My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

Neighbors, Teeth, Book, and more

Big thanks to Stephanie for her e-mail - we loved your answers! We especially felt blown away by your answer about the power, and the last question about what else would you like us to know.

Keep them coming! Here's the link: http://vikkisverandah.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-research-calling-all-teens.html - be sure to forward it to your teen friends!

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Once again the elephants in the apartment above are stomping around. Ok, they aren't really elephants, but for 2 small girls, a mid-sized mom and a very small-of-stature dad.... they stomp, scream and generally make enough noise to fool just about anyone.

It had been quiet since early January. We'd heard someone up there daily but the noise was tolerable. Around 6 p.m. last night, the herd came home and didn't stop stomping and screaming and throwing things until well after 10 p.m. And they were up by 5 this morning because THEY woke me up before Hubby's alarm did.

Soooo glad we're leaving here.

We close on our homestead in a week. For some reason, the closing will take place in one of the busiest places in Denver, DTC, so 3 hours before we will be in the house, doing our walk-through. I assume our agent will be there. And if the owners are there, that will not stop us from taking pictures of everything. It looked like, during our inspection, that they had already started taking down wall-paper. I sure hope they stopped that. We'll also be taking pictures of the workshop and grounds. If we find anything glaringly different at that moment that was different from our inspection will be brought up immediately to our agent. After the closing, we'll compare all of the pictures to the inspection pictures. And again, when we take possession 3 days later at noon, we'll be taking another round of pictures to compare to the other sets. This may sound like paranoia but since these sellers have already shown a bit of destruction and have proven that they don't want to leave and are quite angry, we will be very cautious.

I'm arranging the move today. We'll be doing it in two stages: the storage units and garage first, then several days later (giving us time to pack), the apartment innerds, angora bunny, and coturnix quail. Then a few days later, we'll be back to clean and do the walk-through with apartment complex. Before any walk-through, we buy that day's newspaper, and the kid holds it up in every picture that I take in the apartment, with open cabinets and closets, to verify that we leave all things in clean and liveable condition.

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We got a couple of inches of snow last night, and are expecting a few more tomorrow. The mountains usually (well, almost all) get more. We visit our little goaties (one - the other hasn't been born yet!) tomorrow. I'll be sure to take pictures of them, romping in the snow! Or trying to. One is getting ready to kid about 4 babies this time, so she doesn't romp right now.

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My mouth still hurts. Trying to figure out how to handle the 4 different dentist and their 4 different opinions as to what’s wrong. So when I got in the mood yesterday for roasted red pepper dip, I threw some on a piece of bread instead of chips. Not the same thing, but satisfied that taste in my mouth.

Hubby trying to convince me to get all the dentists on a conference call so he can give them a what-for and have them figure something else. I refused. **I** have to bear the brunt of their wrath in my mouth. He did come up with the suggestion that I call our dental insurance and have them help me sort it all out.

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Our internet was down most of today.... so this blog posting, although I started it at 9 something (a.m.), it's not actually posted until 1:14 p.m. So... didn't get done nearly enough today. I hope we have better connections out in the boonies. Can we say "satellite"?!?!

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