I feel this sign is a LITTLE premature, but...
We are still here in WV, but as you can see from the photo, things are looking up! We are under contract, but the sale is contingent on the house passing inspection and appraisal. We had our inspection Friday, and we hit a snag; however, we haven't heard anything from the buyers, so it looks like we should have a chance to remedy the issue in question. The contractor is coming over tomorrow to survey the situation. It's very exciting, and I'm feeling very hopeful, but trying to stay grounded. Thursday, we are leaving for MA with the goal of getting our next house under contract! If everything goes well, we will close on Sage Alley on November 5 and leave for VT, where we will be staying until we close on our new house! Still, I think this sign should say "Under Contract" and not "Sold," but hey--guess our realtor is feeling confident!
The garden is absolutely flourishing! We did have corn, but we waited too long to harvest it, so it was not great. We used some of it in soup and stir frys, but we largely just missed out. We are, however getting tons of okra, tomatoes, cukes, greens, beets, pole beans, and radishes!
Oh--and watermelon! I was sitting in the house a couple of days ago, when my partner comes in and says, "Honey, I think you should come outside." I followed him to the garden, where he showed me the watermelon patch. At first, I didn't see anything. There was one that I knew of, which was nearly ripe enough to harvest, but as I watched where he was pointing, I realized we had not just that one melon, but about five or six more! They are huge, and they are delicious!
We are now only buying meat for the dogs, soymilk, and a few snacks at the store. Our grocery bill has been significantly cut this year! Hooray!
It's been an extremely hot Autumn here in WV, but the cool weather is finally moving in. We've been lighting the stove, even though it's been a touch too warm, but it's been very pleasant. He's started stacking wood on the porch. Whatever we don't use will be there for our buyers to use. The man woodpile out back is pretty large, so they'll be pretty well set, even if it doesn't get them all the way through the Winter. We plan to enjoy our house until we move out.
The cool weather moving in has meant that I've been feeling better--less pain and more energy--and I've been thinking of all of the things that we will need to do to our new property, and I'm excited to get started on those projects! Since I seem to do better at the higher elevation, I anticipate that I'll be able to lend a good hand. We'll need to build a dog run, put in our garden and fence it off, harvest firewood, and various other things around the new property. We'll do what we can before the New England Winter really sets in, but probably most of the work will take place in the Spring.
The two cats pictured in the collage are not mine. The black and white cat (lower right) belongs to a friend of mine, but he is "one of those cats"--one of those cats that you just have to meet. His name is Midge, and he's an outdoor cat, but he is very much her cat. He is spoiled as all get out and even has his own room with a kitty door, so he can come and go as he pleases! He is also very charismatic, and he is hilarious! She captured this photo as he just happened to be having a roll and a stretch there, just past the sign she had just installed. I could not help myself, so I captioned it, "Midge demonstrates what could happen if people don't obey his mommy's new sign." I got to meet him a couple of months ago, and he is a lover. Here's another photo of Midge, taken just a couple of days ago. I captioned it, too:
"Let's get the show on the road, Fred.! I ain't got all day!"
The other cat in the collage is one from the rescue where I help out. (Tomorrow is my last day. I'm going to miss all of those cats! I love them like my own!) Her name is Sprout, and she's been there almost as long as I have, about two years. From the moment I met her, I have been very attached to her. I'm crazy about her, and I'm trying to convince my partner to let me adopt her. Yes, we already have five cats and two dogs, but Sprout is special, and she needs to not be in her current environment. The reason she looks the way she does in the photo is there was another cat very close by when it was taken. She doesn't like other cats to get too close. She needs her personal space, and she would get it in an environment with fewer cats and with more space to have time to herself.
Sprout is moody and independent. I just recently have gotten her to the point where she will sit on my lap, even just for a few minutes. She doesn't attack people right off the bat. She'll sniff you and decide if she likes you. (She likes me, but not as much as I adore her.) I think that she'd be happy as a part of our family. Unfortunately, my partner feels that we have enough pets, and he'd like to see our numbers go down by attrition. I'm going to try one more time to get him to say "yes," and then I will let it drop. I feel like I need her in my life. I think we have a special bond.
Each day I'm at the rescue, we have some time where I sit and I let her decide what our level of interaction will be. She's more affectionate each day. She follows me from room to room. If I go up to where she's hanging out, but I don't touch her, she starts to show me affection. She lies on my bag. I feel like she's supposed to be my cat. If, by some miracle, he gives in, we'll come back down in the Spring to visit and to take her back to MA with us. If he does not, then I trust that she will get adopted one day by someone who understands her the way that I do. I have to believe that.
I know that my heart will break tomorrow when I end my day and have to say "good-bye" to her and the other cats. I'm going to miss them all so very much!
If you've read this whole thing, then I thank you. I will update you all on our progress with the move!