Homestead pending sale

For those curious about the progress towards our next adventure, I thought I’d post a quick update.

That previous blog post was published on June 23, the day our homestead went on the market. (Read that post again for details.)

A few days later, on June 28, we got a couple of offers, and on June 29 we accepted one. So the house sold, contingent on the buyer’s house selling. We then did the usual inspections and such, and the buyer’s house sold on July 21, so our house went pending, locking down the closing date on August 31, as mutually agreed between the parties.

We have 30 days after that before we need to be out of here, at the end of September, though may be out sooner, depending on how things work out.

As discussed in that previous post, we plan to buy a large RV and travel the country. So we need to downsize. We are working with a professional estate sale company to sort through our stuff and prepare it for sale. We’ll have a four-day sale on September 9-12.

We have narrowed down our search for an RV to a few (used) models, and are keeping an eye on the availability. The RV market is pretty crazy right now, much like the house market. We hope to reserve one mid-August, and pay after closing on the house at the end of August.

We also have a big extended family trip to Yellowstone on September 6-14, which was booked ages ago, so we have multiple plans for how to handle that, depending on which RV we decide on. So the estate sale will be conveniently while we are away, since we’ll be selling our bed, amongst other stuff.

It’s been a busy month! And still much to do — sorting our stuff into leave/take/store/sell/trash categories, continuing to research RVs and learn about their systems, installing the towing components on our truck, getting various health checkups out of the way, getting a storage unit, and more.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Cat update for week ending July 24

It’s Caturday!

Spud in front of the cabins:

Cat by cabins

An alien orange cat visiting the feeder:

Alien orange cat

Followed ten minutes later by an alien black cat:

Alien black cat

Bella and Spud by the feeder:

Two cats

Two cats

Pommie:

Pommie

Spud and Porcini in the cabins:

Spud and Porcini

Porcini waiting for breakfast inside the cat house:

Porcini

Porcini in a cabin:

Porcini

Cooling off out front:

Porcini

Good stretch:

Porcini

Two cats arriving together for dinner:

Two cats

Two cats

Bella waiting her turn:

Two cats

Flock Friday for July 23

Welcome to Flock Friday.

Last week I found the cupboard doors of the duck house wide open; I suspect a house viewer opened them and didn’t close them properly. I thought you might enjoy seeing inside. The jug holds food that drains into the feeder tube:

Duck house

Ducks on the pond:

Ducks

Ducks

Chickens enjoying rice treats:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Ducks on and near the bank of the pond:

Ducks

Ducks on the lawn:

Ducks

Ducks and Rory:

Ducks and dog

On the lawn again:

Ducks

Flock Friday for July 16

A focus on the chickens for this Flock Friday, including a couple of fun GIFs.

I noticed some chickens grabbing raspberries through the fence:

Chickens grabbing raspberries

Here’s a GIF of one jumping up to grab raspberries from a high branch; see how she turns her head back and forth to judge the distance:

Chickens grabbing raspberries

Another GIF of pulling a branch through the fence:

Chickens grabbing raspberries

That was hard work; nap time:

Chickens roosting in their run

Some photos of chickens with tomato, lettuce, and zucchini treats (the zucchini are starting to take over the garden):

Chickens with tomato, lettuce, zuccini treats

Chickens with tomato, lettuce, zuccini treats

Chickens

Chicken with lettuce treats

Chickens

We can’t have a Flock Friday post without any pictures of the ducks — here’s a token one from the pond deck. Betty’s ducklings are almost full-grown now, and Sonja’s are catching up fast:

Ducks

I haven’t spent much time with the ducks this week, due to our trip to Ashland and my subsequent illness, but I’ll be sure to get more photos of them for next week.

Flock Friday for July 9

Ducklings in the chicken run?!

Ducklings in chicken run

I have no idea how they got in there, but I heard their distressed peeping, and went over to let them out:

Ducklings in chicken run

Reunited:

Ducklings reunited

Betty’s ducklings are getting quite big:

Betty and ducklings

Sonja’s ducklings are still small, but growing fast (here some are snuggling under her):

Sonja and ducklings

More ducks:

Ducks

Two broody chickens in a nesting box:

Two chickens in a nesting box

More chickens:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Cat update for week ending July 3

It’s Caturday. This week, I spotted an alien orange cat in the feeder:

Alien orange cat

Plus of course the regular neighbor cat visitor, Paladout:

Paladout

A nice picture of Pansy in the back of the shop:

Pansy in the shop

Jenn said my girlfriend was out front. Yep, there’s Porcini:

Porcini

Porcini

Spud hunting in the tall grass beyond the grove:

Spud hunting

Got something:

Spud hunting

Two cats at the cat house:

Two cats

Porcini about to jump onto the camera housing:

Porcini about to jump onto the camera housing

Pansy on a chair in her nest area of the shop; I’m going to have to rearrange that sometime in preparation for our estate sale at the end of August:

Pansy in the shop

Have a pleasant and safe Fourth everyone!

Flock Friday for July 2

A little later than usual for Flock Friday, as we were out all morning while the house was inspected. But I wouldn’t want to miss sharing the fun pictures of our chickens and ducks!

Let’s start with some chickens with a head of lettuce from our veggie garden:

Chickens with a head of lettuce

The pond, with ducks and a bird flying low over the pond, to dip its beak for a drink:

Pond, ducks, bird

Another shot of a bird diving for a drink, plus Sonja on the island sitting on several of her ducklings:

Pond ducks, bird

A couple of ducks enjoying some shade:

Ducks enjoying some shade

I love that shiny green head:

Ducks

Hot chickens; chickens panting on one of the really hot days this week (don’t worry, they have flowing water to cool off):

Hot chickens

Hot chickens

Hot chickens

Sonja and ducklings:

Sonja and ducklings

Ducks on and near the island:

Ducks on and near the island

Betty and her ducklings:

Betty and ducklings

Sonja and ducklings, and more ducks on the island:

Ducks

Sonja and ducklings:

Sonja and ducklings

Ducks on the lawn; Betty and her ducklings on the left, others in the middle, and Sonja’s ducklings on the right:

Ducks on the lawn

Chickens roosting in their run:

Chickens in their run