Moving a 300lb chicken coop!

I moved the chickens from the old house to the farm a couple days ago. My in-laws have two big dogs so I didn’t want them to have to worry about the chickens. When they first got here, I had them in a rigged up shack made from a dog cage and a tarp..ha! They didn’t seem to mind. They still laied eggs everyday and had plenty of giant grasshoppers to eat in the pasture.

On the way to the farm.

On the way to the farm.

Welcome to the farm.. Sorry about the gettho coop!

Welcome to the farm.. Sorry about the gettho coop!

Thursday, Dave, and my father-in-law, brought the coop to the farm. When Dave builds something, he OVERBUILDS! This is not a bad thing. It’s a great thing, actually! I would feel safe in that coop during a tornado. But when it comes to moving it, ugh, things get tricky. They moved it at night to avoid traffic.

Backing the coop in. Yay!

Backing the coop in. Yay!

They slid it off the trailer on 2×4′s. Everything stayed together so I was able to switch the chickens over right away. We only had one bad thing happen. Dave hit the picnic table by accident. I guess we will just have to build one of those big farm tables I have always wanted, darn. ;)

Sorry table! :(

Sorry table! :(

The chickens are happy to have their house back!
We got these chickens when they were a couple days old. They grew up in our little back yard. At the farm, they have A LOT more space. I kept the coop closed for a few days so they know that is their save home to go back to. Then I opened the doors to let them explore. They wouldn’t go very far from the coop. I think chickens are smarter than people think. I hope they like their new home!!

The chickens seemed a little nervous to come out.

The chickens seemed a little nervous to come out.

Then they saw the crickets and giant grasshoppers and forgot about being nervous. :)

Then they saw the crickets and giant grasshoppers and forgot about being nervous. :)

I'm pretty sure they will be happy here. :)

I’m pretty sure they will be happy here. :)

I need to decide soon if I am going to get more chickens before winter or not. When you have more chickens their collective body heat keeps the coop warm in the winter. I have to read about how to properly introduce new chickens first.

Have a nice week! Thanks for reading!

-Ashley

 

Hit the ground running!

Sooo before the closing on the farm Dave (my husband) would keep saying we are not doing any updating to the house for at least a year.. We are not going to hit the ground running like the last house.. I just nodded my head in agreement every time he said it. Knowing full well, Dave and I are the exact same way, and would dive head first into any project! In two weeks, Dave has had the floors refinished, taken down dead trees, cleared brush, weeded, planted seed, has a guy coming today to give a quote to glass block for our basement windows, is ordering new kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and checking prices to get new gravel for the driveway… Plus a bunch of other things… I just nod my head and smile at whatever project he is working on. He literally runs around the property doing projects, he “hit the ground running”, I love him. :)

Since moving in, I have gone through 15 gallons of paint! I have painted almost every room in the house and the kitchen cabinets. We are doing every room white for now. That was Dave’s idea and I think it’s great. At our last house, I scrambled to pick paint colors as soon as we moved, then ended up hating them all and repainting. Ha! Now everything is clean, bright, and neutral. This house has sort of a cottage/cabin feel to it. I want to play on that with more rustic/American/chic/ classic/ but modern (kinda) decor. Soo, until I figure out how to do that, and what that is, white walls will be a clean canvass. :)

The kitchen after painting.

The kitchen after painting.

 

100 year old wood floors. I love how wide the wood is.

100 year old wood floors. I love how wide the wood is.

 

The landing/playroom area in between the two attic bedrooms upstairs. I painted the floors light blue.

The landing/playroom area in between the two attic bedrooms upstairs. I painted the floors light blue.

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This will be a fun space for the kids to play and decorate. There is something magical about attic bedrooms and play spaces for kids. I don’t know what it is. I know I always wanted one. :)

I'm slowly figuring out where everything is going to go. Our cat and two dogs are figuring out the best lounge spots. :)

I’m slowly figuring out where everything is going to go. Our cat and two dogs are figuring out the best lounge spots. :)

I will post more soon. It has been exciting watching this house become our home, if that makes sense. As much as I want to rush and get things done, I try to slow down and take it all in. We will live here for a long long time, it will be fun to see it transform over time.

-Ashley

 

We bought a 100 year old farm!!!

We did it! We closed on the farm two weeks ago and we did it our self without any help! Dave and I have been talking about buying a property like this for five years. We figured our 10 year plan was we would have our first house paid off by then and could rent it out for income while we bought a more secluded property. We wanted enough land for animals and gardens. By then we would both be in our early 40′s, and our kids in their teens. But in early May Dave happened to come across the listing for the farm the day it was posted. I called and checked it out with a realtor the next morning. After walking through a few rooms of the house, I text Dave “we want this house”. That night we bid over the asking price. It was absolutely everything we were looking for and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to own such a special property. We heard back that more bids had come in so we decided to write a letter to the seller introducing ourselves and explaining our intentions with the property. The realtor had mentioned that he was hesitant to sell because he was worried someone would come in and mow it all down. The old house and history around it was what we fell in love with! We knew getting it was a long shot. Small farmettes like this sell FAST! Then we got the call that our offer was accepted! I couldn’t believe it!

Now, four months later, it’s ours!!

We decided to keep our house. We have redone just about everything in it, so it should be a low maintenance rental property. We just sped up our 10 year plan to now ha! It will work out perfect! Dave and I are young and able to do all the work that needs to be done. The kids are little and get to grow up on a small farm with animals and plenty of adventure right in their own back yard! How lucky are they??!!

We don’t have our internet set up yet so I was going to wait to start updating my blog until I could upload pictures from my good camera,  but I’m not sure how long that will be. iPhone pictures will have to do for now.

Bring your insurance card, and a snack, and you can get pulled around in the trailer by our friend!

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The kids loved it! Grandpas dog, tag, ran along side the whole time.

Then the moms got in, lol!

Then the moms got in, lol!

The kids pick apples everyday. They are good! I don't know what they are yet. They are small red/green and taste like Granny Smiths.

The kids pick apples everyday. They are good! I don’t know what they are yet. They are small red/green and taste like Granny Smiths.

We like it here. It's peaceful. We listen to the crickets, the wind, we heard an owl last night and saw a couple bats. I'm so thankful that we get to make this our home.

We like it here. It’s peaceful. We listen to the crickets, the wind, we heard an owl last night and saw a couple bats. I’m so thankful that we get to make this our home.

Thanks for reading!

-ash

Suprise, everything changed, again.

Surprise, everything changed, again. The people who were going to buy my in-laws house (the people who wanted the house and absolutely had to close in two weeks so we kicked ass and moved all their stuff to our house in a crazy mad dash) backed out of the deal 3 days before closing… Now their house is back on the market. All we can do is laugh about this crazy rollercoaster of moving. It works out though. Dave and I can live in our current house for a couple weeks while we paint and move gracefully into the new house. Yay! Now I can get out my room color coordinated post-it’s and fancy markers and pack everything perfectly and drive everyone crazy! ;)

I got some good news from the farm owner today. He thinks we may be able to close a few days earlier. I can’t wait. Living there will be a change for us in many ways. Right now I am laying in bed listening to my neighbors talk super loud, the other neighbors dogs bark, and someone’s music. I won’t miss this noise living at the farm. I will miss having some of my neighbors around to talk to though. Living at the farm I won’t have any neighbors to talk to! That will be a little weird. I thought about all the “what if’s”, like, “what if there was an emergency and I needed a neighbor?”. But, the reality is, I have never “needed” one for help. If there was an emergency I would call 911 like a would here. Now that I think about it, I don’t think our new town even has a police station. We get the sheriff’s department and volunteer fire department. Anyway, that’s the update… it will probably all change tomorrow. Ha! :)

Is moving ever not crazy?

Sooo moving is getting fun. The plan is, we are buying the farm and keeping our home as a rental property. My in-laws are moving from Illinois to Wisconsin- they will be renting our house. They put their house up for sale a little after we got the closing date on the farm. Our closing was set for July 25th.

Fast forward a month to our closing date.. We learn the septic system is not up to code. This was no surprise, it’s an old house, we knew there would be issues which is why right when we were accepted we asked the relator to get the septic inspected immediately. They wouldn’t because I guess it’s customary to wait 15 days before the closing. They can’t just take the cost of redoing it off the purchase price, it can not be sold until the septic is completely redone. Getting it redone only takes a day, I hear, getting the proper permits, takes a long time. This puts the homeowner and us a month off schedule. I feel bad for the homeowner that selling is taking so long. The new, tentative closing, is August 29th.

To add to the fun, My in-laws house sold. They had to be moved out in two weeks, that’s in 4 days! Haha! Sooo the in-laws are moving in! They live an hour away, so it’s a two hour round trip for each load of stuff. Everyone kicked ass last week and almost everything they own is in our garage and basement. Soooo, in our house for a few weeks it will be two households worth of stuff in one house, my mother-in-law, father-in-law, Dave, me, Gianna, Morgan, our two small dogs, our cat, their two labradoodles, their guinea pigs, and our two chickens. Haha! The kids are excited! It will be funny to look back at this one day!

Another bonus, Dave left Saturday morning (Aug 9th) for army training in IL and Canada. He wont be back until August 24th. :(

I also had canceled the girls doctors appointments because they fell on the original closing. They are so booked they can’t get them in until a week after school starts..

One more thing to add to the fun.. The girls start school, at a new school, September 2nd. They said I can’t register them without a proof of address for the new house.. We close on the house 4 days earlier.. Ha!! Soo their first impression of us at the new school is me registering my kids last minute and I don’t take my kids to the doctor. Yay! Haha! I promise we are good people! :)

Hopefully that will be the end of the “fun”.

My emotions about our current house are sneaking up on me too. We have only lived here for 4.5 years, which doesn’t sound like a long time really, but we have tons of wonderful memories here. This is our first home, we brought Morgan home from the hospital here, Dave and I got married a few months before we bought this house so we really built our life together here. Not to forget how much hard work and money we put into the house!!! But it’s really best case scenario, we are keeping the house as a rental, and we know who we are renting too. yay!

This weekend it was just the girls and I. It was nice and relaxing. Saturday we walked around the farmers market and downtown to visit the little shops. We went to a couple art galleries later and snuggled up with a movie at night. Sunday we spent the afternoon at the beach. We built sand castles and played frizbe. Later we walked to the lighthouse with the dogs and went out to eat. It was a perfectly relaxing weekend. Just what we needed.

Everything will work out great in the end, I know that. I can’t wait to move in and organize everything. Plus, I miss all my craft stuff and tools that have been packed up and buried for two months. I’m going to try really hard to not get stressed out and just laugh about these little hiccups!

-Ashley

 

 

Our beach right down the road!

 

Parachuters all day

Parachuters land on the beach all day.

 

 

Flowers from the farmers market.

Flowers from the farmers market.