Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Fun

The boys and I have been down on the mountain for the past 2 days trying to clear out the area down by the creek. This is 3 acres of overgrown jungle. Beautiful but a daunting task to be sure. Here are some pics I've taken while down there....

The top picture is where we've started clearing out a driveway to get down there from the road. Poor B boy hit a yellow jacket nest with the lawnmower on Tuesday and got stung twice. Then there was the attack of the chiggers. Ah the fun to be had in Summer lol.  The next 2 pics are the area where we are thinking about putting the cabin. Waiting for a friend with building knowledge to come take a look and give me an opinion on that. The last pic is of the creek in the area where we want to build. I look forward to a time when I can just sit down by the creek and soak up the peace while listening to the water rush on by.

The main task at this point is to clear out where we want the cabin, stake that area off, have the gentleman from the health dept come take a look and then he will stake off where the septic will go, then we can have our permit. Once we have that permit we can apply for a building permit. But first..... must keep at the clearing since we have not only the spot for the cabin to get finished but we also have to clear out for the chicken coop/run and the dog run. I don't worry about the 2 old dogs as they will stay where they're supposed to but the Bloodhounds would be off in a second following their noses lol.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Starting Over

Wow has it really been almost a year since I posted? Well a lot has happened in that time. Earlier this year the hubster was diagnosed with Melanoma, we had a little over 3 months before he passed in May. Some days I think I'm going to be ok, others I feel like I'll go crazy from the pain. It's kinda like getting kicked in the gut every day. I know one day the pain will lessen and I will get through this, I can only hope and pray that I can do it with strength and dignity if not for myself for our boys.

So as the title states.... we really are starting over. I don't think I ever mentioned on here but a couple years ago we bought some very rural property on the side of a mountain. We had a plan to eventually build a small home and move down there to live a self sufficient life. So now that is what the kiddos and I plan to do. We are working on getting the house in the city ready to sell and working with the officials to get the appropriate permits for building down on the mountain. The plan is to build it by hand..... yes that's right this girl and her 2 teenage boys are gonna DIY a house. Well we will have to have help with the electric and plumbing stuff but the building itself will be done by the 3 of us and perhaps some family and friends. I won't lie and say I'm not scared but this isn't the first challenge I've had to face and I'm sure it won't be the last. Besides I'm looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment once it's done. So without further ado here are some pics of our daunting task....

This is the area down by the creek where we need to clear in order to show the inspectors where we want to build. I'm not looking forward to the blisters to come but I am looking forward to being lulled to sleep by the sound of the creek :-)

I'll be sure to post pics as we make progress......