Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Internet is Working! (Uhmmmm...Sorta, Anyway)

After repeated calls to my internet and phone provider, they FINALLY sent me a repairman with some common sense. He actually looked at the line coming into the house (unlike the previous three guys) and said "Screw it. Let's just replace that old line and see if it helps."
Twenty minutes late, I had internet. And my phone worked, too!
So, lets see if I can get this blog rolling again!
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Moose Crossing Sign. Everywhere here!

Local public library. Great place!

Next to library parking lot.

Window box loveliness at library.

Was out and about last week and took a few (pretty bad) pictures. The Moose Crossing signs are on every road here. And for good reason! When you hit a moose with a car...a truck, heck, even a semi!, there's a good chance you will be severely injured (if not outright killed) and your vehicle totaled. About a week and a half ago a lady in the next town over hit a moose...the moose staggered into the other road lane and was hit again by a different lady. Both cars totaled, but fortunately, both drivers survived. One is still in the hospital.
The moose? Staggered over to the edge of the road and sat down. It had to be destroyed because it's injuries were severe enough it wouldn't have survived long in the wild. New Hampshire law mandates that if a moose or deer or bear has to be destroyed by law enforcement, or has been recently killed by a vehicle, local law enforcement should have the animal immediately transported to a place it can be butchered out and the meat saved. The meat is then donated to facilities that can use it. Schools, prisons, group homes, etc.
I have seen a moose on the property here! Also wild turkeys galore. And deer...lots and lots of deer.
There is so much wildlife here! I had to chase an eagle away from the ducks pen!
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It is starting to get chilly at night, and we still don't have a heating system. Tomorrow I go to look at a couple of pellet stoves. They are cheaper than an oil furnace and the fuel is cheaper, too.
Until then, I cuddle down at night with lots of blankets....and a couple of the dogs!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Great North Woods

That's the semi-official name for where I live. Also, The North East Kingdom.
Whatever you call it, it's gorgeous. Everyone reminds me of the cold, sometimes brutally cold and snowy winters. I've lived in Montana, people. Trust me, been there, done that.
We are already scavenging up warm clothes, blankets, quilts, etc. for the cold to come. Boots are high on my agenda, too. And warm socks. CUTE warm socks for me. Yeah, I have something of a sock addiction.
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Pictures...if I can get this computer to cooperate and keep the internet connected (Damn you, Fairpoint Communications. You are not fair, do not communicate and there seems to be no damn point to your service...which rarely works!)
First...the basement. NOT a good thing. The place looks like a weekend retreat for serial killers!



 Yeah. That's going to take a LOT of work. After getting the plumbing fixed, we are basically out of money BUT we still need a furnace to survive this winter. So...trying some creative financing (i.e., selling a gun or maybe two or possibly getting a home improvement loan)

Sunrise the other morning. The pics aren't very good...sorry! But the sky was awash with such lovely shades of pink, blue and lavender.




 I love looking at the sky here. The stars at night are simply blazingly bright as there are very few lights way out here in the country.

And here's Charlie. The goats and alpacas are delighted with the grass...although a bit confused by it at first!


 Tin ceilings. Yes, I have them! Have been doing a lot of research on the care and maintenance of them.Some idiot in the past covered several ceilings here with that gawdawful looking Styrofoam type ceiling tile. YUCK!  And the wallpaper in some of the rooms is so U-G-L-Y.



 So, yeah...cosmetic issues, we haz them.
It's a lot of work ahead of us...we know that. It will take time. I know I can't accomplish everything overnight. I would LOVE to be able to, but unless I win the lottery tomorrow, it is not gonna happen.
Still, it's an old house with a few wonky floors and ugly wallpaper, but it is of very solid construction.
It's over 100 years old and has stood strong through all those winters and spring storms and autumn winds.
I love it.
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As most everyone has heard, SciFiChick over at the Bacon and Eggs blog passed away from a heart attack. I was shocked and saddened by her death. Sci always came across as so vital and enthusiastic, even when she was having a rough time. She was such a good writer and her blog taught me a lot. I never met her in person, but we did exchange a lot of comments back and forth over the past few years. I met her on a forum and she inspired me and encouraged me to start this blog. I will miss her.






Thursday, August 21, 2014

WE ARE HOME!!!

Took me a couple of weeks to get internet set up, sorry about that!
But we are here.
It is WONDERFUL!
No plumbing for the first week, so I had to rent a port a potty. Had to put up a corral for the animals and the rooster and his hens are still in temporary quarters in the garage.
But at night, I hear the river chuckling and dancing over the rocks and that lulls me to sleep.
The air is cooler here (thank goodness!) and more humidity, so I feel better.
The house is definitely a fixer upper. We got enough of the plumbing fixed up to live on the second floor for the time being.
So many projects, so little money, lol!
But little by little, we will get it done!
I should be able to post pics on my next post.