Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thoughts on The Land

We rode out to the land this past weekend.  Spent most of the day out there just checking things out.  Have you ever been somewhere and just knew it "felt right"?  I'm happy to say that it feels like a good fit. There is much work that will need to be done but hey... what else have I got to do?  It fills me with joy to think that we can do just about anything that we want. And most of the things I've wanted to do for years are now going to be possible.  No worrying what the landlord will think or having to get permission to do something. Or doing something and having to leave it behind when you move.  The possibilities are endless.   And boy oh boy do I have some plans!  List's upon list's of plans! 
     The first thing we have to do is to get everything lined up so we can move the RV out there and start getting settled in. Which means that getting the utilities up and running are the first priority.  The only problem is having to wait for my backpay check to arrive.  I keep having to tell myself "Patience, Grasshopper".   It won't be much longer though, at the most another 6 weeks or so. 
      We rode out there again this weekend and took care of a couple of things.  We had checked out the well and the well depth while we were there before. The water's good.   It will need a well pump and pressure tank and all the stuff that is involved with that.  No worries though, Mars is extremely handy and knows just what to do and what it will take. 
     As a matter of fact we made the very first purchase of what is sure to many more.  I won a bid on Ebay for a well pump!  Got a great deal on it too. Saved over half of what they usually run for this one.   So I've already saved money that we have earmarked for the well!  Now if I can just keep that trend up we will be doing good.  The more we can save on getting  the lights on and the water running the more of it we can use for other things.
    I made some calls and got found out what it is going to take to get the electricity hooked up. We need to find a breaker box for the pole.  I keep hoping that we will run across a "deal"on one but no matter what it's something we are going to have to have.  All in all though it looks like what I had figured it was going to take to get all the utilities working was wayyyy off base.  But in a good way!
     One thing I'm noticing about Oklahoma is that the hoops you have to jump through to get things done aren't nearly as hard as doing the same things in Texas.  Which is fine by me.  There's plenty of other things I want to do out there.  The goal is to eventually be as self-sufficient as we can.  Heck, I would like to one day be able to not have to leave the place for a month or two at a time unless I just wanted to.
     I sent a soil sample off to the county extension agency a couple of weeks ago and we got the results back this weekend. The soil tested pretty good.  The ph level is good and it just needs a little love.  It isn't going to take much at all to whip it into shape. Some good compost should do the trick. 
     Of course it will take a little time but hey.... that is something I'm blessed with these days.  I refuse to look at this disability stuff with a negative attitude.  What good does that kind of thinking do for a person anyway? 
             ~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~


  1. how exciting! good luck getting everything done and moving "in"!!!

  2. Sounds tho' all your ducks are in a row and then some SFC! That is great and fantastic news on the pump.

    We have stores here that are run by "Habitat for Humanity" and what they are are sort of a whole sale hardware store where builders donate [for a tax write off] extra building materials that they have leftover from their projects. The HFH sells it and uses the profit to build more homes. The stuff is new and cheap - You should look online and see if they have one near you [for the electrical box] They are all over the US.

    Good luck with all you have to do. It really is exciting.

  3. Exciting times! You're going to have lots of great material about which to write.

  4. When I checked out the land where I am now I "knew" it was the right place, so I know what you mean.

  5. Glad to hear you are progressing with the new place. Nothing more fun and exciting than making something out of vacant land, and making it to suit you.

  6. I believe you have everything under control. Happy gardening!

  7. I didn't know about a disability. Sorry not to be paying attention....

    I am so happy that you are doing this! I can only imagine what it is like to make these kinds of plans, and then to see them actually happen! Wonderful!

  8. I am so excited for you. Nothing better than having your own land to take care of, I get these ideas about my land, and I think mine like a beautiful lady that needs to be cared for and in doing so she takes care of our family. I have never loved a job more. Oklahoma is great in that way, When my parents moved back there they were constantly amazed at how free they were after living in Commie California.
    So have fun, it is work but I don't think there is any nicer place to do work, than being on your own land.

  9. Sounds to me like ya'll have things well in hand! At least you're off to a good start! Good for you!

    I'm pulling for ya all the way!

  10. I'm so glad you are getting that place. I'm even more glad that if just "fits". NOW the adventures will begin. lol

  11. ((Sci))

    I am so happy for you and Mars. I can't wait to read about the adventures and see some pictures. How fun is it going to be when you finally get your first chickens and bunnies? WooHoo!

    Hugs & Love

  12. Sounds like a busy, but exciting time for you. Great news about the soil.

  13. Thank you all so much for you kind words and wishes! Have I mentioned how EXCITED I am? LOL

  14. Ive shared this idea w/ many people. A friend shared it with me and its just too thought provoking not to pass it on....

    "Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses" ~ II Cor 33.

    Does the land teach us to heed the commandments, the whole law, the statues and ordinances that are the boundries for His people? Do we when we remove ourselves far from the land, take ourselves to a place far from God and the "curriculum of life"?

    When we reject the land, not be a good steward of it, do we in essence reject or do injustice to the commandments, statues and ordinances God has put in place for His people?

    Doesmt rejecting land, hard work, teaching the boundaries of His choosing, place Man at the center instead of Yahweh?