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So things are moving right along on our little homestead. I had Type B Influenza for a week, then the next week I fell off of a ladder and sprained my ankle really bad. More than two weeks later, I’m still getting all swelled up and painful by the end of the day. Guess I’m a slow healer. I missed a lot of work, and I haven’t done a whole lot around the house since I’ve been laid up so much. Hopefully that will change soon.

This past Monday I put my two week notice in at work. I don’t have affordable daycare for our boys, and it’s just too difficult to schedule my hours around my husband’s, especially when he does sea trials on the ships and is gone for days on end. I have been a bit broody lately because of all that. I’ll miss the folks I work with, and interacting with so many people each day.

But…

One of the other vendors at the farmer’s market told me about this friend of his who is trying to sell a greenhouse. At first I thought, “I’ll listen just to humor him. We can’t afford anything huge yet.” I’m an asshole like that sometimes. So I listened. We ran into him at the store and he mentioned it again. My husband expressed an interest, so we swapped phone numbers and I started thinking maybe we could just buy some of the parts and bring the greenhouse up here to our little homestead.

A few days went by and we got a phone call from this friend of the guy at the market. He invited us to his retirement home, where we sat around his dining room table looking at photo albums and discussing the greenhouse. I was floored. This wasn’t just a greenhouse. It was an entire operation – nine full size greenhouses, an apartment, a rental house, an office, two outbuildings for storage, equipment to last us for years, and all in a prime location.

This was big.

I wasn’t prepared for that. We went home and all I could think was, “This is impossible. It’s never going to happen.” Went from an asshole to a negative Nelly. After talking with the hubby about it, we decided it was worth looking into. So today we schedule a trip down to see the place. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s like a dream. It’s pretty run down after being vacant for 5 years, but the potential is definitely still there. Nothing some Round-Up and a lot of hard work can’t clean up. After touring the entire grounds, looking at property lines, and asking a ton of questions, we found ourselves speaking with the realtor in a local pub about financing.

Y’all, we might actually buy this greenhouse.

The main greenhouses. Three 25'x100' heated, ventilated, houses all connected to the other greenhouses by a monorail to make moving plants easier.

The main greenhouses. Three 25’x100′ heated, ventilated, houses all connected to the other greenhouses by a monorail to make moving plants easier.

The main office. Enough room for two checkouts. Lots of shelving for product display. Attached to the main greenhouse pictured above, the potting room, the apartment, a break room, and a public bathroom.

The main office. Enough room for two checkouts. Lots of shelving for product display. Attached to the main greenhouse pictured above, the potting room, the apartment, a break room, and a public bathroom.

Outside back view of the main three greenhouses.

Outside back view of the main three greenhouses.

A two-shelf cart on the monorail in one of the other greenhouses. The end wall of each house has a door that swings open to allow the carts passage into a connected hallway. No more hauling single flats or hanging baskets by hand! The carts change out into four shelves or double rails, too, depending on what is needed.

A four-shelf cart on the monorail in one of the other greenhouses. The end wall of each house has a door that swings open to allow the carts passage into a connected hallway. No more hauling single flats or hanging baskets by hand! The carts change out into two shelves or double rails, too, depending on what is needed.

View of the business from the road. Of course, I'm leaving out some of the main details, like the business sign. We'll be changing the sign anyway if we get it.

View of the business from the road. Of course, I’m leaving out some of the main details, like the business sign. We’ll be changing the sign anyway if we get it.

That’s the big news. It’s still all on the table being worked out, but I’m crossing my fingers. Will you cross yours for us, too? We could use a whole lot of luck right now to get this ball rolling. Oh, the things we could do with this place! We would start slowly, probably only doing the main three greenhouses at first. Then we’d build up from there. Eventually, maybe my husband could even quit his job to work in the greenhouse. I’d love to run this with him!

There’s so much to think about. I’m probably not going to sleep a wink tonight. We should know more in the weeks to come as we talk with our accountant, bank, and a few local zoning and supply folks. It’s going to take a lot to get this operation back in running condition, but we want it so badly we can taste it! Ahh! I’m so excited! It’s pretty much what we were starting to plan on doing here… but it’s all already done and ready.

Wishing and hoping. Wishing and hoping.

I’ll let y’all know more as we get news. Until then, we’ve got some taters and onions that need planting, newly butchered chickens that need eating, and hundreds of plants that need to get out of our loft and into the dirt. I hope this beautiful spring weather keeps coming! No more of that nasty “s” word associated with cold weather. You hear me, mother nature? No more!