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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Craft Cabin, Phase One

I have my own little cabin that I will be using for a craftroom.  George built it for me after seeing all the craft stuff I keep in the RV.  He is building a house for he and Lisa and he had some extra materials which he used to build me the cabin.  It is 8ft x 12ft with a high ceiling and it will be all mine.  I get to design the layout and then Tim and I will finish the outside and the inside.  George also had extra building materials for the ceiling and the walls and that was being stored in the cabin had to get all of the building materials out of the cabin to begin work on the cabin.  So, Phase One is doing just that.  Tim and I started early yesterday morning to beat the heat and we did.  It took us a couple of hours to get phase one completed.  Today we are going into town to pick up the materials needed to complete the exterior of the cabin and to get started with the ceilings.  So check back to see how we do!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Greeneville Run

Yesterday Lisa and I drove to Greeneville, TN (about 30 minutes away) to do some shopping.  One thing I have discovered since living here in Parrottsville is that when we do run to town we get everything we can think of that we will need for awhile just so we don't have to run in again.  There is nothing really near by so now when I go to town I have a list of items needed.  I have never been a list person but I am now.  I know for the next few weeks we will be going into town a lot more often to pick up items we will need to do the various projects that we will be working on.  So, what were some of the purchases I made???  I bought new indoor and outdoor door mats, a treat for Shadow, a Router for our new DISH NET, which is working well, and a hummingbird feeder.  I have always wanted a hummingbird feeder and yesterday, sitting on Lisa's front porch, a hummingbird flew right up to me and almost flew into my face.  I took that as a sign and picked up the feeder so they would eat from that and not attack my face!  It was another beautiful evening and, of course, new pictures were taken!  Today we begin to work on the craft cabin.  Don't forget to vote on my pole below to name the new craftroom.  If you have other suggestions for a name please let me know.  My friend Sharon came up with "Ruth's Roost". Please vote or send in a name!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Mail Run

The mail run has to be planned daily.  Our mail box is a mile and a half away down a very long country road that has some pretty good hills.  The reason I say it has to be planned is because you don't want to make that hike just to get there and discover the mail hasn't come yet.  Luckily the mail lady here is pretty good at delivering the mail around the same time daily which makes it easier to know when to go check the mail.  Yesterday I knew I was getting a package from my sister that was not going to fit in the mail box.  Now normally I know the package will be left at my door but here on the farm that does not happen.  So how do I get my package with out having to go to the post office to pick it up the net day?  Well here on the farm the surrounding neighbors have set up a system so that packages will be left at a selected farm and we can pick the package up from that farm.  It makes it handier than running into town the next day.  It works and I do want to thank my neighbor Cheryl for being at the mail box when the mail was delivered and so she brought me the box; thanks Cheryl!  So, after lunch Tim and I drove down to get our mail. Now you may be wondering why we BOTH went to get the mail so let me tell you why.  We have not had our own address in four years, due to our travels, so it was a little bit of a big deal to us to get the mail yesterday.  Yup, it doesn't take much to make us happy! 
Today DISH Internet is coming to set up our service.  After four years of using our Verizon Mifi we are having to go with a different service because Verizon does not get a good signal here.  We are hoping DISHNET will work better.  Once we are set up I should be able to post more pictures of the farm.  Check back and see if it is going to work!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beer, Wine & Tru Moo

What does Beer, Wine and TRU Moo have in common?  They all have to be bought separately at different stores.  Tim and I wanted to do something nice for the neighbors we met the other day, something like a reverse welcome wagon, instead of us receiving little welcoming gifts we found out what the neighbors like and we give them a gift.  So the mission, after laundry, was to purchase the items listed in the title.  We live in Cocke county, which at one point was a dry county, and so there are some county regulations with the selling of alcohol.  Wines and liquors are sold through liquor stores only. Liquor stores do not sell beer because there is very little profit to be made on beer.  Beer can be bought at gas stations and drug stores and TRU Moo is bought at the grocery store.  By the way, TRU Moo is a brand of chocolate milk.  Starting today however,  you can now get beer at grocery stores and Walmart.  That is today, not yesterday.  So Lisa graciously drove me around Newport so I could purchase all the items on my list.  I am glad to say that after an hour of just trying to purchase these three items our mission was successful.  Do the neighbors like our gifts?  I will let you know when I see them again!  After all, we do live on a farm, surrounded by farms, so we are a little spread out.  It is going to take a iittle while to get to know the dos and don'ts in our new area but I am up to the challenge!  Today's mission is to walk all around the farm and take pictures so check back tomorrow to "see" the farm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We Are Home!

Good morning from the farm and after an easy road trip to get here we did have one HUGE hurdler to conquer and that was dealing with the mountain roads of where we were going to park the RV.  The hills did not cut us any slack but with Tim's perseverance and a little help from our new neighbors we are parked and ready to settle in.  So what is going to happen on our first full day at the farm?  Well, we have big plans; I am going to the Parrottsville laundermat and Tim will be meeting a Dish a TV technician who will be coming out to set up our new HD Dish, it is one of the luxuries of being parked for a while that we are treating ourselves to. I will have more pictures to post tomorrow so check back and see what happens on just another day at the farm!  Don't forget to vote below on the name of my new craft cabin.  If you have a better suggestion for a name please contact me with it.  Have a nice day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today IS The Day!

Today is the day that we will be getting to the farm.  First order of business will be getting the RV up the hill to the farm and our new site it will be parked at aka Home.  This will be a challenge because the hill is narrow and has a step incline towards the top.  So, say a little prayer that everything will go well.  I know Tim has the skill to do it and I know he will do it.  Once we are parked and set up I will post some pictures of our "new" home.  Thank you George and Lisa Francisco for giving Tim and I this opportunity to settle down for a while and live on your farm.  Shadow thanks you too!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just Another Day At The Farm Begins!

Since I will not be traveling as much for a little while I decided to start a new blog that will cover my basic day to day life at the farm.  I will try to make it entertaining and sometimes even informative.  I will be covering the progress we make on my craft cabin, the harvesting that will be going on at the farm, getting use to living in Tennessee, watching what else we build, recipes, my weight loss progress and more.  So, if you enjoyed my Travels With Ruth blog, which will still exist,  then check back on this blog. I am looking forward to sharing the going ons in my life with you!