I’m realizing lately that my blog, my facebook page, my twitter, and all things online & social are so very random.
My instagram is total proof of this!
So I was pondering this and wondering if it’s a good thing, or a bad thing?
Then I realized, I really don’t care. I know ONE thing.
“I” am random!
My LIFE is random! How could everything about ME not be random?!
This last while has been a good example of how totally random our lives are. In the past couple of months or so we’ve:
-moved into a new home, one we hope to STAY in for good, for FOREVER!
-enjoyed our first summer on the prairies!
-moved our horses from one home, to a friends property to graze for the summer.
-made many new friends and enjoyed doing things together!
-driven to the city THREE times in an effort to pick up THREE back ordered bookcases (not wasted trips mind you, we always make the trips worth while, but still…)
-had my sister come stay for a few days
-had snow, which prompted a bit of a ‘panic’ about getting ready for winter
-we purchased an outdoor water heater element ‘thingy’, for keeping the horses water bucket from freezing. Can we call ourselves farmers now?
-our house/hobby farm that’s still for sale in British Columbia was shown 3 times
-the kids and I rejoiced at not having to BE there to clean up for these showings, while trying to still live our busy lives and run a business
-our Realtor informed us one showing will turn into a second viewing. Supposed to happen this week. We continue to wait.
-my hubby and three youngest kids went away for a few days to help out at a Bible camp up north
-we all worked on putting up fences here on our rented (hopefully one day soon OWNED) hobby farm
-we all worked on making a path through our ‘yard site tree line’ to our newly fenced paddock
-we found a very old truck on the property
-we celebrated not just our 22nd anniversary but the 2nd birthday of our smallest of 6 dogs, and the 14th birthday of our eldest cat!
-we saw a coyote on our driveway
-we had company come stay with us for 3 weeks, and we made a trip to Corner Gas while he was here!
-we had a flood in our home, from the washer.
-two weeks later, the water tank pressure pump ‘exploded’
-we thanked God for great landlords, and thanked God that they appreciate great tenants who can get things fixed, themselves, with little cost!
-less then another two weeks later, we lost all our water and dh realized the connections on our pressure tank need replacing. Good thing we LOVE our home. lol
-we explored possible garden sites on the property for next spring! And dreamed and dreamed about next spring, hoping the land will be owned by us, by then.
-hubby and I went away for two nights for our 22nd wedding anniversary
-we found a shelter to bring onto our property for the horses, it’s not a real horse shelter but it’s free, and it’ll work!
-we discussed all the possibilities for this new found shelter later on, sheep, a cow or two, chickens, pigs! oh my!
-we saw a second coyote, or possibly a small wolf, in our backyard quite close to the house. I want a gun now.
-we looked at guns, but need a gun locker first. We pondered many times over why all things cost SO much money, and why our money tree does not grow! We have kids and animals to protect here!
-we unpacked boxes, mostly boxes of books, books packed away for years.
-friends gave us loads of crapapples and I made crabapple sauce and juice!
-3 of our dogs got real sick, 2 of them so sick they were close to death. We brought them back to full health again!
-we talked lots about how much we miss having chickens and eggs are no longer the same. Pale eggs=blah. We miss rich orange egg yolks.
-we discussed possible “real” barn ideas for once we actually own this property! Oh the discussions we have about when we can start a ‘REAL’ farm!
-we celebrated Thanksgiving with a big meal and company
-other friends gave us LOADS of potatoes
-my husband received a notice that he’s being audited. Apparently the gov’t doesn’t like agreeing to moving costs. This happened the last time we moved half way across the country too, and ended in our favor and them owing us. Guess what? So far it’s looking like it’s going to go the same way again. They send us a list of what is ‘allowed’ and oops, looks like we forgot to claim a couple of things!
-I renewed my love for the breadmaker (if we can’t have fresh eggs, we can at least have fresh bread right?!)
-other friends gave us loads of carrots, pumpkins, beets, & squash!
-we finally found a way to fix the big crack in our HUMONGOUS jet tub that’s in this home! We have high hopes we may one day be able to take baths, not just showers, again. Woot!
-we started school, HOMEschool, two weeks later then usual. It was the first time in my 17 years of homeschooling that I was thinking maybe sending my children to ‘real’ school would be easier…then I shook my head and snapped back to reality and reminded myself, I don’t “do” easy, that’s not what life’s all about!
-I drove a quad/ATV, on my own, for the very first time
-I drove a quad/ATV on ALL OUR land, ALL 87 acres (well, we call it our land, we HOPE very hard it will BE our land soon!)
-we all went camping as a family, for the first time in years!
-we enjoyed Tobin lake up north, and I snapped many photos that I have yet to share!
-we went for quite a few walks/bike rides, especially near home!
-I received my information packet on the info I need to send into the school district regarding our school plan (this is new to me! homeschooling was done differently in BC!) and I’m learning how to fill it out and send it back, but not quickly enough!
-I dyed more fabric. I love my job!
-I worked on quarterly taxes, twice, I’m late sending one quarter in. EEKS! I hate being late! Explaining that I’ve moved twice, and even halfway across the country, even with a whole homestead, doesn’t make any difference to them either. Taxes must be done when taxes must be done!!! EEKS!
-Homestead Emporium (me) was interviewed twice for online articles this past month: http://slowmama.com/greatproducts/all-about-cloth-pads/
-I sewed a lot of pads (a lot… of pads… sewn… always)
-I sewed other things too! Even one of my socks! Yes, I fixed one of my socks. Gotta save where we can right?!
-I finished the bamboo velour quilt and shipped it to it’s owner!
-I cut Shaylah & Julia’s hair
-I cut Alesia’s hair
-the kids finally all have their very own beds, and very own bedding! Well, except our son, he’s not decided on homemade bed vs store bought, what kind of bedding? camo vs wildlife vs ?. Decisions decisions…
-we explored our new hometown
-went on many day trips to see many sights!
-we prayed, countless times, that our home in British Columbia would sell
-we continued to also pay for said home in British Columbia that still has not sold, and continued to wonder why we have to ‘throw away’ so much money every month… *sigh* (so many extra hours of work, time spent away from doing family things, farm-y things…)
-and we continued to kick ourselves in the pants and say “hey, get over it and get on with it the best you can while you wait… and wait…and wait…!”
-and so we continued to do more work on THIS property here, and carry on the best we can, and ENJOY our property, and our lives here to the fullest!
-and through all that, I realized how much I am really loving our lives, our new home, our new property! Random and all!