Chapter 1 of my life as The Goat Cheese Lady has closed…with a happy, incredible ending. Chapter 2 is now set to begin.
Here are the details:
As you know, we announced we were moving in August, but we officially put our house and farm on the market – for sale by owner – in October. On a Saturday in early October, the day we had made plans to attend the Lewis Palmer High School football game to support the most incredible football coach this side of the Mississippi – my cousin Dave Jones – The Animal Whisperer announced that he was not going to go….”I have a HOUSE to sell!” Four hours later, within a three mile radius of our house, there were five, strategically placed sunshine yellow corrugated plastic signs shouting “For Sale, farm, 1.6 acres, greenhouse, orchard, barn, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom” with white vinyl stick on letters accented with red marker, super thick black sharpie and copious amounts of duct tape. Even our cars got adorned with the marketing, and still have duct tape adhesive on the windows to prove it.
Although after approximately 1.5 hours and no sale, I admittedly lost faith in the whole For Sale By Owner approach, The Animal Whisperer maintained confidence and strength, not giving in to my plea to list the house with a realtor. Every day, we cleaned out and Craigslisted and Goodwilled and recycled and gifted the majority of our belongings, both inside and out. We received calls and had first showings and second showings and lookie-loos and tire kickers, but he was right.
Two weeks after putting the signs out, the house was under contract with a spectacular couple who, for some miraculous reason, decided to return for a second showing despite the fact that a gigantic rat jumped out of the greenhouse compost pile on their first showing. Seriously. A rat.
On Monday, our Zippy Shell pulled away with our remaining belongings and, yesterday, we sold it to them. Everything: The house, the farm, the original 1960’s rose patterned basement carpet, the orchard, the fruit tree share program, the garden and the greenhouse – minus the rat. At a future time, I’ll let you know how the rat met its demise, but suffice it to say, it is no longer in residence in the greenhouse.
Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
Are you selling the goats? No. We did sell one doe and two bucks. We still have five does.
What will happen to the goats? They will continue to live with the new owners until we move to our new farm have a space ready for them.
Will you still teach classes? I’m not sure yet. I hope so. I think so. But I can’t be sure until we move and get a feel for the new set up.
What will happen to the fruit trees? The new owners are taking over the fruit tree share program! The people who bought trees through the share program will get fruit from their trees as planned when they eventually bear fruit!
What will happen to the dogs? Montana, our livestock guardian dog, will stay with the goats. Flash, our Australian Shepard, will stay at a loving foster home until we move.
What will happen to the chickens? We donated them to our friend Monycka. She teaches the neighborhood kids how to process chickens and lets them take the food home to feed their families. She’s awesome.
What will happen to the rabbits? The meat rabbits went to Monycka’s too. The two pet rabbits are in loving foster homes until we can move them to our new farm.
What about all the work you did there? Aren’t you sad to leave it? No. We are thrilled actually. Yes, we did do a lot of work there. Yes, we did become The Goat Cheese Lady and The Animal Whisperer there. Yes, our kids spent 5 1/2 years of their young lives there. But, we are ready to move on to a bigger farm and less debt. We created amazing things there, and we will create amazing things again. The land is better for us living there and we are better for living there. Although, when you sell a house, you can’t decide what the future owner will do with the land, or if they’ll even care about it, we are thankful the farm’s new owners love what we love. They will continue, in their own way, what we started.
Are you sad to leave Pleasant Valley? No. We have made friends and our kids have made friends in our neighborhood (Pleasant Valley – for me, the name conjures up visions of a Stepfordy wife type of situation or conveys the real truth – that it actually is a Pleasant place in a quiet Valley against the Garden of the Gods) and they will always be our friends, no matter where we go.
Are your kids changing schools? Yes. They’ll go to school in the town where we move.
WHERE ARE YOU MOVING? Shhh! Not telling yet! That’s announcement’s coming soon to a website near you.
Finally, THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! You have supported us faithfully through this first chapter of our lives as Mrs. and Mr. Goat Cheese Lady and for that, we are grateful. We look forward to you being part of our lives as we continue the next chapter. We’ll let you know what’s next!!
- The Soon-To-Be-Chapter-2 Goat Cheese Lady