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Days 32-45 – Our New Property *shhh*

We’ve been quiet for a while because we’re in limbo.  The offer we mentioned at the end of the Sydney story was accepted the next day.  There were two contingencies on the offer that we required be satisfied before the sale could complete.  One was confirmation on the availability of city water.  The other was satisfaction with the result of a land survey.

Water is available – check!  The land survey was done last Friday and we were very excited to discover what is included in OUR property.  (The pic at the top is of one of the corner survey markers.)  I should stop before I get carried away and spill beans I’m not supposed to be sharing.  Until the closing lady sings, the property is not ours.  But it’s really cool and we’re excited to describe it for everybody.  Check back for that later.

To put our property discovery into perspective, we made the offer –

  • 33 days after leaving CT
  • 21 days after arriving in Silver City
  • 8 days after the property was listed on the mls

We were supposed to close on it before Christmas but it looks like the date will get pushed back a little due to nebulous paperwork nonsense.

Other Preparations

Last week was a week of waiting…waiting for the survey…waiting to hear back from the town officials regarding water…waiting for the title company to complete the title search…

While twiddling our thumbs, we decided to get some estimates regarding the septic system, foundation installation and driveway excavation.  It’s important to meet with multiple people and listen to your gut when you feel good chemistry.  We felt that way when we met Bob Smith (not real name), who owns a septic company and does all his own excavation.

Bob was knowledgeable and confident.  He knew all the answers to our questions but wasn’t just saying yes to everything we wanted.  He appears to have experience with ledge and is fairly confident in which areas of our property we’ll have the best luck installing the septic system and digging the driveway.  He’s not worried about the slope or trees or neighbors.  All good there.

He’s going to be fun to work with…He’s a real cowboy too – he was wearing a cowboy hat and a large belt buckle (with his name on it) and was unabashedly spitting chewing tobacco.  He told us he can prioritize our work for the beginning of January. If all goes to plan, it looks like we’ll have the septic system in and foundation cured by the end of January and we’ll be framing by February.

In Other News

While we wait for the closing, we have been keeping busy with plenty of adventures.  Such as…

Discovering Montezuma Quail…we thought there were 4.  There turned out to be ~20 hiding in the grass.

Montezuma Quail in the Membres Valley

Montezuma Quail in the Mimbres Valley

Napping, watching movies and relaxing

Sydney after a long hike. Note the droopy eyes.

Sydney after a long hike. Note the droopy eyes.

Making slow carb/paleo ice cream…it’s AMAZING and oh so satisfying

Fred supervising the ice cream preparation

Fred supervising the ice cream preparation

Feeding the dogs in new and challenging places…Trooper usually eats on a ground-level, flat rock 🙂

Sydney eating dinner - she dropped a drumstick under the rock but managed to balance and reclaim it.

Sydney eating dinner – she dropped a drumstick under the rock but managed to balance and reclaim it.

Meal time for the dogs - can you see Sydney?

Meal time for the dogs – can you spot Sydney?

Discovering fun chew toys in the woods

Antler discovering on 'our' new property

Antler discovery on our new property

Capturing amazing cloud photos

Cloud shadows over Silver City

Cloud shadows over Silver City

Heavy clouds right after a snow 'storm'

Heavy clouds right after a snow ‘storm’

Blue sky with a few clouds for flavor

Blue sky with a few clouds for flavor…Yes, I’m wearing shorts in December.

Clouds during sunset

Clouds during sunset

Silver City Clouds

Silver City Clouds

Going on great hikes

Hike in the Gila Wilderness right after the snow

Hike in the Gila Wilderness right after the snow

Another hike in the Gila, probably a day or two after the snow 'storm'

Another hike in the Gila, probably a day or two after the snow ‘storm’

Playing in water on the Dragonfly Trail Loop

Playing in water on the Dragonfly Trail Loop

Seeing funny and strange things

What's wrong (or right) with this picture?

What’s wrong (or right) with this picture?

Fried pig fat doesn't qualify as food.  It was Brian's idea.

Fried pig fat doesn’t qualify as food. It was Brian’s idea.

And of course, eating amazing food

Dinner at Little Toad Creek - Beer beef stew and chicken green chili soup

Dinner at Little Toad Creek – Beer beef stew and chicken green chili soup.

Breakfast quiche from Diane's Bakery, Silver City.

Breakfast quiche from Diane’s Bakery, Silver City.

Bavarian Cream Eclairs - we ended up eating a cheese danish instead (on carb day of course) but this picture was more drool-worthy.

Bavarian Cream Eclairs – we ended up eating a cheese danish instead (on carb day of course) but this picture was more drool-worthy.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

We’ll be celebrating the holiday with my Aunt and family in Scottsdale, AZ.  My birthday is this Wednesday (the big 27!) so maybe we’ll do something fun mid-week as well.  Since things are likely to change little between now and Christmas, we’ll just say… Merry Christmas everybody!!

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