And we love it more that we thought we would! For some reason, the move went smoothly, the horses, dogs and cat took it in stride, and as of last week, we are about 95% unpacked. We even had a housewarming bonfire party last weekend with about 60 people in attendance.
So we fixed the downed fence, mowed the pasture, repaired the leaky roof on the tack room, took down all the hot wire fencing (it was a mess!), cleaned out the neglected barn and 2 out buildings, removed 2 downed trees from he front and side yards (saved the good parts for XC jumps), solidified relationships with the hay guy and feed store owner, have been visited by both the farrier and the vet, met the neighbors (who are ACRES away!) and are truly loving life!
Although it is MUCH further to work every day, my vehicle gas consumption each week remained pretty much the same since I am not driving to the boarding barn 4 times each week.
We have also added to our 4-legged friends (go figure!). I took on a 23 year old app/QH cross who was boarding at my friends barn, as her 16 year old owner was now into cheerleading. Of course she was a freebie. This mare is wonderful. Sound, sweet and cute as a button. She is DAPPLED buckskin. The only way you know she is an App cross is because of her lack of mane and tail. She is my DH's horse, and we can put anyone on her. Put a knowledgeable rider on her, and you are actually driving a Cadillac. Put a 9 year old on her, and she follows the horse in front of her on the trail or stops if she is unclear of the direction being given. She is awesome and THE BOSS of my small herd. My geldings are in love, in a good way (not the stallion sort of way).
Also took on a barn kitty. He was in a bad situation and is now very happy to live in my tack room and chase bugs.
So that is my little update on my little farm. THANK YOU EVERYONE for all of the good advice and support. I haven't been online much as country internet is really slow.
We are really looking forward to the meteor shower this weekend as we now have front row seats.
Oh wait! I do have one question . . . how do I post links to pictures on Facebook?
While looking at the picture or album you want to post to a public audience, look below the picture and you will see a "copy this link to ....". Copy the link, click the little globe looking thing in the tool bar at the top where you write your post, when it opens a box appears, click in the box and paste, click ok...you're done.
Relatively speaking, you are not too far from me (I am in Kansas). Your story sounds so much like mine ... five years ago! We had to do all of those same things, and had the big housewarming party, too...which was actually King's retirement party!