Today, we accepted an offer on our house! Now, we just need to wait until things move along for a couple of weeks and then we will be packing in earnest. The plan is to be moved by May 25th. Although we have worked for many, many days pre-packing and organizing, I know it will be a big job. As long as things go as planned, I will teach piano through April, have a recital, then stop teaching so I can pack fervently for the 3 weeks of May that I will have. Everything will be put in storage, except things for our immediate needs, which will be in the camper.
In the meanwhile, my sister’s husband got the garden tilled up over at their place. Patsy and I spent the afternoon with my sister, planting early vegetables. We planted broccoli, onions and cabbage as plants. We planted carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, boc choi, and some basil and cilantro from seeds. I took 4 buckets of good compost from my house and we put a scoop under each new transplant to encourage growth. After watering in the seeds, I put slug bait around all of the newly planted areas and plants. I’m so excited that I get to do a garden with my sister this year!
It’s too early around here to plant things like tomatoes or peppers. We will get going on those in a few weeks. In the meanwhile, I plan to let the rain water these things and am going back over in a week or so to see if I need to weed. They are predicting nicer weather then, after a few rainy days. Rosalie will keep an eye on things in-between, since it’s at her house.
We had our last 4H club meeting. It was not held at my house so mine would stay clean. It was a lovely day, but full of emotion. They gave us a basket of presents, including yummy things like chocolate and peanuts, as well as a big handful of gift cards for the movies and Subway. There was a funny pillow that said, “The house was clean yesterday, sorry you missed it!” I laughed over that. I will say that after 30 people or so go through your house, it is a bit of a mess! There is a possibility that we will continue next fall, it just won’t be at this house, so they were thanking us for having it here for so many years. They gathered around us and prayed for us, as our future is still unknown to us. (Everyone’s future is unknown, ours is just so obviously unknown right now!)
During the day at 4H, I received a text for another showing. I had cleaned and spiffed up before leaving for 4H, but ran home and cleaned for another couple of hours and then we took off to use some of the Subway gift cards, together with coupons, for our dinner. By 9 p.m., we had our offer, signed things electronically yesterday, and do not have to spiff up anything this morning before church! I feel as free as a bird, for today, at least.
On Saturday, Rob invited several men over to help him continue cleaning up outside and in the shop and barn. He has decided to hold a sale this coming weekend, as it was too much to get done before. So, they moved things around, organized for the sale, and my nephew mowed the lawn. Some of them sawed wood to take home with them from the leftover logs from last fall’s logging. Rob gave several pick-up loads of items away to them, and they were hauled away yesterday, as well.
I have been collecting things from the house, which we will add to the sale. I still don’t regret taking the things to the charity shop or Ja’Ana’s rummage sale, but I still have sorted out more in the meantime. What doesn’t sell will be donated. I cooked chili-mac, salad, a bowl of home-canned peaches, and bought a bag of chips and a $5, 1/2-price, day-old cake from Safeway to serve, as I did not have time to bake. I didn’t taste it, as it was filled with wheat, but it looked very good.
We enjoyed watching a pileated woodpecker that loves to come to the dead log. Patsy loves grabbing my phone and taking pictures with it.