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Day 3 Amarillo Before Midnight?

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One last picture from Tennessee. Yes that is a very big guitar in the background…

IMG_1672Start of day 3 stats.

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So this is a vacation right?  Yeah there’s no rush to get out of bed and hit the road.  First we have to hit the included breakfast at the hotel.

IMG_1648Today’s travels took us out of Tennessee, into Arkansas and then Oklahoma.

We hope to make to Amarillo before turning in tonight.

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It is Monday so I used the hot spot to check in to work.  I figured it’s better to work while sitting in the passenger seat and not use all my vacation time on this trip. My rolling office today!

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Straight roads and flat farm land fells like we are on the Highway to….

Day 2 Part 2 Riley’s Romp in Nashville

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Crazy Town

So only Travis would take all 45 feet of us into downtown Nashville and find a parking spot for $5!  We took up 4 and a half spots.  The parking lot was empty when we got there. By the time we got back we were almost blocked in.

IMG_1628First mission was to find an outdoor eating establishment that Riley could on the patio under the table.  Score! At the Acme Feed & Seed, food was good but a little to fru fru for me.

We could have stayed there all evening and just people watched but we had to see some sights.

Riley was in sensory overload!  He was very good and allowed many people and kids to pet him. To most he just brought on big smiles.  We walked around and took in some of the sites and sounds.

He doesn’t like to walk over grates very much and is also not a big fan of walking down open stairs.

The Peddle Tavern was one of the more interesting bars we saw.  People sit around a moving bar that the bar tender stands in the middle and steers.  It is peddle power and good times getting around Nashville.

But the the funniest thing was…We came across this guy sitting in a kiddie pool filled with sand playing music on a the corner with his buddy.

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All smiles around Nashville. Gotta get to Memphis tonight.  Time to hit the road.

Day 2 Nashville Bound

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Day 1 totals…

Yesterday evening we found an ok hotel outside of Roanoke, VA that took Dogs.  Rolled in there after 11, apparently the dogs across the hall heard us coming and started barking (sorry #139 if I woke you).

Traveling with Riley is great! He is such a trooper.

After our free breakfast we were on the road around 9.  I drove! Woo hoo! My palms were sweaty and I was a bit nervous.  But I was just Highway (81) driving so within 1/2 hour I was more comfortable.  I only did about 150 miles but hey it’s a good start

Not an exciting travel day yet, but I am looking forward to Nashville.

I used to travel there for work (about 13 years ago) and loved the town.  I even met a singing Cowboy there, he had hopes of making it big.  His song was Rose Colored Glasses. Lost track of him but never did see his name come up in lights either.

I have a feeling Nashville has changed a lot since I was there last.Check in tomorrow I will let you know how it was.

Day 1 – Cross Country

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California or Bust!

img_1616As promised I am blogging about our cross country trip to California.  So much has happened since my last post I have a lot to catch you up on (and I will over this next week) but for now we are starting with the present.

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The day started with a fuzzy head from the night before.  My Friday night Happy Hour friends help me go out with a bang. The fun filled evening included our usual shenanigans: Dancing, Singing, Laughing.  “There ware no tears in Softball.”  There was even an awesome cake and balloons. My favorite singing guitarist had a play list just for me!

Breakfast and lunch  was filled with friends we said see you later not goodbye.  I am not leaving you I am leaving Pennsylvania. There were some tears and big hugs this time.

I went to pick up my travel buddy and he was running late. So we get back to my neighbors house and hook up the trailer.  She’s running a little heavy, glad I have an F250 now.  My whole life is in the back of the truck and that trailer.

The drive started off on a good foot when we missed our first exit.  Hope this is not a fore shadowing of what is to come.

4 1/2 hours in and we have left Pennsylvania, passed through Maryland, West Virginia and are currently in Virginia.

Riley is with us and has 3/4 of the back seat.  He pops his head between us for some love and a scratch.  I had him up beside me on my seat but that didn’t last long as he was blocking the side view mirrors.
Thanks to my friends on Facebook for all the love and wishes of good luck.

 

 

Piper’s New Home

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As you may know Piper is getting up there.  She is almost all the way blind in her one eye (the other eye was surgically removed a few years ago), she has arthritis in her back end (she has a pin in there from a previous injury. She is also now experiencing muscle atrophy around her head.

With all of these these geriatric issues I just knew she could not handle a cross country trip. So I started figuring out what to do with her. As I mentioned in a previous post Otis’ new owners agreed to take her on as their own.  Which was a true blessing and such a relief to know she would be going to a good home where she would know one of the dogs.

So the Sunday one week before selling the farm (and exactly one month after Otis left) Travis and I did the three hour trip each way to drop her off. For us it was like a pre-road trip to see how we would do.  It went fine and Riley came with us for the ride.

When we got there we received a big welcome and met Piper’s other furry family members.  It was so good to see Otis. It was the first time I every had the opportunity to see any of my foster’s in their new home.  He looked so good and happy.

We checked out their back yard and I snapped some pictures.

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Piper is enjoying her retirement.  She is getting spoiled with treats and visits to the grooming salon.

10 days ago I heard from her new owner and she had lost of good things to report.

JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW PIPER IS DOING GREAT. LOVES HER WALKS.

 

SHE LOVES TO BE PETTED AND GETS ALONG WELL WITH THE OTHER DOGS.

OTIS IS KEEPING US ON OUR TOES. WE REALLY HAVE TO KEEP OUR SHOES AND REMOTES OUT OF REACH. WE LEARNED THE HARD WAY.

OTIS GOES TO THE BODY SHOP FOR FOUR HOURS A DAY. HE JUST SITS AND STARES AT THE CAT. HE LISTENS SO WELL . FRED TOOK HIM A WALK AROUND THE LAKE LAST NIGHT AND TWO GIRLS STOPPED AND HUGGED HIM AT TWO DIFFERENT TIMES. HE JUST LOVES EVERYONE.

OUR VETS KNOW HIM BY NOW JUST CAUSE I WORRY. HE GOT A REMOTE AND FRED COULDN’T FIND THE BATTERY SO WE WENT FOR AN X-RAY. A COUPLE OTHER CHECKS FOR ME. HE JUST GOES IN AND JUMPS UP AND LICKS EVERYONE. THEY ALWAYS BRING HIM BACK LAUGHING AT HIM.  HE GOES EVERYWHERE WITH FRED. HE ALWAYS WANTED A DOG TO RIDE IN THE TRUCK WITH HIM.

HOPE YOU MOVE WENT WELL.THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING US WITH YOUR FUR BABIES.

TAKE CARE

 

Ode to Otis

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ode to a dog

I might be sharing my last request to help find a home for my latest foster.  If your are looking for a dog that is looking for his person then Otis is the one.  He is a Shepard mix.  I think maybe Australian Shepard or Blue Heeler.  He definitely has the herding instinct.

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This is his write up:

Otis is a sweet boy.  He is great with dogs and kids.  He is curious about cats and will chase them if they run.  He loves to be petted and will just rest his head in your lap while you rub is very soft ears.  He has the best white spot on his chest that he also loves to have rubbed.  He is showing some characteristics of his herding breed but he knows appropriate behaviors and hasn’t tried to herd me yet.  He is high energy and while he tolerates being in the crate all day I would not recommend this life for him.  He loves going on walks and enjoys car rides.  He is very good off leash and comes back to me when called.  He is also used to being around horses and learned quickly to get out of their way.  He loves to sleep by me all night and follows me around the house all day.  He is waiting for his forever family to share his happy go lucky life with.

Check out his slo mo video to see him in action.

Thanks for sharing!

 

 

More than I could hope for…

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Sunday, February the 14th, started like any other day where I have a showing over the weekend. I woke up fed the horses then started cleaning the house and preparing for the showing.  I was so busy I worked through breakfast.  I am terrible at cleaning,  I end up doing 5 things at once and take an hour to get back to the dusting where I started.

My realtor texts me saying she  has goodies for me and asking if I be there if she shows up a little bit early.   Until that point I didn’t even know she was the showing agent.  Around 11:45 she arrives with the St Joseph statue. It is a tradition in the real estate market to bury him upside down in your yard to help you sell you home.  You can read more about it here.

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My Goodies… the chocolate sauce is made by her family.

The showing arrives as noon, just prior to that I offer to leave the farm as is traditional for the owner not to be there but she says stay, thinking they may have questions for me.  After introductions we sit down at the kitchen counter for about an hour talking about the farm, the horse boarding business, the expenses and income of running the farm.  During this time we learn more about each other.  I am selling the farm to move to California and be closer to my family.  They are a married couple looking to move out of suburban life and follow her dream of owning and running a horse farm.  (Sound familiar?)   I learned that they scoured this website to learn about the farm. They even read about Bilbo and Frodo and said they wanted donkeys and goats!

After our chat they look at the house and the property.  It was a cold day, one of the coldest yet.  We tried to see as much as we could but really didn’t want to spend much time outside.  After we got back to the house they said they are very interested and want to talk about the equipment needed to run the farm.  Can that be included in the sale?  Well I was hoping to sell it separately knowing I needed to make money off of the sale of the equipment to help with my moving costs.

After some chit chat, back and forth  and a couple  side bar conversation, they wanted to know if we could come to an agreement right then and there?  All parties now sitting again at the counter?  I am overwhelmed and in shock… Is this really happening?  Now?  So after some more discussion and coming to terms.  I am offered a deal I should not refuse and I get to pick the closing date.  In return they ask for all the farm equipment to be included in the sale.   I am alone on this decision and it is decision making time.  I look up and ask “Can I call my mom?… Of course I can call my mom… OK I will be right back.”

I go down to the basement and call my childhood home in Miami.  Please pick up… Please pick up… Answering machine.  “Hi Mom… are you there?…”  My mom picks up “Jennifer, what’s wrong?”  You see I didn’t do my usual answering machine message “Hi! It’s me…” in a sing songy tone.  “Everything is fine mom… Maybe really good”  I tell her the current situation and an abbreviated version of the showing story so far.  She said “Go for it, nothing to think about. Plus leaving all the equipment on the farm will save you the headache and hassle of trying to sell it.”

I go back up stairs and say we have a deal.  BUT the story does not end there….

Now on to the paper work.  Yes we signed the selling agreement then and there. We decided on a closing date of May 2nd.  That gives me enough time to pack up, move out and figure out where I am going and when.   I am pretty sure it was my real estate agent who said we need a drink to celebrate.  So I bring out the options: wine, beer, cider, vodka.  I am literally shaking at this point, I look at the couple who is buying my house.  His is running his hand through is hard and shaking his head.  I knew what he was thinking… Same thing as me… I cant believe we are doing this.  So I reach in to the freezer and say “Fireball anyone?”  Well that did the trick. It calmed our nerves and took the edge off.

IMG_0939The new soon to be owners for the farm are great!  Everything I could hope for in the future occupants of the farm. They are keeping everything the same.  The boarders get to stay.  The Co-Op boarding will remain the same.  They will use the same hay and feed vendors.  I learned their daughter was a big part of their decision making process and helped in the search for the perfect farm.  She told me they were in tears when they read my Bio. They will be visiting the farm several times over the next 2 months to meet the boarders and the neighbors.  We are also going to set up some mentoring sessions so I can share all I have learned in this incredible journey of living my dream of owning and running a horse boarding farm.

IMG_0940That evening they invite me to meet their daughter and his boyfriend at dinner.  I said I would love to but first of all I can’t drive because I forgot to eat today and we did a lot of “celebrating” plus I still have to do all the barn work and feed the horses.  They offer to help with the evening farm chores and drive me an hour each way to dinner.

So after blitzing the barn work and freshening up we head off, stopping by their house so they can do the same.  We walk into the restaurant where we are greeted by the owner (who they know) , they tell him the exciting news “We bought a farm and this is the current owner.” He brings Campaign to the table.  I meet their daughter and her boyfriend. They didn’t know who the additional chair at the table was for, but once her mom says we bought the farm, the daughter gives me a big hug  saying I recognized you from your website.

We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation.  I enjoyed all the courses and was so hungry not a bite was left.  After dinner they drive me home, where I crawl into bed my head whirling from the day, the champagne and holy crap I sold the farm…

 

 

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