Arroyo Ranch Update

 It has been a while since I updated you on what is happening at Arroyo Ranch. We haven't started any projects, but my husband has brought up lots of materials, tools and furniture since my last post. I was hoping to add to my YouTube channel with up dated information, but since we have not officially started, I felt there was nothing to report.

The weather has been the biggest factor on why we have not started on updating the homestead. It has either been very hot, cold or lots of rain. He is hoping to get up there soon, maybe next week, to begin working on our house. We want our house to be ready first so we can move up there and work on what we need to make it a self-sustaining homestead. We realize that the back and forth is not working and we need to be physically up there to get it done. 

What needs to happen for us to move there? We need water and solar electricity in place. That is going to happen soon. We need to finish the main bathroom and add a half bath in the main house next to our bedroom. We will put in composting toilets in each bathroom to save water and use the compose for our plants. We need to run wires throughout for our plugs and ceiling fans. We will be adding a back door for more light and to be closer to the main bathroom. Then comes heating and cooling units, insulation, paneling, flooring and trim. We want to add screens on both doors for cross breeze when the weather is just right. Of course, we want Wi-Fi to have all the comforts of home.

Once we are there, we can add decking around the house, guesthouse and bathroom. We want a shipping container for storage and a small art studio for me. We will add a rainwater catchment system to the houses and eventually to our garden. The one thing we also must have in place before moving there is a perimeter fence for our dogs and to keep predators out. We will add electrical wires to the fence as a deterrent.

Even though we have been met with negativity by some because of our ages, 66 and 65, we don't think that is a factor to squash our dreams. We will sell our house in Mesa and bank the money to improve the ranch. We will live there as long as we can, until it is physically impossible. If we keep busy and take care of ourselves, there is no reason we can't put in a decade or more at the ranch. This is our dream and the future for our children and grandchildren. We are ready for this next adventure.


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