I am! Well, almost. I'm still actually holding my breath a bit but I have closing dates for both my house and the farm. I don't think you get those unless things are good, right?
So, this is my barn. It is relatively young as far as barns go - about 20 or so years. The man that originally built it and had the farm bred and raised Arabs. There are ten stalls and some attached storage areas, a tack room, etc. The fence needs some work throughout, although the woman selling it has three horses. I'll just have to get in there and have a look to determine exactly how much work. In the far right background you can see a field. That field is currently not fence (used to be but she has let it go) and I want to re-fence it. I like the idea of giving horses as much room as possible to graze and play and be horses...
And this is the house! Part of it is a refurbished log cabin (which is one of the things that I had to go round and round with the bank about) to the point where I was screaming it isn't like it has a dirt floor and an outhouse haven't ya'll ever watched Barnyard Builders???? Gah....anyway... It wasn't my choice to go out and look for a refurbished log cabin, it is simply that it was the house that was on the property that had the barn and the land....that is the thing about horse people. We always look at the barn first. Then we say, oh, yeah we should probably at least look at the house.
There are some "fixer-upper" aspects about the whole place - hence the waaayyyy reduced price that allowed me to pursue it. The fence, some of the barn, the house needs some rehab, the chicken coop I don't even think the current owner used so it will need almost completely redone... There is a ton of work in my future. And I'll be commuting almost an hour to work (also one of the reasons it was affordable for me. See, a "normal" person simply cannot afford land in the county in which I work). Commuting is sort of a way of life here though, for that reason AND because most WVians live in tiny little towns in the middle of nowhere and have to drive to bigger towns to work. When I was in high school I would drive 30 minutes to my after-school job three days a week for instance... It just is what it is...
So, in less than two weeks now a new chapter begins for me. It will be full of pitfalls and obstacles and challenges. There will be tears. And blood and sweat. There will be times when I want to give up. But, there will be, deep down, a soul that has been awakened and a fire that I have stoked for years alone and in the dark and it will finally be set free.