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Barn Raising…Or Rather…Barn Dismantling

So, what did everyone do over the President’s Day weekend?

Well, I do believe that depends on where you live, because here in sunny Arizona, it was between 78-82 degrees the whole weekend! I have nice pink arms and cheeks, and it’s not because I hung out by the pool all day…

Sunday found me in Nogales, AZ, picking up a barn from a friend.

“Picking up a barn?” you say?

Yup!

Long ago, in a city (and a life), far far away, there lived a girl who loved animals. She had 3 little boys, 30-ish chickens, 3 goats, two dogs, 20 quail, 4 guinnea hens, a duck, and two geese (someone dropped off in our yard).  She also had a small raised garden in which she grew tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, grapes, and grasshoppers.

She milked the goat twice a day, strained the milk, made cheese, and traded her milk, eggs and cheese for quail eggs, duck eggs, and money so she could help those around her and sustain her mini farm.

But it was hard, sometimes, to do this all by herself. Her Wasband was not happy with the micro farm. He did NOT like the smell of chickens and their poop. He did NOT like the sounds of the goats.  He did NOT like the hassle of a garden. It was apparent that she was going to be making changes in the near future….thinking that she might move, but having the desire to keep her critters, she came up with a plan.

She (with the help of her Dad) would build a barn for the goats that was designed to come apart and be relocated to any new home. At 8×16 feet; the roof was made to come off in two 8×8 panels, the ends came apart as 8×8 panels, and the long walls came apart into 4 8×8 panels.

 

Moving to a subdivision meant that she couldn’t take the barn with her, but she sold it to a friend who promised to sell it back only to her when they no longer needed it, and that day was President’s Day, 2016!

It was hot, sweaty, hard, heavy work, but it’s on a trailer and ready for reassembly.

This girl has some plans for this old barn, and it includes (surprise!) chickens! Stay tuned for the photos of a goat barn transformed…..

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Excitement

Plenty of folks get excited about stuff.

Like gold.

Jewelry.

Fancy clothes.

Big houses.

Fast cars.

I am unapologetically excited…

About these:

Did you know they sell THORNLESS self pollinating berry bushes? I may or may not line my East fence with them.

Oh goodness, let the dreaming begin!!

A Plan

Is it weird that this site is starting because another one is ending?

Is it even weirder that this LIFE is starting because another one is ending?

Not my LIFE, maybe, but the life I had planned to live. And not that I really knew what was going to happen in that aforementioned life, but you get the point, right? That this is the first step to the new life I will be living.

It’s a tricky one. It’s one that is full of “parenting time”, and “child support” and “spousal maintenance”…words I thought would NEVER pertain to me or my babies. But they do, so we must always rise to the challenges that life presents us, do we not?

So, here’s to a new beginning!

One filled with critters and plants and gardens and chickens, just to start with. And I’ll be sharing it with you, if you are even a teeny tiny bit interested. I’ll share the plans, the triumphs, and even the failures, because heaven knows, there’s solidarity in numbers!

And to start off my new beginning, I have been (surprise, surprise!) reading. Like, a LOT.

This is my new favorite book right now: “The Backyard Homestead” . It’s being bookmarked, dog eared, underlined all over the place, and I highly recommend it to ANYONE if you’d like to get started on growing your own food (or if you just want a beginner’s take on homesteading).

Wanna know what she says moved me?

“Start small”.

I started with a small square that was last year’s tomato patch. This year it’s going to be a whole batch of my boys’ favorite veggie; carrots!

So if you have a teeny apartment, that means start with a package of seeds in a window ledge.

If you have a yard, find a spot for a fruit tree or two.

I have a yard. AND some land, so I have plans for that land. And plans for tomorrow…and next week. And the month of March.

So I am taking steps forward. It’s rewarding. And somehow…it’s healing.

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