September 02, 2014

Lesson 198: Moving Images

Bahahaha! Isn't that a clever title? You know, because it might cause you to think that the pictures are going to be moving, when really they are just pictures of us moving.

Yup, I'm going to post pictures of our move.


(Shoulder shrug) ... because we have them.

I've divided it all into phases for you.

Phase 1: This phase lasted the longest and was by far the most fun for this aspiring minimalist. It was the "get rid of everything you don't want to move" phase.

Here are a few (random) casualties.

Phase 2: Assess what's left. What a depressing phase! Even after loading cars and dropping items off at the dump and Goodwill again, and again, and again, we still moved a lot of stuff.

I blame the kids.

Pulling the couch out was particularly exciting (ahem, disheartening)! I'm pretty sure we found at least twenty of their books.

Phase 3: Pack boxes. This phase continually kept me laughing, because we Ashbaughs are kind of ghetto (cheap) when it comes to moving supplies, and so the majority of our belongings were stowed in boxes rounded up at the local liquor store. Our house looked like, well, a liquor store.

(Actually, it looks like this picture was taken before all the liquor boxes showed up. You'll have to take my word it.)

Phase 4: Load and unload. The truck that is. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to track down the photo taken of our moving truck's jack digging into the road outside our new house and getting stuck there.

And for some reason, it slipped all our minds to snap a shot of the USAA tow truck un-sticking the moving truck from the road outside our new house or to take a pic of the long divot dug into the road outside our new house by our moving truck. Oh well!

Friends, it was a sight to see.

Phase 5: Deal with the wreckage. If it always seems like there's too much to pack when you move, unpacking is even worse.

What is all that stuff? Say it with me. "Goodwill. Goodwill. Goodwill."

We're still sitting somewhere around here.

But there's been progress.

Lesson Learned: I really thought we had majorly cut back on our possessions. Turns out, I didn't have a clue.

* Linked up at Living Well, Spending Less and Ivy and Eleplants

August 30, 2014

Lesson 197: Housesteading Wrap-Up

Well, we live in Rock Hill.

Among other things, this means we have left the 67 acres of beautiful land that we've called home for the past three years.

We've left our compost pile. We've left our berry bushes. And, we've left the chickens.

So sad, right?!?

But y'all, think about everything we've learned.

Remember this post, from 2012, when we were nervous we'd mess up our four summer herbs? My have we come a long way since then. (And you should see the size of the rosemary we planted then.)

If nothing else, our confidence to try new things has grown. And we've had a lot of fun.

Before we head out of this great homesteading stage, I wanted to give you a taste of our summer yieldings. Here's the post explaining our gardening plans. What's going to follow is some photos of our harvest! Unfortunately, I didn't get around to documenting everything. You know, with buying a house and moving and all that.

But, first, a quote that's given me some comfort in leaving our homesteading experiments behind. "It's not the amount of land you live on, it's what you do with the land that makes you a homesteader."

And friends, we have ideas for our new property!

Let's include our neighbor's bounty, which she graciously shares!

Oh, yum! That turned into one delicious meal!

And finally ...

Here's what homesteading looks like now.



Lesson Learned: Our cucumber plant grew a cantaloupe. We think it's because of the compost we used. Any thoughts?

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