Until it was a done deal, I didn’t want to share this news, but we recently purchased a new house and today we officially own it! It is a small, 2 bed/1 bath 900 square foot house in the town of Penn Yan – within walking distance to stores, etc. – but just 20 minutes from our land so we can drive back and forth easily.
Yes, this tiny house couple has a little more elbow room! :-)
The decision to find a second place came suddenly and was one of those, “you-know-that-you-know” ones. My Mom’s recent death made me realize that if anything happened to Vinny, I would not be able to – nor would I want to – be out here in the country alone. A working community on the land would be great, but as it stands this hasn’t happened yet – nor is it something that can be forced.
There were other factors too. Winters are difficult in our poorly insulated park model cabin, and our health is struggling. The fact is, being a homesteader, or trying to, doesn’t guarantee that bad habits are instantly overcome. Good health is something that has to put as a priority within one’s lifestyle, while utilizing something that works for you as an individual. For me? I love long walks on safe, small-town streets, with a laptop in my backpack and a coffee shop as a destination. :-) And tennis too, which I used to play a lot. Vinny likes elliptical trainers, and oh okay…he can hit a ball around pretty well, too. ;-)
All of these things can be done in this new house, and in this small town. There are even two tennis courts within walking distance!
The decision to get a second property was not without a financial concern, however, as it meant having to have some income sooner than planned. The interesting thing is that after moving forward and embracing the risk – the idea to promote “Our Little Eden” on Air B&B presented itself. We have a few unique and furnished places that can be rented out, and the location is just 15 minutes from Watkins Glen and it’s famous international race track. The amenities are pretty appealing too, such as fishing and kayaking on the pond, wild and annual garden food, etc. All of which we want to continue to use and enjoy ourselves during the good-weather season, and with friends who visit – but the possibility of having some residual income from the property also, is going to be a blessing.
That’s about it for an update!
Blessings to all of our friends and family this holiday season. Each of you are important, precious, and so very loved.
~ Pamela & Vinny Oliveira/Tree
P.S. The following quote is one that came at the right time ~ perhaps it will be for you too.