Our ranch has changed. A lot has changed. While we still reside in a relatively similar location, we moved this past Memorial Day. Gone are the 24 acres of pasture and woods. Gone is the rustic Redwood barn. In exchange, now 20 acres, no pasture, all woods. Our rustic (albeit virtually unusable) barn was traded for a more functional shop as well as an additional storage building to help keep the shop in shape. The home is slightly bigger and far more efficient in layout. It doesn’t hurt that it has soaring vaulted ceilings with a stone fireplace in the center of the great room.
You can see our little Bug curled up on the couch on moving day. It was a long process. Somehow we ended up with so much stuff. I just don’t know how that happens. Makes me really realize how much I NEVER want to move again.
This homestead was purchased off the estate of the original owner/builder. It was built in the 70s and essentially hasn’t been touched since then. There are many aspects which are amazing, and some that make us scratch our heads a little.
A huge factor in us trading in the previous address for this new, was that we saw the opportunity to lower our monthly outgo. In this day, when that chance arises, then one takes it. Additionally, we came to terms with the fact that we are just not meant to be ranchers or farmers in the traditional sense. We (mostly me) couldn’t handle the heartbreak associated with animals on the farm. I found I grew far too attached to them to be able to separate myself when they met their end. Some I knew were coming, such as the cows and pigs, but some were a surprise – such as when our pregnant Nigerian Dwarf goat went into labor and we lost both the baby and the mama. I was very upset.
However, we love the lifestyle. I can still support it. Buy local beef or pork, support farmers at the markets or roadside stands. I will grow my own things as well, however, we want to travel too. My strength is stocking up and stockpiling. And that’s the direction this blog will take. Stocking up and resurrecting this ranch to the glory it once was.