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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Only Five More Days

And I leave the Neophyte Homestead behind. And Mother Nature is determined to continue to throw us trouble.

We have been flooded for almost two weeks now. Our corral is completely underwater. Not sure if we will be able to load the cows there yet or not. Between harsh winters, severe drought and now constant flooding, I hear grumbles from the farmers. They all have said, I know I shouldn't complain about the rain, but this is ridiculous. I agree. Corn is laying down, it's too wet for the combines to harvest. It's August, everything should be dead or dying. Yet we have to push on with what we are given. Just don't expect hay prices or food prices to go down because of all this rain. They will stay the same, as flooding is just as devastating to the land. Washing out the things the plants need to thrive, or unable to harvest before fungus or rot set in. 

And it has delayed our move. Several things have delayed it. If we were only moving within the State, than it would have been done already, but 905 miles of road lie between the homesteads, and family demands, and weather has kept us from running. However we have rented a truck, or I should say reserved a truck through Budget, they have turned out to be the least expensive and easiest to work with. We have someone to drive, we need an extra driver or we have to make many trips back and forth. And we should be on the road soon. Come hell or high water, we will be on the move. 

I keep fantasizing about my little cabin in the woods. And then I become grateful, and humbled. This blog over the years has paid off for so many things. You are some wonderful people! If I didn't spill my guts day after day, this acreage may never had come my way, nor the abundance of online friendships and the kinships I have developed. Makes looking like a sorry sack worth it. Haha!   

It's hard learning to live like this on your own. Come this month I will be around others that live like I do. That excites me. We may not have the same philosophies, faiths, or ways of doing chores, but we have the same goals. And learning from them will be a thrill. Several bloggers that I read live within an hour of my little cabin in the woods, plans have been made, deals have been wrought. . . 

This seems like it has taken forever to get to this place. Time will tell if it was the right choice. For now it seems like the perfect decision for us. Work there for Husband is the only thing. But with his reputation it shouldn't take long for motorcycle work to come in. 

I am rambling aren't I? Good thing most of you are use to it.

So many things could go wrong, and you know that we seem to like doing things the hard way (not sure why). Our goals and dreams may be lofty, but there are so many ways of reaching them. First step, get to the Appalachians! 



12 comments:

Harry Flashman said...

I don't know what part of the Appalachians you are headed for (and wouldn't ask you to say) but that's where I live.

The people tend to be good folks, and I'll bet with your motivation and experiences you will fit right in.

I look forward to reading more about your move as it progresses.

Laurie said...

Good luck with the move. I understand what you mean about too much rain - I think that I've heard more cursing from my father and brother about not being able to get a harvest in (or worrying about not being able to) than anything else. I'm glad that you are making this move and I admire your courage, stamina, and willpower. You rock, girlfriend.

Phelan said...

It's a big range Harry. :) we will be in the foothills of the Appalachians, in Kentucky.

Laurie, aww well thank you. :) I think there is more gritching this year than during the drought years. Good luck to your family!

kymber said...

Phelan - since it's only been a few years since we moved here, i can truly appreciate your anticipation to get going! and the fact that you will have some fellow bloggers sorta' nearby - you'll have to get out and meet them all once your settled. you've got some exciting times coming your way and i wish you all the best!

your friend,
kymber

Phelan said...

Thanks Kymber!

Sandy said...

Phelan,

Even though we need the rain, we surely don't need it all at once. I'm hoping the rain slows and the ground solidifies enough to load the cattle so you and your family can get to your final destination. Your beautiful place in Kentucky (oh oh......jealousy is running ramped here lol).......
Hubby and I are so happy for you and hubs. We both have a good feeling things will all work out for your family with the move and work relating to motorcycles. Be safe and stay strong!
Sandy

Lamb said...

Girl, I feel ya. EVERY single time I have moved...it rained...or snowed...or hailed...or an ice storm...once a tornado...
I have come to expect storms and precipitation when I move!
May your rains dry up a bit and the rest of your move go smoothly!

blessednationranch.com said...

So jealous! you must tell me if you hear of another good deal, you know how eager we are for a more welcoming communal homesteading life. Our pasture is currently flooded but I am thankful the cows have place to graze. The price of hay is much better than it had been but the rain has stalled the price from dropping any further. Be blessed my friend, and drive safely :)

FancyHorse said...

I'll be thinking of you. Good luck with your move. I hope Kentucky will be good to you and your family and your livestock!

Practical Parsimony said...

It has rained here in N AL every day for at least a month and the ten-day forecast has rain every day. One day was forecast for no rain, but it rained. I don't farm or have cattle, but it is still too much rain. At least my two hen can find a little respite under the picnic table or under a table in their pen. Hopefully, it will be dry for your move and drive.

SciFiChick said...

How strange this summer has been. Down here we've had lots of rain but luckily no flooding. I'm not trying to rub it in but .... this has been a really NICE summer here in Okieland. The temps are even cooler than they've been the past two years.

I know you guys can hardly wait to get on the road. I'm glad ya found a driver. I sorta wish I'd have been able to volunteer for that one. Just so I could walk in your beautiful holler.
I'll keep my fingers crossed it dries out enough to load up the beef.

Donna said...

Have a safe trip :) Can't wait to read about your new life!

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