Tuesday, January 22, 2008

First Post Ever!

Okay, um, Hi, I'm here! After three days of writer's block and new blogger anxiety I feel compelled to just jump in and post! Especially after seeing that my friend Daiquiri has put a link to me on her blog (http://calledblessed.blogspot.com/). Yikes! Way to push me into the ring!

So here's the story... my dear hubby (Joel) has a dream to start an organic produce farm. The idea is to be able to deliver fresh veggies to homes and eventually supply local grocery stores. We also plan on having a booth at one of the local farmer's markets to gain exposure and just because it's fun! We have always enjoyed walking through the crowded streets of our city market, perusing the assortment of hand crafts, fresh flowers and brightly colored organic produce. However, I've always wondered what it would be like to sit on the other side of the booth, in the heat, with hundreds of strangers staring at you and your stuff. Slightly intimidating, perhaps? Good thing Joel is the social one. I think I will just hide behind the basket of assorted lettuce (think beautiful leafy greens and things with great names like arugula, endive, and radicchio) and let him talk.

Where are we now in the process? Well, we just made an offer on a house with 10+ acres and it was accepted! The hope is to have a closing date of mid-late February.
I forgot to mention one teeny-tiny detail-- the house is a disaster area! No exaggeration, check this out...

There are piles of stuff (to put it nicely) everywhere! Inside and out.

Oh and the inside smells like cat pee and my children will NEVER take a bath in this tub.

Other than that, the place appears to be structurally sound (according to the experts because I really have no idea). We are doing a "rehab" loan (sounds appropriate doesn't it?) to fix up the house before we move in.

Now here's the great part... The VIEW!

Wow, it is breathtaking. I love our mountains.


Becky said...

Yippee!! I get to be your first blog comment and fan! I am so excited to watch Joel's dream come to life and to have a resource for great produce. Your view is amazing and I plan on spending lots of time at your new place looking at it.

I also want lots of photos of the house project. I'm a sucker for Before and After makeovers.

Love you!

Daiquiri said...

Dang...I wanted to be first! Oh well, I'll settle for second :)

Congrats on the property - I didn't realize you were quite that close. Looks like you have some work to do on that house - fun! You know I love a good remodel :)

Love the picture of the mountains...I can almost smell the fresh air!

Maybe you could have a "pick your own berries" time? Or maybe you could just let your really great, persistent, jealous of your new digs friends come out and "help" on the farm with the kids?

Yahoo!! I'm so glad you're blogging! Keep it up :)


Hilty Sprouts! said...

Thanks guys! I know, I know there is soooo much competition to post first on my blog! ;) You make me blush!


amber said...

Hi there... I hopped over from Becky Avella's blog.... and had to say "hi"! We live on twenty acres in the country with a mountain view much like yours... and we LOVE organic gardening and spend a lot of time outside. We actually take extra produce to our local farmer's market in the summer... so I had to smile at that part.

My best friend Sarah(http://lifeabundant.wordpress.com) and her hubby just started an Organinc Garlic business on their acreage across the road from us last year. If you get the chance, you should connect with them because they have learned A LOT!! :)

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! Glad to have you and I am looking forward to following along as you transform your soon-to-be lovey house! :) Good luck!

Amber G.

KEKE said...

"I saw an angel in the marble, so I chipped away ,until I set it free"
Jen, I havent met you yet,but to love and be loved to a Man such as Joel,you have to be very special woman ,to take on such an endeavor such as this is wonderful,looking forward to me as you are looking forward to meeting you.,
Joel,your dreams are priceless,as you are, "It is not important what is carved into stone monuments,but what you leave behind in the lives of others." keke

Hilty Sprouts! said...

Thanks Keke! I really am blessed to love and be loved by Joel. I'm so excited about this new chapter in our lives.


Becky said...

So happy to hear that you and Joel are courageous enough to live your dream! It looks like you have a beautiful piece of land to raise your family on, and it won't be long and you'll have a cozy home too! I hope we can get down your direction and see you sometime this year.
Palouse Becky

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