Monday, September 15, 2014
ELMER ANSWERS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS
Before we built our house, we had to get all sorts of building permits. We had to get our plans approved. While it was being built and after it was built, before we could move in, the house was inspected. So was the barn inspected. We had to have permits for building the barn and it inspected again when it was done before we could move the cows and horses in.
It was fast getting the house built. Amish, Old Order Mennonites, and Englishers help built the house. They got the house up and the floors in one day. It took longer to get the plumbing in, the insulation in, and the walls in. The room that took the longest was the kitchen - cabinets, cupboards in, stove and refrigerator in, vents for the wood burning stove in plus more.
Yes, on our living room we have the pocket door that slides into the wall. It gives us a lot more room during church time or if we have our big family over.
We have a porch across the front of the house and the back of the house. The back porch is screened in where the front porch is all open.
Yes, we have cows, but not as many as we use to. We had close to 300 cows, but one of the reasons Anna and I build this house was to get a smaller farm. John is just starting farming and would have to buy his starting out cows. So as his early wedding present, Anna and I gave him 100 of our cows. We left 100 cows with our daughter and son-in-law that bought our old house and farm. We gave some of our cows to Eli's son that is John's best friend - we called it our wedding present to him and his future wife. Usually, I slaughter them myself, but with the new house, new barn and all, I didn't have time - so I asked David, Jean's husband, to slaughter two and put the meat in the storage area we have in their barn. Last, but not least, we gave a couple to a new young Amish family that just moved here . That left us with 50 cows. Anna and I are happy with amount we have left.
In addition to the cows, we have six horses. Four of our horses, will pull the plow and two of them are buggy pulling horses. They don't both pull the buggy at the same time. The buggy pulling horses also pull the wagon we haul corn, or straw or whatever on.
In addition, we have some chickens. We also have some pigs. In about a month or so, our number will go down as we will slaughter some pigs and chickens to put in our storage area in David and Jean's barn. We want to stock up for the winter.
How much property will Anna and I own when everything gets settled? We don't really know. Today, we got a call that made us very happy. Anna's sister Hannah called to tell us they sold the store they owned in Pennsylvania to another Amish couple. They have some other people interested in their farm, if they can hit a mutual price. So they want the construction on their house and barn to begin. They will be coming and staying with Anna and Hannah's parents. We offered them to come to our house seeing their house and barn was being built next door, but they chose Anna and Hannah's parents, so we didn't argue. When we bought the property,that we thought we owned, we bought the area for three small farms as they are all side by side. Our farm is in the middle. Farms can be started on either side of us. Hannah and her husband decided they want to build on the other side from what they originally said they wanted - which means they are moving from one side of us to the other. That's fine with us.
Our farm is 100 acres plus the front yard and barn area. Hannah's and her husband's land will be the same size. Anna and I are going to hold the third area to probably farm along with the 100 farming area our house sits in front of. I am fussy about who buys the third place to have a small farm. I am not concerned if they are Amish, Old Order Mennonite or Englisher, but I want someone who gets along with our way of life and personally. I don't want to sell it to someone that would cause problems. So Anna and I are going to hang on to it for a while. I did tell David, Jean's husband, it would be a nice place for them to build Jean's one floor house when all the children grow out of the house, but that is a way off. Anna and I know they would be great neighbors.
Well, I guess I answered some of your questions. Please ask them as Anna and I don't know what to write about if we don't have some ideas.
Trust God's Wisdom,