Monday, April 4, 2011

Two Months In

Our farmstead adventure began 2 months ago.  As I reflect on how happy my heart is and how tired my back is, I am astonished at all we have accomplished in short time.  Painting every surface save the kitchen and two bathrooms is complete. Shades are hung and door refinishing is nearing an end. Carpeting in the added on portions of the house is fully installed. The floors in the oldest section of the home have turned out beautiful.

and the befores:

On the outside, the fence lines have been tidied up, planting beds have been started

 and  scenery gazing chairs put together.

The barn roof destroyed by wind will be replaced this week, but we do still need to spend some time clearing the trees that were also downed by those powerful winds. (boys?) We found several fox holes on the property and closed them up, although I suspect that won't solve the problem. I think it best not to invest in laying hens just yet. Good thing I can get these beauties just down the road at Willow Grove Farm.

We've set up our real bed in it's permanent place (yea! more moving hard to carry mattrasses from one room floor to another every weekend!) and moved several other pieces of furniture in with hope of getting lots more moved in this coming weekend (boys?).

A tired back is easily cured with rest, but a happy heart needs lots of nourishment. Our family farm is just that.  A peaceful spot for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other. My thankfulness to my husband for this place can never be fully expressed. And my thankfulness to my children for sharing in the dream with me (and forgiving me for my many moments of inpatience on the journey to get here) is what makes it all worthwhile.

Despite the snow on the mountains over the weekend, our 1st Spring in the Valley should be a beauty.

Join us, won't you?


Sue said...

Joan its all looking wonderful, you've achieved so much in such a short time. Can't wait to see what you achieve in the garden. Make sure you take plenty of lubrication for your back!

farmgirl in the making said...

WOW - So impressed with how much you've accomplished in so short a time. And I love the garden bed - you will have your hands full this summer. Just beautiful. I can't wait for the day when our "farm" is at this point but in the meantime I love reading your blog and living vicariously through your dream. Mary