The Farm Report

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When we bought the farm in July, I hoped we’d be living there in time to enjoy the autumn colors. Close, but not quite. It looks like we’ll be moving in about three more weeks. We did, however, take a trip out there today. Look at how dramatically the trees have changed in the past several weeks:

It was perfect autumn weather when we visited today:  mostly sunny, right around 60 degrees.  Great day for a stroll around the property with a camera.

The picture below shows what it looks like directly across the road from us.  We’re pretty much surrounded by big hills covered with trees, and they’re stunning this time time of year.

The house is finally starting to look close to being finished as well.  The first series of pictures below shows the progress on the basement, which will be the girls’ playroom.

The previous owner was fond of aqua blue paint.  I’m not.  Almost every wall has been painted recently and new molding has gone in.  Refinishing the floors will be the final task before we move in.

A county inspector decided early on that we needed a new septic tank (not even the guy who replaced it agreed with that analysis), which meant tearing up the front yard.  I’m pleased to report that Mother Nature (with a little help from Chareva and the girls, who spread lots of grass seed around) has already begun turning the yard green again.

I’d originally planned to throw a birthday bash shortly after moving in to celebrate.  Since my birthday is in two weeks, that won’t happen.  But we’ll be in the house in time for Thanksgiving.  And I will have much to be thankful for.

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92 thoughts on “The Farm Report

  1. Cathy N

    Everything looks beautiful on your farm. The fall colors are breathtaking. Could you ask Chareva what color that green is and what company? I’m getting ready to paint, and that is just beautiful.

    I’ll ask her. She’s the official decorator.

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  2. Gary McRiddle

    I’d also like to express how incredibly envious I am of your new home. Compared to where I am, you live in Heaven.

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  3. Nickie

    What a lovely, peaceful looking place. My aunt and uncle have a small farm in TN and LOVE it. 2 goats, chickens, rabbits, well water, fruit trees, and a veggie garden. I wish I could live there sometimes.

    Summer in Texas was like liviing in hell this year. Just too stinking hot. The plants died despite spending a fortune on water for them. I am trying to convince the hubby that we need to live somewhere cooler.

    I have told most of my extended family to watch FatHead. Several have done so already.

    I appreciate the word-of-mouth marketing.

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  4. Jim

    Looks like you’ll get in just in time to plant your winter wheat! 🙂

    Never! I’m afraid the USDA would start sending me subsidy checks.

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  5. Kimji

    Awesome Fall colors and LOVE the renovation before & after pictures. Wishing you much future happiness as you anticipate life on the homestead.

    Thank you.

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  6. Milton

    “When we bought the farm in July”

    That is an interesting way to start the blog entry, LOL!

    Great to see the progress on the home. It’s always fun and exciting to see a new space take shape like that, and the view all around is such a treat! Best of luck as they work to finish it and you guys prepare to move in.

    Thank you.

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  7. deMuralist

    I heard on the radio yesterday that the fall colors in the Nashville area are supposed to be at their peak the first week of November, so you hit those pictures just about perfectly!

    That sounds about right. These colors really just hit this week.

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  8. Bridget

    Wow! The trees are beautiful, and the green walls look amazing. This makes me want to move to Tennessee more and more.

    Bolting the L.A. area for Franklin was the smartest move of my life.

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  9. Captain ChiliDog

    Didn’t Chareva have to convince you that this was the right place for you guys to buy? She sure knew what she was talking about, the place is beautiful.

    She did. The house was such a mess, I was ready to walk away. She saw the potential.

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  10. Cathy N

    Everything looks beautiful on your farm. The fall colors are breathtaking. Could you ask Chareva what color that green is and what company? I’m getting ready to paint, and that is just beautiful.

    I’ll ask her. She’s the official decorator.

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  11. Firebird

    15 minutes from Nashville? Please don’t buy one of those ugly mustard colored Nashville Predators jerseys! They may as well replace the Sabre toothed tiger (or whatever it is) logo on the front with the logo for French’s Mustard. 😉

    I’m not a hockey fan, so a Predators jersey isn’t a likely clothing option.

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  12. Nickie

    What a lovely, peaceful looking place. My aunt and uncle have a small farm in TN and LOVE it. 2 goats, chickens, rabbits, well water, fruit trees, and a veggie garden. I wish I could live there sometimes.

    Summer in Texas was like liviing in hell this year. Just too stinking hot. The plants died despite spending a fortune on water for them. I am trying to convince the hubby that we need to live somewhere cooler.

    I have told most of my extended family to watch FatHead. Several have done so already.

    I appreciate the word-of-mouth marketing.

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  13. Kimji

    Awesome Fall colors and LOVE the renovation before & after pictures. Wishing you much future happiness as you anticipate life on the homestead.

    Thank you.

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  14. Milton

    “When we bought the farm in July”

    That is an interesting way to start the blog entry, LOL!

    Great to see the progress on the home. It’s always fun and exciting to see a new space take shape like that, and the view all around is such a treat! Best of luck as they work to finish it and you guys prepare to move in.

    Thank you.

    Reply
  15. deMuralist

    I heard on the radio yesterday that the fall colors in the Nashville area are supposed to be at their peak the first week of November, so you hit those pictures just about perfectly!

    That sounds about right. These colors really just hit this week.

    Reply
  16. Bridget

    Wow! The trees are beautiful, and the green walls look amazing. This makes me want to move to Tennessee more and more.

    Bolting the L.A. area for Franklin was the smartest move of my life.

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  17. Firebird

    15 minutes from Nashville? Please don’t buy one of those ugly mustard colored Nashville Predators jerseys! They may as well replace the Sabre toothed tiger (or whatever it is) logo on the front with the logo for French’s Mustard. 😉

    I’m not a hockey fan, so a Predators jersey isn’t a likely clothing option.

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  18. kimberly

    I’m glad for you, but greener than your walls with envy.
    Stuck in SoCal where everything is just another shade of beige….

    I miss Autumn. We are fortunate to have a couple large elm trees in the front yard, so at least there are a few leaves to scuff through. Unfortunately, our neighborhood is dominated by over-manicured postage-stamp sized lawns with owners that do NOT approve of anything so unruly as Fall leaves intruding on their domain.

    Ugh. Enjoy your leaves for me!

    My memories of SoCal exactly. We used to drive to Pasadena to at least see a few colorful trees.

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  19. kimberly

    I’m glad for you, but greener than your walls with envy.
    Stuck in SoCal where everything is just another shade of beige….

    I miss Autumn. We are fortunate to have a couple large elm trees in the front yard, so at least there are a few leaves to scuff through. Unfortunately, our neighborhood is dominated by over-manicured postage-stamp sized lawns with owners that do NOT approve of anything so unruly as Fall leaves intruding on their domain.

    Ugh. Enjoy your leaves for me!

    My memories of SoCal exactly. We used to drive to Pasadena to at least see a few colorful trees.

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  20. mrfreddy

    I see an outdoor kitchen in your future… nice patio, some counters, something over your head for rainy days and too-hot sunny days, a sink, a fridge, outdoor heating, two or three big green egg grills, swimming pool and hot tub nearby… well, that’s what I would build if I lived there, heh heh…

    No swimming pool or hot tub, but a stone fire pit is definitely in the future plans.

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  21. brooke

    Beautiful place Tom. We’ve been house-hunting lately… Makes me want to reconsider an opportunity to live in a log cabin-like house in the middle of a 100 acre farm, come Jan! If it only came with a pool table and home theater like that house we saw the other day..

    Nice feng shui color btw…will attract much positive energy!

    If I could afford the 100 acres, I’d do it.

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  22. mrfreddy

    I see an outdoor kitchen in your future… nice patio, some counters, something over your head for rainy days and too-hot sunny days, a sink, a fridge, outdoor heating, two or three big green egg grills, swimming pool and hot tub nearby… well, that’s what I would build if I lived there, heh heh…

    No swimming pool or hot tub, but a stone fire pit is definitely in the future plans.

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  23. brooke

    Beautiful place Tom. We’ve been house-hunting lately… Makes me want to reconsider an opportunity to live in a log cabin-like house in the middle of a 100 acre farm, come Jan! If it only came with a pool table and home theater like that house we saw the other day..

    Nice feng shui color btw…will attract much positive energy!

    If I could afford the 100 acres, I’d do it.

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  24. Deborah M

    those autumn leaves are stunning – i wish i had an opportunity to see vistas like those at this time of year! the farm is looking wonderful. happy for you, and a tad envious!

    Thank you.

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  25. Deborah M

    those autumn leaves are stunning – i wish i had an opportunity to see vistas like those at this time of year! the farm is looking wonderful. happy for you, and a tad envious!

    Thank you.

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  26. Bruce

    Congratulations on the Farm Tom. I know you cant wait to move in. My Wife and I moved into our new house 7 months ago. We had several delays during construction and had to move in with my sister and her husband for 3 months before we moved in. It’s all good now. We don’t have to look at anything but trees and the fall colors are beautiful. The house is on a 4 ac lot 1 mile down a dirt road in so. MD. The nearest house to us is 1/5 mile away.

    “Delays during construction” seems to be the norm, but all’s well that ends well. Congratulations on your piece of heaven as well.

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  27. Galina L.

    I feel very exited when your place your farm updates. It is very beautiful. Did you found a lot of strange old objects in that old house? If you did it may be a curious display with an auction potential.

    It’s more like we found a lot of old junk in the house. The previous owner wasn’t interested in taking all her stuff.

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  28. Bruce

    Congratulations on the Farm Tom. I know you cant wait to move in. My Wife and I moved into our new house 7 months ago. We had several delays during construction and had to move in with my sister and her husband for 3 months before we moved in. It’s all good now. We don’t have to look at anything but trees and the fall colors are beautiful. The house is on a 4 ac lot 1 mile down a dirt road in so. MD. The nearest house to us is 1/5 mile away.

    “Delays during construction” seems to be the norm, but all’s well that ends well. Congratulations on your piece of heaven as well.

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  29. Galina L.

    I feel very exited when your place your farm updates. It is very beautiful. Did you found a lot of strange old objects in that old house? If you did it may be a curious display with an auction potential.

    It’s more like we found a lot of old junk in the house. The previous owner wasn’t interested in taking all her stuff.

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  30. ailu

    I know you are uber busy with the farm and all else you’ve got going, but if you get a chance, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the “Dutch Anti-Meat Researcher Found Guilty Of Creating Fake Study Data” posted by Jimmy:
    http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/dutch-anti-meat-researcher-found-guilty-of-creating-fake-study-data/12198

    Between this and Denise Minger’s expose of the China Study, where are these poor vegans to hide? LOL

    It’s on my to-do list.

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  31. Debbie C.

    Wow, it’s looking gorgeous! What a wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving. I love my new home in Florida but I sure do miss those wonderful autumn leaves (but I admit I DON’T miss things like the big snowstorm they had up at my old home last weekend!)

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  32. ailu

    I know you are uber busy with the farm and all else you’ve got going, but if you get a chance, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the “Dutch Anti-Meat Researcher Found Guilty Of Creating Fake Study Data” posted by Jimmy:
    http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/dutch-anti-meat-researcher-found-guilty-of-creating-fake-study-data/12198

    Between this and Denise Minger’s expose of the China Study, where are these poor vegans to hide? LOL

    It’s on my to-do list.

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  33. Debbie C.

    Wow, it’s looking gorgeous! What a wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving. I love my new home in Florida but I sure do miss those wonderful autumn leaves (but I admit I DON’T miss things like the big snowstorm they had up at my old home last weekend!)

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  34. Lynn

    Tom, I love the way the house is coming along. The grounds around it are beautiful.
    A good friend of mine , Jimmy, has four young children. He told me he cannot weigh himself because he weighs more than a scale will show. He was in our church youth group as a teenager. He watched fat head and now follows your blog. We discuss Paleo/low carb diets and recipes now. He told me a couple of weeks ago that he is down four pant sizes. Amazing! I am now down 34 pounds since Memorial Day. More than that, my 57 year old body has lost its knee pain and hip pain. My post nasel drip is gone. I threw out my blood pressure meds and allergy meds. I danced all evening at our sons wedding last weekend. I was also one of the very few sober people at the wedding. I woke up feeling fantastic. Our son served mostly Paleo food at his wedding. As I lose weight and feel so much better, my whole family is coming around. Thank you for sharing so much information here. I am Thankful for you this month…Lynn

    Those are great results, Lynn. Here’s to more of them.

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  35. Lynn

    Tom, I love the way the house is coming along. The grounds around it are beautiful.
    A good friend of mine , Jimmy, has four young children. He told me he cannot weigh himself because he weighs more than a scale will show. He was in our church youth group as a teenager. He watched fat head and now follows your blog. We discuss Paleo/low carb diets and recipes now. He told me a couple of weeks ago that he is down four pant sizes. Amazing! I am now down 34 pounds since Memorial Day. More than that, my 57 year old body has lost its knee pain and hip pain. My post nasel drip is gone. I threw out my blood pressure meds and allergy meds. I danced all evening at our sons wedding last weekend. I was also one of the very few sober people at the wedding. I woke up feeling fantastic. Our son served mostly Paleo food at his wedding. As I lose weight and feel so much better, my whole family is coming around. Thank you for sharing so much information here. I am Thankful for you this month…Lynn

    Those are great results, Lynn. Here’s to more of them.

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  36. Ellen

    Isn’t it amazing what a good color sense and coat of paint can do? Looks great, and Happy Birthday, a little early.. 🙂

    It’s come a loooong way since we first walked through the place. It was so dirty (and vaguely creepy, with all the burglar bars, security cameras and wires), I was ready to bolt.

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