Friday, May 30, 2014

I'm Blogging Again!

Sooooooooo.... Lots of things have changed since my last post. (Over a year and a half ago.) Well, things have sort of changed but sort of not. Daily life is pretty much the same. But major changes are coming. Like next month we are going to be moving to North Carolina. We've been in Ohio for almost 2 years. But last October we drove down to North Carolina for a job interview. (For hubby, not me.)

Anyway, a month later he gets a call offering him the job. At first they wanted him to move right away which meant we would have had to scramble to get him a place to live and stuff. But then they called back asking if it was ok if he started in late January. Of course, he said yes. We were ecstatic. This job is with a really good company and he'd be getting paid really well. And, I'd finally be able to get my land I've been waiting years for. We had almost 2 acres in Florida, but money was always so tight that I wasn't really able to do anything with it. I could have done a lot more if I'd known a lot of the things I know now. But I digress.

Anyway, since we had just signed a lease at the townhouse here in July, we didn't want to pull the kids out of school, and our oldest was in his last year of high school, hubby had to move without us. It has now been 4 months and we've found a townhouse in North Carolina that we're going to rent at the beginning of July. We looked into buying a piece of property. But we had an unpaid medical bill that we'd thought the insurance had paid for. But it has lowered his credit score just enough that we can't get a loan right away. It should only take us a couple of months to get all that cleared up and get a bit of a down payment saved up.

But by spring of next year, we should be moving for the final time into our forever home. Hubby loves his new job and we both agree that this will be our final destination. With hubby and his new job and me and my land, we will have everything we wanted.

I have still been gardening, but to a lesser extent. I've dumped out a lot of buckets that had annual veggies in them last year. I've still got my buckets with my raspberries and blackberries but I think they've died from this crazy winter we had. I'm going to keep them until next spring and hope for some kind of miracle. But I don't have much hope. Actually, I think a week before we move I might dump out the buckets and just bring the plants as bare root. It's much easier to transport a stack of empty buckets then it is buckets full of soil.

I also lost my strawberries and several of my tropicals that I'd brought from Florida. But I've also bought some new plants also. Like a concord grapevine, a seedless grape that I can never remember the name of, and another raspberry plant. I need to look up when is the best time to take clippings off the raspberry so I can make more. Oh, and I also bought some more strawberry plants. I'm going to keep nipping off the flowers to help it concentrate on roots and runners. So no strawberries for us this year.

I also bought some seeds. Argenteuil asparagus, Mary Washington asparagus, giant Swiss snow peas, and rattlesnake pole beans. The two types of asparagus I've already planted in small buckets. The French one (argenteuil) has already sprouted really well. The Mary Washington is taking it's time. But two of those are sprouted so far. The snow peas I'll plant after we move for a fall crop. But the beans will have to wait until next spring.

But once we move, I plan to do a bit more gardening. For instance, I have several 30 gal storage bins that I'm using to pack of stuff in. (The moving boxes we used before were falling apart.) I plan to transplant at least the asparagus and the snow peas in those. Along with some other fall crops like lettuces. Won't be able to plant too much since I'll only have a small patio at the new townhouse. But it will be a start.

Then once we get our own property, oh my, the plans within plans that I have. (Dune fans will get that reference.) I'm talking large gardens, livestock, aquaponics, just to name a few. I can go on forever about all of that. But I think I'll leave that for another post. I've gone on enough for this one. So until next time, see ya later.

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