11/03/2021 Kentucky has me questioning why. Why Kentucky? Why Burkesville? Why 31 acres? I can question it until the cows come home and it’s not going to change.
The weather has been dreadful. It’s worse than Washington weather. It rained so much for 3 days straight I didn’t even want to get out of bed. But I did, and as soon as the rain stopped I grabbed the dogs and we went for their morning walk. Wasn’t it me who was looking forward to having all of this property SO I WOULDN’T HAVE TO WALK THE DOGS??? Who am I? Every morning, walking down the driveway with the mist rising off the blades of grass and masses of prickly bushes, I feel like I’m taking the walk of shame. Then there are the 16 muddy paws that I wash a minimum of twice a day, if it’s muddy. I broke down and bought a paw washer. I really didn’t think it would work but it really does once I figured it out. The boys are so good, they stand in line and wait for their turn. Once washed, I dry their paws and put them in Walt.
We went a whole month waiting for Aaron to come back and finish the shop. Finally this Tuesday he came back and today, Friday, the shop is done. Bill has to put the overhead garage door up yet and then add lights and some heat in there. I think we’ll move Walt down there and hook into our new septic, that way we’ll be close to the garage and the washer/dryer and the big fridge. Plus, the boys will have their chairs. We’ll see, right now it’s so dirty in there I really don’t want the dogs laying down on that floor.
The boys are really loving their beds from Chewy. These are a much better idea than a bed with a cover and foam inside of it. We had some made on Roatan with removable covers and it seemed every week I was vacuuming them and then washing and drying the covers. Then there was the struggle of fitting the foam back in the cover.
It seems this blog has become a dog blog. I apologize and promise that will change when something worth writing about happens.
I took a trip to Glasgow KY again and stopped at some antique stores. I’ve decided I want to collect vintage colored glass goblets, vases or bowls. I stopped first at a place called Shabby Chic. I got Bill a great wooden stool, it’s old and painted but super sturdy and I found a few glass pieces there to start my collection.
A little further in town I found another place and bought a LOT of pieces there. I also found some on Etsy and ordered them. This week I went back to Glasgow again and bought 7 more. I’m like an addict, I can’t stop.
The only thing I take photos of anymore is our property when I am walking the boys. We usually leave the house around 8:15 or as soon as the fog lifts or the rain stops. We’re gone for 35-45 min every morning.
On Monday, after the rainy weekend, I walked the boys in the field like we do every day. Later in the afternoon, the sun came out so I took them to the field up the hill by Walt. We have taken them up there one other time before. There is a power line that runs through there, otherwise, it’s really beautiful, with great views. It’s a good hike up there, steep uphill. It was slippery from all the rain.
On Tuesday morning I decided I would walk them up to the powerline hill, then, we would walk to the other place where we usually go. We were all on top of the hill, they were sniffing around, Gringo caught the scent of something and took off running down the steep hill. Highway Barrio and Max followed. I started yelling for them and was trying to climb down the bank to see where they went but I couldn’t see them. After yelling for a few minutes Highway, Barrio and Gringo came back. No Max. Max ALWAYS comes when I call him. He didn’t this time. I freaked and called Bill. He said, “Oh shit, a coyote just ran through the field from up that way.” I was screaming (probably like a banshee) for Max, nothing. I took the other 3 down to Walt and put them in their crates and hiked back up the hill. Bill was walking through the field and climbing up the hill. No Max. By now I was in full panic mode. I went down that steep mountain screaming for Max, no Max, no barks, nothing. Bill hiked up the side of the mountain and came back down, still no sign of Max. I called our neighbor and told him, he got on his ATV and went looking. I got in the car and drove up and down the main road. No Max. I came back to the RV, got Gringo and we hiked up the mountain again. We kind of traversed it, it’s so steep and there are way too many trees, it’s hard to walk. There are downed trees, briars and thick brush. I fell once on my butt on the side of the hill. At this point Bill was in the car again looking on the main road. Gringo and I made it down the hill, coming out of the woods I was so exhausted I could barely lift my feet, I tripped and fell flat on my face. Gringo was freaked out and came over and was nosing at me and barking. Once I got up, we followed the woods alongside the field. We were almost back to the RV when I saw fur by the RV. Then Gringo took off running to Walt. MAX WAS BACK!! I called Bill right away. Max was gone over 1 and 1/2 hours. He’s never done that before. He wasn’t hurt, wasn’t covered with briars, no clue where he was. I washed his feet and put him inside, cleaned the other 3 dogs’ feet and we all went inside and snuggled on the bed. Max kind of flopped on me, like he was saying, I’m so glad I found you. Bill and I were on the verge of a breakdown. Having something happen to Max would be more than I could bear. If he could only talk.
Saturday was a special day for me. Two friends I have not seen since High School came to visit us. Sandra still lives in PA and Charlie is 90 min south of us in Tennesee, Sandra is visiting with him for a few weeks. So, so happy they came to see us. Sandra gave us 2 jars of canned whole tomatoes and Charlie brought Bill an industrial fire extinguisher for the shop. That was an awesome idea, it’s nice to have but we hope we never need it.
I’m pretty sure I jinxed the possibility of being in the house by Christmas because I bought Christmas tree ornaments. I know it’s my fault but even if I sent them back, the bad juju is already here.
I drove to Somerset on Tuesday looking for furniture for the house. I follow so many people on Instagram who are interior designers and they have ALL commented that the wait period for furniture is MONTHS. I thought I better get shopping. I went to the Ashley furniture store and saw a few things I really liked until the saleslady said 4-6 MONTHS. Are you kidding me? I was headed to TJ Maxx after that and saw a Kemper furniture store. I rerouted, totally upsetting the voice on my GPS. This store had some gorgeous furniture. I found a leather La-z-boy reclining couch and a counter-height dining table with 4 stools. I got 2 more stools for the island in the kitchen so if needed they can be pulled up to the table.
Yesterday I was thinking about a buffet/server and that I still need one of them. I noticed in the photo of the table that there was one behind the table. I messaged Shelley at the store and she said yes, she did have one.
I told her to add it to my furniture. And get this, they can deliver it ALL next week. Why can I get this sooner than the Ashley furniture? Because it is MADE IN AMERICA. Nothing makes me happier than buying things made in the USA. We are having them hold it for a month or so rather than have it sit in the shop.
Now we just need 3 beds, nightstands and dressers for the bedrooms and we’ll be all set. I think I am going with platform beds so we don’t need to buy box springs. I’ve found a few on Amazon and may order them.
This blog program is giving me fits, I can’t upload photos, I keep getting this error message:
Post-processing of the image failed likely because the server is busy or does not have enough resources. Uploading a smaller image may help. Suggested maximum size is 2500 pixels.
I tried uploading small pics, resizing them all and still, it won’t work. This morning I tried and was able to upload 5 photos, figure that I’m on a roll and am going to close this down and post it while I still can.
I’m going to take the boys back outside for a while before the damn rain starts again. Gorgeous sunny and windy right now.
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.
(I really don’t hate Kentucky, I just get so frustrated when it rains and everything is mud and the dogs & I are stuck in this stupid RV. It will all be better once we have a house and a yard.)
P.S. I left the US on Nov 3, 2012, before the time changed, came back in March 2013 and left again Oct 2013. We lived on Roatan for 6 years (Bill for 7) then moved to Az. Roatan and Arizona do NOT change the clocks so this change totally sucks.
Merm, you are having quite an adventure. I wish you would do a daily or at least a weekly blog. I love reading what’s going on & it makes me feel as those you’re one of my close friends. Has the builder given you an estimate of when your house will be done? Is there a bathroom and shower in the shop? I am excited for you to complete the homestead.
Morning, we have a shower and everything in the RV, I just hate it. They say by the end of December, but before that it was mid November. It’s making me very nervous, all I want is a house. 😥 I know I shouldn’t complain because a lot off people would be thrilled with the RV but it’s grown very old for me.
Love hearing about your adventures. So glad Max came home!! Your furniture looks great and so do you!
Thanks Emily, if I only had a house. XO
I LOVE reading your blogs! I find myself smiling when I see one in my inbox.
We are in a holding pattern, too. That little plot of beach at Camp Bay Development is begging for its house to be built, but we are stuck waiting on the architect. Lessons in patience for all of us.
I can also identify with the terror you felt when Max went to wherever-land. At this moment our Doberman and Min-Pin are accounted for, but the danged cat is out and very late coming home. Hmmm
Take care, keep writing! Dog blogs are fun but yours is so much more than that!
Thank you so much for your kind words, and for reading my blog.
Dogs (And cats) are the greatest gift. XO
Well, holy shit, Max!! Don’t do this to your mama!! Otherwise a lovely albeit damp view of your world right now. Mine is rather gloomy with these now cold, dark evenings. But this, too, shall pass! Stay warm, dry, and upright my friend. The glasses are beautiful!!
Thank you Sue, looking for the glasses has brightened my mood. Seriously, I think I might have had a heart attack if Max hadn’t come home. It was too much for both of us. These dogs own me.
I’m looking forward to having a house and finding things that I need but don’t have the energy to go through the boxes looking for whatever. Patience is not my most evident virtue. XO
Hi Deb, Loved the pictures of the glassware and the furniture, that sideboard looks like a victorian – farm house country combo – loved it! So sorry that things are moving slow for you guys and I know it must be a real challenge to keep a “things will get better” attitude, but they
will and I know you’ll have a beautiful home when all is said and done – Hang in there – Love ya
And we are planning on you visiting us too!!
Thanks Kathy. XO
Your glass pieces remind me of some on the fb pages (weird and wonderful second hand finds). Get yourself a keychain blacklight and see if any of yours glow😀. It’s called vasaline glass. I’m so glad you found Max. I love your pictures! Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks Beth. I saw several pieces of Vaseline glad when I was shopping, I love it but don’t want to have a black light hanging in my kitchen. Did you read the book Radium Girls?
We’re very happy Max came back, I was totally freaking out. I’ve been working on recall but it’s really hard with 4 dogs.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and Aaron and the kids. XOXO
Ruth and I highly recommend sleep number beds. We got our one in 2005 and we’re still sleeping on it. Check them out online.
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Hey stranger, how are you two doing? I’m not on FB any longer, only Instagram. We already have mattresses for the beds, we sold all of the furniture in the Arizona house. We had a bed like a sleep number when we were in Washington, ended up leaving it on the island.
Where do you guys live?
Dear Deb, Oh MY GOSH I can’t even fathom your terror with Max missing. I am glad he returned safely, but like the Pokey Little Puppy I bet he has a sorry to tell–if only he could! THIS BLOG HAD SO MUCH IN IT–WOW even in a small town in KY you can sure make life interesting. The pics of the dogs are great, the glassware & antiques are fabulous(& Poppy would be your best shopping Buddy–oh are you making her yearn for a antique shopping spree) ! The furniture looks like it will be just the right “feel” for your new home.
Keep posting it is such a treat to read about your adventures!
We are in AZ with Kate, Jon, & Dane right now! xoxo
Hugs to Kate Jon and sweet Dane. I hope she’s doing well. Thank you for reading. XOXO
Never a dull moment in your adventurous lives…LOL
I could use a little dull every so often. Happy Thanksgiving Rosemarie.
Hang in there, it is very hard to move from a “sunny” place to a place like kentucky. I moved there from Colorado one time and was so depressed, then i figured out, it was February, and i had not even SEEN the Sun for over 3 weeks…….get some good books, warm clothes, and plan some activities to keep you going! The first snow will be beautiful though.
Thanks Pam, hope all is well with you and Pete. XO
I’ve been wondering how you were liking fall in Kentucky. So good to hear about your adventures.The Paw Washer was a good investment! Who knew there was such a thing? Hope the house build goes smoothly. Happy Thanksgiving!
So glad Max came home safely and that you were not really hurt by the fall. Enjoyed your Blog…love all of the many colors and shapes of the glass. Furniture is going to look so nice in the house As always enjoy the wonderful pics of the property and the Boys.. Happy Thanksgiving.to you all.