It’s still early, and the backyard is very comfortable. Would you like to enjoy your coffee there?
Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
How was your week? Mine’s been pretty good. The kids at work graciously gave me a cold. I thought that I might make it trough this time as well. I usually don’t get sick when they get sick, but my nose is runny, and I sneeze all the time. The youngest one had it for two weeks now (but I noticed yesterday that he seems a little better.) It’s not fun, but not horrible either. A great excuse to slow down for a bit. Which is exactly what I’m going to do this weekend. It’s really important that I feel on top of my world next weekend…because next weekend my girls and I, are going to Arizona. We’re going to explore the area close to my property. You know about my dream of a small homestead, where we grow the majority of our food ourselves. Yepp, that property. I haven’t spent a great deal of time in the area. Just as much as I know that I really really like it. It is close enough to spend a weekend there. Which I plan to start doing on a regular basis.
At the moment it’s raw land, and nothing else. It was a long time ago since I last visited, and I don’t know exactly what to expect. Therefor I opted to book two nights at a hotel, in the nearest town this time. I have never been out this early in the season either. It is around 25 degrees cooler than in Las Vegas. Yes, the weather was one of the most important things I looked at before buying. I ultimately wanted some snow in the winter, and a long warm gardening season, without any extremes, hot, or cold. This property fits that description.
I’ve spent quiet some time this week making my time-line for the property, both financial, and development wise more specific. I’ve made great progress, and nailed down a couple important questions that I couldn’t find answers to online, that I’ll have to talk to someone at the county building department about. I feel very positive and excited.
It is very realistic to believe that I should have some basic infrastructure (septic, and water, but not housing,) in place next summer. Doing it the right way, with all the permits needed. I’m not planning on moving there next summer, but I could increase the time I spend there, maybe put an RV there, and spend 1-2 weekends/month there. It would definitely be easier to further improve the property, and get to know the area better after that. I want to know the area well before making a big move. If I would find out that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life there, it would still be easier to sell a property that has the basics (and some extra goodies.)
I so like having a more specific time frame, and (soon) a fresh visual of my property. It makes it easier to see my goal, which helps me tremendously when it comes to keeping my budget. After all, I am a single, hardworking mom, and a tight budget to make dreams come true takes some dedication.
My daughter flying a kite last weekend.
I finished reading Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, a couple days ago. I’ve been a minimalist for several years, and I do see myself as an essentialist as well. I still feel that I got a lot of great reminders, both about how to prioritize, and to live in the moment. I can highly recommend that book. (Not an affiliate, just really liked the book.)
Ooops, I did it gain, talked a lot about all the thoughts having a marathon in my head right now. If we had coffee in real life you would realize that I am not a person that would ever talk your ear off. I actually prefer to listen. I’ve been told more than once that I am a good listener, and people often confide in me. So, how was your week? Please tell me! I do want to learn about your ups, and downs. What’s the weather like? What kind of plans do you have for the weekend?