A New Winter Home, and a Need for Better Health

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! :-)

A picture of our new winter digs

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.


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    • Karen on December 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    Such a wonderful update. It reminds me of the scripture : “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. He has placed you on the perfect path.

    1. A precious promise. Thank you Karen. <3

    • Anonymous on December 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    I am happy for you. I hope it is even more than you could have hoped for. I send love and blessings for a lovely Christmas. Shalom Carleen

    1. You too, Carleen. I love you so.

    • Anonymous on December 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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    Pam it was so nice to see the change. Following the journey with the two of you has been special. I look forward to all that life holds for you !

    1. I wish I knew who this is! I need to change the settings to require a name. ;-)

  1. Cute home, Pam and Vinny! Congrats! And it looks like you got a root cellar in the deal – least ways, my parent’s first house had a basement like that and used it for a root cellar! So tell me – was it that Vinny got the truck stuck in the mud one too many times?!? Didn’t have room for his drum set? What was it really drove you from Eden for the winter? ;^)

    1. Ha! Do you think there was sub-zero weather in the original Eden? ;-) But as it stands… Eden is still there. And here. And everywhere. <3

    • Sandy Innis on December 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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    Best of luck to you and Vinny, seems like you have the best of both worlds!!!

    God bless.

    • Sandy Innis on December 15, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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    Sorry Pam, I sent you the above email from my other account.

    Best of luck to you and Vinny, seems like you have the best of both worlds!!!

    God bless.

      • Pamela on December 18, 2017 at 6:07 am
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      Definitely feels that way :) xoxo

  2. Pam and Vinny,

    We had such a great time visiting your new place last night, it’s is just beautiful. So impressed with how much you two did to it. Glad we get to keep great friends close by and you didn’t move too far away.
    Lots of laughs and yummy food.

      • Pamela on January 23, 2018 at 11:43 am
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      We definitely could argue that WE were the blessed ones that night. You both are awesome friends, and growingly so. xoxo

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