Friday, November 16, 2012

Farm Update: Moving to Michigan and Week One

Moving to Michigan...

Poor Katniss spent most of the trip on Farmer Figgins' shoulders,
like a monkey. 
We’ve been in Michigan for about a week and a half now. We left Colorado on Friday morning in a caravan—two trucks, two uhaul trailers, and a tiny red chevy with a miserable kitten whining inside it, arriving Saturday.  We were very fortunate to be joined by Donnie’s brother Mikey, who helped us load, drive and unload two truck beds and two trailers, and then helped us fence in our 10 acres and a small chicken yard, more to come on those projects later.

Thank you Mikey for all your help!

We celebrated completing our first big project, fencing, and moving in, with a bottle of red, courtesy of my Aunt Margaret, from the Figgins Winery in Walla Walla Washington, whom we might be related to. Initially we said that we would open and drink it the night we moved in, but, being a bit weary from the road trip, a bit sore from packing and unpacking the trucks and trailers, and a little on edge from Katniss’ 3 hour tantrum during the car ride that was like a never ending alarm clock next to your ear going MEOW MEOW MEOW, we decided to postpone the celebration to a more laud worthy event. 

Thanks again, Margaret, we really enjoyed the wine!
Besides that we have been swamped with the plethora of duties of being a new homeowner, setting up utilities, vet visits, dmv, setting up a business, learning bookkeeping, changing electrical outlets, and fixing a barn door that blew off the barn one rainy night.

For all those concerned about job prospects here in Michigan, there are jobs to be had, maybe not good ones, maybe not careers, but there are jobs, a whole lot more than in Fort Collins. While at a local dinner, The Brickyard, which was hiring, eating broiled chicken, and doing everything that we can on the Internet since we still don’t have it, Donnie applied for a job. Before we left the restaurant to go home, they had called him and set up an interview. My turn next, blerg.

As far as weather goes, it’s definitely colder here than in Colorado. It’s pitch dark by 5:30 pm now, and the sun doesn’t warm you up as much. But, interestingly, it’s also significantly greener here, and despite the rain before we came and the one day of rain we’ve had since arriving, it has thus far been a “dry” cold. Oh, we also haven’t gotten snow yet, whereas Colorado has had two snow storms.

Next project to be completed will be our chicken shelter and brooder, and we will post on it next week when it’s completed. We miss you all and we miss having internet!

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