I figured now was maybe a good time for an update, don’t you? I’m pretty certain that I’ve been swallowed in to some sort of time machine that shoots me months into the future but only feels like 5 minutes for me. Anyone else?
Well, the past few months have definitely been an adventure, full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and big surprises. That’s to be expected when one starts out on a totally new journey I suppose. There is such a learning curve to living your whole life a certain way and then catapulting into another dimension so to speak. Much of it I anticipated, but there have been several trials and tests that threw me for a loop. The major one was illness. I’m going to write a blog post about this soon and detail everything that happened and what we did to get past it, but illness is scary when you aren’t near a doctor or hospital and you are used to having that close by. Another significant trial that still lingers is the possibility of relocating. There have been some issues revolving around whether or not to sell the property we are living on as some of the people here don’t feel they are cut out for homesteading and small town living. The future and where we end up hangs in the balance right now, but in the meantime I’m still plugging away and doing what needs to be done, and still truly loving every second of it!! No matter where we end up, I’ll be writing about it every step of the way.
I’m so happy to say that we made it through the winter and have found ourselves facing new challenges as well as some ease. Instead of the cold weather we now have hot summer days and thunderstorms. Recently we had a really intense storm pass over us that had my children and I sitting together on the floor in the middle of the fifth wheel, praying for it to pass quickly. I don’t mind thunderstorms, but being in a fifth wheel during a really bad one was incredibly unnerving. I’ve done some reading on the safety of RV’s during storms and the consensus was pretty much that most people would rather not be in one. I can understand why! We got through it though, even if my nerves were completely shot.
I’ve noticed that the temperature inside the fifth wheel pretty much mirrors the outside temperature, even when we are situated under trees and we close the blinds to block out the sun. Air conditioning has been a major bonus, I have to say. Our fifth wheel has two A/C units; one in the master bedroom and one in the main living area. Usually I put on the one in the master bedroom and it cools down the rest of the house by up to 10 degrees. With this heat I’m finding it really hard to cook and impossible to bake. This small space heats up so quickly and becomes uncomfortable even quicker. I’m thankful that we have had some breaks of cool weather in between the hot stretches, and I’m able to get my baking fixes in.
Our oven is teeny tiny in our home. So tiny that I have to use a smaller cookie sheet because the big ones don’t fit. To put it into perspective, a 12-cup muffin pan takes up the whole oven and fits perfectly. Just one. My large cast iron pan that I use to make my Blueberry Pouf in the picture above just barely fits. That means I’ve had to be a bit more creative with my baking which I’m totally fine with. I think my next project may just be an outdoor brick or cob oven though, so that I can bake even when it’s hot, and maybe have a little more space to do so.
We’ve spent some time exploring more of the area here and on a regular basis I still look at my children and say “we LIVE here!!” We are surrounded by lakes and mountains and trees and wildlife….it is absolutely serene and stunning to look at. It will be incredibly upsetting if we have to move from here, but I hope we can stay. We recently spent some time at one of the lakes near us and were in awe of the beauty. We stepped into the crystal clear water and immediately we were greeted by the friendliest family of ducks who came right up to us and were chatting away in the softest duck voices I have ever heard. Fish were jumping every few minutes, a Loon called to us from somewhere on the lake….it was perfection. We quickly made plans to go back as soon as possible with fishing rods, swimsuits, a picnic, and a canoe. After our trip to the lake we stopped by a park to lounge under some trees, have a snack, and read some books.
I haven’t had a better day than that in a very. long. time.
When the sun starts to go down and the evening cool rolls in, we take our crew of dogs for a walk down to the river. A little while back we brought home a Great Pyrenees puppy to keep Sophie company, our other Pyrenees. Not only is our new pup Samson the cutest thing ever, but it was instant love between him and Sophie. They are the best of friends and love having each other. Pretty soon I hope, they will be watching over some goat friends as well.
I still chuckle and shake my head sometimes at the fact that we ended up with 3 white dogs, Sadie being our first. She’s our little Chihuahua/Terrier that we adopted from a rescue organization 4 years ago. If you glanced you would think she was Sophie and Samson’s pup🙂
We still haven’t got any chickens yet but those will be coming very soon, as well as an update and pictures of our chicken coop. We also may have some quail coming too.
Now that you’re fairly up to date, I’d like to thank you for sticking around! More posts are coming soon.