We're in the midst of some large changes around here. First we've added to our family. After Roskva (our German Shepherd mix) passed away this summer we made plans to get another dog when we were ready. So we ended up deciding on a puppy. I won't lie. I have some regret. I have always rescued animals that were really in need rather than just go out and get a puppy, plus puppies are a good deal of work. But she's part of our family now. She's a blue heeler and he name is Alkina.
The kids (mainly Foxgirl) talked me into a cat. I had sworn off cats. But here we are again. She's a good cat. A family found her by out in the woods at a state park while on a hike. She was friendly and pretty clean, they suspect that she was dumped, because she seemed to socialized to have been feral. She's comfortable with the dogs and kids and has no accidents, so I can't complain. She also likes to crawl up onto my chest and purr the loudest purr ever. It's like having a small furry motor snuggled up against my collar bone. So maybe cats aren't all bad. Her name is Persia.
The third big change around here is just beginning. When we bought this property 5 years ago, we knew going in that the house itself wasn't really as large as we wanted. At the time we had 3 kids and the house had 3 bedrooms, one of which is barely large enough for a bed. It also had an attached garage that had the laundry area included so we converted that into a multi-use room of sorts. It now serves as the laundry room/master bedroom/office. The whole shebang is around 1000 sq foot. But we love the property. We've got 11 level acres about 1/3 of it is wooded. An old barn, a decent sized detached garage and a lovely garden with a gazebo and koi pond out back. It's closer to the road than ideal, but being wooded on both sides and across the road, it still has a private feel. So our plan from the get-go was to save up for an expansion. Not being keen on debt, we paid this house off within the first two years. Since then we've been putting what we would have put toward a mortgage into savings for the expansion. We finally felt like we have enough, so we are moving forward. We've met with a contractor on two occasions. We've whittled the plan down to what's most important and are in the process of getting our ducks in a row now. We want to be sure we have all the cash we need. Some things are more than we had hoped. But we are wiggling funds around to see what all we can do.
|Our house as it was when we bought it.|
I will be sharing progress (and the inevitable set backs) as we go.