There are so many things going on here and generally running through my brain. So. Many. Things. I’m talking life changing folks. We are so excited for the future.
Some bad news first… Are you one of those people who prefers bad news first or good news? I rather hear the bad first. So, Blackberry’s kits didn’t make it. Until Monday, they both had been gaining weight consistently. However, on Wednesday, I checked on the kits in the morning and found them skinny and cold. I was able to warm them both up, but they refused to eat and were convulsing. The blue kit died in my hands, but the black was passing slowly. I felt it was much more humane to put him down than to let him suffer for what could be hours. It was difficult to raise them to that two-week mark, but I had to try and even succeeded for awhile. But let’s face it, baby animals are meant to be raised by their natural animal mothers, not humans. Farm life comes with downright crappy aspects as well as the good.
On to good news! So we have happily improved our credit score to the point of qualifying for a couple different types of home loans. We are officially, actively looking for a permanent homestead! Yay us! It was tough for us to get to a good credit score because we spent the first five years of our marriage living credit card-free. Which, as you may know, is great for everyday life, but doesn’t make banks and creditors trust you… at all.
Now we are scouring the whole county for a stick-built house (because California hates unconventional homes) in decent shape and on at least 2 acres. So far it seems like we are only finding one or the other. A great house with crappy, rocky, unusable acreage or crappy house with great acreage. We have yet to spot that ‘goldilocks’ of homes. And yes, I do say “crappy” this much in real life. Lucky for us we are in a good spot right now (as far as a home to rent) to just sit back and wait for the right thing to come along and punch us in the face. Wow I sound violent lately.
We have a couple other more personal things on our plate right now that I don’t feel comfortable sharing just yet, but I assure you, they are good things. No, I’m not pregnant. I just really feel like we are on our way now. You hear people say all the time that it’s not the destination, but the journey where you find happiness. That must be true, because we feel ecstatic about all our new changes. For a long time we were very unstable financially… I’m sure every 20-something has gone through that phase. So just the idea of having put all that behind us and the feeling of moving forward in our lives is absolutely fantastic.
I am also working on my new international community for wool and fiber artisans, breeders, raisers, and supporters; New World Wool Cooperative. Hopefully, I can have the website and membership set up and in operation by winter. I’m getting there. Website design alone is a big task! If you are interested in participating or want some more information, send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, incase you were wondering, I have been practicing on my fiddle (I sound like a dying bobcat) and am still progressing in my German lessons using DuoLingo.
Ah, here’s to a happy journey!