I’m up and around early every morning. I enjoy watching the sunrise and soaking up that amazingly nutritious sunlight. I let out the chickens and make tea so I can sit and relax on the front porch listening to the birds and watching the sun peek through the trees. Kaleb was up early today, too. And went right to carving a walking staff. I love seeing him jump right to nature as he rises. This is one of the reasons why we wanted to move to property like this. To get away from the craziness of the electronics. More on that later.
I’ve been hankering to get the garden started. We have been working a bit on soil amendment as it didn’t look so great. Mostly clay. After turning the beds with poop and organic matter, I couldn’t wait any longer. A quick trip to the garden store and bam! It has begun! Nick spent a good part of the day making trellises for my beans, cucumber, and tomatoes. We also put in spinach, rainbow chard, and basil. Today I will plant zucchini, watermelons, Hubbard squash, and the famous carving pumpkins for the kiddos. We grew our own last year and the kids swear we will never buy pumpkins to carve again, it was so much fun for them to grow their own and watch it!
The soil will grow healthier with time. But you’ve got to start somewhere. I’ve been reminiscing of our incredible food Forest we grew at our old old house in Canby back in the day before moving to Oregon City. It was abundant and we had more than we could eat. I miss that! Time to start recreating my food Forest on a larger scale!
Here’s to an abundant year in the garden!
I’m tired of emptying boxes and organizing my stupid things. Why do we have so many things still? I’ve already started a donate pile. It’s grown to two full boxes now. Funny how I’m unpacking and getting rid of stuff. Should have just gotten rid of it before we moved. And why the heck do we have so many things??? I can't get over how material shit has taken over our lives and we seem to pretend that our lives depend on it....or that we need it all....
Anyway, I’m sitting out on the porch watching the chickens and feeling the need to start planning and making lists. I got out the garden planner notebook and my essentials for starting a nice veggie garden in this area. Oh, and if you’ve never seen this Clyde’s Garden Planner, it’s so supercool. Clyde has put a LOT of time and effort into making this handy dandy little chart. It is super cool.
This great New York veggies book is amazing. It is actually listed by season and what to do each season. SO helpful. Actually, the Homestead Planner is set up like that, too. The Backyard Homestead books are actually written for half acre lots. But the information is invaluable and easy to understand. It feels good to get my head in the game and start thinking and planning for what we want to do with this property.
I love having chickens. They are so fascinating to watch and learn from. My favorite thing is getting up at dawn every morning to let them out to scratch and roam and watch them shake off the night and greet the day.
So far I think we only have one rooster. They are now about 10 or 11 weeks old, I think. There is one rooster working on his crow. It’s pretty funny to hear him practice. Not much of a crow yet. But he will get there. He makes me laugh.
Why have chickens? Well, we eat a LOT of eggs. I love to bake paleo style which also uses a lot of eggs. AND, the best reason EVER to have chickens is that they are amazing composers. Do you ever think about how your garbage smells so bad from throwing away all those food scraps? And those nasty scented garbage bags they have now on the market are incredibly horrible for your health. We have always composted all our food scraps. And we have had the amazing soil and gardens in the past to prove it. But the best compost is the one made by these little dinosaur scratching machines. They scratch, peck, and poop along all day to make the BEST garden matter. And once again, we don't have to throw away ANY food scraps. That means that we can use the biodegradable garbage bags that are actually compostable and won't sit in the landfill for eternity creating off gasses and polluting the environment.
Mowing, moving poop to the garden, unpacking boxes, organizing and re-organizing the kitchen cabinets to our liking...
I took a break today. A day off of constant doing and went to the Cazenovia Farmer’s Market to see how cute it was. And it was darn cute. Loved seeing all the local vendors. I am on the look out for some dairy goat kids. And it just so happens there was a dairy goat farm there selling their magnificent cheese. I hope they are kidding soon!
I came home from the market to find out that we now have a pet toad!
So let’s start with the good news: The moving van arrived and most of our stuff is HERE! Yay!!
And the bad news? Well, MOST of our stuff is here.
That’s right, we have a good start on our belongings and are excited to have what we have. But it seems that the idiot company in Oregon still has the rest of our shit. It is a mess. A huge mess. The fact that half of our shipment is missing has nothing to do with the lack of CDL drivers. It has completely to do with inconsiderate stupid people not doing their job! I got mad yesterday. Real mad. That doesn’t happen all that often. But I kinda got all “Mama Bear” with the guy who should have dealt with this weeks ago. I might have thrown a few non-civil words around during our phone conversation.
You could imagine the look on my face when the Baby Grand Piano was missing. Or the 6 Kayaks. Or the push Mower and Isaac’s dresser. That’s just a few of the items among the many boxes and things still sitting in a warehouse in Wilsonville, Oregon. Seriously!! How could you miss a Baby Grand Piano??! The guys who unloaded our stuff here were very helpful in taking inventory multiple times so we could figure out exactly what’s missing.
So, are we settled in yet? Hell NO!! But at least we have our beds and I found the Instant Pot. Isaac’s life is complete as he found his stuffed animals and Kaleb has his legos. So yes, we are a few steps closer to being home. But not yet. It’s just almost starting to feel a bit more like we aren’t staying at a vacation rental.
Today I asked for the guys to help me clear the rest of the garbage from the garden area, mow it, and weed the raised beds in preparation to plant some veggies later this week. Such an amazing transformation! And it feels great to have all that garbage out! We hauled up a few cart loads of weeds loaded with slugs and bugs of all kinds for the chickens to scratch through. They were in their glory.
My other request for today was taking the tractor and cart up into the woods to load up more garbage. We ended up with two massive cart loads of garbage brought down the hill to the mother pile by the garage. We met a neighbor the other day who will help us get rid of most of it as it’s mostly metal and tires. Lots of car parts and seats and grossness. Still more to bring down. But that was a good start.
It felt great to get the garbage out of the woods and garden today and ready the garden for planting. Now I will focus on amending the soil a bit this week and get ready to plant by the end of the week!
Let’s pray our moving van arrives Tuesday! Send us some good vibes. I’m totally done with sleeping on the air mattress.
We just now heard that our belongings have arrived in Syracuse at the delivery location. We have been sleeping on the floor for 20 days and have had NO idea where our stuff is. Apparently there is a shortage of CDL drivers right now and an influx of people moving. Which equals a serious mess. They hired a third party to move our stuff which means no tracking on the driver.
The costs of using a company like this is astronomical and at this point, I’m totally over it. I honestly will NOT recommend #americanvanlines to anyone who is moving.
So, now that we finally know WHERE our stuff is, the question is WHEN can we get it delivered? Now they have to unload it from the semi-truck onto a smaller, local truck in order to get it here. That means we won’t get our crap until Tuesday!! Yep, that’s right, TUESDAY!!!
Ok, my rant is over. On the plus side, we have learned what is important to us and that we can live happily without a bunch of crap. (PS: in case you didn’t know this, Nick and I were minimalists before moving to OR and lived in a tiny house before tiny house living was cool) So, Nick and I have decided that when we unpack, we will take each box with intention and care and only keep/unpack what is meaningful and/or useful. Like my bed and instant pot! Lol. Time to truly look at what we bring into our lives and homes again and wonder if it is necessary. Clear out the clutter and open the mind!
Finally got our tractor today!! So excited to start getting things done around here. It took me about 4 hours to mow the whole yard. Not too bad. Hopefully next time it won’t be that long since it won’t be a hay field. Lol. We also had a lot of cleaning up to do. Branches everywhere hiding in the tall grass.
Kaleb is practicing his driving skills and will soon be my right hand tractor man. I’m looking forward to his help.
Now....where’s our moving van?! I would REALLY like my bed soon. I’m starting to feel the repercussions of sleeping on an air mattress for 21 days ....
We got the dilapidated broken down green house apart! Yay! Now to haul out the garbage and get to those planter boxes!
In the garbage pile there emerges a wonderful water cistern. I think it’s a two hundred gallon. I also found a few rain barrels. And there’s a loooooooooong hose running from the house to the garden. Oooooh this is so fun! All the potential!!!
We decided to take a relaxing morning and go exploring. All the locals talk about the falls as a must see. So, we ventured out on this misty morning to Chittenango Falls State Park. It was only 10 minutes from our house and SO much more beautiful than we expected. We all four had a moment of "I can't believe we live here" while standing at the base of this majestic site.
The kids and I decided to get out and take a little adventure.
This local greenhouse is just a couple minutes from our house. The guy is amazing. It’s all ornamental. But he starts all the plants himself from either seeds or clippings. It’s beautiful! He has three giant, lovely greenhouses filled to the brim with beauty! The boys enjoyed picking out a few plants for the yard. We ended up with a couple sunflowers, salvia, marigolds, lavender, butterfly bush, citronella, and echinacea. I can’t wait to get them in the ground.
He also told us about the most amazing markets that are less than 20 minutes from our home. Next weekend I might venture out to explore a little and see what this area has to offer!
It’s garden time. And I’m coming to terms that this year I won’t have a big veggie garden. We still don’t have our tools to fix up the garden area. Guess I’ll take the year to observe and see what the season and sun are like so I can plan for next year!
Now that we have our first batch of chickens, it’s time for a small farm tractor. Today we all sat in the local #johndeere facility and negotiated our first big purchase for the homestead. With budget and acreage in mind, we decided on this sweet ride. We also got a snowblower attachment for the lovely winter months as we have a pretty long driveway and will need to blow paths to the garden and for the dogs and chickens to get around. We ended up getting a deal on a pull along cart with a cool dumping feature for hauling poop and compost. It will be a good tool to drag those logs and debris out of the woods. I think it’s a good start. And one more thing to check off the list. It should be delivered Thursday. By then, I’ll have a hay field to mow!
Now, if we only knew where the heck our moving van is....
It’s hard to believe that this little guy came into this world 6 years ago today. Isaac is such an amazing guy. He’s full of laughs and jokes. And has absolutely no fear! He is a crazy human machine as he uses his body the way a human was meant to.
I’m thrilled, that after a year of begging me to buy him chickens, his dream of being a “chicken tender” finally came true. Today, he got to pick his first flock, 11 Olive Eggers that are about 6 weeks old. He’s beside himself with excitement and we have now made the first investment to our Homestead. He had been talking about being a farmer as his dream for quite some time. Maybe he gets it from Nick and I as we also have talked about how much we have wanted to have a small farm. This is the beginning, right now, today. As we FINALLY signed closing papers on the 9 acres (after a grueling 67 days) of our dream property and future (hopefully sooner than later) homestead. Here’s to another amazing year around the sun for Isaac as he learns the trade of Chicken Tendering.
Sound ON Please!!
Every morning I get the pleasure of being sung to while I stand out on the front porch and watch the beautiful Sun rise. My whole Being rises and sings with them.
Back in our Oregon home, the only thing I got to hear was the rumbling of constant bumper to bumper cars on Highway 213. Yes, we had a lot of birds. But the Highway was much louder then they were. We had a hummingbird feeder on the porch where I did my Sun Rise gazing and often times I would almost be beamed in the head while standing still I meditation.
Here’s to many many more amazing serenaded Sun Rises.
It’s April....and we woke up to a beautiful sight. Coming from Oregon where it barely snows, the boys were up bright and early and ready (begging actually) to go play in the snow. Kaleb said he’s never seen so much snow! (There’s barely 3 inches out there! What’s he going to be like this coming winter when there’s multiple feet?! ) Lol. He also is complaining that it’s fluffy. You see, in Oregon, when we do get snow, it’s wet. Makes for good snowball fights.
The snow won’t last. It’s suppose to be 60 by the weekend. But let’s enjoy our first real snow while it lasts!!
I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees.
My friends, the Standing People, you shine with beauty in spirit. I bring love and peace to your family.
Like I mentioned in my last post, we are now on over 9 acres. 6 of those acres are fenced and consume the house, garden, and chicken/goat area. This is at the front of the property along the road and on the side. The house is set back way off the road and since we are up on a hill, you can see the beautiful land below (over the white barn) filled with gorgeous deciduous trees. I can’t wait to see what this view looks like this coming fall!! The grassy fenced area has a lovely locust tree forested area, a sweet stone wall, and lots more trees we are excited to identify as soon as they pop out their leaves. The rest of the land is forested with maple and oak. It’s dreamy in the woods here. Nick found some elderberry that I’m praying is purple. We identified a few other berries and are excited to see what else pops up as spring is starting to show. The previous owners clear cut a large area in the woods. Which is extremely unfortunate. Nick and I both have wept and grieved the loss of the oldest trees on the land here. I’m sure there was no thought by the humans regarding the fact that they cut down oak trees that were over 200 years old. It hurts our hearts deeply that humans are so inconsiderate. They did nothing with the trees. The lay where they were cut. This is what was calling me. My heart was called to save the land here. I’m so grateful we arrived when we did. Along with the clear cutting, there is trash galore. We have found heaping piles of garbage in the woods and scattered around the land. I see a number of dump runs in our near future. We will eventually heal this land and heal the relationship that humans and the land have here.
We are elated to be here. We know this place is for us and has been calling to us to come help it heal. The land here is amazing. We have inhabited this 9.36 acre land with a lovely log cabin. It feels so good to be here. It also feels very overwhelming. It’s a lot of land and it has been neglected. The house itself is completely filthy. Grimy actually. I’m honestly shocked that people live in such dirty spaces. Years of grime and uncleaned spaces everywhere amounting to cakes of sticky ickiness in all the wrong places. I’m working slowly one room at a time and detailing and shining. It is all completely carpeted and some is quite nasty. I’m going to clean it and see what happens. We really don’t feel like we need a floor project yet. There are plenty of projects to get started first. The dining room is even carpeted. Thank goodness the bathrooms aren’t. I am in love with the logs inside, even though they are filthy and in need of a serious dusting from top to bottom. Once we get settled I’ll send pics of the inside. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of cleaning needed. We are also having to learn how to use all the systems that we aren’t use to. We’ve never had propane heat or a well and water softener. There has been a little remodeling in the basement and some things left unfinished. They also left me with a shitty washer and dryer from the 70’s that leaks like crazy. Urgh! I left my nice new ones at the Oregon City house. I do love my new kitchen. If you’ve followed us in the past, you hear me talk a lot about cooking from scratch and eating healthy. I now have a large kitchen that has more cub-bards than I will know what to do with! This is exciting. All in all, we are so in love with this house. Yes, it needs some updates (who builds a log cabin and puts carpet in it?! ) and a lot of TLC and elbow grease, but in the end we will be so happy here. The kids already love their rooms and are ready for their belongings to arrive. Now, if only hooking up the internet would be simpler.......
Finally got our cars today! The poor things have been on an 18 wheeler for 11 days! They are completely filthy inside and out! But they arrived safe and sound. Funny seeing this big ol’ truck on a lovely country back road. And even funnier how excited I was this afternoon to get my van back. Nick thought I was hilarious. I’ve been driving a giant RV and my friends truck for over a week. I love my little van. Missed it!
Things are moving along as we are taking the steps to settle in. We still do not have internet. It seems that all things can’t be simple all the time. Lol. Oh well.
We are back to teaching our online classes and private sessions tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th. Let us know if you want to get on the schedule. We are looking forward to getting into a routine as we clean up and get acquainted with our new home and area.
Nick and I were talking about setting up some zoom sessions to chat and give a tour to anyone who was interested. If you are, be sure that you are on our mailing list. We will let you know when we get our belongings and are a bit more settled. Then let the farm tours begin!
It was hard to leave that beautiful camp site on Lake Erie. But we had one more driving day! And this was the biggest of all with a good almost 7 hours! We drove though Ohio and straight through the tip of Pennsylvania. Then right into New York! This was a big day! While driving, I was also setting up the electricity and a prepossession of the house with our agent when we made quick stops. We drove long and hard to get there before dinner. And yes!!!! We made it! We arrived at our new home late afternoon. Road weary and in a bit of a daze, but we made it safe and sound. We had our first dinner on our camp chairs as we have no belongings! Lol. Thank Goodness that damn road trip is over! I’ll debrief you all on the details soon. It wasn’t all cupcakes and rainbows. But we are all alive and safe and happy to be home!
After a lovely night in Illinois, we headed straight through Indiana and crossed into the eastern time zone! Yay! The drive was good and not very exciting. Which is just fine with me! The kids have been such good sports with all this driving. We made it to our final campsite in Ohio right on Lake Erie. What a beautiful spot! We saw 2 bald eagles on the way to the park. This place is just as magical as the last. A bit busier but absolutely amazing. It’s like a bird sanctuary here. Cormorants, swans, red winged black birds, Canadian geese, ducks, cardinals, chickadees, bobb whites, and so many more we heard and couldn’t identify! The boys spotted an otter and we sat to watch it play and Bob around. It’s absolutely beautiful here!
This will be our last night camping. Tomorrow will be our last long day of driving. We will keep posting as we get settled.
The eastern landscape is beginning to take place as we head straight through Iowa. Rolling hills of green grass, mostly Deciduous trees with a few spatterings of small evergreens like juniper and pine, and corn fields a plenty. Oh, the corn fields! It’s amazing how much corn they grow in Iowa and sad that this mono-crop has taken over the land and our food source. Makes me thankful that our little family doesn’t contribute to either. And how about the wind turbines?! Holy moly! We’ve never seen so many in one area. I’ve been telling the kids that I wanted to see a real tornado while we were headed through tornado land. They weren’t pleased. Lol. We made it to a little town called Amboy, Illinois to find the best camp site yet! Located on Sleepy Hallow Rd , it’s tucked in, off the beaten path, and completely empty!! We are the only ones here besides the owners. Who are absolutely amazing!! We heard coyotes and complete silence. Had a nice little fire, our first one of the trip, and celebrated with s’mores! We saw a bald eagle on the way into the camp which told me that we were in the right place! There was a fantastic play Structure for the boys and it was SO nice to relax in a wonderfully quiet camp.
I think we are finally settling into the groove. The day’s drive is going well. We have our stops all worked out to be short and sweet. The dogs did much better this time. Everyone slept through the night last night! Nebraska was less boring than I thought. I welcomed the flat road with less wind. We made it to Lincoln, Nebraska to a lovely little camp ground with nice play structures for the kiddos and a great off leash dog park. It’s huge!! The pups were happy to stretch their legs and run like crazy. I was happy to stand there with them and watch the sunset last night. So beautiful. It’s also a lot warmer here! Lol. Didn’t freeze last night.
We will be driving through Iowa and sleeping in Illinois on the next leg. We are half way!! Woohoo!! Oh and we are in Central Time Zone now. One more to go.
Beautiful drive through Wyoming for day 3. I was expecting it to be boring. But it is quite wonderful seeing the dramatic changes in the landscape. Our camp site in Cheyenne had a mini putt golf that was open and fun. The boys enjoyed it even though it’s only 26 degrees. We are at 6,000 feet above sea level here. So fun! Haha.
Let’s talk about boring scenery. We will be driving through Nebraska tomorrow!
Day 2 was so much more uneventful than day 1, thank goodness. No weather, just more wind. But all was well and we made it to Salt Lake City for a nice quiet night. This camp ground is pretty cool. During the summer season it’s a sweet water park with a mini put golf! The kids were sad to see it all closed. But we had lots of space to roam and explore. We got to share a dinner with some friends who live just a few minutes away! So happy to spend the evening relaxing with great company!
Big day of driving for Day 3. We are headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
We are stewards of the land. The land called us here to care for it. So, we bought 10 acres in Chittenango, NY in the spring of 2021 and left the hustle and bustle of our busy West Coast Oregon lives to build a long held dream of homesteading and living in tune and rhythm with nature. This is our journey to living our truest potential.