December has arrived on the homestead and with it brings much preparation for the future.
The homestead will officially be on the market in the coming few weeks. I am not looking forward to this process at all. It is not easy keeping the house in picture perfect condition and having to take the dogs and Oliver out anytime a showing occurs. I know it will be worth it in the end, but it will definitely be a hassle.
I am having to downsize the homestead since I will be moving to a rental house-once the homestead sells- while my farm house is being built. It is really challenging to find a rental property that could house 3 pigs, two dogs, and 20 chickens!
I had to say goodbye to George Washington and his girls. I found a great home for them at a local chicken enthusiast’s house. It is actually where I originally got George Washington and one of the hens as chicks. They came full circle back to their birth place and I know they will be able to live out the rest of their days happily. It is much quieter on the homestead without the constant commentary of George Washington.
I am hoping my family will have purchased the farm land by the time the homestead sells. This way I can move my original girls and the outdoor pigs there. If this doesn’t happen as I want it to, I am hoping I can find a farm that will temporarily house everyone until I can move them to the big farm. I don’t think I can stand to have to rehome my remaining critters.
Houidini and Doyle are doing great. Now that the pig pen flock is gone I am in the process of tearing down their coop and the divider fence, so the pigs will soon have access to the whole pen. I am sure they will enjoy the extra house to sleep in and space to root.
Oliver is as wild as ever. He has learned a new trick, “dance.” He will spin around when I say that command, it is very cute. He has been quite affectionate lately, he frequently gives me little, wet piggy kisses. I think he can sense my stress level these days and is doing his best to comfort me. I woke up the other day and he was tucked in right beside me with his head on my pillow and the sheets up around his neck, it was so funny. I had no idea he was even in bed with me!
Until next time…