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Hey everyone! Long time, no chat. I'm doing this from my phone, so please forgive any weird errors here.


I can't remember what all I've told you but I think I told you the contractor and I were switching lots. As a thank you (and bribe) for swapping, the contractor put in my septic system and the electric (water and driveway were free cause I already paid for them on my lot) and he's letting me pay it off without interest.

I decided to do it this way because costs and who knows what a septic system will cost 10 years from now. And the loan is only 6 years.

So septic, electric, and water (3 spigots) are all installed on the new property and I should be moving there tomorrow or Tuesday. I will actually have electric heat and light, plus a working fridge, and running water inside. It's been a long 18 months without those things. Electricity rocks!

I don't know when I'll have my computer again tho. There just isn't any room for it in the trailer. But I will be working on a large garden and if the weather is nice, maybe I can finish up that dollhouse I was working on last summer.

I have a 10x12 shedon the new lot so as soon as that's painted, all my stuff will come out of storage and I'll have much more access to it all than I do now. 

So things are going good. Cross your fingers and toes that maybe I can get my computer hooked up too.

I miss you guys!

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Electricity, water, and sceptic tank sound like very good steps forward, yay!

I've been gone a long while, what are your plans for your lot? 

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HUGE virtual HUG and welcome home, Kelly! and congratulations on the water, electric and septic tank.  I have missed you.  Heck, we have ALL missed you!

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6 hours ago, havanaholly said:

HUGE virtual HUG and welcome home, Kelly!... Heck, we have ALL missed you!

We sure have missed you! So good to hear from you and things are going your way! Hugs!!! 

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Hugs back to everybody!

Another update here! WOOHOO So to catch you guys up:

I'm moved over to the new lot and last month I brought home a 35ft 5th wheel trailer to live in. It was completely redone on the inside and is nice and clean. Of course, there are problems.

It needs a toilet. I bought one but it needs to be installed. The windows don't open although I bought some WD40 and I'm going to try that. The windows are slide windows and are rusted shut. I needed a new bed. I bought one but it won't be delivered until Aug 5. There's a leak at the propane tanks, so someone is coming out to fix that at the end of August. The stove works and I can get the pilot light on in the oven, but the oven won't light. Hopefully, getting the leak fixed will take care of that.

t needed a septic hose to attach to the septic system. I bought that and the contractor was supposed to attach it but still hasn't. The water spigot leaks, so I haven't attached a hose for running water inside yet, although if the contractor doesn't fix that leak soon (it's his system), I'm going to turn the hose on and just let it leak. The trailer's water heater is rusted out so it looks like I'm going to need to put in a hot-water-on-demand system - $1500. *sigh* Maybe by Christmas.

I'm switching the bedroom and the living room. The bedroom was originally up in the cab part that goes over the towing vehicle. It's larger than the 7' x 7' area for the bedroom and since all I do is sit up there, the 4ft high ceiling shouldn't matter. I'll have room for my sofa, a computer desk, and my electric Franklin stove. Of course, to get to the "living room", one will have to walk through the bathroom but hey, little things. And as a bonus, I have to saw out part of the bathroom wall to be able to get my sofa in there. Always something. I have a washer and dryer! They're outside and naturally, the dryer plug doesn't fit the plug in part on the fuse box, so I need to buy an adapter for that.

I was going to get my things out of storage in July but I plain ran out of money. So I'm looking forward to doing that next month. Getting my stuff out of storage, that is, although I'll probably run out of money too but I won't be looking forward to that. The new trailer has washer/dryer hookups, but I'd have to get those really expensive small ones and since I already have a washer and dryer outside, I just use the closet as a pantry and it's an awesome pantry! I have all the food at the new trailer now and I have a microwave if I need to heat something up. Yes, the new trailer is actually hooked up to electricity! Electricity rocks, by the way. But even better, I have a fridge! A small one, but I'm not complaining at all!

The new trailer leaks and my contractor said he would ask his guy to fix the cracks in the ceiling, since the covered roof won't be put up till fall. Of course, the contractor says a lot of things. I'm not holding my breath. I've been lucky because it hasn't rained since I brought the trailer home almost 6 weeks ago. Things are gettin' kind of dry here in Washington, but for me that's just fine.

For now, I'm still sleeping and cooking in the old trailer, but the awning is up on the new trailer and I sit outside there during the day. I made a stone garden bed about 30ft long and 1ft wide. I had - operative word HAD - a multitude of wildflowers growing there. But I started to feed the birds and ended up adding a red squirrel to the mix. He decided it was more fun to bury his loot in my flower bed and dug the bed all up. Well, maybe next month I can put some wire around it since a huge rabbit is visiting on a daily basis too.

So far the squirrel, whom I call Reddy Kilowatt, has taken over everything. He chases the chickadees, the juncos, the doves, the chipmunk (named Usain Bolt because you should see this little thing run!), and even the rabbit even though the rabbit is about 4 times his size. He'd chase me if he could get away with it, but I don't run. I just wish he'd chase the deer away. I have a doe with twin fawns who walks through my yard every day and while I love to see them, they're eating up all my pansies and trees.

One morning I saw a bobcat walk across my yard and a couple of weeks ago there was a cougar sighting up where I used to live (just around the corner and way too close). I had a feline meeting of another kind recently. I was reading by camp light on the bed in the old trailer at about midnight. The camp light doesn't throw much light beyond my bed. Anyway, I happened to look up and saw a face staring right at me from the foot of the bed. The trailer's screen door has a largish hole ripped into the bottom of it and apparently a cat decided to just come in and check me out. After staring at each other for a couple seconds, the cat left as quietly as it came in and I haven't seen it since. I'm just happy I wasn't reading a Stephen King book at the time.

So I have plenty of wildlife to keep me company.

Things are moving along S L O W L Y but they are moving. I hope by September, at least, that I'll be completely settled (here's hoping the toilet and shower work) and maybe have my computer hooked up by then. Meantime, the work never quits. I still need to get the dinette set out of the kitchen so I have room for my chopping block, there's a ton of weeds that need to be pulled in the yard, and I'm still painting my mailbox for the new lot. I also bought a bike and I'm trying to find time to ride that every day. I've only fallen 6 times on it. Pretty good, I'd say, since I haven't ridden a bike since 1989. My biggest problems are stopping and turning. Minor details. lol

Anyway, I miss you guys and I'm sure hoping I can be back here in a couple months! Take care everyone!



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As long as I dropped in, I may as well let everyone know what's going on.

I still don't have a computer and probably won't for a long time yet. The only way to get a computer connection up here is to use a satellite company and the cheapest one charges $400 up front, the cheapest plan is $100 a month and then they have data caps. $100 a month will get me 20GB a month. Not very much. So being online has been shelved for right now.

My stove is still not fixed. The guy who came out couldn't find the gas leak, so on Dec 9, he's coming out to run a dedicated line from the propane tanks to the stove and oven. That will run me about $600. Meantime, my stuff is still in storage, although I'm taking the totes out little at a time and putting them in the shed. I still don't have a shed for my washer and dryer and a couple days ago, I opened the washer to find about 2 ft of water in it. This with a tarp on it! We've had 12" of rain in my area since the beginning of November. After no rain all summer.

I do have a great little computer desk though and an adjustable, comfortable chair for it. Now I just need to finish off the front area and move the bed (yes, I have a bed now!) and I will be able to move that poor computer desk inside. So far it's been safe under the awning, but you wouldn't believe the wind we've had here. The awning lifts up about 3 feet and SLAMS down again. This morning I noticed the awning was tearing off on the sides. The contractor told me the company that was supposed to put a cover over the trailer went out of business so he had to start all over again. Now it's going to be 3 more months before a cover is put on. Just in time for spring. Meantime, he had someone come and patch some of the cracks on the roof and I'm just holding my breath hoping the repairs will last.

I also still don't have hot water, but I do have indoor running water and a TOILET now! Of course, it's going to get below freezing tonight and tomorrow night so I will have to turn the water off and disconnect the hose at night. And my heater that I've used for the last 20 years is no longer working. I bought a new, smaller one, but I really need something larger. Always something.

Reddy Kilowatt is as bratty as ever. He will sit on my lap and run across my body to jump on the outside table to get his peanuts. I also have towhees that just love the peanuts, so I was calling out "Peanut" and throwing them peanuts. They learned that real fast. Now if I'm not quick enough, they come sit and squawk in front of me. However, I now have jays, who have also learned the word "peanut" and chase the towhees away. There is Crazy Jay, Screamin' Jay, Baby Jay, and Jay Z. The mountain quail also come out and peck seed. They're supposed to be shy and very hard to see and supposedly, birders come up to Washington just to knock them off their list. And I see them several times a day. And today I saw a flicker!

The bobcat walked across the yard again, this time stalking about 10 feet from me and out my driveway. And did I tell you about the cougar that was around here? The guy who worked on my trailer got a picture of it on his phone. It was around the corner by my old lot in the middle of the day. I limit my outdoor time when it gets dark now.

Not much else is going on. I have to log out of the computer now (i'm at the library), so you guys all take care and I'll get computer access as soon as I can. Miss you all!

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Kelly, what an adventure! I envy you the wildlife but not the cold water. Miss you, and so glad you check in now and then. :) 

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Kathie, the wildlife is great until it comes into your house.

When I got home the other day after posting here, Reddy had gotten into my trailer. The space that I'm using as a pantry is where I also put things like kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels. Well, guess who found a way to crawl into the cupboard from underneath? I came home and there was a trail of shredded paper towels from the inside shelf all the way outside to the other side of the trailer. When I used to sit outside before it got so cold, I'd keep a box of kleenex on the table and overnight Reddy would empty the box. Looks like he's upgraded. But he has to stay out of the trailer. I gotta figure out what to do about that.

Usain Bolt is no longer among us, but there are 4 other little chipmunks. They look like little vacuum cleaners as they search the ground with their tails up in the air, so I call them Kirby, Dyson, Hoover, and Eureka. And the buck is back. He's not afraid of anything and he eats every green thing that isn't covered in netting. I keep telling someone to shoot him and I'd vouch that it was self defense because he was charging the shooter. So far no one's taken me up on this offer. lol

Well, I guess he's still part of my family up here. Him I don't chase, though. I might be dumb, but I ain't stupid. He's got 4 points on his antlers this year and probably outweighs me and that's saying something. 

Did I tell you guys that we had a cougar up here? The guy who fixed the top of my trailer got a picture of it in the middle of the road in broad daylight. Right around the corner from my old lot. I make sure I'm in by dark now.

I sure miss you guys, too. I'm looking to get a phone line put in if I can. Maybe if I do that, I can get DSL. Better than nothing.

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We were warned when we looked at our house here by our across-the-street neighbors we couldn't have a garden because of the deer, but when the canteloupe seeds in our compost heap sprouted I learned we couldn't really have a compost heap, either.  When I transplanted my jalapeno peppers from their pots on the back porch to the edge of the patio right next to the porch, though, they lasted all of two weeks before the deer took them down to the roots.  We had a huge gopher tortoise used to come to check out what else was in the compost heap.  It's so good to see you back!

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Thanks, but I'm really not back. Just dropped in to say hi and catch people up. But I'm always happy to see you, Holly!

I'm planning on having a garden, but I may have to put up a 7 foot fence. I have heard that deer don't like to step on metal and I sort of proved that year before last when I grew corn. I put a 3ft plastic fence around the stalks which the deer should have been able to easily lean over, but I also put some folded up metal chicken wire pieces I had all around the corn as well. The deer never came near it. So I thought I'd try that again next year.

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