Thanks to new neighbor Jen - the blueprints to the stable have been found - Woo Hoo!!! Built for Edgar Wendt - one of the prior Presidents of Buffalo Forge with his brother Henry after his father Henry W. Edgar passed.
We went out to the stable yesterday. Our current house was having a home inspection(fingers crossed it all came out good) and we needed to be out for 4 hours. Perfect excuse to go to the stable. Doug and I packed up our 10 lb. rescue Lucy (AKA Lucy Goosey) and stopped at Connors on the Lake first for lunch. They were just voted Best French fries in WNY - so I had to try them. Delicious lunch of french fries and chocolate shake for me!
After lunch we went to work planting some berry bushes. But first I had to take some photos of the first wonderful treasure - the signs that were over each stable of the horses of the property. When we first looked at the stable - they were stuffed in a bag outside. Someone that was care taking the property honored them by laying them on a table inside for safe keeping. I just love them and will use as part of my decorating later. You can just feel that the horses were loved and well taken care of.
The second treasure of the day was meeting our new neighbors! They also are moving in soon after renovating. Such nice people! Just that week they received blueprints for their house and along with it were the original blueprints for the stable. We had been trying to find them - and even had the Town of Evans do a foil search to see if they had. So many wonderful treasures yesterday - life is good!
Today was the meeting with the architect to see and measure along with Nick our builder. Can't wait to see the drawings David comes up with. He really knows more than I even imagined!
For the past 20 years I have dreamed of owning a home with no mortgage. Not just any home - a place that is different, in a great area, and beautiful. The thought of living in a suburb with a few kids, a mortgage, a 9-5 job, book clubs, gym memberships, etc. is just not my thing and never has been. It is great for others - I just like a different path. Luckily my husband of 28 years has always been on board for the ride!
Now that our boys are grown - we can take a few more risks in our life. So here we go. . . we bought a stable and we are going to live in it - and hopefully in 10 weeks(I have to remind myself to breathe when hearing the timeline).
Here are the basics - with more details to come. . .
We closed on the stable last week and sold our current house. The new owners need to be in our house by June 30th. I am going to be totally transparent with the finances - so others can learn how to do this to - or maybe not do it. I am hoping it is not an epic fail for us but am taking a leap of faith. Join me for the ride. . .
Purchased the property - 2.4 acres, 700 ft. from the shoreline of Lake Erie, with a stable. It was the last portion on an estate of prominent Buffalo business owners - the Wendt family. It has an old tennis court - that fingers crossed - with be a large raised bed style garden. The stable has two ends that are the livable areas in the future - the tack room and the clubhouse. The center is horse stalls - that will be our garage and more living space. Details on the renovation will be over the coming weeks after we get drawings from the architect.
Here is where my dream comes into play for no mortgage. From the sale of our property and saved money we have a grand total of $135,000 cash. The property was $80,000, fees $955 and carrying costs to pay for both places at the same time are roughly $2500. Leaving us $51,545 for renovations. Can we do it? What obstacles will we run into in? Can we live there in 10 weeks - or will we have to rent a place to stay/or buy a camper to live on the grounds until done? So many questions up in the air that I have no control over. Taking a deep breath and a huge leap of faith!
It is that time of year in Western New York that the weather is starting to get nicer. Some days are still cold - but those nice days in between make you itch to start your garden. Hold off on planting outside (except for hardier veggies like lettuces, etc) but that doesn't mean you can't plant some seeds inside. It is so good for my soul to see green come up from the dirt and watch them grow!
To start inside – plant 2-6 seeds(depending on size) in a small starter pot – such as en empty rinsed egg shell, handmade newspaper pot, peat pot, egg carton, or an empty rinsed yogurt cup. No need to buy anything fancy – they don’t care. Next put in good soil – like organic potting soil, or aged compost- and cover with about double the soil as the seed size. That means tiny seeds do not need that much dirt on top. Lightly water or mist - and keep watered - but not too much! Cover with a plastic if you can to mimic a greenhouse and keep moisture in until they emerge from the soil. Take off the plastic after they have sprouted and keep in a sunny window or under a plant light. If your space is cold - keep a heating pad under to keep warm.
After a few weeks from emerging and have grown in size – pull out all but the strongest – so you have only one to three plants per cup(depending on size). I know it hurts to do that because you think you are killing good plants – so if it really bothers you – have an extra cup ready and plant seedlings in a fresh cup. That’s what I do!
Water regularly and watch them grow. When they are several inches tall –start the planting outside process. About a week before the last spring frost (in Western New York that is around the first week in May), begin hardening the plants to the outdoors. Simply – just take them outside daily to get them used to the weather – then bring them in at night.