behind, I stopped for a very short rest.  By this time, the pain in my left foot and ankle was significant, though not unbearable.  Traffic had changed to a good mix of directions and with only about ten miles to go, I prepared to start down the other side of the hill.  Yes, I was still enjoying the stars, and the meteor shower had intensified as dawn approached.  Absolutely gorgeous!

Thank you for reading, and please stay tuned for part 3.  There will be lots of excitement, frustration and lessons learned.

Monday, October 26, 2015

(DF) MIDNIGHT STROLL? Well, sort of (part 1)

As most of you know, Anna and I have been working frantically to get her moved and combine our farms.  Though it seems that everything is trying to prevent that move, we keep pushing on, day after day, and are making some progress.   This past Sunday (18 Oct), we decided that a little time away from the move was well overdue. We spent the evening relaxing a bit and enjoying time together.  Before leaving, I mentioned how nice it would be to have a nice midnight stroll and look at the stars.  Of course, we couldn't, because we both had animals to care for at our respective farms.

I began the 40 mile drive before midnight, already tired from not sleeping much the past couple of  nights.  Staying awake was not much of a concern with the windows down and the radio playing.  The Jeep was running beautifully and I would be home in less than an hour.  I did not, and I repeat DID NOT get home in under an hour.

About ten miles into the drive, the Jeep engine started pulling down then died.  I was thinking probably nothing serious (it had been a wonderful night to that point).  A quick look under the hood revealed a badly blown head gasket, and I mean BADLY blown.

My first thought was to pick up the cell and call for help.  There were several people who would gladly come pick me up.  NOT SO FAST!!!  My cell phone had fried a couple of days before and wasn't replaced yet.  Since calling for help was out of the question, I waited for a little while with the Jeep, flashers flashing, in hopes that someone would stop.   No such luck!

By this point, it was just a bit after midnight, and I didn't want to stay there all night.  About a mile down the road from where I was stranded, is a little town with a convenience store beside the highway.  I have never seen that store closed, day or night, though I have passed it many times.  I knew they would not have a pay phone (the semi official word being that there are no more payphones in this state), but maybe they would let me use the store phone to call.  So my beautiful star filled midnight stroll began.

With the sky so filled with stars, and a warm gentle breeze, the mile passed quickly.  The only thing unpleasant about the stroll was the passing cars which would obviously accelerate as soon as I came into the driver's view.  STRANGE!!!!!  Now, imagine my disappointment when I found the convenience store closed.  This left me with choices.  I could walk back to the Jeep and wait, walk back to Anna's place, or start walking toward my place (about 30 miles away).  The first two options include the word "back", and I have never been good at going backward.

Knowing that I was about 30 miles from home, and that I have not walked that far in quite a few years, I started walking.  Yes, I started the 30 mile walk.

While there is much more to the story, I don't want this post is getting too long.  Please stay tuned for part 2 which will be posted in the next couple of days.  Thank You for reading.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


 Hello, Everyone!

This post is two fold... we need a bit of your help, and we want to also make you aware of a probable type of new scam.

We have been noticing an ad in the top left of our blog lately. From our end, it is a Reasor's ad (local grocery store). WE DID NOT PUT THAT AD THERE!!!! We do not have any ads in that position. In fact, although we have been looking for the right ones to place on our blog, we currently do not have any ads of any kind on this blog.

If any of you see an ad in that position on our blog (top left, under the g+ button), or any place on our blog right now, PLEASE let us know. We do not appreciate someone else profiting off of our work!  We are trying to track down where this is coming from. So far, it has been traced down to a website at, but when I go to it, nothing comes up on my end. I am hoping that means that they have been caught and taken down!

Oh, yes, underneath the ad, it also says, "Crime Watch Ad". Again, if you see any of these ads on our blog, please let us know! We also suggest that you, our fellow bloggers and website owners keep an eye on your ads to see if you are also being targeted.

We consider this a theft, stealing. . . . .  making a profit off of someone else's work. It should hold jail time just like any other theft. Some days, I wish I could push a magic little button that would remove me from everything electronic in my life! Biggest problem with that is, that is where most of the business has gone to, now.  Electronics were supposed to make life easier, but in my opinion, they have just created far more stress, problems, and work.  All the more reason we are working hard towards living more simply and more off grid.

Okay, back to my packing and stuff. Today, I am heading outside in the beautiful, sunny, breezy, and just right temps, to build another big cage to move some more chickens in. We had quarantined our Fall order of chicks at Anna's Farm and they are almost ready to be moved on over to Dave's Farm with the rest of the chickens. Have a FANTASTIC DAY, Everyone! ! !  And thank you for reading our blog!

UPDATE: I found what it is. This stinks!  Crime Watch Ads It is a virus in your browser.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Back in early spring, I tilled up the garden added compost and tilled again.  It looked great!  I then planted potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, peas and green beans, all in their appropriate time.  Other wonderful veggies were to be planted very soon, as the early root crops began to grow. 

All was well and things were growing nicely, including weeds and grass (as always).  The rows had been tilled and weeded once, and almost ready for the next round, as new rows were laid off to be planted.  Sounds great and productive, doesn't it?  But not so fast!!!

This is about the time it started raining.  It rained, and rained, and rained yet more.  Soon, my lovely garden was standing in water, and remained so for some time.  During this time of standing in water, grass and weeds grew quite well.  By the time the soil was dry enough to walk across, grass was chest high and the green beans were ready to pick (actually, many had gone past their prime and rotted).

Between the rain, work, taking care of animals, trying to get Anna moved and dealing with some health issues (both mine and Anna's), there just wasn't time or energy to get the weeds out and start over.  All that was harvested was a small mess of peas and a couple of mediocre pickings of green beans.

!Now, fast forward to autumn !

A couple of weeks ago, with thoughts of removing the grass and weeds from the garden, I waded through the tangled mess a bit just to see if it would be better to cut it all down first or just wait until it died and burn it.  To my surprise, I found potato plants rising up among the tall grass,  Very nice potato plants, in fact.  With that in mind, I vowed to wait until I had a chance to dig a bit, hoping that there were actually potatoes on the other end of those plants.

Yesterday, 17 October, I took a little time to dig.  YES there are potatoes on the other end.  It is not a record crop of record size potatoes, but there are potatoes.  Now I have my work cut out for me.  It will be difficult working among the grass, or cutting the grass first (that decision is yet to be made), but it will certainly be worth the effort.

Now there is the question of carrots and such.  They will be a bit harder to locate but I must look.   It would be so nice to have homegrown carrots and potatoes from our garden in the stew.  Wish me luck, and if your garden was also taken over, you might want to check before you till.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

(AF) Moving Update - Are You Still Moving?!?!

You're still moving?!?
People keep asking, "Are you STILL moving?" and the answer to that question is
YES! We are still diligently working on moving me to Dave's!

Moving an entire farm we knew would be difficult, but it is taking far longer than even we anticipated, we have both been sick several times and had to take some healing time out (although we didn't take as much as we should have), and our arthritic bodies are REALLY wearing out and loudly protesting all the extra stress, strain and lifting. Sometimes we have to just stop for a few days and let our bodies catch back up. But we are getting there, little by little, and beginning to make some great progress.

We have been EXTREMELY blessed with several extensions of moving time! ! ! I can't even begin to express how grateful we have been for this! These time extensions have saved us many, MANY years of work to replace what we already have that could be moved. We will just keep on plugging along, pushing our bodies to and beyond their limits to get it all moved, then we can let them rest and heal over the Winter.

We have no idea, now how much more time we have to move. It could be tomorrow, or it could be a month or two from now. We just don't know and have not been able to find out this time. When we try to find out, we just keep getting referred from one person to the next, and back again. My last time extension request was for until the end of October. I am still not sure we are going to make it by then, but on our end, we have to! We desperately need to have everything, me and the critters all over at Dave's Farm by the end of October so that we can have some time to really get the critters settled in properly before it gets too cold. That has been too hard to do with him there, me here, and running back and forth packing, loading and hauling loads, building new pens, etc.

Little by little, Anna's Farm is making its way over to Dave's Farm and before we know it, we will finally, officially be Two Farms One!  We just need for our bodies and finances to hold up long enough. Somehow, we need a mega burst of energy and finances. I had a couple of extra, unexpected sales a month or so ago, along with an unexpected, one day, high pay job that came with the most perfect timing. God is good, takes care of our needs, and it will be there, pleasantly surprising us again, when we are most desperate.

And to all of those that have donated gas funds, WE THANK YOU! ! ! ! You have overwhelmed our hearts with your kindness and may many blessings come your way!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned. Coming up, a post about an unexpected afternoon with no power at all. Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

(AF) My Poor Old Computer Fried

This week's mushroom find. (Oysters)
  My poor old laptop finally bit the dust. Oh, how I miss her! Her motherboard fried and they don't make them for that computer any more, so I was told.

I am FINALLY back online and hoping to figure this Windows 10 thing out soon (I was on Windows XP) and get some update posts up soon. Me and this current computer are NOT getting along!

Yes, we are STILL moving.  Updates on all of that shortly.

Have a FANTASTIC and BLESSED day! ! !

Friday, August 7, 2015

PHARMACY FRIDAY - - A Bad Virus and Antiviral Oils

Yay! I finally got back in to the "new post" page! I have been trying for at least a week to get back in and write some posts, but . . . no such luck. VERY frustrating!  Anyone else been having any issues? In an oddly humorous way, I couldn't even get the "Complain to Google" button to work!

Okay, on with the post. Dave and I have been sick with a very odd and unusual virus. I find it unusual, anyway, to get one this time of year, but when you do, with the high heat, humidity, etc, it seems to be even harder to shake.

One of our relatives went for an out of town, routine doctor's appointment. Within a few days he/she came down with an odd and harsh virus. It affected not only the intestines, but the entire body. Several days later, Dave came down with it, then in a few more days, I came down with it. And THAT is why I don't go for "well check-ups!" We stayed away from everyone possible while we thought we were in the contagious stage, as we had not heard of anyone in our area with it, and still haven't.

This was, by far, one of the worst viruses we have had in a long time! It seemed to drain every drop of strength we had, the diarrhea was extreme (I have never taken this much Imodium in my life!), and it also hit our respiratory system, making our lungs ache and very difficult to breathe. Needless to say, this virus almost completely halted our moving activities for a couple of weeks. Dave contracted it about 3 weeks ago and still had some tell-tale signs of it. 2 1/2 weeks later and I am still having intestinal issues from it, although we have greatly improved, now.

I saw how bad it took down our relative and Dave . . . . to the point of not even being able to function at all for days. . . . and I was determined to keep going, even at a slow pace, but keep going with the sorting and packing. What did I do? I turned to my essential oils! I have a blend that I absolutely love for all kinds of "feel good" stuff, so I used the best ones of that blend that I thought would help.

Into about 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil (Virgin is best), I added a drop each of the following essential oils:
Orange, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Lemongrass

Blend all together well, let stand a few minutes, then blend again before each use. 

Before I went to bed each night (and usually again in the morning), I massaged this oil blend into the bottoms of my feet. Why? Because everything that goes onto the bottoms of  your feet absorbs into all the cells of your body within approximately 20 minutes! It is a very fast way to get antivirals all throughout your body without having to put them into your stomach.

I use Orange because not only is it a great pick-me-up, but it is a muscle relaxant - helping to reduce coughs and muscle spasms.
I use Cedarwood because it helps to bring up excess phlegm from the respiratory system.
Peppermint is great as an energizer and is also a great antiviral. I have also found Eucalyptus and Lemongrass to be excellent antivirals.
Coconut Oil is an EXCELLENT and strong antiviral!
I just love this blend!

It didn't completely make my virus go away, but the severity of it was much, MUCH less than the other two people that I knew that had it! I was slowed way down by the virus, but I was never completely down and, though at a slower pace, was able to still keep going. My intestinal issues weren't even a fourth of the other two's, which also kept me from losing as much energy as they did.

As an added bonus with this oil blend . . . . the patch of athlete's foot I had on the bottom of one of my feet disappeared! That was a wonderful surprise!
We are still having a little difficulty with our intestinal and digestive tracts, but eating a yogurt a day is greatly helping with that, also.

So, even though I contracted this horrible virus several days after David, I seem to have recovered from it at a much faster rate and the severity of it was only a fraction of what it was for Dave and our relative, all which I owe (in my opinion) to the essential oil blend I rubbed into my feet.

Thank you for reading my post! May you have a very Happy and Healthy day! ! !  ! 

DISCLAIMER: Always check with your health care professional before using any natural remedies. If you are pregnant or nursing, DO NOT use any essential oils without checking with your health care professional! Some essential oils can cause miscarriage and/or birth defects and/or other complications.
I am not a doctor nor a medical professional. All of the information listed here is based on the results of my research, personal opinions, and personal experiences. This post is not intended to replace professional medical assistance.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - Rain Barrels and Tadpoles

 Please don't laugh too hard. One of the things on our list of outdoor items to move is my rain barrels. I collect and save some rain water to use to water plants, and, when it is fresh, to water my chickens with. They love it!

The problem right now, is .. all of my rain barrels are full of . . . TADPOLES! Normally this isn't a problem. Normally, it is a GOOD thing because the tadpoles gobble up any mosquito larvae that find their way into the rain barrels and really keeps the number of mosquitoes around here down to a minimum. But in order to move the rain barrels, I need to dump them, and I just can't kill all of those beautiful, graceful little tadpoles!

So what is a person to do, other than to relocate them? Some have been moved to Dave's rain barrels, but they are now full, and oh, so many tadpoles still left! We are now turning to Dave's pond. His pond used to be a nice, thriving pond, then a couple of years ago in the high heat, all the water drained out and it has never held water since. But this summer, during what is usually one of our driest months of the year, we have had well over 20 inches of rain! He checked his pond the other day and not only is it filled up with water, but the creek is still flowing into it . . yea! SOOOO.... I am spending a little time each day, dipping and catching the little darlins' so that we can relocate them to Dave's pond. The first bucket that went in acted overjoyed! Oh, how they loved that big, fresh, clear body of water!

Fishing out all of those little tadpoles is a chore, to say the least, but I just can't kill them without a purpose. If they ended up as bird food, snake food (we have watched this happen!) or some other natural food, it wouldn't bother me so much, but I just can't send them to their death for the sole purpose of moving my rain barrels. It just doesn't seem right. I have learned that shining a flashlight on them at night to capture them makes the odd chore much, much easier and faster. If I just leave the rain barrels, no doubt, the new owners would immediately just dump them out thinking they were eliminating a mosquito trap or getting the old barrels out of they way, (or the neighbors so they can walk off with the barrels) so the little tadpoles would still end up meeting their demise.  Relocating them it is!

Maybe they will hang around and gobble up all of Dave's mosquitoes!
Thank you for reading our post. Stay tuned and have a blessed day!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - A Buffet and a Piano

My emotions seem to be running on such a roller coaster of highs and lows right now. One minute I am so excited that I found something that survived the flooding and other destructiveness and got it moved, then the next I am at an extreme low when I learn of a total loss of a beloved keepsake.

Three of David's fantastic relatives came yesterday to lend their muscles to move the buffet and my piano. (Bless you all!) The lighting is very dim in this house, especially since I have had to cut most of the power to it off a few months ago. Both of these (piano and buffet) have been stored in a corner in an area we had thought to be one of the safest and driest in the house. When they went to move the buffet, they could see that quite a bit of the laminate was coming off of the back and it had sustained a little bit of some other high humidity damage, but it was movable. It may no longer have its full antique value, but we can still probably refurbish it into our kitchen counter/cabinet in our future Tiny House, as we had planned. I was so glad to see the great, extra pains they still took with the mirror to get it moved safely. That mirror is the original mirror on the piece and supposedly over 100 years old!

My piano, which I have had since I was 5 years old, and matches this buffet, doesn't have such a good ending. It is extra heavy ... an antique upright, player piano. We were so very poor when I received that piano and my dad must have had to pay half or more of his month's paycheck to get it for me. He had seen, even at an extremely young age, how much I adored music and wanted me to have something that would encourage that love over the years. I have had it moved to every house I have ever lived in over the years, always hiring piano movers to move it (it always took at least 4 of their strongest men), but this time, we can't even find a piano store in this town!

David and his helpers tugged and lugged on that old piano and, one broken toe, one asthma attack, one nearly broken arm, another smashed arm, and many more bumps, bruises and pulled muscles later, they finally managed to get it moved the 15 feet to the front door. On the way, pieces began  to drop off. As they got it into better light and looked inside, they could see that all of the metal parts inside were rusted up solid! Also, as the flood water finally made it into this front room during this last, very unseasonable heavy rains, the wood of the bottom half had apparently soaked up much moisture, making the already super heavy instrument, even heavier. Then they tried to get it across the thresh hold. Nope, wasn't happening. (Yes, the piano is on wheels) Even lifting it just two inches over the little hump seemed near impossible. It just wasn't going to move.

I stood there, hugging my beloved piano, tears flowing, and silently telling it good bye ... then told them to just push it back against the wall. I just couldn't ask them to put their bodies through any more to move a piano that could not be repaired (would have cost thousands of dollars and still wouldn't be the same) to be used again, and would only be able to be a wall decoration. Getting it unloaded where it was being moved to was going to be even far more difficult than getting it out of my house, and I could not ask them, nor anyone, to do that.

Through my tears, I asked them if there was anything at all on it that could be salvaged to be repurposed into something else, so I could  at least take part of it for memory sake. Everyone brightened up and the ideas began flowing! So . . . that will be today's project . . . to dismantle what we can of my beloved old piano, and move just a small portion of it.

Thank you for reading my post. Have a fantastically blessed day! ! !

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - Treasured Keepsakes ~ I

Yes, we are still at it, frantically trying to get all of my things moved before time runs out. Time is quickly ticking and there is still LOTS left to move, but we are beginning to see some progress.

As I said, I have lived here for 18 years, it is a large house, with several filled storage buildings. Some things I have not seen in a very long time! During that time there has been a destructive divorce and quite a bit of Nature's destructions, so every time I find a precious keepsake, I get very, VERY excited! It is mind boggling and amazing what manages to survive over the years. Here are some things I came across that I wanted to share with you .  . .

Okay, so why would I have saved baby powder jars? The one on the right is the one that came home in the hospital bag when my mom had me (her first baby). And yes, it still has the original powder in it!
The one on the left is the one that came home in the hospital bag when I had my first baby! It still has a little of the original powder in it. What a difference 19 years made in jar designs! The one on the left is now over 30 years old. I am going to have to see what the new ones look like.

This is the vase my mom received flowers in when she was in the hospital having me. The hands are long gone, and it has a couple of hairline cracks inside, but it is still completely intact and for being over 53 years old, and having been used a LOT for a variety of things over the years, I think it is still in pretty good shape! I used to get into trouble when I was little for playing with it every time I could get ahold of it, because I loved it so much. When I was grown and moved out on my own, my mom finally just gave it to me. Oh, yes, and the baby blanket that the above two items are setting on was also mine, given to me/my mom as a gift when I was born.

Awww.... my Tomahawk! When I opened up an old tub that had been stored for a long time, to see what was in it, this was the first thing that caught my eyes and the memories and tears flowed until I thought I was going to flood the yard again. Oh, how I loved looking for great rocks when I was little! (And still do!) This was a flint rock I found one day when I was out walking the shore at the lake with my dad. We thought it looked like a Tomahawk head, so he said he would make me one out of it, and he did! I wish I could remember what kind of wood the stick was, but it sure has held up!  I am sure I was totally annoying, but I hung over and watched his every move as he made my new "toy."  He worked the handle over with such love and care, then split the end. I was very little, yet I still remember my scared shock as he split that end, thinking he had just ruined that perfect handle! He calmly told me to just watch and wait. He expertly continued on has he inserted the head (rock) and wrapped it up tightly with waxed string. I thought it was finished and ready to play with but he still wouldn't let me have it, yet. I had already thought it was funny that he had put wax on that string, but he said he had to put some more and it had to dry good. He said it would hold it together much better and make it last much longer. It may have been just a "toy" but he wanted it made right and to last a long time for lots of good play. Too bad that kind of care doesn't go into today's toy making!
When it was finally finished, he handed it to me and gave me my "rules of play" (all those do's and don't's). I wasn't about to break any of those rules and get my precious new toy that my dad had worked so hard to make for me, taken away!
Oh the fun I had with that Tomahawk! I can still visualize myself as such a small child, running around in my little leather fringed moccasins swinging around my "real" tomahawk! It must have been a pretty funny sight for all those that saw me, ha, ha, ha. This is one treasure that NO price could be put on and it is MOVED!

Thank you for reading my post, stay tuned, and have a HEAVENLY day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - Receiving Shots Fired !!!

 Today, something I had suspected came to light, more so than I had even imagined. It appears that my next door neighbors have been shooting at my dogs and things in my yard on a regular basis!

A couple of months ago I discovered that my young dog, Sneezy had a big bloody spot on the end of her tail. I had a hard time getting it to quit bleeding and it has taken a very long time to get it to heal up to the point it doesn't drip blood every time she bumps it on something, as she is so active and kept breaking it back open. It looked like the end of her tail had been shot off! Other than that thought, I just couldn't figure out what had happened to it, but I couldn't imagine that would have happened inside our yard.

Fast forward to yesterday morning. As many of you readers know, I have been making most of the dogs sleep outside right now to guard and protect the property (been having attempted break-ins at the gate and the side yard) and protect the trailer as we pack and load it for moving. When I went outside yesterday morning to tell all my babies good morning, I noticed that Dopey's eye was all swelled up, his eyeball was cocked sideways, and there was a bloody red circle just above his left eye. It looked like a BB hole! I thought maybe he had gotten stung by a wasp, but it was really too big of a hole for even a wasp. I cleaned it up and irrigated it with salt water and watched it closely all day. Fortunately, it improved as the day went on and he didn't have to go to the vet. These pictures were take today, after it had healed up quite a bit. We were so blessed it wasn't any closer to his eye!

Bear with me, here. You might remember we have been dismantling our steel storage building. It is now down to just the floor to be moved. Next to that building, on each side, I had some boxes of assorted dishes and vintage canning jars stored (dragged home from the flea market). With all of the recent heavy rains, the boxes had broken open and the jars and dishes had spilled out. Yesterday evening (Thursday), I picked up all the dishes and jars, shook the mud and dirt out of them, and set them up on the floor of the steel building to dry so I could pack them. The few that were broken I set aside. All that were waiting to dry and be packed were thoroughly looked over and not a one was broken.

 This evening, when Dave and I were packing and loading, I started packing up those dishes. I went to pick up one of the jars and nearly cut myself on the bullet hole in it! (1976 Liberty Bell, vintage quart jar, at that!) The fresh, new slivers of glass are easily seen inside of the jar.
Sometime during the night, or the wee hours of the morning, someone had been shooting into my yard! Now I know what the dogs were so violently barking at most of the night. We figure they had been shooting at the dogs and hit my jar. The only place the shots could have come from was the Phipps' property. Will these people ever leave me alone!?!?!?!? Not even knowing we are leaving, will they quit their bullying and harassments!  This area where the bullet holes were found is just a few feet from the house, and only a few feet from where I sit in the evening to relax a bit and enjoy the stars and lightening bugs.

 We started looking around the whole area to see what else might have been shot. There appears to be BB holes on our dog Dusty, our dog Bubba, more on Sneezy, and in another jar. (Vintage Kerr self-sealing) What was very telling about that jar was that where it had been shot, algae/moss had begun to grow in the point of impact. That means that this has been going on for quite some time! With each of us having 5 acres, there is no reason to be shooting that closely to my house and living space, except for intent to harm. I have to wonder, "Will I be next?"

I am absolutely horrified that my dogs have been going through all of this! How often does this happen when I go in to town for errands? I have literally become a prisoner in my own home! I can't leave for fear one of my babies will be injured, and/or property will be injured/damaged or stolen. More and more I am having to ask people to run my errands for me and pick up my groceries because it is just too dangerous for me to leave my property unattended. Recently, my other next door neighbor (Leroy Hacker) even stood at my gate yelling at me, "You never leave! You are always here! You never leave this place and go anywhere!" (I found that very odd for him to say and it made me wonder why he was wanting me to leave so badly), "I am going to come in your yard and kill all of your dogs. I don't like how many you have!" (And yes, he is close friends with the Phipps') 

What I kept thinking was the strangest tick bites I had ever seen on my dogs, and lots of them (perfectly round sores, but no ticks), now looks to be BB shots! My dogs stay in our tightly fenced yard, never getting out. Some of them are even inside an electric fence on top of this, and the gate stays locked 24-7. The ONLY way my dogs would have gun shot sores/wounds is if someone was shooting them within our own yard! ! ! ! KARMA - wish I could see it when theirs comes, but not badly enough to stay here any longer. . . . . . .

Thank you for reading our post . . stay tuned . . . . and have a FANTASTIC weekend!

(Yes, I bought dirty jars and they got even dirtier in the heavy rains, but they will clean up nicely to use for making candle lanterns)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - Dismantling the Building Pt 3

As some of you have read, I (Anna) am losing my property to an illegal foreclosure and we are frantically trying to get me moved. Right now, we are about to finish up moving that steel storage building that will later by our Tiny Home. We had tried to get our local Towing (Morgan Towing) company to move it. After nearly 2 weeks of a run around and empty promises of calling us back with an estimate, they finally gave us an estimate of a minimum of $2000! Their way of saying 'no'.

Then there was Davis Buildings of Stigler, Oklahoma, whom we purchased the building from. They had said, sure, we can move it. But, once again, we got the run around for over a week, then they basically said they couldn't do it. They said that they could put us on a waiting list and someday, when they were this way delivering a building, they could move it then. Geez! When people move, and need a building moved, they don't have months and months to be on a waiting list to get something moved! We figure that they figure if we liked the building so much, we would just buy another if they didn't move it. WRONG! We DISMANTLED it! Actually, Dave did most of it and I helped.

It turned out to be an absolute blessing that we had to dismantle it to move it. That building was not at all built to the quality that they said it was! It was supposed to be fireproof, waterproof, varmint proof, never going above 95F, nor below freezing, etc. None of that was true!

I had trusted that it would not freeze, nor get too hot in there, so that is where I had all of my candle fragrance oils stored. It DID; however, freeze and got hot at times, expanding and contracting the bottles of oils so much that many of them busted, ruining a huge section of the flooring, not to mention I lost $$$$$$ worth of fragrance oils! So much for that 25-year flooring, too, that nearly nothing was supposed to be able to damage.

The building was not properly sealed. The roof had been sealed, but there were many, many gaps in the sealing, letting in ants! The entire inside of the roof was one, HUGE ant colony! Dave ended up with hundreds of stings/bites before he had the whole building down! For there to have been ant colonies in that building, that meant that water was getting in and it was staying damp inside. Not good!

The ants didn't stop at just the roof. There were millions inside the walls, too! Here is a section of wall where they came rushing out as Dave took the top piece off. I am allergic to ants and if we had had this building moved, we might not have ever known we were living with walls filled with ants until after we had gotten our tiny little home all set up. Again, ants live where it is nice and damp, so that meant that it was staying damp, all the time, in those walls, for the ant colonies to have been as large as they were!

Here is our little building (future home) most of the way disassembled. A storm came up and we had to stop. Looks like I didn't do too badly of a job with the layer of primer I had put on the wood floor before I laid the tiles, as the water really stood on the floor. Would have made a good slip 'n slide! (not really)  We are hoping all that rain didn't further damage the floor. So far, it looks okay.  Dave had a really hard time getting the screws out inside the building. I had painted it awhile back and did so in a way I wanted the screws to blend in with the wall and not show. He said I did a really good job of it! He had such a hard time getting through all of that paint and into the head of the screws to get them out! I felt so very bad for him, but proud of my paint job at the same time, lol. I had never painted metal walls before, and had asked at the home store how to do it. They gave good instructions!

For a professional building, there sure wasn't anything professional in its building quality! This is a picture of the inside of one of the door facings. They either got in a hurry, ran out of materials, or something didn't fit right and they just waded up the metal at the top of this door frame before putting on the door facing! 

Then there were the tiny little blocks off wood just stuck inside of the edge of the door frame, all up and down the frame, to hold the door! Each one was held in with just one tiny screw, easily removed with a hand held phillips head. You can see on the left the little screw holding the block of wood in, and the scrunched up metal above it where they just folded the metal in, rather than make sure it was completely full of the foam insulation and good and solid.  What you see of this wood block is all that there is of them. They do not go all the way back into the door.

Then there was our biggest shock! More proof that the building was NOT property sealed. When David took the walls off, he discovered that the seam at the bottom had not been sealed at all! Water had run down into the ridge that held the walls and that part is VERY rusted, the entire perimeter of the building! Had we just had this building moved and not disassembled it, long about the middle of winter, we would have been all nice and cozy in our little house and the walls would have dropped off! I guess these people don't ever expect anyone to take these buildings apart and see how they are made. But we did, and we DO NOT recommend that anyone ever purchase a building from Davis Buildings in Oklahoma!  We think we caught all the problems in this little building just in time and can make the needed repairs to still use it, very comfortably as our Tiny House, but I would never  buy one of these buildings again. But for now, this is what we have, and this is what we will work with. The concept is great, and they could be nice, cozy, long lasting buildings if built property.

Now, for some GOOD NEWS! ! ! !  We have been given at least 2 - 2 1/2 more weeks to get moved! !  ! Happy Dance! ! !  (except my poor old body is just too tired and exhausted right now to dance. But I am dancing in my head!) God is good! Prayers were heard!
Thank you for reading this post and supporting us, and please keep praying and sending those positive, uplifting thoughts.  Have a terrific day!

Monday, July 6, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - Dismantling the Building Pt 2

Although far too slowly for us, dismantling the building is coming along.  So far, all has been possible to do. Not easy by far, but possible. We are still trying to figure out how to move the heavy floor, though.

If you remember, I originally purchased the building from Davis Buildings based in Stigler, Oklahoma. They had said they would move it but gave us the run around until it was too late, so we are dismantling it and attempting to move it that way. It will be our Tiny House to live in. We find it very odd and interesting that, since we first posted about our issues with them a few days ago, their entire website has been taken down! There website had been up for years and I had just used it a week ago. Very odd.

When taking a building like this down, it is very important to study it a bit before beginning, and mapping out the order in which you want to take it apart so that you don't have walls, roof, etc, crashing in on top of you. Those sections are very heavy with many sharp edges and could badly, even fatally, injure someone if not done in a logical and proper order.

We have one lower wall and 2 half ends left to take down. This part is going much faster than the rest. Here are a few more pictures and explanation. . . .

The building was supposed to be leak proof. They assured us of that. Yet after moving things out of it and getting a better look at the walls, we are finding several bad leaks.

We had much of our camping stuff stored under this window, especially our tents. As you can see, this window leaked, BADLY all the way across! Some of our tents and camping supplies got really wet and we lost quite a bit of it. Davis Buildings obviously did not seal things properly. More on this in the next post.

Balcony wall and window removed on one end.
David removing the other balcony wall end. The entire wall could be moved in one piece without doing this, but it is much too heavy for one (even strong) person to do this. The door was also removed and this wall was taken down in three pieces, plus the door.

This wall could be moved in all one, long section, but it was far too heavy that way.

Top part of wall removed. Removed in 3 or 4 sections. The remainder of the wall was removed in 3 part sections. Although still heavy, much easier to carry and move that way. 

We now only have 3 days left to move. I am trying hard to hold up, but I am beginning to break, and break badly at times. Our bodies are harshly arguing against moving any more, and we still have MOST of the moving to do. We have been going at as fast of a pace as our bodies will allow, but it just isn't fast enough. We have not had, nor does it appear we will have, any physical help moving. A couple of people that were had to cancel, but they had legitimate reasons. The rest, well . . . . just didn't seem to truly care and backed out. . . . kind of went into hiding without a word. If we could just, somehow, have more time to move, (and build new animal pens) the two of us could manage to get it done, except for possibly my piano and the wood stoves. I have had my piano since I was 5 years old, moved it to every house I have ever lived in, and now it is in danger of having to be left behind. My beautiful, old, antique piano is more than just a piano, it became a part of me through my entire life and holds the most beautiful and fun family memories. Somehow, I HAVE to find a way to get it moved. But it is super heavy.
PLEASE continue to pray and hold positive thoughts for our move, for a miracle of extended time, and for our health, strength, and reduced pain so that we can do the remainder of the moving. Thank you so much!
And thank you for reading our post. Blessings for a terrific day!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - Dismantling the Building Pt 1

Many of you may remember from our recent posts, the run around we got from both, Davis Buildings (1-888-502-4086 300SW A Street, Stigler, OK - where we purchased the building) and Morgan Towing, (Muskogee, OK) when we tried to get our steel building moved. We desperately need to get it moved because that building is what will be turned into our Tiny House, and until then, we will be tenting it indefinitely. So, with no other possibilities of professionals to move our little building, and no more time to get permits, what is a person to do? The lightbulb went off when I was standing there, gazing at the building, trying to figure out what to do. Some may remember that I had come to the realization that the entire building was put together with nothing more than phillips head screws! So, I wondered if we could dismantle it and move it in sections. And THAT , our wonderful readers, is EXACTLY what we are doing!

David took the lofts out first.You have to before you can take the roof off.  The first one was a bit of a struggle, but by the time he got it out, he had the mechanics of the building figured out and the second loft was fairly easy. The building is, indeed, put together in foam filled segments that are about a foot and a half to two feet wide. You can take them apart individually or in longer sections. You simply unscrew the screws on each side of the sections (Be sure and save the screws!!!

The roof hasn't been so simple! Although it was logical, we had not anticipated that each and every seam would be GLUED together with some kind of cheap, but very gripping sealer! SO, not only did David have a scary time up on that ladder taking out screws, some of which were put in very crooked, but he had to pry all that tight holding sealer loose without ripping the metal

And then there were the ants. If you ever try this and are allergic to ants, TAKE PRECAUTIONS! There may have been lots of sealer on that roof, but it wasn't enough to keep out the ants, Actually, it gave them just the home they needed. Up under all those seams, the ENTIRE length of that roof, was the largest ant nest we had ever seen! Dave ended up with hundreds of stings, poor guy. And their sting was powerfully painful! If we had not taken this building apart, we might not have known about all those ants until we were living in it, and that could have spelled disaster! Yes, I am allergic to ants and that would have been a powerful lot of ants to be living with in a home!

As we (mostly David) started taking this building apart. Ideas began coming to us, ideas we might not have come up with if we had simply had it moved. Taking it down ourselves has opened up some great opportunities and ideas for us. For one, after Dave got that first couple of roof sections down, the lighting in that little building flowed in! It was wonderful! So now we are pondering different ways to replace a couple of those sections with plexiglass or something similar, instead of the foam filled metal, to give us sky lights. Wouldn't that be nice! We would have to shade them in the heat of the summer, but it would also reduce how much heat we had to use in the winter. This alone could be worth having to move it ourselves, although some more help in the way of some muscle would have been greatly appreciated, especially when we get to the part where we have to move the floor in one piece.

So, that is where moving the little steel building stands, so far. We have the lofts down and three-fourths of the roof. It is going FAR tooooo slowly, but it is going. We so desperately need a miracle, somehow, of more moving time. I am trying to hold up and keep positive, but it is growing harder and harder to hold it together as I look around me at the multitude of my belongings that still needs to be moved and only a few short days left. Please keep the prayers and positive, uplifting thoughts going, to keep us going and for that miracle of extra time we so desperately need. And for those that are wondering about "work" through all of this. David still has to work his 7-day a week part-time home health job through all of this, and I had to completely halt my flea market and online sales to be able to pack and move. That is to answer those that have been wondering and asking.  And yes, we will be painting the outside of the building with a really good, quality paint. Suggestions are welcome!
Thank you for reading our post and have a fantastic day!

Back of building and loft before removing.

Loft after it was removed. The gray is primer.

A peek at what the inside of the loft looks like.

Bracket that holds the loft.

My Mr. Muscle . . . so stroNG!

A peek Inside the roof. Dense foam.

Cool beans! A skylight! ! !

Three-fourths of the roof off. It got too dark to finish, even with flashlights, and thunder was rumbling.

Friday, July 3, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - A Very Wild and Memorable Load!

 Yesterday, while Dave worked on things at his end, my mom and I took a load of my cookbooks and more delicate things in her car. Not quite all of my cookbooks made it out, yet. There are still a few scattered around here and there, but I think one more box will do it. I can toss them in as I come across them , then seal them up and go. It is such a relief to know that my most important cookbooks made it out! That might not seem like much to some people, but it is HUGE for me! 

Just as we started to pull away from my house, a few rain drops began to fall. About 15 miles out, the sky opened up! It was one of the hardest downpours I ever had to drive in! I HATE DRIVING IN STORMS! Just as we got to David's, it let up to an occasional drip now and then. I counted that as a huge blessing! We got it all unloaded, left, and the sky opened back up! We had storm to drive in all the way back! Once, my mom nearly jumped out the window. My phone has a storm radio on it and the storm alarm went off. . . LOUDLY! ! !  She didn't know it was on there, or that any phone had them (I didn't either until it went off the first time), and nearly jumped out of her skin. Her friend and neighbor kept in contact and let us know how bad the flooding was getting in Muskogee, where she lives. There was even a large special forces police department unit driving around town looking for flood victims to rescue!  I went cautiously and tried to get back home, but the flooding was just too bad. By that point, we even had a hard time trying to get back to my mom's house, but we finally made it. I was a nervous wreck worrying about all my critters that needed to be fed, especially my dogs, but I figure God decided I needed one good night's sleep under an air conditioner before I jump into this last leg. And the ground needed a good soaking so that I could pop up some starts of my blackberries so we can get a blackberry bed of my variety started. They are so yummy!

When I got home, I discovered that the dogs had solved their own dinner problem. I was afraid that if they got hungry enough, they might try to get into the chickens. But they did something better. As we were emptying the old store supplies from the steel building, I had set a box of stuff to throw away, up on an old shelf outside. The dogs had sniffed out the candy inside of it! In the bottom of the box were lots and lots of old honey straws and gummy burgers. Obviously, they liked the honey straws best. There were only a few empty gummy wrappers, and a big pile of empty honey straws! They had also grazed on the ragweed. They love that stuff! I have one dog that stays fat on it.  My dogs are so smart!

I am betting that as you readers follow along, you are finding it interesting the order in which we choose the most important things to move/save/keep. The decisions have been, and are, extremely difficult to make!. . . . and not without many, many tears Our order, for the most part, has been . . . 1) Animals/Life first and foremost. 2) Keepsakes and Family Heirlooms (although I still have many of those to get out. I am a sentimental old fool for sure)  3) Business and Farm supplies . . . . without them we will not have an income much of any kind after we get straightened back out and settled. 4) Things of great monetary value    5) Everything else I want to keep
What would your order be?

You would think that since the neighbors now know that I have to move out, that they would leave us alone. But NO . . . . . . They have started their crud back up. A few nights ago, over at the Hacker's, they were shooting off fireworks. As they finished, they just had to shoot an aerial, right over my yard, right behind and against my house, raining firework debris everywhere. They don't know it, yet, but they will truly miss having me around to bully, lol. PATHETIC!

Night before last is when we moved out the trailer with most of the stuff out of that storage building (2 storage buildings to go). David left with the long trailer full right after dark. Apparently someone over at the Phipps' must have thought I had left with him, because he hadn't been gone 10 minutes when I heard loud thumps and crashes in the junk pile right behind that storage building! I was outside on the phone, and enjoying the lightening bugs a moment (I will miss their multitude out here), and all the outside dogs were sitting with me, so it wasn't them. But did they ever go running and growling to check it out! A big rustle at the fence and all was quiet again. I made it clear that I was here and would have the sheriff back out in a snap if they tried it again.  10 minutes . . . TEN MINUTES! ! !  is all it took for them to think I was gone and start to pilfer through my belongings! It is getting tough for us to be gone at the same time, which is very inconvenient and slows things down even more. Throughout all of this, we keep constantly catching the neighbors on that side, daylight and dark, peeking through the bushes, through the fence, to see what load we are gathering up next. Regardless of everything, I am so thankful I have my life and not theirs!

Well, back to my packing. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and good thoughts that somehow, we are blessed with the ability and means to do what appears to be the impossible. Our arthritis continues to worsen from the stress, exertion, and unseasonable storms/rain, and one of Dave's legs is almost unfunctioning, which is getting really scary. My bronchitis isn't any better, much, but it IS holding at the stage it is at and we are praying it doesn't roll on over into pneumonia. It is annoying, but I can manage it at this stage. Thank you all so much for reading this post, and continuing to support us in your own way. Have a super terrific day! Bless you!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - Still Loads and Loads to Move!

 I am really trying not to let myself get down and instead, keep focused on moving at as fast and steady of a pace as we can, but it is getting really, REALLY hard to do that. We have about one more small load to take out of the steel storage building that we hope will eventually be our Tiny House. There is still no one to move our building, and at this late date, there wouldn't be time to get the needed permits, so we WILL be attempting to dismantle and move it in sections. The decision to do that, though, will come at a price. We are now having to make decisions as to what may be the most important things for life to keep/move. To take the time to dismantle and move that building, may mean two days worth of packed and moved belongings/business supplies that have to stay behind.

My heart is absolutely breaking that we can't get things packed/moved fast enough and the possibility of losing most of what I own is taking me down to a level I can't even begin to describe. I am also filled with so much anger and disappointment for so many of my friends and family members that I know could help, yet, not only are they not giving us a hand, they seem to have totally disappeared into the wood work. Even people I converse with on a regular basis on Facebook and on the phone, have grown silent. This has been an enormous wake up call as to who my true friends are and to whom I can truly count on when needed. About 3 people that can't physically help, donated a little gas money, which helped far more than they can imagine! That generous gesture enabled us to move a couple of loads, loads of belongings that we are certain not to lose, which is a HUGE relief! Bless you two!

One person has brought us lots of sandwiches and munchies. That is a HUGE help! I am hypoglycemic and with all the extra stress and extra exertion, I have had some super bad days with  my sugar levels dropping too low. A couple of days it was so bad that I just couldn't function for half or more of the day, which represents lots of left behind belongings. Keeping us in ready-to-eat, protein containing foods, keeps me going without so many sugar drops, and actually ads a good 2 to 4 hours a day to the time I am able to pack and haul stuff. Without having to take time to build a fire to cook, or going too long without eating proper food and having blood sugar drops, we are able to work much more efficiently. What a blessing! And so are those cold drinks!

We still have left to move . . . . the almost empty steel building, two full small portable buildings to empty and move (Rubbermaid buildings), part of the contents of my little red barn, most of the outside stuff, which includes a 200 gallon propane tank, 5 concrete benches, a large kennel (will have to be disassembled), and countless other outdoor items, heavy, large, bulky and small, plants, too. PLUS we are just now about ready to START inside the house! The stuff inside includes a couple of wood stoves, my upright piano, a buffet, and a few other large, very heavy things, plus all the household items (for several family members, 3 of which can't legitimatley be here) and business items, that flooding didn't damage, which still leaves a LOT. 2600 sq feet of packed full house. And we only have about 6 1/2 days left to move it all in! So, I am getting off of here and getting back to my packing. I have someone coming in a little while to help me move a load. She pulls up to my gate, I load it, head to David's place, he and I unload it, then start all over. People don't seem to realize that, you don't have to do anything but drive to help us get some loads moved. While David is working on building pens at his place (oh, yes, we still have quite a few pens to get built to move the rest of the animals), people with limited physical abilities that do want to help could help us by simply pulling up to my gate, letting me load their vehicle up, drive to David's, then he can unload it on that end.... driving would be the only physical exertion you had to do. But only one person so far as been willing to do even that much and for that person, we are TRULY GRATEFUL! ! !

Okay, back to my packing. Please, at least keep the supportive prayers and uplifting positive thoughts coming! Thank you for reading my post and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - - A Few More Chickens Moved

We are trying not to get too stressed, but it just isn't possible. We are so stressed we have knots in our tummies. There isn't enough time to move nearly everything, not even half, but we are going to keep on moving as hard and as fast as we can, hoping and praying for a miracle of help, more helping hands, and a time extension. None of that looks possible, but we are still hoping hard!

Sunday we got another small chicken pen built and 8 more chickens moved. I say small, but it was a very nice size for them. It will go inside of a larger chicken yard and once the new ones have adjusted to the ones they are going in with, they will be released into the larger pen and the smaller pen removed. These 8 pullets are still kind of young and we just didn't feel that they were quite old enough to be turned loose in with the rooster, so they can keep growing a little longer in their pen-in-a-pen while they get acquainted with their new beau.  Once again, sorry no pics. We were working as hard and fast as we could go to get them moved that day and still leave time to move others. We were working too fast to think to take pics and it got too dark to take them, too, by the time we were done.

We got absolute confirmation yesterday that the last possible known person to move the portable building that we have been planning on using for our Tiny House, WILL NOT be moving it! The people we originally purchased the building from, Davis Buildings, gave us the run around for a week, then finally said yesterday that they couldn't do it. He tried to put me off another week again ("check back next week and I will see what I can do."), but I said I needed to know something now because I had to have it moved by the end of this week, so he said, "welp, sorry, can't do it." I even offered him full banner space advertising at the top of our blog page for a full year, in addition to his moving fee (they do move their buildings and had given me a quote of $550 to move it), and he turned that down, also. What an idiot!

We were originally going to go with Davis Buildings to move our building, since we purchased it from them, but then we learned of a more local place that sold buildings and could move it for us for an even lower price quote. When we finally called them to say we were ready for them to move it, they had gone out of business and their phone was disconnected! We called around to numerous places and none of the other building places would move a competitor's building. It was suggested I call a wrecker/towing service. Most of them wouldn't do it either, but one finally told me that Morgan's Towing was the only one in the area that did. We decided to try them next since they were also local. They gave us the run around for nearly 2 weeks! When I first called, they told me that they could definitely do it but there would be permits to buy since the building was 11 feet tall. I said we were okay with that and were aware of it. She said she would have the scheduler call us right back. No one called us back. This went on for nearly 2 weeks. Every time I called, she said she would step out and tell him to call me back, or he wasn't in and she would give him the message, etc, etc, etc. FINALLY, she said he gave her a quote to give me . . .  $2000 minimum to move it! He said the high price was due to how difficult it would be to get into my yard and back to the building to get it. First, he only had my name and the area in which I lived, not my address. Second, we were clearing the entire area to the building. We just don't have that kind of money, and the building didn't cost much more than that. But they knew that. That was their way of getting us to say NO instead of them saying NO.

We know, for fact, that someone(s) are in my phone, periodically listening to mine and David's conversations. We are beginning to think that someone went ahead of us and convinced these people (both companies) to not move our building. I promise you, it isn't as far fetched as you think.

When I reminded Davis Buildings that getting our building moved was what was standing between us having a home and living in a tent indefinitely, that is when he said, with slight sarcasm, "welp, sorry, can't do it." I reminded him of our advertising offer, but he stood firm. Only a FOOL would turn down an offer like that! Apparently he isn't interested in selling his buildings, either.

As I stood there staring at the little building, mind wondering as I tried to figure out what to do next, it occurred to me that the ENTIRE building is assembled with Phillips head screws! I grabbed my Phillips head screwdriver and was able to easily unscrew a couple of screws! Hmmm..... maybe I can dismantle it and move it that way. That roof sure is a long way up there, though. Don't think I can do it myself? THEN COME HELP ME DO IT! ! ! !

Thank you so much for reading our post, and keep those prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts coming. . . . And if you are local, we could really use some extra hands of help. YES, for once in my life, I am swallowing my pride and asking for help. Have a great day!

Friday, June 26, 2015

(AF) MOVING UPDATE - Building New Dog Yards

First, we want to thank EVERYONE for your wonderful prayers and uplifting, positive thoughts. We have not doubt but that it is helping immensely! Dave's legs are still numb, but his pain level is much, much lower yesterday and today. He is hard at work trying to get new dog yards built for 9 dogs. It will take 2 yards with a divider in one, 3 rows of electric fencing, and an inward bend at the top. Boxers are great, bull-headed climbers with a determination to go back to the security of their familiar home. Just one time getting out and we will never be able to keep them in. So it has to be ultra secure to start with. Then a cat kennel will have to be built. Since they are used to being in the house, and we will be living in a tent for some time to come (more on that later), they will have to be in an enclosed. large kennel for now, to keep them safe.

On my end, besides sorting and packing, I am working on building transport and temporary holding cages to transport chickens and ducks. We hate to do it that way, but some serious choices are having to be made. We are at the point that we are going to have to start making choices as to what I just absolutely can't live without, and what can be left behind. NOTHING can be left behind in my eyes, and that is ripping me apart inside and out! ! ! !  But that is what I have been dealt. Naturally, getting all the animals moved and comfy HAS to take utmost priority, but some will have to temporarily make do with a little smaller pen/cage so that we can move as much of my personal belongings and our business supplies as possible, then get larger pens built before winter.

Yesterday was not nearly as productive of a day for me as I needed. I had a killer full body migraine that made me sick all over and heart flutters every time I tried to move around at all. Must have been from the rain we were supposed to get right now, but have yet to see. I didn't get a lot done, not nearly enough to count, but I did get some done, and I hit the jackpot when I went to hunt down some more wire for cages. As you can see in the picture above, I found a BEAUTIFUL patch of Chanterelle Mushrooms!!! Right now I am truly wishing I could just pick that entire section of property up and move it to Dave's! Needless to day, I ended up picking mushrooms instead of getting that cage built. Shame on me!

I also found another interesting mushroom that has been identified as Ringless Honey Mushrooms. (edible) I can hardly wait to try it,too! They were growing in a very old, small chunk of a stump. I am toying with the idea of actually trying to move that chunk of a stump.

Thank you so much for reading our post! Stay tuned and have a fantastically beautiful day!