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Thank you, FEM!
It went ok. Not as smooth as I would have liked, but it could have been worse. It took an hour to load him, which wasn't fun at all. When we got him off the trailer at the new place he was all sweaty and shaking. I felt bad for him, but he did really good once we got there. We put him in his stall for a bit so he could get to know his new girlfriend through the bars, and he behaved pretty good, so we turned them out. She was all about him, and was very frustrated that he was so indifferent. He finally did kick out at her after she annoyed him too much, and then she pouted by the gate not being able to figure out why he wasn't adoring her. It was pretty funny, and she was all in a huff. He did very well, even with the chicken coop being right next to the door to the pastures, he's never seen chickens up close, so that was an adventure, too.
I finally headed home, and I was exhausted. I didn't sleep great that night, but I think it was just from all the exertion and effort of the day. IH was a HUGE help, and that made a big difference for me having her extra set of hands around. I got several updates over the weekend from B, and he did very good, so I was pleased. She even moved him and his girlfriend to different fields because they were being snotty to each other for a bit, so that was a good thing, too.
The weekend was pretty laid back all things considered. We did as much outside work as we could on Saturday since the weather was still holding. We got some things picked up and I managed to get my truck vacuumed out. I planted some daffodil bulbs I thought I had killed, but they were attempting to sprout in pots, so I shoved them in the dirt, and hopefully they'll hold over until spring. The neighbor was getting rid of a bunch of stuff because he is moving (BOO!) and so we went over there to load up the truck with what he didn't want anymore. He gave us a LOT of stuff, some of which had come from the old man's tool collection here anyway, and the sisters had instructed him to give it back to us since it came from our house. So we collected all that stuff, and had to go back for a second load later. We got it all sorted and at least protected from the weather, so that was a good thing. He was also getting rid of a guitar and 2 bikes, so we bought those off of him for cheap, which was nice because they were things we had wanted to purchase. The bikes need a little TLC, but should work out pretty well. Now I just have to learn to ride it.
Sunday morning we worked on cleaning up the stuff that he gave us because so much of it was really gross from sitting in his basement for so long. I don't want it sitting around my basement for very long, so we worked on getting it organized and cleaned up. We should be able to rehome most of it pretty quickly, so that will keep it from sitting around cluttering up our space. There's more that we need to go back and get, including some brand new carpet. I think we'll be able to use that on the steps to redo the really old threadbare 1970's orange and brown crap that I really loathe. The BF has watched several youtube videos, so hopefully that's enough for him to figure out how to get it right. The current carpet doesn't even have padding under it, but that's the cheap part, so we should be able to get this done for a very minimal cost. There is a second piece that I think we can probably have bound off so that the cats don't tear it up, and then we'll be able to have a nice rug for the basement, too. Very grateful to EL for giving us so much stuff, even if I do have to regive half of it away.
Other than that, not much happening right now. Still waiting to hear back from SH again since I sent him the numbers that he asked for (which say I'm right). Now he'll have to eat his humble pie and say "you're right" which is the hardest thing to have to say. So we'll see what he comes back to me with, and how long it takes him to get back to me... I could REALLY use that money now to make sure I've got my December bills covered, which are clearly not covered at the moment. I'm still working in my business, so I'm still chugging along and so hopefully that will start turning into money soon, too.
 

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Dang, I guess I should update a bit more often....
Storm has settled in beautifully at the new farm. I am SO happy with how he is behaving. IH and I arrived to the farm last week, and I didn't realize it but BG had left them in overnight. We were late on top of everything, and so it was almost 10:30 when we got there. We opened the doors, and all 4 of them were just as calm as could be. And even while we were mixing up their breakfast, they still stayed chill. And after we made their breakfast, they were still chill. THAT makes me SO happy. BG runs the place very similar to the way I used to, she just leaves them in a lot more often, but also in an unpredictable pattern so that they never really know when they are going to be in or out, and are happy no matter what. I haven't had many more chances to work with him since it's gotten so gross, which stinks, but it is what it is. Lately I've been pretty busy so I haven't felt like I've had the time, anyway.

Christmas was pretty nice, all in all. Packages are finally arriving after being delayed, but that's just made the holiday last longer. The BF's parents gave $500 to each of the 3 couples to put towards the Hawaii wedding trip in the fall. AND they still bought presents. She spent way too much money, but she loves to have gifts to open, so she has to buy things, too. We were there for breakfast since W makes breakfast for the family on Christmas morning, and we decided that was too early for us to do our christmas, so we just left the house and headed down there. We didn't get home until the afternoon, and then finally opened our presents after my family zoom call. The BF went way overboard on me (he learned from his mother, of course), but everything he got me is really lovely. He bought me a new body pillow because my old one was wearing out. He also bought me a ring light and a mic to use for my online business stuff. That was a total surprise and a really overwhelming gift. I did NOT expect that at all. After we finished opening gifts, we went and messed around in the office and got it all hooked up. The room was messy, and that only added to the chaos, but we got it working, and I'm impressed with the quality.

Saturday morning we got up and headed over to Lowe's to get a new shower head. I bought a shower water filter (to try to help my poor damaged hair), and so we decided it wasn't worth putting the old nasty crappy shower head back up again. We bought the fancy new one that we knew we really wanted, and so the BF got it installed on Saturday. Of course our crappy water pressure doesn't make it work quite as well as I'd like, but it's way better than the old one, so that's a win.

Sunday the BF was going over to his dad's house again to help him and our neighbor get a new heat pump installed because theirs crapped out right before Christmas. He expected to be there for a few hours, and I was supposed to go over and help them load up firewood since we are really low and we never did come get the split wood after we worked over there a while ago. Long story short, he didn't get home until 7:30, and I stayed at home and enjoyed myself all day. I was able to get a bunch of cleaning up and decluttering done. I got the office totally organized so that it's functional again, which makes me feel SO much better. I was able to mostly figure out how to keep the mic and the ring light on the desk so that I have access to them, but can work on my desk when I want to. I also wrapped up the November financial tracking, which hadn't been done yet, either. I did some reading, ran a load of laundry, folded 2 loads of laundry, and in general got some things picked up. It was a really good day to just take care of loose ends, and that felt good.

This week should hopefully be sort of slow. TW goes out of town, I think tomorrow, so that will be a farm to take care of for a while. The only good news is that it's going to be a good chunk of change for me so that will help boost my business a little. I'll at least be able to pay most of the bills for January at least. December has not been pretty.

So that's the scoop from this corner of the world. We did get a bit of snow, but mostly a snowy/icy/wet mess out of the storm before Christmas. Then rain for Christmas, and now it looks like rain just about once a week for the next couple weeks. I'm not very happy about that... it would be different if it was just snow, but it's not. It's gross stuff. And more mud. Onward and upward from here.
 

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Hey - good to hear from you....finally, lol! Glad your holiday was so nice. Especially glad that Storm is doing so well in his new digs!
 

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