Sunny day

We got back from a week in Colorado where the ski resort had nearly 500 inches of snow.  We sometimes dream of retiring there, but when we hear the locals say they are sick of the snow, then we rethink it and decide that Texas and the lovely weather will keep us here, with an occasional visit to Colorado to satisfy that desire. 

I am sure everyone goes through the same dilemma, of maybe going to live somewhere new when they have the time and money.  We moved to this one hundred acre ranch in the country just 30 minutes from where we were in the city, three years ago.  We have lots of goals for this place and so I think it will keep us busy and interested throughout retirement.  We have six alpacas  and two guard llamas right now to enjoy, plus our lab mix dog, April; my husband the architect now has his woodworking shop with dreams of starting up a side business of building and selling custom furniture for others (he has successfully made furniture for family members over the years); and I would like to expand the ranch with other critters, especially looking into the rare breeds and heritage breeds.  Chickens, ducks, fainting goats, Navajo Churro sheep,  could all live here. We have the acreage, more than we had ever anticipated having; we just need to invest time and money in putting the right accommodations in place and be sure we have the time to manage everything and do it well. 

I am currently researching the best type(s) of chickens that will lay eggs for us and be easy to manage in our North Texas environment.  We have the interesting animals that visit us here: coyotes, red tailed hawks, rat snakes, various beautiful butterflies, hummingbirds, and diverse birds (swallows, owls, dickcissels, meadowlarks, etc.), rabbits and of course the field mice.  They are all interesting to watch and also understand their habits.

So we will stay where we are and enjoy this place; we can always dream, but reality is that I think we have actually found our ideal retirement home.

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