It’s time for us to refocus our efforts on getting our dreams completed. I’m working full time again out of the house and things are on an uphill swing. It seems we’ve had to change our plan so many times. When we bought our land, we had a main house (it was massive) planned for the lot. Then we ran into a snag with the county and we were under the impression we’d have to build a guest house to move to temporarily before we could build the main house. We bought the plans, were prepping to build and then I got pregnant and quit my job.
Our permits expired and we decided to revisit what we wanted to build. We looked at just doing a smaller house and forgetting the guest house completely, but then I realized that I wasn’t happy with the choices we had available for the house and where we could build. I didn’t want to be stuck in a “box” of a house. If we were going to build a house and I couldn’t have my massive huge house I wanted originally, there had to be some sort of compromise.
So my husband and I once again went through house plans and finally came across one that we both (mostly) agree on with a few minor changes but the great thing is that our “changes” are completely in line with one another.
So here it is, the plans we want to do for the main house, which if the county will let us build with the current structure in place, will nestle in just to the east of our tin box.
Now one of the great things on this is that we still have the guest house plans themselves which were approved by county. I’m not sure if we can do it, I have to check and see how much money we’d have to spend to upgrade to a larger septic system but it might be possible to do both places in close timing with each other.
So I left a message with a local company that does septic work, I will have them come out (ours needs cleaned anyway) and will find out what size septic system we would need for both places to go up to be put in and how much money we’re looking at to do it. I imagine it might cost quite a bit but there’s nothing wrong with just finding out, right? If not, then we’ll just focus on the house above and get it done. The layout is about perfect for us, with room to grow for 1-2 extra babies? Would love that!
So here’s to making dreams come true.
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My poor house got pretty neglected over the weekend, so I spent this evening catching up on some cleaning.
I just spotted this on Pinterest: I’ve been trying to figure out a good “cleaning schedule” that I could post up and sick to. I think this might actual be a decent one! Especially the bathroom counters in the AM since I get up after my husband and he makes a MESS of bathroom counters. Love him but he cannot keep tooth-paste splatter to a minimum! Though Spot Cleaning once a month, well, our carpets are so ugly, there’s no spot-cleaning them anyway. Maybe that will be an “organize my daughters bedroom” day or something.
I also got a new alarm clock last week that I can put my ipod on so that I can have “MY” music playing while doing laundry. Nothing like folding laundry while bouncin’ around to some fun music… “I’m gonna pop some tags..” (thanks to my sister for getting me hooked on that song. I also love “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore.
I have a lot of dance, funk, and top 40 stuff on my ipad, along with, well, several songs from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. (LOVE that movie!)
I’ve also got to sit down and work out a “Work” schedule and stick with it. Strict hours for each job, and not let it over-run my life, because it affects my daughter when I’m too exhausted to keep up with her during the day. I’ve got a lot of adjustments to make in my life and it’s going to take some planning!
On other news, Lilly and I are going back to Iowa for 2 weeks (in about 2 weeks!) Looking forward to seeing everyone, and a couple friends of mine and I are planning on doing the Color Run in Des Moines, my second Color Run this year. Love it!
So that’s really all that’s been new here. I’m trying to keep up on my blog a little more often.
Swampy has made yet another appearance, and quite frankly, we very well might be letting it run itself most of the summer this time. My AC unit is either super super clogged up, or low on freon. Either way, I am looking at $400-500 to have it done so Swampy went into effect tonight and hopefully we will be able to keep the house decently cool this summer with it.
We had to get new filters (my old ones were so badly worn out after 3 summers), I got a new float valve though I’m going to wait to install that until I can see better. We got the pump all oiled back up, sucked up all the dirt out of it, put new insulation foam board around the vent and foamed in the gaps this time.
There is something very peaceful about swampy. With my AC unit, it’s so loud and you sometimes just can’t even hear yourself in your own head. But swampy sounds like a water-fountain and a window fan blowing.
The only issue I really have is that it does one hell of a job cooling down the front of the house but I have troubles getting it to reach down the narrow hallway back into our bedroom. Not quite sure what to do on that.
I’m working from home now, I currently have 3 part-time jobs that I’m working that equal out to about 45 hours a week. I’m working 2 gigs, 20 hours a week for DarkSky.org and Astronomerswithoutborders.org, that latter one I’ve done since December, Dark Sky (IDA) is a new gig. I also took over the treasurer position on top of my secretary position for our irrigation board. At least now we can start making progress again on the ranch. This week, we had a neighbor come out with his tractor and tear up all the weeds that sprung up and died this spring, our mower just couldn’t get it done. It’s nice to come back home to not seeing a million dead weed sprouts all over the yard.
We got a new horse boarder in this week, their horse is called Shy, he’s a HUGE 16 hands high gelding. I asked our new boarder “How in the world are you going to get up on him?” She said “Oh, mounting block for sure.” She might have 1-2 more horses coming soon too for her daughter so we might have almost a full barn. That’s great! She’s a self-boarder, meaning she cleans out the stalls and does turn-out for the horse, we just feed/water each day. Easy peasy for us, cheaper for her. “Shy” is very beautiful, I will have to snap a picture of him and put online.
We have a kitten in the house, it was born under our place but he got out and from the looks his mama abandoned him. I spent a week trying to find a rescue for him, finally did, but then my husband got cuddly with the kitten and so did my cat and dog. So he’s still here and we named him Brannigan (as in Thomas Kincaid Brannigan from Doctor Who). Ray refers to him as Zap Brannigan (from Futurama). I also call him Piggy, cuz he’s totally a little pig.
He’s getting quick on his feet now and slowly getting into play mode. When I first found him, he appeared almost all white but a cream colored patch on his back (see pic) and he has a dark grey striped tail and two little grey marks right by each ear. Over the last week though, that cream patch is turning a very very light shade of grey. He is cute but man, my hands are torn up from his nursing. He gets a little panicky trying to get on the bottle and his little paws (and claws) go nuts trying to get a grip. I’m very much looking forward to him being able to eat/pee on his own. (With baby kittens, you have to wipe their lower extremities to get them to pee/poo, or they don’t and it can be fatal. Mama cats do this manually, so no mama means I have to improvise with a wet cotton ball)
Other than that, it’s pretty much the same old same old.
This past Sunday, we took our daughter Lilly to her second RenFaire at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. The reason we take her is for her Second Annual Twig Sighting, to go see the wonderful and delightful Twig the Fairy.
When I was a child, all I ever wanted to be for Halloween was a fairy…. okay, who am I kidding, all I ever wanted to be every single day was a fairy. One of my favorite dolls as a child was the Herself the Elf doll. I had her books, cardboard cutouts, dolls, her companion dolls, I watched her cartoon, you name it. Yeah, Herself the Elf and unicorn My Little Ponies were my thing. And every year, I wanted to be a fairy for Halloween, but alas, I usually ended up a witch or a clown or a ghost or something.
So when I first spotted a picture of Twig on the AZ Renaissance Festival’s site I thought “OH WOW! HOW COOL IS THAT?!” and I think I yelled it too. It was like having my inner child awakened in an instant.
She visits several states each year, so please take a moment to check out her site and see if she comes to a festival near you, because it’s totally worth it to go meet her, whether you’ve got kids or not!
Found a quick video on Youtube of her if you want to check out what I’m talking about!
I had either just had Lilly or knew I was pregnant with a girl when I spotted Twig looking up the ren-faire info and I thought to myself that I would make sure we took Lilly to see her every year. Even if we move back to Iowa (which we are considering), we will make the trek up to Minnesota to see her. As long as she’s performing, we’ll be there.
I have to admit, I’m more keen on taking Lilly to see Twig over Santa or the Easter Bunny to be honest, not that I have anything against Santa or the Easter Bunny but I don’t have to worry about explaining why there’s 20 million Twigs at the mall, now do I? She’s one of a kind!
There’s just something truly magical about Twig and I’ll tell you another thing, even when you have a line behind you, the world disappears when she focuses her attention on your little one. She speaks in sign language instead of verbally and she uses her flute to communicate through song and quick little blips to show emotions and excitement.
She has several (adorable) books, and in her first book, the story tells of how children could visit the fairy realm by putting her baubles under their pillow to sleep. At the end of the book, the children give her a sock to try and bring her to the human world. So you guessed it, this year we brought Twig a sock (with a little note in it and some gratitude to help offset a replacement book that Twig sent to us when goblins at the post office destroyed the package of her last book and lost it. We have all the Twig Books for Lilly which are delightful wonderful stories and Lilly loves the pictures and I use the Twig Calendars to track major milestones for Lilly and keep them. What can I say, I’m a total ham.
As for Lilly’s costume, well, Lilly’s Great Aunt Julie gave it to her when we were on our last Iowa visit. Yeah, Aunt Julie get’s it!!!! She knows we’re a geek family and we like to do things a little different than tradition. This is actually the second fairy costume she’s sent Lilly off with so Lilly has a backup.
When Lilly is older, I will actually make her a full costume but she’s too little to manage wire wings.
Oh, and just for kicks- last years (First Annual Twig Sighting) outfit and meeting Twig. Wow has Lilly grown.
So for anyone who happens to come across this post, remember… Fairies are real!