I was talking to my oldest daughter the other day and we both agreed that the closer we get to having our house, the slower the progress seems to be. It’s as if we started out running, slowed to a walk and are now limping forward! Still we are making progress. This is a shot of the goat yard with the septic contractor’s trucks and equipment in the background. They finished up on Thursday and the only thing left is hooking it up to the house. We are very pleased with the contractor we ended up with – he kept to his schedule, did very nice work and left everything neat and tidy. He even used the leftover gravel to fill in some low spots in our dirt drive.
Today we headed over to the house (still in the mobile home park as the moving contractor is behind schedule – after promising to have it out by the end of July we are now looking at moving it next week) and started dismantling the deck and disconnecting the back stairs.
We also discovered we had some clean-up to do (this is in back of the shed). Looks like a trip to the dump is in order! Once the house is moved there may be a little delay getting it set up due to the mover’s busy schedule. Nevertheless it will be on our property and I can get inside and start painting! We can’t move any furniture in until it is set in place.
So, are we done? Good to go? Not quite. We have saved, raised and borrowed enough money to put in the septic, buy the home and have it moved. Eventually it will be set up, we’ll paint and remove carpet and deal with alternative flooring, have utility (electricity) lines run to the house and move in the bits of furniture and possessions we have. We will need to purchase a water heater and a refrigerator. But – we still do not have a water supply. A dug well is not an option (no longer allowed) and a drilled well will cost over $6,000 with no guarantee that we’ll have good water (the deeper water here is salty or sulfuric). So our best option is a cistern – a below or above ground water tank (these run $2,000 to $4,000). We don’t have the funds for that at this point (our GoFundMe campaign is still running if you’d like to make a donation) so we are putting gutters on the barn to collect rainwater in a 280 gallon tote (you can see it sitting in the goat yard in the photo above) for household use and will buy bottled water for drinking.
I have so much more to tell you: I passed all my classes in my first semester! We have a baby chick that my daughter hatched in an incubator, our 4H fair was this week…. but the library is closing so I’ll have to leave with a promise to provide an update on all the non-house related things going on another time!