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May finally rolled around. The weather was warm. During this time, my seeds are nearly outgrowing their pots. I like being outdoors with them.

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That is mostly because the inside of my rental house looks like this. Work had not come quickly. There was a great deal of interest, just nothing moving on our timetable. The last two months have been a mix of hopeful expectation and nerve-wracking uncertainty.  We had to come up with a plan B. We had no idea where we were going to, we just knew we couldn’t stay there.

So we made a deal with my parents who lived about an hour away, in a small town on the other side of the metro. We would stay with them temporarily. They travel most of the year, and needed someone to watch over their house and 1-1/2 acre property. They were paying for it to be looked after, but my husband I and I could stay there and do the caretaking for them, pay the utilities. It saves them money and peace of mind, and we get a place to stay until we get the job situation sorted. They didn’t even mind the idea of chickens.

So, the first week of May, all our stuff moved to storage. My husband, a big dog and a small cat, a few boxes of stuff we couldn’t live without,  a collection of plants and myself moved out to the country.

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The girls arrived as expected. Aren’t they adorable? Hatched May 11th, 2015.  Their names are Jewel, Doodle and Cookie. Three of the cutest little fertilizer factories I have ever seen. We took them home to meet the family in our new/temporary place.

Then it started to rain. It didn’t stop raining for more than a day for nearly 3 months.

My husband started back to work in June  We were not able to escape orbit. However, we were glad to see our accounts moving in a more upward direction  We are still in our temporary place. We are hopeful to buy our farm as soon as we can get our savings back together.

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We  have had a busy summer. The chickens and plants grew in spite of the rain. The rain dramatically ending with Tropical storm Bill. Bill gave way to an oppressive heat for July and August. As if to dry us out. OH, AND mosquitoes.  Lots and lots of mosquitoes.
The big dog enjoys the big backyard, and small cat plots against his family in secret for moving him to a new place. It is always a surprise to find out what you can and cannot live without when you pare all your personal belonging down to what will fit in our space.

…concluded in Part 5: Bloom anyway

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