Retiring the RV

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We have officially moved in to the house!  It’s all finished and we are getting pretty cold in our camper on these crisp late autumn nights, even with our tiny space heater.  We’ve had several frosts and I just want to get this thing winterized before we get a truly hard frost.  But we got to celebrate Ted’s first birthday in our new house and I couldn’t be happier.

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I have to admit that a tiny part of me that is sad to be leaving the camper though, just a tiny part though.

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SET DAY!!!!

Our house was set today!  The pieces were delivered last week and now we have a whole house. It’s not actually finished, but that is mostly due to the fact that we chose to have several upgrades added that must be done once the house is on site.

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It was quite the happening. We had invited a few of our friends to come and watch, and our builder invited several people too.

The four pieces were in place before lunch!  I made chili in the crock pot, 5 gallon coolers of tea, lemonade, and water, and we did burgers and hot dogs on the grill and we had all the workers over to the camper for lunch.  They were thankful to sit a spell and have some small amount of shade, and then they went straight back to work putting up the attic, roof, and porch.

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At the end of this not that long of a day, there is a house, where there was previously just a concrete foundation.  CRAZY!!

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Things are Happening

Lots of things have been happening with the house site, they came out to set the concrete molds, poured the concrete, and now the molds are off and the foundation looks great!!

We are building a modular home, which maybe I haven’t mentioned before. So at the same time that our foundation has been coming together, the house is on the production line at the factory.  We requested a tour while our house was in the process of being constructed, so we got to go do that today!!!  Our house will be delivered in four pieces and each of our pieces was at a different stage of the process when we toured.  They build the house pieces on the trailer platform that they will be delivered on. Each one is squared up perfectly so that everything in the house is perfect and square (oh, my little obsessive heart be still!) Piece D is just a floor.

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Then they add the inside walls and drill and run all the plumbing and electric. This is Piece C.

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Piece B had most of its walls and they were starting to finish off the inside. Some of the kitchen cabinets were hung up! They add the drywall on the inside before the outside plywood and run everything from the outside!  Interesting!!

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Piece A was almost finished and ready to roll out of the factory! They had finished off the outside, windows were in, and paint and molding were going up on the inside.

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The tour was so cool, and I am really glad we made the drive up for it.  We got to see our house at all stages in development. And now I am really pumped and anxious for our “set date”, when all the pieces are delivered and “set” on the foundation.

Anyone else out there building or thinking about building a modular home? Comment below!!

This Post is Ground Breaking

We broke ground on our house!!  Ah! Its so exciting!  It’s been such a long time getting to this point.  We have been through endless meetings with builders, financial officers, and contractors.  I am overjoyed that we are finally getting started.  We still have quite the journey ahead and this feels like just the beginning, but it’s a step in the right direction!!!  Enjoy some pictures:

Pasture Time

The long summer days are hot and dry in Maryland. And we have had some big excitement on the farm. Our farmer neighbor harvested his wheat! It was so much fun to watch the big combine working its way across our hills!  So, the plan! We want to plant pasture and hay grasses on most of our land. Pretty much anything that isn’t trees is getting replanted.  The best way to do that is to plant a crop like wheat that comes off early enough that the grass can get established before fall without allowing time for weeds to take over. The land had been fallow for a year before this and while most of my pictures of the land look lush and green, those are almost entirely weeds.

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The wheat serves two purposes for us. One is to choke out weeds, and the other is to serve as a cover crop to protect the newly growing grasses.  And our farmer that has agreed to help us gets something out of it as well, the wheat!  Now even though he was more than happy to help us when we asked, it’s important to note here that we did pay him for his time and wear on his equipment, but for most farmers, it’s more about the time commitment than the money. Farmers are very busy people, even if you don’t see them out in their fields, there is always a job to be done, and we appreciated his willingness to help us get started.  We have encountered such support and love from our local farming community.  Often older farmers are quite willing to lend a helping hand if you reach out to them with humble kindness. As many books as you’ve read and farm tours you’ve been on, these guys have been through it all. They are an invaluable resource and if you want access to their knowledge, I have found it very fruitful to ingratiate yourself a little bit.

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So after his wheat was off he no-tilled our pasture and hay seed for us.  Our seed: we spent A LOT of money on our seed.  It has been one of our most major investments to date.  The way we see it, these fields are our animal’s food, home, and the base source of our farm’s income.  Buying cheep seed to save a little now, will only put us way behind later.  We bought through a seed dealer. They are all over out in farm country. Just ask around where your farmer neighbors buy their seed.  We went with a company called King’s Agriseed.  After speaking to a few different people that intensively graze we decided on Kings Grazing Mix for our pasture and GrassPro for our hay fields.

UPDATE:

We had nearly perfect weather for establishing our seed. I cannot express how thankful I am for that.  Someone up there is definitely rooting for us!  Thanks for that!

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