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Here’s a picture of our living room!

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I hope that looks somewhat inviting, although I should’ve removed the two scratching posts nobody uses (one cat scratches this sofa despite the fact it’s almost completely surrounded by tables, baskets, and scratching posts, and the other three cats have completely destroyed a couch in the basement) and the pinwheel out before taking this photo.

This is but one of many, many, many photos for our adoption profile book, which I’ve been seriously working on for the past couple weeks. It has been hard and has taken almost every ounce of creative energy I have. There are three more photos I want to take and add and then we’ll do another round of proofreading and checking everything and it’ll be done! Maybe later today!!!!

After the book is done and in the hands of our agency, we’re ready to begin waiting for a match. It’s a weird thing to say, but I’m so excited to start waiting. I mean, I don’t love waiting, but we’ll be waiting to find out who our new family member will be, and that’s going to be pretty freaking awesome.


Farm Fantasy

I haven’t even told you where we moved in Denver (I have to build a little suspense!) but I should admit I’ve already been thinking about moving again. It’s not that I enjoy moving (I don’t, and would like to never do it again) but. . . .

I have this dream of moving out to the country and living off the land. Especially when I’m bored at work1 I like to search real estate listings in small Colorado towns. Would it be possible for us to buy a place with some land and have low enough expenses that we wouldn’t have to work traditional jobs?2 Instead of going to the office, we’d be tending chickens3 and growing almost all of our produce.4 I’d can stuff for winter. Maybe we’d even homeschool! Of course we’d have solar power and as many other environmentally friendly features as possible.

I mean, I’ve always been a city person. But there’s a part of me that wants to just go hard-core rural hippie.

Today’s featured farm is in Paonia and you can see it here.5 I don’t love the house (low ceilings!!) (this one is much better), but it’s on 35 acres near town (I google mapped and it’s just 1.4 miles to the local brewery) and it’s an operational lavender farm. How cool is that?! So we could live off the land and sell lavender and lavender-related products. Of course we’d have to have bees with all the lavender. Oh, and you know what else? Hemp. You can grow hemp in Colorado now and the market for hemp is fantastic. We wouldn’t be rolling in money or anything, but we might be able to get by. Maybe we could rent out the guest house in exchange for a reasonable fee or help with the crops.

I’ve been looking at the Western Slope because it’s good for farming. And if you’re going to live in a small town, Paonia sounds just about perfect. I’ve never been there but from all the photos of local events it appears to be inhabited by hippies, so we’d fit right in. It’s also home to High Country News, which is super cool. It’s farther from Denver than I’d want to be, but man, it sounds awesome.

Fortunately, when I start thinking about crazy stuff like saying fuck it all and moving to a farm, Ben is the voice of reason. That said, the voice of reason started by saying, “um, no” but now says “maybe in a couple years.”

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Notes
1. I’m approaching my 10-year anniversary at my job and frankly I’m kind of over it. I’ve been dreaming of various exit strategies to try to figure out what might be possible that doesn’t involve working for someone else. Don’t worry! These strategies don’t involve monetizing the blog.
2. We have rental income! I have to tell you about this soon.
3. I owe you a chicken update, too! We moved the coop from our old house to our new house but I haven’t shown you yet because it would’ve spoiled the house hunt.
4. I might sign up for a class on how to build a greenhouse to grow produce year-round even in the mountains.
5. “Today’s featured farm” leaves open the possibility that there will be more in the future.


House Hunt: The Denver Square

House 3 — The Denver Square: $550,000, 4 beds, 2.5 baths, house: 2,700 sq. ft., lot: 4,690 sq. ft., City Park

Cute Denver Square with spacious front porch, new hardwood floors and renovated kitchen. Plenty of charm! Open floorplan on main level with kitchen that opens to dining area and living room with fireplace. 4 bedrooms upstairs. Basement is nicely renovated with newer bathroom and laundry room. Covered back porch is great for entertaining. Close to the new Spouts Farmer’s Market and other Colfax favorites. Great block in City Park neighborhood – lots of families.

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House Hunt: The Orange Spanish-Style House

House 2 — The Orange Spanish-Style House: $520,000, 5 beds, 2 baths, house: 2,800 sq. ft., lot: 6,530 sq. ft., Park Hill

Large livable Spanish style home full of detail & charm, plenty of arches & niches to please. Updated kitchen & baths, spacious bedrooms & an abundant amount of storage. The finished basement will knock your socks off-This home is a rare find in this neighborhood.

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