We went up to the farm last weekend. We spent most of the afternoon cleaning out the travel trailer that was left on the property. Oh my! What a mess! (Disclaimer for those who may be eating...this place was NASTY!) It was as if the previous owner arrived in 1995 and NEVER once cleaned the place. There were old dishes in the sink, dust and spiderwebs in every corner and rat droppings galore. Josh said it sounded as if you were vacuuming up a bag of spilled rice. Eww! And everything smelled like mothballs, wet dog and old man--not a pleasant combination. As make-shift insulation, he had also stuffed sheets and blankets in every nook and cranny.
We moved onto the 2 sheds that were left untouched for decades. It was as if he just opened the door and tossed stuff in. But amidst the mess, we have inherited a few treasures-- a riding lawn mower, a push-mower, a busted chainsaw, 35 rusty horseshoes, a space heater, 10 plastic containers and a cast iron bacon press in the shape of a pig.
We spent the rest of the time chopping wood, burning sticks and pulling leaves, branches and debris out of the creek at the front of the property. I got so filthy, I went home with mud in my hair!
But first on the agenda: Our house! We are meeting with a local architect this week. I'm excited to walk the property with him and hear his thoughts on the possible homesites and ideas for the design. I have a lot of ideas but can't wait to see what he comes up with. Which reminds me, I should probably go write my list of "Home Must-haves" so I can bring it to him this week.