Monthly Archives: January 2016

First Snow of 2016

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Last Friday morning a week ago we woke up to lots of snow.  It had started during the night and continued all day.  It was beautiful, and because we were expecting it, we knew we would be staying in for a few days.  I don’t know of our total where we live but it had to be between 1-2 feet.

Andrew enjoyed sledding and so did our neighbors that live next door in the farmhouse.  I enjoyed watching from the warm house!

The fields and lawns are still covered but the roads are clear for driving.  Timothy didn’t go back to school until Thursday and even then it was 2 hours late.  He was happy about that.  Andrew started back on Wednesday.

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Kent is spending a lot of time in his “office” in the garage.  He keeps a fire in the wood stove going all day.  He is finishing his next-to-last chapter and will be headed over to Scotland next month to meet with his advisor and see all of our friends.  I am wishing I could go but I don’t think Andrew is ready to be left alone for a week.

I am working a couple of mornings a week learning a lot about behavior analysis and ABA therapy that is used with autistic children.  There is so much I need to learn- especially a new vocabulary.  It’s good to have a new interest especially since my nephew is autistic.  It really makes me appreciate my sister and what a good mom she is and how HARD she works.  And my friend Lisa and her tireless work for her son Josh.  Amazing.  I think we that are not personally affected don’t  understand all they go through day to day.

Our new “pets”

One day right before Christmas one of our friends called Kent and asked him if he wanted a rooster.  He had been given the rooster (Brewster) by a neighbor and Brewster wasn’t getting along with his other rooster.  We had been wanting to get some chickens but hadn’t fixed up our chicken coop yet.  This was going to be the motivator to get it done.

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We have always had a coop that was on the property when we bought it but we needed to do some upkeep on it.

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So, the boys were home and helped Kent fix it up.  We then bought 5 hens for $12 each.

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It took a couple of weeks but we finally got an egg.  We are now getting up to 3 eggs a day!  It’s like a gift each day and a surprise to see what we get.  Brewster the Rooster and his 5 hens are fun to have around.  Kent is enjoying seeing them everyday.

Christmas

I am a little late with the posts, but I am trying to catch up.  Christmas turned out to be such a blessing to me.  The boys don’t really like to come out to our farm because we only have 2 bedrooms.  We have 2 couches and 2 cots but our living area is one huge room with no walls and no privacy.  We also have very limited internet and cell phone coverage.  But, they ended up coming for a week.  We had so much fun.  We played hours of monopoly, checkers, and chess.  I was in heaven with them home.  It was just like it is supposed to be.  I think that is the hardest thing I am transitioning through.  I love being a mom and now that our house is so quiet it is difficult.  There is no activity with the boys and their friends coming in and out of the house.

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We also had a guest from Texas come see us.  Aaron has come to Chile and Scotland so he also had to come to see us in Virginia.

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We collect Christmas ornaments and with all of the places we have been lately we always pick up at least one ornament to put on our tree.  This year we put up our artificial tree and decided to go cut a fresh one down as well.  It was great and a beautiful tree.  We had so many ornaments and filled both trees up.

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The tree with the lights on the left is the artificial one and we need to figure out the light problem.  The one on the right is the fresh one.  After 25 years, this was the first year we had colored lights on a tree.

Hope you all had a great holiday season.  Next, is our new pets we got…..

The boys

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The first thing I wanted to do was head to Lynchburg to see the boys.  I probably went there a few too many times the first few weeks.  We went to a football game and hockey game at Liberty University.  It’s been great being so close to them.

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Another thing Kent has done is have a fireplace put in the apartment.  It is multifunctional because the chimney runs and opens in to our place and in to the garage where Kent has set up his “office”.  He has a wood stove beside his study area and it keeps him warm on these cold winter days.

The men who did it are brothers and from this area.  They were really nice and brought us some jarred pig to eat.  We haven’t tried it yet but they assured it was real good.

More later…..

Palarco

Most of you know that we went to Chile for Kent and his business partner to research and purchase a farm to develop.  They (and an added partner) are in the middle of doing that now.  Chandler walnuts are what they are growing.  So much to learn about walnuts- irrigation, soil, spacing, harvesting, sun/shade, etc.

I finally saw the farm when we went down there in October.  It was a well maintained farm especially for Chile standards.  The previous owner leased out his land to other farmers.  He was more of a horse man.  There are basic accomodations so we had a place to stay- it was nicer than expected.

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The previous owner had planted some fruit trees and grapes.  There is also a large grove of eucalyptus trees.

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The manager and his family live on the farm and take care of it.  It is good to have a Chilean there who knows the area and the people.  Here is one of his children.  He is so cute.

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The little town which is just a short ride away  doesn’t have much but when my parents came to visit us my dad went with Kent to the farm and he loved this little village.  Here is the main square.  Dad wants to go back.

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The previous owner loved horses so much he built a horse ring and put bleachers up for people to watch.  I don’t know if he ever used it or not.  It looks pretty run down now but I bet it looked great when he first built it.  My picture isn’t the greatest.

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