April is here, and it’s not looking like it’s going to be any calmer than March was – but I’m actually OK with that. Did you all have a nice Easter? Ours was very lowkey, pretty much all our celebratory days have been lowkey the past couple of years – much less lowkey pre-pandemic, that’s for sure. I did score on a nice Prime Rib I made for our Easter dinner instead of doing a ham – boy, did it turn out amazing! Might end up becoming our traditional Easter feast from now on.

Spring has started to actually spring forth, all the trees and plants have tons of buds – can’t wait to see them burst forth! Sorry for those that suffer with allergies, I bet the last thing you’re looking forward to is spring springing forth. 

We’ve been getting quotes for putting up a fence around our backyard – we have a funky backyard, some sloped areas and a pan-handle section that’s apparently full of debris (from when the people we bought our house from were doing the make-over flipper style – they apparently discarded a bunch of debris in the panhandle, which has been obscured by blackberry bushes, vines and weeds – at some point we want to clear it out and put a chicken coop out there, but it’s going to be a while).

At any rate, our timing is terrible, as lumber prices have skyrocketed over the past few months. So rather than build a fence around the entirety of our backyard, we’ve figured out a smaller area that will enable us to let the dogs out without worrying about them either getting out of the yard and running amok around the combined 5-ish acres or so of our property and our neighbors’ properties, or having to connect them to our makeshift dog run so they have to stay in a certain area. We’re getting closer to decision-making time – once we pick who will be building our doggy fence, it should only take about three days to completion.

One of the things that attracted us to this particular house (aside from the perfect room in the basement that will be my dedicated winemaking room) was not only our awesome view of the tiny town:

But at the top of this hill there are only three houses total – one neighbor’s house was built in 1908, the other neighbor’s house was built in 1920, and our house was built in 1930. So lots of cool character and history.

The neighbors in the 1920 house had lived there forever – their house sits on just over half an acre, and they owned the adjoining property right across from our driveway that’s just about an acre, give or take, half trees, half grassy area (the deer love it there). They decided, since all their kids were grown and the house was too much too take care of (and had tons of repairs needed after years of neglect) to sell and downsize. So a developer bought their house and both properties together, fixed up the house and are waiting for water and sewer to be hooked up (the previous owners had a septic and well).

Then there are plans to develop the rest of the property – we have no idea what that looks like as of yet, we heard rumors that they plan to build at least four houses over there. I’m not looking forward to the invasion of multiple houses and people, that’s for sure.

Now the other neighbors (the ones in the 1908 house) have been fixing their place up for the last year, and plan on putting it on the market within the next week. They’ve been really nice neighbors, I hope the house sells to equally nice people. The housing market in our tiny town and surrounding areas are a hot market – so hot, that a house at the bottom of our hill was only on the market for a single day before they got an offer something like $50k over their asking price.

Maybe it’s time to start perusing houses that are somewhere in between here and the hubby’s work (and where my favorite family members are – being a 90-minute drive thwarts consistent visits) with acreage so I can plant grape vines and fruit trees like I did in PA for my winemaking. It’s possible, based on the market and our location with the awesome view, we might be sitting pretty to sell and acquire our actual dream ‘forever home’.

Still haven’t decided yet, I’m still working on decluttering and purging all the unnecessary stuff so I’m not annoyed at the stacks’o’boxes that never seem to diminish – but then again, I haven’t actually had the time to start and work on the purge mode since work has been way too busy so far this year. It looks like, though, after this month I might actually have some breathing room – I have one client who is ‘pausing’ her contract at the end of this month for 2-3 months, and another one who’s reducing her monthly hours for a bit, so I better take advantage of that gift of time to get really serious about purging all the crap. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted!

That’s enough of my blathering – time to move on to the funnies!

This cracked me up:

This does make you wonder:

This is hilarious:

This is funny (and true):

This is hilarious:

This is funny (and true):

This cracked me up:

This is hilarious (no window sill, so apparently this kitty ‘made do’):

And I’m just going to leave this right here for you:

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  1. You aren’t kidding about prices on lumber and home repair going up, especially gardening items! Your town looks so lovely. Thanks for the funny funnies today!

  2. Heeheehee! Poisoned, oh, that would end a party in a hurry.

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

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