We were eager to get outside and start working the farm. But fate has her way of demanding we march to her rhythm rather than to the one we choose. One of our projects slated for the Spring was a remodel of the front porch of the old farmhouse. We have used the front porch for four years as a temporary greenhouse during the winter months. This has been fine, but has required a lot of maintenance, as we've had to wrap the porch in plastic sheeting, inside and out, to hold in the warmth. We decided to frame out and install sliding patio doors on all exterior walls of the porch. This would allow us to have the doors open, with screens during the warm weather, and would allow us to close the porch up tight during the cold weather.
We secured bids, we awarded the bid, and then before the work could begin, Joe's mother passed away. She would have been 88 in August. We were happy that she and Joe's sister had been able to make a trip out here in 2012 to visit us here in Virginia while we were in the process of rehabbing the old farmhouse. RIP Olga. We will miss your spunk and love of life!
|Out to Dinner Their First Night in VA|
|Joe and his Sis Doing a Little Sightseeing|
|Ma and Sis, BBQ by the Pool|
|After Remodel, but Before Painting|
In June, while Joe was in California, a friend of ours, who we met on the eBay blogs in 2008, passed away from cancer. She was only 47 and left behind her handsome, pre-teen son. Sometimes life seems to defy logic. Rest in Peace BunnyHoppinPhooPhoo (Tamara). We will miss you, your wit, your art and your kindness.
|Eggs in Nest|
|Snake Retreating After Eating All the Eggs|
|Joe, Displaying One of the Snakes|
|Pearl is a Sweet Girl|
|Whitely, Enjoying a Snack of Hay|
|Blue and Ruby... Fresh From a Mole Hunt|
|Miah Snoozing in the Rabbit Barn|