Moving from a 900 square foot city home to a huge country home has taught me a few important things along the way. This Old Gal has forced me to be creative, productive & increased my knowledge.
As my husband pointed out in the last blog there are a lot of old and drafty windows here. This makes for cold winters.
Other ways to stay warm were to utilize The Hudson Bay Blanket, given to us as a wedding gift from my Grandparents. Granted it keeps you warm, but is heavy making one feel like they are in a tightly rolled burrito. We also have several oil filled electric heaters in use throughout the house. My husband & I snuggle under an electric blanket while watching T.V..
I also have had to get used to the revolving door of cats & dogs on the property. We made a decision to have no inside animals once Dax & Sisko passed when we first moved to the farm.
A variety of other furry friends have come & gone from Serenity Homestead. The roads, winters & coyotes have not been kind to our barn cat friends, all apart of country life as I have learned. We have an invisible dog fence which keeps our girls close & safe.
We have also had a number encounters of the wild variety here on Serenity Homestead. One night my daughter & I returned from Gymnastics. I saw what I thought was a cat eating out of a food bowl by our door. Lucky for me, my eyes adjusted to night vision before I had petted what was actually a possum. The little guy slowly moved along as I recovered.
I was feeding a new batch of farm cats in the Morton shed one night when a skunk decided to join the group. The cats didn't seem to have a problem with it, but I stood still while it came & went. I was both amazed & freaked!
On a side note, you know how Pepe Le Pew bounces along in the cartoons? I actually looked up from doing dishes one day to see a skunk doing that very thing in our back yard. We didn't have dogs at the time which was lucky for the skunk, dogs & us.
If any of you have been following us on Facebook, you know we have had a dog & raccoon war taking place here on the farm. I used to think raccoons were cute. My time here on Serenity Homestead has taught me otherwise.
Calamity Jane had the farm to herself until Freyja came along. Calamity would bark at wild life if they dared set foot on her property. This would bring Bandit from the farm down the road & together they would chase the trespasser away. Then Freyja came along & violation for trespassing is death not annoying barking.
Unfortunantly, Freyja's fight response instead of flight has taken a toll on her & our vet bills.
Join me for Part 2 as I talk about battling rust while cleaning, doing laundry with well water & lessons learned while refurbishing our Old Gal.