Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nothing new to report

Well, the park denied our application. So, we are still looking, hoping to find another double wide to purchase. If not, we'll rent something and work on saving money to get something we'll love to put on our land. It'll all work out eventually, I'm just ready to get out of our current place and get the ball rolling. I'm going to miss this place, I was ready to spend the rest of my life here. This new adventure, however frustrating it can/will be.

Friday, August 07, 2015

HELP!!! I'm buried in STUFF!

I've always known that I am a pretty fortunate woman. For the last 20 years, I've had a crafting space of my own and no matter how big or small, I've always made good use of these spaces. The house we are moving to is considerably smaller with no actual space for a craft area. I'm going to put a lot in storage, but even the basics that I will need/want are completely overwhelming me. Once we move the house onto our land, we are going to make me a dedicated she-shed/craft room. For the next year or two, or three, I have to figure how to manage with very little space. To say I'm overwhelmed is quite the understatement, lol! Here is a peek of what I'm dealing with in my packing and sorting adventures....and please excuse my mess, I am packing after all.....­čśŁ

This is a huge closet where I keep my fabric for my bags and stuff I sell.  And batting.  And stuffing, and WIPS.  I am going to miss this closet and much of what is in here will go to the new house, because it's for my business.  Ugh.
This is one of my yarn hutches, it's small and will look cute anywhere we put it.

Here are my cupboards and my ironing cabinet that stores TONS of fabric.  They will not be coming with us to the new house, but will go into storage. I will be giving most of that fabric away......

My second yarn hutch, which hubby and I just recently repurposed out of a couple of old dressers.  Thankfully, it has enough room to hold the majority of my yarn--and it is small enough that it will fit into the new house somewhere.  All the stuff on the sewing table, however----omg, i have no idea....

My main fabric hutch.  I am going to have to be able to reorganize it at the new house to hold all of the fabrics I plan on bringing with me.  It's doable.  I think.  I hope.....

more craft storage, that will somehow come with us.

Most of the stuff on my table is consistently used when I am sewing.  There are a lot of magazines and 'junk' that I need to just get rid of.  I keep telling myself I'll feel so much lighter when this is all over and done......

I have already resigned myself to the fact that I won't be able to take my sewing table. And my wall cupboards. And my ironing cabinet. And my pegboards. I am taking the yarn and fabric hutches and any and all plastic storage systems, so the yarn and fabric that makes the trip to the new house already has a set storage spot, and those hutches will be arranged neatly in the main space of the house. We do have a big walk-in closet in the master where I can store some stuff, but not too much because it'll also be used for bulk paper products storage, clothes, Seamus' toys and whatever else we can smoosh in there.  We plan on finding a storage locker near the house for overflow, so I suppose if I need something, I can go there. It's just so overwhelming. At the same time, it'll admittedly be extremely "freeing" to not be so weighted down by my stuff. Downsizing a home, means downsizing stuff. My craft stuff is my hobby and my livelihood. I don't have to have ALL of it though, so please, send me strength and positive vibes, I'm going to try to go through and make some boxes of stuff to give away. Oye, I need the vibes, lol! 

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Here we are again, back in action!

It's been a while since I posted here. We've been through the wringer and back, but I'm happy to say that things are getting better. We are on a new adventure, and I'd love for you to come along with us as we make some major life changes! 

After we lost our beautiful homestead, 

we ended up moving to Orrville, Ohio and renting a home. 

We signed up to do a rent to own, but when it came time for us to get financing, it just wasn't possible so soon after the foreclosure. I have been happy in Orrville, it's a beautiful little town. It's the gateway to Amish country, which I love, and a nice place to raise our son and for our teens to live. Scott, however, didn't share my enthusiasm. After his heart attack, he went into a major depression, feeling very "useless" in his words, because he could no longer work. He is now disabled. His dream was to get back to the country, where he could spend the rest of his life happy and content. He is not a city boy by any stretch, whereas I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, so I am able to be content in a small town. He wanted space, and we are sorely lacking that in Orrville. Once I knew that we couldn't purchase the house we were renting, I decided to take another approach--my first consideration was to move to Akron in an area that is in the midst of revitalization, where home rents and sale prices are cheap. Needless to say, Scott was not willing to go there. So, I switched gears again. The biggest issue we face is expense. Rents are very high, and living on a fixed income, most anything we have looked at in a better setting for Scott would take at least 1/2 of our monthly income, almost always much more than that.  So renting a house in the country or the suburbs was out. Now, I grew up and have spent most of my life in beautiful old houses, that is always what I've looked for in a home. Even a mid century house would be ideal, but I've always turned my nose up at the newer construction and wouldn't even consider modular/manufactured homes. Until now. 

I started searching for rentals in mobile home parks, something I've always been a little 'snooty' about in the past. My biggest concern with a mobile home, though, has always been stormy weather, tornadoes were my biggest fear. But I did research on actual risks and in the long run, it's no different than any other type of home--in the area we live in now. If we lived in Kansas or Oklahoma or the like, I probably wouldn't consider it.

I then started searching around Craigslist and different manufactured home sites online, and we saw that living in a mobile would greatly reduce our expenses. Then we started thinking, if we bought one, we would OWN our home again! Our only obstacle was cash, and generously, a few family members offered to help us with that. So, we were looking around for great deals, something that wasn't more that 20 years old, it could need some work, because we can fix anything.  Opportunities started popping up all over the state, and we had to decide, are we willing to relocate possibly further away from our kids and family. Then one day, Scott says, "hey hon, there is a 3 acre piece of land for sale, near our old homestead, and the owner is willing to finance!" There it was, the perfect opportunity just landed in our lap! So we drove to the site to look at the plot. It is beautiful, quiet, Amish neighbors, flat land, no drilling or fracking, no flood plain, no trains, no highway, no traffic, no light pollution. It is partially wooded, which we wanted as well. And so, we called up the realtor and jumped on it and here we are a week later, officially land owners again!


Now, our plan was to find a mobile home that we could purchase and then move onto the property. We researched the zoning laws for that township and found there are size requirements, no single wides allowed. Ok, so we have to look for double wides, no problem! We found a great one on Craigslist, we lined up the cash from a relative who was willing to lend it to us and called to go see it, and of course, we missed it by 24 hours. I started looking around again, I found one, in a family friendly park, that could be feasible, the asking price was more than we had, but another relative promised to lend us some money to make up the difference, so I went to look at it, hoping to talk him down some. The owner just bought a house and wanted it sold. Scott and I went to see it, it was perfect! It needs a little work, but nothing major and nothing we can't handle. So, I made him an offer and he accepted! 

So, less than two years after losing our homestead, we own our own home and a piece of land to put it on! We couldn't have done it without help, and for that we are so grateful! But, once we are out of the Orrville house, our expenses will plunge, and the next goal is saving up money for putting in a septic system and a well, and also, moving the house to our property. We will have to live in the mobile park for probably a year, but we will be going to our property often, we have to clear it, put in a driveway and build a permanent foundation for the house--and then it will no longer be a mobile home, it will be a fixed, permanent home.

If you read all that, you rock, lol. So, now that I have the backstory told, from here on out my blog will be our story and we will record our journey to get to our land, and then it will go back to being a homesteading blog. I'll also be blogging about my crafts, my foods, homeschooling and family in general. I'd love to have you join us on our journey, I will guarantee, it won't be boring, because our life rarely is boring!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lookie at what we got---and we got it for NOTHING!!!  We're picking it up in a few days---gotta do some repair work and I've got to decorate inside and then we're gonna TRAVEL!  It's been my dream to do this since, well, since forever!

I'll post pics when we get it home, and then pics as we fix it up!  I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Working in the Garden on this fine spring day!

It's April 9th and it's 79 degrees out, I just HAD to get in the garden today!  I had to run to the feed store for chicken food.  They had all sorts of starts out so I picked up some onions and strawberries.  I cleaned up the strawberry bed, the ones I planted last year are coming back and spreading real nicely so I added 30 more plants and hopefully they'll take!  Here's the bed all planted, I need to get more straw for a ground cover.

Doesn't look like much now, I know!
Look real close you can see some green in the dirt!

My garden needs a lot of clean up.  Last fall, my husband was very ill and I never got to do my fall clean-up so a lot of grass and weeds were able to take over.  Hopefully we can get the tiller out this weekend!
I grow cukes and zukes in the bed with the frames---it worked out very nicely last year!

Ugh, a lot of work is needed in these beds!
Chives are coming up again---looks to be another bumper crop!
Garlic is coming up!  I planted these last fall, they'll be ready in early July!
The tomato beds from last year.  I'm not sure what's going in here yet---probably  potatoes this year.

Tomorrow, I'm going to take some of my compost and spread it on the strawberry beds!  I love spring!!!

Friday, April 05, 2013

I'm making changes.

My Tom Turkey back in August 2012
My Tom in March 2013.  Yeah, he's grown a bit!!

Hi friends!  I know, I said I was back and then I disappeared for two more years.  Life was crazy then.  Well, crazier than normal. I'm back, I'm revamping the blog and I'm hoping to get into the world of blogging much more intensely than I was before.  I hope to share what it is like to be a homesteader and a mom and a cook and a homeschooler, and a housewife, well, ok, I'm gonna share my life!  I've been practicing on Facebook for a few years and it seems to work, so I'm bringing it out here in the blogosphere where I hope I can help, inspire and create things with like minded people.  Or just curious people.  Or even people who are just passing through on a webring.  I learn so much from other bloggers and I hope I can give back what I've learned and hopefully add a lot of who I am in there, too!  Welcome to my new and improved blog!  I'll be adding stuff on each of the tabs as I can, I hope you stick around to see what I am up to!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A new day, a new energy, a new blog post.....

Ok, you can call me a liar.  I promised that I'd post regularly and here it is over a year later.  Sorry, life was busy--I know that's not an excuse!  There are bloggers who are superwomen---they can design crafts or recipes, make them and take pictures of each step in a stylish manner and then post them to their blogs while making dinner, taking care of the children, the dog and the hubby.  I admire those women.  I ENVY those women, LOL!  But, I am here to try again---I'm no longer homeschooling so I do get 4 days without kids which will enable me to do all of the bloggy things that I respect and admire in other bloggers!  So, here goes, the Crafty Celtic Housewife is back to try again and post things that may be interesting to someone out there in the blogospere!  yay!

What have I been doing this last year? I'm not sure---I didn't make anything crafty except for a few e-reader covers, some pillow cases and a skirt. I've dabbled in crochet, cross stitch and knitting---not finishing anything.

 I have found that my eyes aren't what they once were (I have a hard time seeing up close!) and my carpal tunnel has been getting the best of me during crafts that I was once so prolific. Will that stop me? NO! I just have to figure out a less painful, irritating way to do things. It really sucks when you can't thread a needle because you can't see it up close or from          further away, LOL! Time for reading glasses....


  I did cook and bake quite a bit this past year.  I've been very good at posting my creations on Facebook, but not bringing them here---so I will add pics and recipes as I go.

The garden never even got off the ground this year.  I think that put me in a major funk which was probably why I didn't do much craft-wise.  Last spring wrecked havoc on our land and my garden area---we were so wet for so long, by the time it dried up enough to be able to work in the beds, it was nearly July and then the heat hit---so it was a waste to try and plant anything.  All the seeds I started died---either because I couldn't get them into the ground or because I did put them in the ground and they got drowned or suffocated by the weeds that completely took over our entire acerage.  It was too wet to cut until July and by then everything was at least 3 ft high if not higher.  When we tried to go in and cut everything down, our power tools protested and everything was breaking down left and right.  I took that as a sign and stopped trying.  I did get herbs in the herb spiral at least---but even the spiral suffered at the hands of mother nature and it imploded during a stormy weekend.  It can be fixed easily enough---we'll wait until next spring to tackle that....Even my compost bins were destroyed---a huge storm destroyed the second one and the first one (which had caught on fire last fall) just fell apart from the floods we had.  I got the hint.......

In homeschooling news---we are no longer homeschooling.  My 15 year old decided he wanted to go to high school---which is fine, my older children went back to public school for high school and they both did very well so I have high hopes for the 15 year old.  So far, he's doing very well!!  My 13 year old wasn't as excited about going to middle school---but he is doing well, his grades are good, his teachers love him and he's making a lot of new friends.  As long as things are going well, I can step back from my dislike of public schools.  The oldest son at home is now a senior and completing his final year at the Medina County Career Center in the Chef and Restaurant management course.  He's wanting to go to the Culinary Institute of America next year.  My sous chef will become the master and I see a sous chef position in my future when I cook with him, LOL!

The youngest is doing very well at his school---his speech has improved SO much, he's reading books and he's calmed down some.  He goes through periods of clarity and we are able to reach him, talk to him, reason with him, just communicate overall.  Then the Autism takes over and he's lost to us again for a bit.  He's improved so much over the past 2 years, though, that I am happy for any time we can get from him where he isn't in his own world!  I do feel hopeful for him, I see more possibilities for him having a more "normal" life.

So, here it is, the end of September 2011.  It's gray and dreary outside, it's supposed to drop into the 40's tonight and it's going to be chilly for the rest of the week---time to fire up the wood burner--chilly.  In September.  What a weird weather year we've had...  On the happy side of that I see soups and stews and crumbles and more breads in our future---heck, in our present!  I see cuddling up and working on some crafts.  I'm looking forward to leaves changing, apple cider, pumpkins, corn stalks, haunted houses, trick or treats!  I do love fall, it's my favorite time of year!!

The ever changing, always evolving craft room has had some major improvements done to it--not done yet but we're so much closer!  I've been trying to paint my house.  RAIN.  EXTREME HEAT. RAIN.  I haven't gotten very far.  Made some cute changes in the kitchen---but we've also got some major changes coming there as well!

I've got more painting to do around the inside of the house, the livingroom is going to change colors, the stairwell up to our bedroom needs to be painted, Seamus' room needs to be painted and I'm going to do a mural in there.  SO much to do, to keep me busy and out of trouble.  We also have a bathroom that needs updating and remodeling, a second half bath that needs to be built....The work in a 150 year old house never ends.
So, that's my news of the last year---a lot of words to say that not much has happened, LOL!  I will be trying to post daily now, and I hope to have a lot of interesting things to post!