We are now the proud owners of a little house in the Ozarks! Everything went off without a hitch yesterday. We were able to make it to the Insurance place and back to the Title Company with time to spare.
The property is officially OURS. I’m in love with the town of Jasper. I kept seeing things I wanted to take pictures of…not just through the windshield, but really take good pictures with my good camera. I guess I’ll have to do it later. It is a really quaint town. This was just outside of the Title Company:
We stopped by the grocery store (for TP and grocery bags) on the way out and then headed straight to the property. (We got a portable camping toilet for out there until we can get the plumbing fixed).
Here are some pictures on the way to our place.
We changed clothes in the house and got to work immediately. I started cleaning out the junk from the house and the porch, and Bud started clearing weeds by the Hen House, whacking weeds and cutting down little trees that had grown up around it.
After all that work, and once he was able to see inside, he decided that it was too rotten and too dangerous to fix it up for the hens, so we went to plan B. We decided to convert a little storage shed into a hen house. Here is what the original house looked like once he finished all of that hard work:
This is the only picture I got of the ‘new’ hen house that we decided to convertI have to add here that the seller must have mowed the lawn shortly before we arrived. I don’t know what the place would have looked like if he hadn’t. I also have to add that the place looked MUCH friendlier in the daylight. LOL.
This little building needed a lot of work, and we worked until we couldn’t see anymore. We had to put heavy duty wire on the open places and wire covering the floor to prevent burrowing critters from being able to get into the hen house. I’ll get better pictures next time.
Here are some pictures of the pond across the street…still pretty scary, in my opinion.
I got the front porch cleared and swept, and made us a Holiday Chicken Salad Sandwich for lunch. As we sat there, we listened to all of the nature sounds…the birds chirping, the insects buzzing amongst the backdrop of the peace and quiet of the deep, dark Ozarks… and I said to Bud, “I LOVE this place!”
There were so many bugs and insects! They were bugs and insects we don’t normally see in the city anymore…butterflies, dragonflies of all colors, carpenter bees, stinging flies, bumblebees, etc. There were also lots of birds we don’t have in the city, as well as LOTS of butterflies of all colors and sizes. One of them landed on my sock and stayed there for long time. Later it moved to the ice chest, flapping it’s wings in and out.
I’m kind of sad to report that it was VERY hot there yesterday, in fact, it was almost as hot and humid as Houston! Bud’s clothes were entirely wet by the time we left, and I was sweating, too. To be fair, it was their hottest day of the summer, with a temperature of 97 and the heat index into the 100’s. The good thing is that they have four seasons there, and their summers are shorter. Also, they get the jet stream winds from time to time, and also, a summer cool front will dip down into that area, where those never make it to Houston in the summer.
Here is the pile of junk that we cleared from the house, the porch, the old hen house, and the new hen house that we converted.
We didn’t get back to the hotel until around 9:30, and we are bushed and sore! We decided to sleep until we could not sleep anymore, and we got up around 8:00 a.m. We’ve decided to forgo the Elk Festival. I’m sure there will be plenty of Elk Festivals in our future. We have a long drive home ahead of us.