Quick update!

So much is going on…

We made an offer on a house in Charlottesville! Honestly, as a Hokie, I never, in a million years, thought I would be excited about living in Who-ville, but really – this place is going to be amazing. It’s a fixer-upper, and a foreclosure… Translation: Great deal, wonderful location, and all-around lucky find. Barring any catastrophes, we’re excited to close July/August! (I’ll share some pictures after our visit this weekend)

Our mama hen hatched a chick! With moving, worrying about moving chickens, and an 8-chicken massacre on Mother’s Day, were weren’t really planning on having any babies this summer. But our mama was determined – and lucky. I gave her a “what the heck” egg 2 days after the killing spree (which took out our two roosters), and thought there was no way she’d get that egg to hatch. So, last night Tripp said she was on the floor of the coop, instead of in her nesting box, and the egg was gone. I told him she’d probably “done away with it,” as she did last summer (twice). But when he went in today to close everyone in for the drive tomorrow, he heard a little cheeping and realized he’s scooped up a chick with Mama. That girl is tenacious! I can’t wait to meet the little one tomorrow after my hennies make their way down to good ole’ Virginny!

We’re staying with my dad right now, getting acclimated to our new “home,” and taking it easy. We left PA in a bit of a rush as my dear old kitty came down with a serious bladder/kidney infection that caused serious urination…”issues”… just as we put our sweet little home on the market. Fearing her lack of bladder control might turn into a complete basement remodel, we opted to pack up and hunker down here in VA. She got better quickly with antibiotics, and we sold the house the week after we got here! Now we’re just waiting to close on the PA house, and then the VA house.

We visited the Scottsville Farmer’s Market today! It has really grown since we went last summer – SO many new faces, and so much good, local food! Not all organic, but enough was, and for really good prices. I even got a hookup for some raw milk! It was a good day.

The kids are settling in but really missing their friends (as am I). We’re about 45 minutes from the new house, so it’s tricky figuring out where to “get involved.” I’m planning to sign them up for swim lessons at my first favorite place in Central VA, and we’re looking for a place to take horseback riding lessons. Since we all want a horse and pony ASAP, I figured they should learn how to take care of one – and ride! So excited.

Walnut Creek Park

Swimming Lessons in a lake @ Walnut Creek Park

It’s been a while, huh?

Hiya, folks! My sincerest apologies for keeping quiet for so long; it’s been a crazy few months. We got close, really close, to finding “the place,” but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. We thought we made a fair and reasonable offer; I honestly didn’t believe they could say no. But they did. And we countered, and they countered, and again and again… That all began the 2nd week of February and we’re technically still in negotiations at this moment – hoping they’ll reach out to us again.

Not the farm...yet?Not the farm…yet?

Meanwhile, we’re making plans to move. My father has offered us his home for the next year, while he works a job out of state, so we’ll be moving to Virginia by the end of the month. It’s a chance for us to get back to Virginia, where we belong, and if necessary, will allow us to continue our search from a more comfortable distance. Driving 6+ hours, both ways, every few weeks for the last year and a half has been exhausting, and it will be quite a relief to be close enough to see a place in the morning and then be home in time for lunch!

Of course it will be sad leaving our Pennsylvania friends, and starting over somewhere new, but I think the toughest part about the move is going to be the chickens. My plan is to put the chickens in a few dog kennels and then put the eggmobile on a flat-bed trailer and pull it all down there with the F-150. The question is whether we can do that with the tractor in the same trip…

893499_591561837539636_1931200593_oEggmobile

333320_465270063502148_1525420921_oThat’s the tractor! {but not the truck}