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Carla D

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Congrats on the new place. Looks like it is very workable for a nice small farming operation. Just needs a few trees for summer shade and you will be all set to go. That's wonderful for you.
We found out there is even a creek running through it. The property is absolutely gorgeous. There is a whole lot of land, trees, grasses, berries, flowers, and a creek behind the trees in the views of the yard. We did find one thing that was a bit alarming. Scat, we think bear. There have been several sittings of bears in this area lately. Even in town. I wish I had taken some pictures when we went for a little hike back there. There was a huge amount of milkweed plants, wild raspberries and blackberries, tiger lilies, and a couple of plants that had purple flowers, which I’ve never seen before. I have no clue what they were. It will make for some amazing deer hunting or pasture land back there.
 

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We were using his lawyer. He didn’t want to work with a realtor or anyone using a realtor. That alone should have tipped us off to run as fast as possible away from that deal.
No matter now, you are out of it. A good learning experience that luckily did work out in your favor. You will never forget it, should you ever decide to relocate again. Glad it "went haywire" in this case.
 

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I bet you are busy as a beaver getting ready for the winter on the new place....
Actually a month ago we were fighting excessive amounts of water on our property. There was mud everywhere! From our vehicles, our goats, walking back and forth on the same path. We were inundated with what felt like a sunami. When we should have been preparing for winter, we were trying to get the goats out of two pens that started with standing water for about a week and then turned into mud. Its still mud, frozen mud. They have been in their new pasture/pen for about 2-3 weeks. We ended up putting them on top of a smallish high spot on our property. It was pretty much the only place in the front half of our property that stayed dry. We had much more than a foot of rain fall on us in about a four day period. We learned that in the past one of our neighbors diverted water off of his property so he could grow crops. He has beautiful corn in the field right now. We discovered our property leans more toward ultramoist/wetland than it does nice dry crop/farm land. We are going to have a bunch of work in the spring if we want to do anything on this wet piece of land. We are truly hoping this was a really bad year weather wise. If things aren’t dryer these next couple of years we will be selling our new place. The only pigs we’ve brought to the new place is some weanlings and feeders. They are in the barn. Im betting they are in the barn all winter. We haven’t had any chance to get living arrangements for them here yet. We are going to cut back on our pig breeding herd to one boar 3 sows for my husband and our daughters sow and gilt. Thats going to leave about a dozen pigs to either ship to auction, or sell. We haven’t had any luck selling them this time of year. We have a few selected for family freezers but their days are numbered. We have about a 400# sow hanging quartered in our garage for my Dad. Its time consuming and expensive working between two farms. We must get our pig situation settled quickly here or we probably wont make it through the winter here. We’ve already had electricity shut off two days the beginning of this month. We are pretty much out of hay for goats, rabbit. Our piglets don't have very good stuff at the moment either. I guess this is character building. We can buy more hay in a couple of days. We are supplementing our goats with romps in our mismanaged hay field full of who knows what. But they seem to like it.

this is just a start of what has been going on. My father in law was hit by a speeding vintage boat of a car while he was on tractor. Hes lucky to be alive. But, we lost our only reliable tractor and only working sickle mower in that accident. We were farming with lawnmowers and some kind of hay rake that has 5 spiky metal wheels that we've been pulling with 4-wheeler. Talk about creativity. Ive missed many of you in here. Just been too busy.
 

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Life has been super “crazy, hectic, shattering, expensive, stressful“ maybe tumultuous is the right word. It’s been one thing after another. I just snipped this from one of my comments to a comment in here. It might be easier than retyping it all over again.

Actually a month ago (late September-early October) we were fighting excessive amounts of water on our property. There was mud everywhere! From our vehicles, our goats, walking back and forth on the same path. We were inundated with what felt like a sunami. When we should have been preparing for winter, we were trying to get the goats out of two pens that started with standing water for about a week and then turned into mud. Its still mud, frozen mud. They have been in their new pasture/pen for about 2-3 weeks. We ended up putting them on top of a smallish high spot on our property. It was pretty much the only place in the front half of our property that stayed dry. We had much more than a foot of rain fall on us in about a four day period. We learned that in the past one of our neighbors diverted water off of his property so he could grow crops. He has beautiful corn in the field right now. We discovered our property leans more toward ultramoist/wetland than it does nice dry crop/farm land. We are going to have a bunch of work in the spring if we want to do anything on this wet piece of land. We are truly hoping this was a really bad year weather wise. If things aren’t dryer these next couple of years we will be selling our new place. The only pigs we’ve brought to the new place is some weanlings and feeders. They are in the barn. Im betting they are in the barn all winter. We haven’t had any chance to get living arrangements for them here yet. We are going to cut back on our pig breeding herd to one boar 3 sows for my husband and our daughters sow and gilt. Thats going to leave about a dozen pigs to either ship to auction, or sell. We haven’t had any luck selling them this time of year. We have a few selected for family freezers but their days are numbered. We have about a 400# sow hanging quartered in our garage for my Dad. Its time consuming and expensive working between two farms. We must get our pig situation settled quickly here or we probably wont make it through the winter here. We’ve already had electricity shut off two days the beginning of this month. We are pretty much out of hay for goats, rabbit. Our piglets don't have very good stuff at the moment either. I guess this is character building. We can buy more hay in a couple of days. We are supplementing our goats with romps in our mismanaged hay field full of who knows what. But they seem to like it.

this is just a start of what has been going on. My father in law was hit by a speeding vintage boat of a car while he was on tractor. Hes lucky to be alive. But, we lost our only reliable tractor and only working sickle mower in that accident. We were farming with lawnmowers and some kind of hay rake that has 5 spiky metal wheels that we've been pulling with 4-wheeler. Talk about creativity. Ive missed many of you in here. Just been too busy.

my husband is so exhausted from working both places with his pigs. He has managed to take care of our adult pigs at Becky’s farm. Ive been doing nearly all of the building, fencing, and caring for things here. He’s been too wiped out to help much more than when i hit block in the road. Ive managed 3 goat houses and pens. And seven 5’x8’ indoor pens for our piglets. An indoor pen for my three smallest goats to spend the night in. Troughs, hay feeders, two closets. I even closed in the east, south, west foundation of our barn. Its going to need more work. But it might end up being a machine/feed shed. The foundation had been lifted from a storm in its past. The barn was so breezy and drafty we started to loose piglets after we got them here. Its a quick fix. Not up to my husbands standards though.

our daughter has adjusted to school quite nicely. She loves school and the teacher loves her because shes the oldest in her class, warmly welcomes new students and pretty much knows the ropes and is a teaching peer to her classmates
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