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Got poop? You Should! – Talk of rabbit poop and garden fertilizing.

Anyone who gets the rundown of our menagerie of pets on the half acre homestead usually assumes the two bunnies we have (Maybelle & Boner) are strictly for “warm and fuzzes” because they don’t appear to be the most useful animals on a homestead right?

Wrong!

Yes, we do have them as pets and they came with us here from Arizona (road trip/ move madness can be read here) so they were part of the family before the big homesteading undertaking happen but they aren’t useless, despite appearances.

“So how can bunnies be useful? You aren’t breeding and eating them are you?”

Nope, we aren’t skinning and eating the bunnies or breeding them but they work alongside our composter to improve the soil quality (which is much needed here in Evansville, IN). Actually, the rabbits metabolize and process kitchen scraps much more quickly than the compost bin and in return we get an abundance of their marble-like poop.

On first thought, yes it is strange but it is also oh-so-benificial if you can get past the poop part. Plus, rabbit poop is not stinky or all that messy (the pee is the gross part, LOL).

In our yard we scoop the rabbit poop and sprinkle it in the garden beds weekly. Even Everly takes part in this happily and it really isn’t that gross considering their poop is ONLY plant matter.

“But won’t the poop “burn” the plants?”

Not unless it is urine soaked and that is unlikely. Rabbits are typically pretty good about pooping/ peeing in only certain areas of their enclosure. Ours only poop in one section of their outdoor run, which happens to be a corner, so it all kind of spills out of the fencing and we can scoop it up easily.

They don’t pee where they poop. Actually, they spray their pee out of the sides of the enclosure so the poop isn’t pee covered at all. The spraying pee was the #1 reason we moved them to an outdoor permanent hutch actually.

The simple shoveling and sprinkling of rabbit poop around our garden beds results in the happiest plants EVER. Our juicy, fat strawberries are all the proof we need. And it seems all our other plants are following the trend as their fruits set and grow. See the strawberries and raspberries? Mmmm.

Got poop? You Should!

If you buy fertilizer for your yard and garden get you some bunnies and chickens. Seriously!

Not only are the bunnies cute and super entertaining (see this bunny humping my leg video) but they keep food scraps out of your trash and they give back to the yard. Also, bunny poop as fertilizer saves money and is a great organic way to feed the plants without buying chemical fertilizers.

Need more rabbit poop convincing? Read this great article about the topic: Rabbit Manure in the Garden 

 

Experiences raising our maturing Aracauna hens

This is a backdated journal post that I’m publishing for all those considering raising chickens. If you’re wondering about raising chickens alongside a kitchen garden, in your backyard then you’ll probably gain insight from our experiences below.

From Chicks to The First Eggs…

Journal Entry Oct 2011:
Our hens have now supplied us with just over a dozen of our own homegrown eggs.

We still are not in a groove with our Aracauna hens and their egg laying though. Bernice, the hen that can fly over the chicken fencing to destroy our vegetable garden (despite having her wings clipped) is our best laying hen so far. She lays a blue & green egg for us about every other day when she’s got access to the hen house.

Bernice, the largest of all the hens is likely not an Aracauna hen based on her size, shape and the fact that she lays brown eggs. She’s not laying consistently yet but has given us several brown eggs since we’ve returned home. Our last hen, called Blue-Red (as nicknamed by Everly) might have possibly laid a semi-shellless egg this weekend.

Nathan said Bernice took a squat at his feet the other days and laid an egg as he released them from the coop one morning. Bertha also laid an egg while sitting on the perch in their house one night. Of course, being that the perch is about a foot off the floor of the coop the egg broke. Nathan said it was an almost shellless egg again.

I’ve been told it is common for the first eggs to be without shell or with a very thin, crushable shell when hens first start laying. Typically hens will begin laying at about 7 months of age but I figured with the cooler temperatures of fall and the decrease in daylight hours we wouldn’t see any eggs until spring.

The hens sure surprised us with their first laid eggs while we were off having Adalyn in Tennessee. The garden was seriously thrashed when we returned.

Upon arriving back at home we limited their access to the hen house during the day when they were free ranging, to protect our remaining garden plants that Bernice was destroying. Unfortunately, with the hen house blocked off during the day their laying stopped.

Who knew hens could refuse to lay if they didn’t feel like it? We sure didn’t.

As a result, we had to revisit the idea of having the hen house in the garden area. We moved the hen house outside the garden space and in to the yard area so they can have free run of the yard and also easy access to the hen house without having to enter the garden.

Our garden destroying issue seems to be solved now, the hens aren’t trying to go in there at all now (despite the fact that Bernice can still fly the 4+ feet over the fence with her wings clipped).

I am told the key to keeping your chickens from destroying your garden is managing boredom. A board chicken much like a bored toddler will play with and destroy everything in sight.

  • Placed mirrors in the garden, mirrors are said to keep the chickens entertained.
  • Only allow your chickens around mature plants. Freshly disturbed dirt or tiny sprouts are irresistible to them.
  • Keep them well fed so they aren’t zeroing in on your plants out of starvation.
  •  Think of chicken friendly functionality. One gardener shares how he allowed his chickens access to his compost piles which kept them well fed, entertained and it also kept the compost well turned.

The new hen house location allowed us to hook up the heat lamp for them this week too. Now we have warm hens that are laying again. Their schedule is a bit wonky with the addition of the heat lamp but we will find I groove I am sure.

Do you have advice to share regarding keeping chickens in your back yard/garden? Share them below in the comments.

 

Homestead dreams of harmony and such…

Our hens got their first taste of outdoor spring fun today. They are just a few weeks away from being old enough for outdoor life and today was their first glimpse of the outdoors. Boy were they unsure in the beginning but they eventually took to chasing bugs and having fun in the yard.

There were rabbits, chickens a cat and Miss Everly all roaming the backyard together today. Everly was naked too. She unsnapped her diaper during nap time and remained naked the rest of the afternoon. I kept Dixie in her kennel while the hens roamed the yard since Nathan wasn’t yet home to help me keep and eye on her.

Dixie has some “bird dog” tendencies and we’ve known she would be overcome with the urge to try getting the chickens. We’ve divised a system so the chickens can forage the garden pathways, be separate from the dog and also be kept from destroying the garden. Unfortunately, that system isn’t already in place, it just exists in the mind for now…

The chickens will help with garden pest control, their poop will add nutrients to the compost and in turn to our garden soil and they will lay eggs for us to eat so they are well worth the trouble, once we get our system up and working.

Eventually, the hens, rabbits, dog and yard cat would need to all meet and possibly learn to co-exist. Today was the day to try for it, once Nathan was home to assist. It is a good thing I waited for him too!

Dixie was good for about 30 seconds before lunging for and catching one of the girls in her mouth. Nathan was quick to grab her and I got the chicken, who was only startled and luckily unharmed. Everly yelled “oh no!” and began crying and the rabbits just hopped around the yard ignoring us all.

Dixie and the hens will always have to be kept separate. Doesn’t seem like she’s shaping up to be a very good farm dog after all. It is sort of surprising since she doesn’t harm the cat or the rabbits but natural instincts are unbreakable and we suspected this. Now we know to keep the always separate and closely supervised.

Maybe one day when we have several acres of farm land Dixie can be free to roam at the same time our chickens enjoy their designated space, perhaps she’ll be too busy with the other farm animals to care about chickens.

Seriously, you vomited again? & Who is that living in my car?

It’s been amusing around here. Meaning the drama and craptastic stuff, the stuff you just have to laugh off is in abundance. We try very hard to not give in to the woe is me attitude, life isn’t easy (for anyone) and it’s not all sunshine and roses either. Perspective is the key to shaping you reality.

We are trying our darnedest to get everything lined up and ready for our Arizona trip which is a feat in it’s self. Then we have the pet drama to contend with… Sometimes all you can do is laugh and make fun of things.

This is why I spent the morning singing my “I love vomit” song while I picked up and scrubbed up more vomit spots from the carpet. Jack at scarfed down too much food too fast again and ended up projectile vomiting across about two feet of living room space this morning. He managed to hit one of E’s non-washable toys as well as a pile of N’s reading material and the white carpet.

N joked that we spend more time cleaning up cat vomit than we do cleaning any other part of the house… “Hey I think I’ll mop the floor- Oh, wait someone just vomited again.”

First we have to pick up the chunky vomit pieces, then we get out the bucket of Borax and scrub the yucky spot good, then we grab the carpet cleaner that only sucks up water and we get the wet, dirty, vomit/ borax water off the carpet.

Sometimes we even have to repeat the scrub and suck steps until the carpet is back to white. It’s no quick chore and every time someone vomits it’s right after we had just succeeded in getting the carpets clean again. So I used humor and sarcasm to get through my fish smelling, cat vomit clean up this morning.

I love vomit, yes I do.

I love vomit, how ’bout you?

I love vomit, it is free.

I love vomit, makes me hap-py.

We spoke with the mechanic in Arizona whose putting a new engine in our good car. I haven’t told you this yet but when it arrived at the shop they opened it up and discovered the entire engine compartment had been transformed in to a pack rat nest. Much like this:

Pack rats nest in mercedes

That’s what leaving your car in the Arizona desert for a year does for ya, makes it a pack rat nest. Luckily the whole engine needed to be replaced anyway so the pack rat didn’t damage anything we didn’t already need to have fixed.

The mechanic said once they started cleaning it all out a huge rat jummped out and hid in the shop… It’s still on the loose weeks later. If you want to know more about pack rats in cars you can read this.

Animals are constant sources of madness! Pack rats in cars, cat’s ruining the carpet… Oh yeah, can’t forget how Gabby just swallowed a needle!

It’s true, whenever we have something big coming the animals really liven things up for us! Remember last year when Maybelle and Boner made babies? Our pet sitter even had to be warned about the possibility of discovering dead baby bunnies about a year ago. *Sigh*

Never a dull moment around here thanks to our zoo. For more pet drama recap check out these older posts:

You can also peruse my Animals & Pets blog category if you are bored and need more drama!

Late pregnancy, early labor symptoms. Blunt and graphic talk ;-)

Yep, you guessed it I am doing some more pregnancy TMI posting! If this is not your cup of tea or if you are having breakfast or whatever feel free to skip the post. I’ll understand.

Today I am 38 weeks pregnant and last night was the first night I’ve been in actual pain with regards to contractions. You know that cervical pain I’ve been mentioning? Well I’ve now decided it feels like Tater is poking or clawing at the cervix and that I’ll pop and gush water at any moment as a result, lol.

I know it is kind of a strange way to describe it all and technically Tater isn’t touching my cervix since my bag of water/ membranes are separating her from the actual cervix right now. She isn’t clawing the cervix so to speak but I am pretty sure she is stretching or pushing on it based on what it feels like and I am sure that is how it will feel right before my water breaks.

I am not leaking or bleeding and my membranes are still intact as far as I know but the cervical pain sure got worse than normal last night for a few brief seconds. I would not describe the pain as all encompassing or as debilitating by any means. It was more like a stabbing pain inside me where I think my cervix is. The pain would last a few seconds and then go away, like she was bumping something and it caused a stabbing pain.

Didn’t feel anything contracting or tightening during the stabs of pain (it would come before or after) but I did have some lower abdominal aching and some real back aching that N massaged away while I laid on my side.

It all came on late last night right after the tornado sirens sounded and I went out to secure the bunnies. I was making some spaghetti Alfredo (didn’t have fettuccine noodles) with shrimp and N was almost home from work. I took this video of the coming storm, the lightening was way cool. Make sure your sound isn’t on full blast when you play it though. The sirens are loud!

Anyway, I was having a burst of energy so I took a video, got the animals ready for the storm, was cooking dinner and then I even mopped the kitchen floor because there were ants coming in from somewhere and eating somthing off the floor that you couldn’t see.

I was having a few moments of “nesting” or whatever and then the weird pain and uncomfortableness began. At first I would find relief in sitting down but towards the end sitting or laying just didn’t do the trick. It was not like I was crying or screaming in agony like everyone perceives woman should be. It was annoyingly uncomfortable that is all. Not sure if that is normal or what but that is how I felt.

Oh, and how come nobody talks about the constant constipated feeling of late pregnancy when the baby drops? It is like people are scared to say that it feels like you’ve got a 10 lb shit chillin in there. Some have said it is like sitting on a bowling ball, others say you feel like you are trying to carry a bowing ball between your legs. None of those descriptions seem to fit what I am feeling.

After some internet searching I was able to uncover the fact that feeling like “you have to #2″ all the time (when you really don’t) is an early labor sign. Yeah, okay so feeling like you need to crap 24/7 means something is definitely getting ready to come out of there (either baby or poo), got it. Was that so hard to say?

It’s like women are afraid to bluntly discuss the yuck parts of labor and pregnancy because they aren’t lady like or something, LOL. Well I am proud to say I lack that behavioral conditioning and I am all for being real about it.

Oh and anyone else have stabbing pain in the anus/ perennium when they bend over? I know this is related to the 10 lb shit I described above, just putting it out there as pretty annoying in my book.

So yeah, my ass hurts along with my tailbone my pubic bone, my belly skin and occasionally my cervix. I am happy to report no diarrhea or hemorrhoids though, what a silver lining huh?

My hormones are changing too. Just the other day I went from sweating my ass off to freezing ass cold in minutes. I stayed huddled under the covers all day and now I’ve got a cold sore coming in so it seems my body is making the shift from human incubator to no longer incubating spawn. Woot.

We are counting down the hours till we leave for The Farm, can’t wait to get this show on the road and to meet our little girl already!

Really, 5 min cake in a mug? You becha!

Yeah, so thanks to Witchypoo’s talks of birthday cake and wine I was having my own cake craving yesterday. She recommended I search for the 5 min cake in a mug recipe for some instant chocolate goodness and I found it here.

Calls for tablespoons of sugar, flour (specifically cake flour), cocoa powder, milk, oil and an egg. Seems simple enough but then you microwave it. Sort of strange if you ask me but what the heck?

So I combine my all purpose flour (didn’t have cake flour, is there a difference?) , sugar, cocoa and the egg.

Then I added the milk and oil and mixed the heck out of it as directed.

Popped the mug in to the microwave and stood back. Our microwave makes this strange sound when you nuke stuff, like it’s got a radiation malfunction or something. I never stand near it because of the sound. I am paranoid. LOL. Plus if the cake exploded I didn’t want hot nuked batter all over me.

When 3 min were up I took out my creation and inspected it, looks questionable. It has solidified though, I guess it could be good. Looks strange though, see…

Once it cooled, it came out of the mug and on to a plate. It had all these air bubbles and was a strange consistency from the looks of it. Still to soon to know if it is good though, the darn thing is piping hot!

I slathered some frosting on it, I tasted it and cut it in half for N and I to have after dinner. Upon first taste It wasn’t bad. When I cut it in half though it was pretty brick like.

I think it came out pretty dense and not as fluffy as I would have liked (you know like normal cakes). I bet it was the flour, had I used this flour substitution guide (or the flour they called for in the recipe) I would have been better off.

I had a few bites and was done, N ate his whole half. See, he always eats my bad food because he doesn’t want to make me feel bad. LOL.

It was a fun thing to test out but it did not cure my preggo cake craving. I guess I am a cake snob or something. Today I’ll make brownies to try satisfying that chocolate urge of mine since I seem to be bursting with energy.

I used that energy burst to get my bags packed and am just about ready to leave for The Farm this weekend. I am going to an Evansville BirthNetwork Meeting on Thursday to meet with some fellow mama’s, get some support for my upcoming delivery and to meet the local La Leche League leader.

Only base we haven’t covered is finding a pediatrician in the area for when we are home from The Farm and ready to think about vaccinations (oy). Oh and Gabby is finally out of heat and done with the pissing (I think), woot. We’ve gotta get her fixed after Tater arrives, her and Boner!

Critters in my back yard: Rabbits, snakes, spiders, frogs and more.

There are only about 3 weeks left until I’ll be at The Farm. I am doing great and Tater seems to be planning to stay inside for a bit longer (thank goodness). I’ve told her she has to stay put until June 4th at least, that way she’ll be full term!

In the meantime we have been trying to do things to have fun and to keep busy while we are waiting for Tater to do her last bits of growth and development. Things like putting the house together the way we’ll need it when Tater comes home, unpacking, organizing and even vegetable gardening have been a few of our pastimes these days (other than my excessive napping).

It has sure been quite a critter filled weekend for us though! Late last week we were out in the front yard planting some of the free iris’ we were given. I was working under the tree planting them and N was working under the mailbox.

All of the sudden this frog comes hopping out of the grass at me. I was pretty surprised by it but was also excited because I have never really played with a frog. We didn’t have many water sources in Arizona so in turn we didn’t have many frogs to encounter. Here with the water pond behind our house the frogs are everywhere so I got to play with one for a bit while gardening. Is this a frog or toad though?

Then on Saturday we were out on the deck enjoying the warm morning and planting some seeds when we noticed our outdoor cat, Haley, acting a bit odd. Dixie, our dog, was also quite interested in what Haley had going on. It turns out the cat caught a garden snake and was playing it to death.

N rescued it with a rake and we were sad that it’s head and body were bleeding. We grabbed it away from the cat mainly because we wanted to see if we could get some photos of it and figure out what kind of snake it was. The reason we were so curious about the type of snake is because we are pretty sure a much larger snake got Dixie a few weeks ago.

We noticed she was trying to get at something that went under the deck, she dug a huge hole that went under the deck. We also suspect she got bit while digging that hole. She’s been limping and babying her one paw for about 2 weeks. It is getting better now and she is doing fine but we are sure it was a bite of some sort. Hopefully not from a bigger snake!

Anyway, after taking some photos to reference and compare to what we’ve found online we let the poor garden snake slither off to safety. We still have no idea what kind of snake it is.

Haley was a bit bummed to have her torture subject freed but she got over it pretty quick.

We’ve got frogs frolicking in the back yard, snakes slithering in the brush and we even have huge scary spiders crawling through our grass (with egg sacks on their backs) as I discovered while putting a bunny out to run the yard. The critter fun never seemed to end!

The rabbits seem to be loving the supervised play time in the yard and Dixie is getting very good at not going crazy over the rabbits running free. I recorded a few videos of N, Dixie and Maybelle out in the yard.

Here N has a moment with Dixie, he is telling her how she’ll need to watch over Tater soon…

I also recorded a video of some crazy kicking of the belly while we were watching American Idol last week. The lightening is poor but you can still see the jabs and kicks (and you get to hear the song recaps too. LOL).

Pets are adjusted, I think. Hell has frozen over!

The animals are finally beginning to settle down, it is a freaking miracle! We aren’t waking to Dixie pawing at the door or excessive yowling from Hailey in the middle of the night AND everyone seems to be getting the hang of their new lives & homes.

Dixie now uses her nifty dog house for shelter from SOME of the elements. At night she does sleep in the dog house and she has figured out how to stay in it when the hard rain is falling. I still find her digging holes in the flower beds and laying on top of the plants for shade and cool, it is not even insanely hot here yet! So, we need to get some fencing around the beds already but having her sleep in her house is good progress.

Hailey is also getting the hang of her cat house outside. Like Dixie she would just lay out on the uncovered deck in the pouring rain and refuse to take shelter in her home. Now she is understanding that her food, water, blankets and the shade all are found in her cat house.

She too will take shelter in there when the weather gets real bad, yay for progress! On the flip side she is still not hopping the 6 foot wooden fence to let herself in and out of our yard. We have to let her though the gate and if she is still wandering the neighborhood and doesn’t get let in by dark she will yowl outside our kitchen window until we let her back in the gate.

So, the outside pets are getting in to the routine of things. We even have the bunnies out there for fresh air, though they do have to be tarped when it rains since their cages aren’t 100% enclosed. The rabbits even take turns “mowing the lawn” from within this movable gated run area we have set up for them. They seem to really like the grass and the room to exercise.

We’ve tried letting them roam the yard free (not together! We don’t want more dead baby bunnies…) but Dixie chases them crazily trying to “herd” them and they can’t handle it for an extended period of time.

So the routine is to feed everyone in the morning. The indoor cats have their food and litter box in the odd closet up in the master bathroom. They get fed (and hopefully scooped) in the morning. We’ve found that keeping their food topped off, by giving them food each morning has cut down on the vomit occurrences. Also, since switching to a food that is not bright orange the vivd shooting vomit has been much less of an issue.

Once the cats are fed we go out to feed the outdoor critters. Dixie still finds comfort in eating her food in her home so we take her a heaping cup of food out there to dump in her bowl, then we top off Hailey’s cat food and we give each of the rabbits some food also.

It is strange but routine is really one of the reasons why everyone is adjusting as well as they have. Having a consistant routine is a comfort for them I think and it makes everything else less scary in this odd time of transition. It is also a bit of parent training for us at the same time. I think kids like routine too huh? We suck at keeping with routines, so the practice is good :-o

Time flies… When it Rains, it pours… We have some more news too!

Is it strange that vacuuming was enjoyable for me this last week? I got a wild hair and was having a good ole time with our vintage Filter Queen vacuum. It might have been the warmer weather that got me all motivated or perhaps it’s the prospects of getting out of this place and in to the home we just looked at. Either way, I was cleaning and even packing stuff up. Woho for motivation!

The last few weeks have been filled with all sorts of crapola and it’s made us grumpy at times but we are glad to have gotten so much accomplished. Here is a recap complete with links in case you missed something or a bored and want to read our drama.

We got our taxes filed and our returns are on the way, we got our February rent check mystery solved with the bank, we got our march rent paid and sent off in this certified letter that still hasn’t been picked up!

We looked at so many home options, decided on and bought Tater’s nursery bedding, we rescued a bird from the wall of this house, delt with and remedied the broken garbage disposal, we finished Boners homemade cage but he managed to mate with Maybelle anyway and we are expecting baby bunnies in a few weeks now!

In the next two weeks I’ve got 2 prenatal appointments (one at The Farm with Pamela and one with the local OBGYN), I have a chiropractor appointment and my 27th birthday is March 20th.

Then we have the end of March and all of April to pack and move, again. In May I’ll be nesting and unpacking and then I am off to The Farm to have Tater in June! Time is just flying these days, unbelievable…

Oh wait, I skipped over the big news… We found our home!

Saturday we entered a verbal agreement and hashed out all the terms, now we are going back and fourth drafting up a contract. On April 1st we are making a down payment, moving in to the house and will have 12 months to take over ownership of it.

We are super happy and also pretty excited about it all. The place is just what we need right now! It doesn’t need major work to be ready for Tater’s arrival, it is in our price range and it is a pretty good investment for us. Here are some more photos of it from the weekend:

I think we will be very happy there and it is something we can call our own. After 5 years we’ve finally managed to find the right house at the right price and terms. I’ve always wanted to be in our own home before we brought home a baby too. It’s funny how it all works out in the strangest of ways!

Like I’ve said before the last six months have been quite the roller coaster ride for us! We went from making no life progress over several years to making tons of progress all at once within like 6 months. When it rains, it pours!

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We are holding our breath because we may have found OUR house…

Hopefully I am not jinxing us here but I just wanted to spread the upbeat news. With all the crappy happenings a bit of good is always nice, even if it is a bit premature…

So, we did look at a home we liked today! I mentioned it yesterday briefly (I was trying not to get my hopes up). Well today we saw it and loved it. It is actually a home similar to ones we have already toured. The catch is this one is $200 less that those other homes like it AND the owner is offering a lease purchase option.

It is smaller than we would like but it is newer, clean and could possibly be OURS! Here is a photo of the front of it.

The layout has the master bedroom upstairs, loft style overlooking the kitchen.

See that round window at the peak of the roof? It shines light in to the master bedroom.

There is a master bathroom upstairs also, then there are two rooms downstairs in addition to another full bathroom, the living room and the kitchen.

The other great feature we love is the sun room. We’ll use it as an office. Yay we could have an office and a nursery for Tater!

All in all we like it, it’s not the 4 acre farm house we have always dreamed of owning but it is a good first time home that is livable immediately and gives us the possibility to gain some equity for that future purchase of acreage and a farm house.

We are going to get in to hashing out the nitty gritty details with them soon. For those of you just tuning in we couldn’t get financed thanks to some credit report errors and a student loan that is almost back in positive status (1 month to go baby!)… So we’ve been looking at lease/ purchase options in case something fitting comes along. Renting and throwing your money away is just sucky…

Anyway, the gist of it all is that we will have to make a big down payment on the place upon moving in, then we’ll be allowed to lease the home from the owners for a set period of time. During the set period of time we are working like crazy to get our credit in order and to keep it all looking good for the mortgage company, then we will apply for a mortgage to buy the home at the end of the lease term.

The cool thing about a lease purchase option is (a percentage of) the money you pay while renting, plus any down payments made come off the total purchase price of the home once you do get your mortgage and buy the place.

It is nice because then you are leasing a home but not totally throwing your money away since some (or all of the money paid, depending on the contract terms) will come off the total purchase price of the home.

Say we agree to lease/ purchase a home for $112,000 and the owner agrees to apply 100% of our $5,000 down payment towards the purchase of the home, that brings the home’s purchase price to $107,000.

Then if we are given a 12 month lease option and $775 of each month’s rent goes towards the purchase price of the home we’ll be paying another $9,300 towards the total purchase price during the 12 months of leasing.

This knocks the price down even more to a whopping $97,700 when it is time to get that mortgage. Pretty sweet huh?

So, yeah we are pretty happy that the owners like us and are willing to consider the options with us. It is looking like the possibilities are good with this one but it is not set in stone yet.

Oh, we still have no idea about the status of our current lease but are basically just planning to leave anyway. I am almost certain our crappy landlords have voided the lease with their failure to address issues we’ve notified them of. If we need a lawyer to prove it then we will get one!

So yeah, that is the news. Yay for positive prospects (it’s about time)! Oh and my choir buddy, Scott MacIntyre made it through to the top 12 on American Idol. I am so happy for him, he deserves it! Way to go Scott!!

And…. it seems we should be getting ready for those “easter bunnies” afterall. Our rabbit, Maybelle is building her nest and is acting funny. I’ve got the camera ready to capture those little baby bunnies, now who wants one? Seriously I can’t keep them!