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Friday, April 5, 2013

New Homestead Update

Our new homestead rests comfy and cozy amidst the several feet of snow that fell this winter.

When the snow goes, an additional eight panels will be installed and we'll be ready to roll!

The slow real estate market of 2012 and the uniqueness of our Watertown home and parcel, did not produce a sale. And so, we wait. Sadly, we were unable to spend much time at our Irish Creek Homestead this winter, only stopping by for a quick visit to shuffle snow around and dream of the day.

We are encouraged at how the Spring market has produced several viewers of our Watertown property. It really is only a matter of time and we continue to get one day closer to a sale. How could anyone pass on the lake view? Sure, the house is a bit small, but it's updated and there is potential to add on. Again, how can anyone pass on the lake view? When I first spotted this property with its peaceful and wildlife-filled view in 2000, I just had to have it. The house itself was a bonus. Since then, the home has been renovated, perimeter and backyard fences added, kennels for the sled dogs have been installed (which can stay or go, by the way), and not the mention the apple orchard was planted! How could someone pass on a part time money-making opportunity that is, literally, right in your back yard? We've not had the luxury of time to run the orchard but can report that we donated over $12,000 in apples last year to MN Food Shelves. That's a pretty nice seasonal, part time job income!

I'm happy to report that the lack of a sale on the Watertown house will not hold us back from moving forward. Plans are in the works to install the dog kennels in early June and move my office and the beeswax candle workshop by the beginning of July. We plan to have a "Kennel Raising" party the weekend of June 14th and 15th. An official blog post invitation will come as the time grows near.

Notice I didn't mention anything about a kitchen or bathroom. Those are but second on the priority list and will come when the house sells. Glorified camping is what we call it. As long as we are there with the dogs, have heat in the winter and can run our businesses and make beeswax candles, we're happy. The luxury of a kitchen and bathroom will come. A propane camp stove and a bucket with a toilet seat lid will do.

So everyone, please help us sell this house by passing the information along, crossing fingers and toes, sending positive energy and thoughts, doing lots of praying and/or whatever you think might help. There's a dog mushing adventure and some beeswax candles in it for anyone who sends that buyer our way!

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