SOLD.

Chapter 1 of my life as The Goat Cheese Lady has closed…with a happy, incredible ending.  Chapter 2 is now set to begin.

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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

 

 

 

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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4 Responses to SOLD.

  1. Becky says:

    Wow Lindsey and Herberth! Congratulations on the fast sale. I knew it would go fast… not too many within-the-city sites like Lonesome. One note… the rat could easily be the native species Wood Rat that lives in drainages all over the mountain states I hope you were kind to it. We live-trap and release them. We value them as they are the bottom of the food chain upon which all stands… And aren’t they beautiful? We live in a drainage in Manitou and have caught 3 in the past 11 years. But they are here and they are really amazing creatures… (like all life.) Many blessings!

  2. Marsha Lee says:

    Lindsey, Herberth, Diego and Andre,
    It is all so exciting and kind of mind boggling! I am thrilled for you guys. And, as with many times in the past, you continue to amaze me with your commitment to creating the life you choose! I hope that I will get to be a part of this phase 2. (Penrose is closer than driving to Denver.) I’m eager to see the place…as I’ve told you I think Penrose has a very nice feel) Keep me posted on your process and let me know if I can help in any way.
    Good luck and love to you all,
    Aunt Marsha

  3. Linda & Bill Stepanek:-) says:

    Very very happy for you all, many congrats & well done!!!
    Linda & Bill

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