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Moving out of state Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Moving out of state Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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Moving out of state

Summertown & Nashville Tennessee weekend recap, fun times!

We had a blast this weekend and even took some photos to share with you. Hopefully you enjoyed the belly shot photos I shared with you over the weekend. If you haven't seen those yet you can by following this link. For those of you who didn't already know we planned to spend my birthday weekend in Tennessee. It was our last appointment with our midwife out at The Farm until we come to stay and deliver Tater in early June. We figured it would also be kind of nice to plan a mini vacation for that weekend since it will be basically the last time we travel for leisure as just the two of us before Tater arrives. N did have a nice dinner planned for me at The Melting Pot in...

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Hey mama, win some goodies!

I have been in a crappy mood today basically over finances and lack of preparedness. You probably got that from my last post huh? Well, I wasn't going to whine about it here in another blog post cause that is a downer. So I resolved to sleep and lay around all day instead having anxiety and feeling blah. I was reading your blogs, commenting and tweeting throughout the day just wasn't in the mindset to post anything worthwhile when one of the people I follow tweeted about a contest that was right up my alley! It was for 3 Fuzibunz cloth diapers, I still have none so I went and entered. Then I got to thinking, "Hey whiny baby! Change those poopy pants and do something to improve the situation instead of...

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Brain Spew: Bullet Point Thursday. Bun in the oven edition.

I could be long winded and thorough about all these things but that is just a tad boring and seriously nobody cares that much right? So here is my brain spew for you in the form of an infamous bullet point post. Enjoy! My tap water gives me diarrhea. Yep I know that is TMI huh? It is serious though. About every 2 weeks it happens and oddly enough it is coinciding with my water intake. Any time I drink more than my 2 jugs of water it just runs right through me. Someone remarked "wouldn't you just pee the water out?" and I thought to myself, "why yes I should". Problem is that is not what is happening. Then my mom reminded me that her water has some unusual levels of...

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Remember when…

Remember when I outlined all N's job uncertainty in this post back on May 2008? Back then we still had no idea where his job search would take us and we were pretty worried that we would end up stuck with the status quo if no better offers came along. We were barely making end meet, were financially frustrated, itching to start a family, had no chance of buying a home and were ready for a little more job security. Too bad my lady doctor said I was not fertile because of my low weight and N's job told him they really valued him but could not increase his salary from here on out. That was 5 months ago...

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Soon I'll be able to read street signs again!

Well we got up very early and pushed off to Sam's Club for my optometrist appointment. All in all I got my 1 pair of glasses and my eye exam for $150, I paid 100% out of pocket because we wont have insurance until late November. Turns out I have 20/70 vision and am near sighted. The doc said I have no other eye problems and that I just have mild vision issues. He said the folks at the BMV just were being all mean and embarrassing and that my sight was not that bad. Just can't read small print from very far away. So getting the eye doctor thing taken care of was nice, then we grabbed some necessary groceries from Sam's Club and came home. I had a headache from...

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You asked for it: The wedding dress

Like I said in a comment yesterday I have been only been perusing dresses online because I don't want to get my heart set on one particular dress and have it be unavailable. I am not really a "by the book" kind of girl so my dress selections are a bit different, I think different is good! So here we go! Since I am 1500 miles away from all my girlfriends in Arizona we are going to have a little wedding dress day right here on my blog! It is like you are in the dressing room with me helping me pick a dress huh? Shh, just pretend okay? If you click on the images can see a larger image of the dress. This first dress caught my eye about 5 years...

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Day 6 – Stanton, MO to Evansville, IN

When we awoke the morning of our last day on the road we were unsure about how my mom would be feeling after her night of vomiting and passing out. I asked N if she was awake when I awoke, I was worried she had alcohol poisoning or something. Turns out mom was just fine and didn't remember much about the previous night. We recalled much about the nights events for her and I was a bit worried about how crazy she was as a result of the drinking and pills. I express this and we talked about how the pill she took impacted her. She was surprised by her reaction and attributed it to the pill she took. After we talked, ate some breakfast and took our daily group photo we...

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Day 5 continued – Kingdom City, MO to Stanton, MO

In the afternoon on day 5 after we left our awful experience behind at the Emporia RV park and finished up at the mechanics we hit the road and were hoping to find some fun to improve the day. On the way out of Emporia we spotted a flea market in the parking lot of a shop. My mom and I jumped out of the RV in search of some lamps we could plug in to extension cords to provide lighting for us while we were in the RV on the last night (since our power converter thingy was now shot thanks to the Emporia RV Park). A guy at the flea market was selling stuff yard sale style and we got 3 old and abused yet working lights, we were...

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Road Trip Day 5 – Emporia, KS to Kansas City, MO

Well it is 3:49 pm Kansas time and we are JUST NOW leaving Emporia, KS. It has been a hell of a day! We made it a point to set the alarms on our phones so we could attempt to wake up at 7am local time instead of waking up at 7am Arizona time like we have been doing for the past few days. The fact that we hadn't adjusted to the time change in regards to sleeping and waking times was really beginning to impact our route schedule. We were pulling in to camp sites super late and having a hard time finding our assigned spots, we were having super late dinners and all in all the late nights were taking a toll on us. On this particular day we wake...

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Road Trip Day 4 – Dodge City, KS to Emporia, KS

In Dodge City, KS we stayed at the Watersports Campground and were pleased with the lake view from our site. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that they had free WIFI on site for guests. I spent a leisurely morning waking up at about 9 am local time and then I did some business on the internet in bed before getting dressed and venturing out of the RV. When I did venture outside I was loving the view of the lake so I went down to take some photos of the view and to enjoy the morning a bit. My mom and Dixie were already down enjoying the water. We have taken Dixie to a creek before (it was oak creek canyon north of Sedona, AZ) and she was so scared...

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Road Trip Day 3 – Logan, NM to Dodge City, KS

First off I want to let you all know that yesterdays blog post did have photo issues, it was not your computer. I am using Qumana to write my blog posts offline and then when we get to a WIFI spot I upload the post to the server. Yesterday it appears the post uploaded but the photos did not. When we got to our overnight destination last night I attempted to upload the photos and found out that my September image folder on Wordpress is not writeable or something, so I had to upload them to my photobucket account instead. If you click back to yesterdays post you'll now be able to view the photos. Sorry about that. Okay, so on to the updates on day 3! We went from New Mexico,...

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Road trip day 1 – Arizona to New Mexico

Well, it is 3:02pm and we have finally left Flagstaff, AZ are en route. We had a major delay in departing today thanks to our property manager. We were all set for an 11am inspection appointment and we woke up all early to finish the last minute tasks. We got all our cleaning done in time and were waiting around the rental house for the property manager to do the inspection and give us written conformation stating the amount we would be refunded. After about 30 minutes of waiting we began calling to find out what the deal was. We did have a schedule we had to keep and waiting around all afternoon wasn't really an option for us. I was aiming to make my appointment in Gallup, NM before 5pm...

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We pull out tomorrow…

The truck is pretty much loaded and we are just trying to get through the night of sleeping on the floor with practically nothing in the house. We pull out tomorrow at about 11:30am -12 pm, directly after our landlord inspects the house. We have had a hay day packing the truck and installing the tow bar on our vehicle. We also had some drama with the propane tanks on the RV today. We have reworked and reloaded the moving truck at least 20 times just trying to find the absolute best fit for everything we have. It's been lots of lifting but I am happy to say we have successfully loaded all our stuff in 13 feet of trailer space. We had to go up to 13 feet instead of the...

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Loading the truck madness day 2

N looked at me and told me I was talking to him so condescendingly yesterday morning. My response was well you are acting all dumb and confused so I have to. One minute later we were laughing it off. Even during hella insane times we manage to not stay pissed at each other. Moving makes my temper flair but it is all good! So we successfully got our carpet rooms cleared by 5pm like we had planned. The Kevin, the carpet cleaning company owner, came by and did an awesome job on our carpets so now we can check that off our to do list! We got the majority of our stuff in the moving truck and now have 2 days to make it all fin within the 12 feet of allotted...

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The loading madness begins bright and early!

We awoke to the sounds of our moving truck being dropped off this morning. The truck driver came a knocking on our door at about 7:30am to drop off our trailer so we can begin loading it. N stumbled out the front door in his underwear to greet the moving truck and advise them of where to drop it off. After we got the moving truck parked and left in our driveway N crawled back in to bed and we were chatting about how the morning was beginning quite early. Then the home phone rings, he runs to answer it and it's Qwest (or phone company) asking about how our shut off date is 9/2 but the new residents of this home want to turn on their service today...

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Only a few days left!

Just finished dividing my lily and iris in the garden in preparation for the move this weekend. They are all dug up, washed and are drying so I can box them up and move them. I just need to box up my pots now! We spent the day taking furniture apart to conserve space and money. We are being charged for the length of truck we use not the weight so we are working hard to pack efficiently and disassemble everything we can.It's amazing how little space furniture takes up when it is broken down, ha! N is filling the water tanks on the RV, dumping the sewage, topping off fluids and checking tire inflation. He is also installing a Y-bar towing thingy on our Izusu Amigo so we can tow it...

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Countdown, 6 days till we leave Arizona.

Two days later we are still on cloud 9 about the engagement, despite those who are insistent on ruining it for us. N is my fiance, woot! Now I am not just the crazy girl following her boyfriend across the country. Yeah, I know people did think I was crazy for moving away with him without a commitment but I didn't care, besides now it is all gravy cause I am going with my fiance! We are also getting pretty excited about the move. Also, today is N's last day of work, finally! My mother (who is having some chicken drama right now) and brother will arrive on Saturday to make the trip across country with us and to help out with the pets. It is all coming together so fast...

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7 days to go and we have news!

Our going away party was yesterday as most of you know. Our crazy week of working the week before pretty much left us unprepared for the going away party. Our house was just trashed. So we spent much of yesterday morning straightening and cleaning in preparation for the party. N insisted that we go for a nice drive before the party started, you know one last calm time together before the chaos of it all. So we head up the San Francisco peaks, N said it was his favorite drive and it is very pretty. So we are driving along and enjoying the scenery. When we get to the lodge we see that the ski lift is running. We have never skied or been on the ski lift so we get...

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