Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BY GOLLY, WE’RE NOT DOWN & OUT WITH THIS RANCH DEAL JUST YET:))

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AND, I WONDER WHAT IS GOING ON HERE:))

Before I go any further let me just say a big word of thanks to all you folks for your positive comments & encouraging emails regarding yesterday’s blog.  I was really down in the dumps last night figuring we were going to lose this ranch opportunity for sure.  When I got up at 4 a.m. & turned on the computer I was heartened by what I read from readers.  And here I was, the guy who wanted to drop the ‘comment’ section from our blog last summer.Sleepy smileSleepy smileSleepy smile (not too smart) Thank you all so much:))

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FRIDGE & STOVE ARE BRAND NEW & NEVER BEEN USED….AND YES, THAT IS A DISHWASHER AT THE OTHER END OF THE COUNTER…AND ‘YES’ WE DO LIKE THE ORANGE COUNTER TOP……

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KEEP IN MIND THESE PHOTOS ARE DONE WITH A WIDE ANGLE LENS SO THE ACTUAL SIZE IS SMALLER THAN WHAT APPEARS HERE

Right now at 6:15 p.m. with temps still at 65F I am sitting in a lawn chair on the front porch of the ranch house with the Swiss Helm Mountains stretched out in front of me.  I am watching them slowly soften in the twilight.  A slightly pastel three quarter moon hangs over the valley as the sun sets over my shoulder behind the Mule Mountains.   The Real Estate fellow just left half an hour ago:))

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THIS BIG COVERED CEMENT PORCH FACES THE SWISS HELM MOUNTAINS SO Y’ALL ALL BETTER COME ON DOWN & SET A SPELL:))

Despite being heartened by the support of many readers this morning I still felt down knowing there was no incentive for us to remain here any longer.  Couldn’t seem to get interested in doing anything & tried not to look over at the mountains.

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THIS IS THE SAGEBRUSH I WILL BE WORKING AT CLEARING WEDNESDAY

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THIS STUFF IS TINDER DRY & A MAJOR FIRE HAZARD

Needed a few groceries so we headed off to Douglas this morning.  It was a pretty quiet trip there & back as we both dealt with our feelings about the ranch.  Moped myself around Wal-Mart hanging off the end of a shopping cart for half an hour.  Didn’t really take notice of the beautiful warm sunny morning on the way back to the rig.

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AND THIS IS HOW I DEAL WITH CLEARING ALL THAT SAGEBRUSH BY TOWING THESE TIRES OVER THE GROUND

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THIS AREA WAS TOTALLY FILLED WITH SAGEBRUSH UNTIL I DRAGGED IT

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DRAGGING THIS OLD SET OF TRACTOR TIRES AROUND WITH A CABLE ATTACHED TO THE JEEP WORKS GREAT

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IT’S A WIDE SWATH THESE DRAGGED TIRES MAKE

I was outside packing some stuff into the rig when Kelly said, “there’s an email here from Glen.”  (ranch owner)  The email was very positive with some thoughts, ideas, & suggestions as to what we could do regarding the purchase of the ranch.  We followed those suggestions & that has started the ball rolling……really rolling.

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THAT BIG BOXY THING ON THE WALL IS CALLED A SWAMP COOLER

Kelly was on the phone right away making inquiries & reading up on real estate procedures, visa applications for living in the States longer, tax info, maintaining a residence in Canada, etc.  She also placed a call to the real estate fellow looking after the sale of this property.  And she did all this between emails coming & going plus work related phone calls.

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COWBOYS ON HORSEBACK ARE NOT AN UNUSUAL SITE AROUND HERE

Slightly after 4 this afternoon Craig Abbot from Abbot’s Real Estate rolled up the laneway & that began an hour & a half of listening, learning, & negotiating.   We were very encouraged by the conversation.  We are a long way from a final hand shake on this 40 acre ranch property but for Kelly & I, today was a giant step forward.  Depending on what ranch owner Glen & Real Estate owner Craig come back with, this may or may not be a done deal at some point.  If we have to drive away & leave this all behind then that is what we will have to do.  Time will tell & we will see what happens.  In the meantime…..you can find us west of the Swisshelm Mountains.  Turn left at the constellation Scorpios, right at the big Dipper & then just slide yourself on down down a shimmering Moonbeam to where the Bayfield Bunch is at…10-4:))

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WATER PUMP IS IN THE LARGER RED PUMP HOUSE…SMALL WORKSHOP BARN IN THE BACKGROUND

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INSIDE THE SMALL BARN/SHED

And, what was going on in the post’s first picture?  That is Craig Abbot of Abbot’s Real Estate crunching some ranch numbers this afternoon with Kelly looking on.  I was surprised at Kelly’s Real Estate knowledge.  I kind of sat there like a bump on a log as usual just nodding my head at the appropriate times.  Like I always say….”she’s the one with the most good brains in the family!!”

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CAN YOU SEE KING KONG IN THE SWISS HELM MOUNTAINS…HE IS LOOKING TOWARDS YOUR RIGHT & HIS WHOLE HEAD IS THE MOUNTAIN TOP COMPLETE WITH AN EAR, AN EYE & AN EYE BROW

GROANER’S CORNER:((  Why did the cookie go to the doctor Because he felt crummy.

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31 comments:

  1. Encouraging news for sure. Can't wait for the next installment! Good luck!

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  2. Yay! Keep the faith!

    Emjay

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  3. That's why you and Kelly are a good team! I hope things work out the way you want them to.

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  4. So glad the door wasn't slammed shut on this opportunity.

    Do hope it all works out for you.

    Blessings.

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  5. keep the faith!..if it is meant to work it will!..we will be thinking good real estate thoughts!!!

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  6. Al & Kelly, I have my fingers and toes crossed that you can somehow find a way to make this happen. I know how happy you both would be there.

    It looks like a fine place, I absolutely love the brick walls and arches inside.

    If its your destiny, it'll be.

    Keep positive thoughts.

    Connie

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  7. Well heck ya, Kelly has the good brains AND the good looks in the family too! LOL

    Congrats on getting the ball rolling, now keep plugging along and envision yourself living there and it will all come about as it's meant to be!

    You are one determined old cuss.... right?

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    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
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  8. Wow Al your getting close to being Americanized,will you still be able to say, Eh. Sure hope the deal works out for you it would be great having a ranch of your own and then you could put a small RV area on it for visits. Kelly is just like Donna, I let her handle anything that concerns money, I have always said she is the brains of the outfit here.You guys are lucky to have this opportunity. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

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  9. Wow! I'm so excited for you guys! This seems to be the year for Canadians to buy, first Carolyn & John in Yuma, then JB & Brenda in Dogpound S (LOL) and now you five, I hope everything goes as you want it to!

    Since you're 65, Al, have you looked into Medicare? You and Kelly should go in to a Social Security office. They seem to have all kinds of info there.

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  10. We will certainly keep our fingers crossed that things will work out just the way they should. You guys hang in there!!!

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  11. What GREAT news Al and Kelly--Mike and I sincerely hope it all works out for you and that you end of the proud owners of this little property!!!

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  12. I will be praying for your deal to go through and crossing everything I can! LOL Good luck Al & Kelly!
    Have fun & travel safe
    Donna

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  13. Now that is more like it! I am sooooo happy for the bunch. I sure hope you get your dream ranch, I am all trembling inside just thinking of how you would feel if you did.

    I am already looking forward to dropping by and saying hello next winter when we go snowbirding in Arizona for the first time.

    Best of luck to the Bunch!!!

    Andrée

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  14. YES!!! Waiting to hear how this all turns out for you. Lots of prayers that everything will work.

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  15. So far so good, neighbor!

    Now, it really took some imagination to see King Kong, but once you pointed it out we saw it right away.

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  16. Glad to see some proactive moves...if it's meant to be, it will be. Keep the faith!!

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  17. You do have a way with words...and with a camera. Sometimes it feels good just to make a decision and move forward. Now the ball is in someone else's court. Wishing you all the best.

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  18. I was smiling real big as I was reading your blog today...Positive mental attitude!!! You got it now, Al...don't let it go, and things will happen just the way you envision.. McGuyver and I are soooo excited for you and Kelly..Loved the brick arches in the house too!!!!

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  19. Buy it and open up an RV park for boondockers! We'll all come down and visit you, but not during the summer!! Glad to hear that you are making progress on your dream.

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  20. I knew it,,,you can't count a good man out just cause he's down. Not until the Fat Lady sing anyhow! I didn't hear her sing........Hang in there! My fingers are crossed.

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  21. Best of luck, and keep your chin up!! You'll make it work in the long run. Seems like there are always a bunch of hurdles on these things, but remember they want to sell it to you as bad as you want it. And maybe worse than you want it, so they will go many extra miles to get it done.

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  22. Sure hope it all works out for ya! And I love the way you cleared the brush....you are one smart guy!

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  23. Good luck if this is what the two of you really want... if it is meant to be it will happen...

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  24. Best wishes for a successful resolution - either way.

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  25. Said hi to Ray from you this morning and told him you were looking at land and he said you should buy over here because land and houses are selling for half what they were last year. Good luck!!! Ken F

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  26. What great news! I'm very happy for you. Hope everything turns out in your favor. If there's a will, there is usually a way to make it all happen. Good luck
    Nancy

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  27. Sounds like good things are happening. We are hoping this works out in your favor!

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  28. With the awesome photos and relaxed lifestyle there, I'm pretty sure if you buy that ranch that us blogging friends will soon be dropping by for a spell on that porch!!!

    Nice place for sure, I don't even mind the orange countertop either, adds character!!

    Cheers!

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  29. It will all work out if it is meant to be. I wish for you, what you wish for yourselves.

    From what I have heard the Canadian Medical is better than the US Medicare, which only pays 80% of the bill.

    I don't know anything about sage brush, but doesn't it help to keep down the dust?

    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

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  30. You might have a lot of visitors!

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  31. Al
    That sounds more like you! I've been reading you for a couple of weeks because of your upbeat positive view of life. Welcome back!
    Larry

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