Hoo-Boy with pictures: think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts…

Today we went to look at a little place in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  It is small, but just right for the critters of the Farmlet because it is just over two acres which is way more than they have now!   The house that sits on the land is just right for a couple thinking of retirement.  It is cozy, has a spare room for visitors, a basement and a screened back porch for enjoying the day, or evening, without being eaten by mosquitoes.

If you came for a visit…


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So now we pray, and wait to see if God says yes!

50 thoughts on “Hoo-Boy with pictures: think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts…

  1. shoreacres says:

    OH, I’ve been waiting and waiting. This is wonderful! How exciting. You’re exactly right that there’s a process to get through, and plenty of obstacles that could lie in the way. But if it’s supposed to happen it will. If it’s not supposed to happen, it won’t. In the meantime, we’ll all follow along with great interest and start making our travel plans!

    Really – I’m just so happy for you!

    • Lynda says:

      Oh, Linda, thank you!

      We used the money out of our house in California to pay for the one we are in now. We plan to do the same with this house. That is, to pay for the new one with the money out of this one. In this way, no matter what happens with the economy we will still have a roof over our heads! It just makes sense. We really don’t think we will have trouble selling this one, and it gives us time to really spiff up both places before the big move and marketing of this one.

      (You know I went to bed at 9:30 last night and didn’t get to sleep until TWO AM!)

  2. victoriaaphotography says:

    Wow! What exciting news to share with us.
    I DO so hope it all pans out and is the stuff of dreams come true.

    Keep us posted please.

  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

    It’s beautiful, and I found not only a smile on my face as I read this post, but also a jaw that had dropped almost to my chest!! It’s stunning and has a soul and, yes, please fix that barn to be studio worthy, as it looks like a wonderful retreat, and the herbs and daffodils will be so happy together, and i predict a village of birdhouses before you’re finished! the pygmy pony would love to have four-legged neighbors and some feathered ones as well!

    I hope that you quickly wean into your future home sweet home!


    • Lynda says:

      Lisa, one of the things I loved about the top of the mountain, in Costa Rica was the wildness, the chance for quiet solitude, and that it was so clean. It was a simple life. I think that those who choose to live on little highways on top of big mountains are choosing the connection with beauty and nature over the hustle and bustle of the city, because the city life is too much for them. I once considered moving to the Santa Elena/Monteverde area because I loved it so, but Bob was uncertain about living outside of the US. When it came to living in a place of the heart vs. the love of my heart the choice was an easy one to make.

      Now, all these years later we have found a place that we both love and would be happy to make our home. It has many of the qualities I loved in CR, and the comfort of being in the States for Bob. We shall see what happens!

  4. Penny Keach says:

    Dear Lynda

    Congratulations!! Dave and I have been trying to do the same thing for years now, and your place looks like just what we’ve been looking for! Problem is, we want to stay in California, and a place like that here, affordable, is sooooo hard to find!

    We just lost our dog, Kati, at 10 years old, to severe inflammatory bowel disease. It was almost 2 months of vets, pills, biopsy, endoscopy, and money, and we finally let her go last Monday. We miss her a lot, and are already looking for another. She was a German Shorthaired Pointer, and would’ve loved your new (hopefully!) home ~ lots of birds and room to roam.
    Two acres would be about right, room for the cars Dave has accumulated, and maybe even a horse. Regular size.

    My prayers are out there for you. Good luck! The harder you work, the luckier you get, as I used to say to my students, and you guys have worked very hard, so you should be very lucky!

    • Lynda says:

      Penny, California is very nice, but you would not find this place for under $120,000 there. And yes, you read the price correctly! 😉

      Thank you for your prayers, Penny, they mean a lot to us!

  5. petspeopleandlife says:

    Gee, Lynda, that is a nice looking place and if the location and the scenery is something that you like then that is the place for you. Since you will have the money then if all makes sense, but boy, oh boy there is some work to be done for sure. The photos are great. Just make sure that you will not need to sink lots of money into the fixer upper. Sometimes you get to rename the new place as the money pit.

    • Lynda says:

      Yvonne, we love it! The location and scenery were the selling points, and what we really wanted. The antique barn, and the well kempt home with the brand new tin roof were the clinchers!

      And of course we will be ordering a home inspection before we sign on the line as well. 🙂

  6. Littlesundog says:

    How far from the old Farmlet is the “hopeful” Farmlet? The views are absolutely stunning Lynda! I’ll be thinking happy thoughts, and being positive and praying for you! Gee, I might be helping you pack, eh?

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, it is about 50 miles. However, in a straight line it would be far less. Maybe only 30, but this is mountain and farm country and you just can’t cut through. As for helping pack, well, I wouldn’t do that to you! When you get here we are supposed to have fun! NOT work. 😉
      Thank you for the prayers and happy thoughts too!

  7. Animalcouriers says:

    This is a dream that must come true! So very exciting for you and hopefully us as we get to see the project unfold. What’s the land like? Going to be less of a battle with weeds? The views are just stunning 😀

    • Lynda says:

      Actually, Annie, I think it will be better about weeds. The area all around us is forested, or grassy pastures for livestock. So, mostly grass and trees! It also seems that the previous owners were really good at mulching all the flower beds too! I do look forward to this new address, and yes, I also look forward to sharing the restoration process with all of you too! Sorry I took so long to answer, but I didn’t realize that I hadn’t until this afternoon! 😳

    • Lynda says:

      We have waited a very long time, and this is looking pretty positive, but you never know. Trying to just breathe and concentrate on the daily tasks for now. Thank you, Anita!

    • Lynda says:

      Cindy, I think I would too, but Bob wouldn’t! 😉
      Thank you, I hope it works out soon, because I am so excited about it that I’m not sleeping well! LOL!

  8. Margaret says:

    The mountains of Alabama are a lovely place to live. Wish i lived closer, I’d bring you some more daffodils. Good luck with getting this great place. You will enjoy listening to the metal roof when it rains,

    • Lynda says:

      Margaret, what a lovely sentiment. Thank you! I wish you lived closer too, then I could share all the walnuts, apples, peaches, figs, grapes and blueberries with you too! There really is a nicely established little orchard here.

    • Lynda says:

      Steve, it is still in Alabama. It is north east from our current location and just outside of Scottsboro. The appraiser was here this morning and will have our appraisal for our current home done by Friday. Once we get our funding for a cash purchase, then the closing of the new house could be finalized within two weeks. 😀

        • Lynda says:

          It is, Steve, and the river really gets around too! It flows down into Alabama from Tennessee forming a small portion of the Missisippi and Alabama Border on the west, sweeps down to Guntersville and then up and over the border back into Tennessee on the east side of the state. I never cared for lower Alabama except for its beaches, but N. Alabama is gorgeous!

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