|Harley picking on Vance while the girls watch|
And we looked at a house with 18 acres and barn--sort of....The barn was really a wreck; no way inhabitable by any animals. The house had some issues as well. I've also spoke to a realtor to get an idea of what the 'ole place is worth and if we can afford to find another house with a little land, a barn, and if possible, near some trails. So I've got my work cut out for me--especially the de-cluttering end of things. It's amazing how much junk one accumulates over time. If things don't pan out--I need to order my winter wood pronto!
Today I sorted, culled, and straightened in the office. In the midst of cleaning, I had to dash out to the barn to bring in the ponies as ominous rumbling sounded overhead. I got them in the barn, settled in with some hay and sat down to read while I waited out the storm. After it appeared to have passed, I put them back out only to hear more thunder about a half hour later. This time serious bolts of lighting were touching down on the horizon. "O.k. guys, back inside!" The skies opened up and it poured. They were going to be in for awhile, so I went home to resume my cleaning.
Back out to the barn at 6:30 for some stall picking, fresh water, and dinner. Yes--3 trips to the barn in a day! This is why we need the horses on our property. For the nearly 50 miles I drove, and nearly $10 in gas, I could have walked outside, made sure they were alright (because I will have a run-in shelter), and gotten back to my indoor projects saving hours of time and a good bit of money. Hence my interest if finding my perfect mini-farm!
The good news is the tractor is up and running again as of today. Hopefully, John can mow the pastures and knock back the gigantic waist-high ragweed invasion.
One more day of rain, and then this horrible heat wave should be over taking the rain, thunderstorms, and maybe some bugs with it as cool air returns. Last weekend was perfect riding weather and the deer flies were minimal. I'm so happy to see the backside of those dang flies! And so are the horses.
|Early morning turkey watching|
|My best boy noshing on clover|