Well, here we are. I had to mentally step back from any real social media presence and from writing for a while. I was exhausted and not myself-or rather-really figuring out a lot of things about myself. This blog and this amazing journey we are on together, Tom and I, will continue here on tinyempire.blog, … Continue reading Wow, thanks.
It's been going fast to go slow around here. I know that is backwards from what I usually say, as a teacher. I'm firmly of the camp, "Go slow to go fast." And yet, here I am. I have worked harder this summer than I have ever worked in a summer in 12 years, the … Continue reading #27 Midway to Limitless
So, our house is under contract. That's an awesome thing. This represents a lot of hard work and sacrifice. We never intended to sell this house, and fixed it up with the kind of love and care as if it were our forever home, because we thought it was. It's hard, leaving a home you … Continue reading #26 Legacy
So, our sweet house in Halsey went live on the RMLS Wednesday night. We were running around like crazies trying to finish up myriad details, and then we just went "done." Whatever it is now, it is. Buyers can request/suggest/ask what they will and we'll negotiate. It's kinda sad, but only kinda at this point. … Continue reading #25 It’s Real and it’s Good and it’s Love.
We spent the weekend so busy it had to be a conscious choice to slow down. On Saturday I told Tom to slow down, and then today he told me to slow down. I know I'm done when I keep putting supplies and tools down and then forgetting where I put them and then start … Continue reading #23 Introducing Soggy Bottom Ranch
Get your mind out of the gutter. Tom was imagining some sort of "keep your house weather proofed in Oregon, because you never know what you're gonna get." I said "we need to say 'flash me.'" He thought I meant actually flashing you, and I had to assure him that was not my intention. Tom finished … Continue reading #15 Flash Me
One of the sadder things one that owns trees has to do is decide to take limbs off for the health of the tree in the long run, or to take a tree down altogether because it's necessary. One of the biggest treasures this property has is its trees. They are majestic and bountiful and … Continue reading #12 For the love of trees
I gave her a hard time yesterday. I pushed her to work harder, she didn't really understand what to do. So, she piddled around, lifting up a stick here, a piece of garbage there. She asked me if I was annoyed, I said, "I don't like whining. We're picking up trash and yard debris, and … Continue reading #8 Amazing Grace
Tom tore off dry rot today on 1/3 of the house. Finally, many hours later, he came to the end. There is actually a little of the house that doesn't need the siding to be replaced. I volunteered for Central Linn School District (WHOOT, holler! Represent, Cobras!) to serve BBQ chicken dinners to people. I … Continue reading #7 Chasing Dry Rot and other stories