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. (not too smart) Thank you all so much:))
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……
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:))
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.
THIS IS THE SAGEBRUSH I WILL BE WORKING AT CLEARING WEDNESDAY
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.
AND THIS IS HOW I DEAL WITH CLEARING ALL THAT SAGEBRUSH BY TOWING THESE TIRES OVER THE GROUND
THIS AREA WAS TOTALLY FILLED WITH SAGEBRUSH UNTIL I DRAGGED IT
DRAGGING THIS OLD SET OF TRACTOR TIRES AROUND WITH A CABLE ATTACHED TO THE JEEP WORKS GREAT
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.
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.
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:))
WATER PUMP IS IN THE LARGER RED PUMP HOUSE…SMALL WORKSHOP BARN IN THE BACKGROUND
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!!”
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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