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the pink panther    Posted 04-28-2004 at 10:53:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
....i was ready to give up yesterday. i have never lived off the farm,but i was ready to sell it to the fellow that joins me and head to was just one more thing to knock us backwards.i talked to you folks and your replies kinda picked up my drive to see this house building thing move forward.for this i thank you all.
me and my wife counted up last night and figured that we have been hit six times in the last five years.this time it was 15,000 to 18,000.all the new electrical, plumbing, fixtures and such for this new home. we have no insurance because the ins. co will not insure contents if you do not live total loss for us. we will bounce back,we have before.
i talked to the wife this morning and we are going to buy a CHEAP trailer house and move it in at the farm. i have all the sewer,electric, and water lines installed to the new site.i will put the trailer next to it and move in.
it will not be much,but we will be there and will keep pushing ahead on the house. i just don't have the money to replace all that we lost at this wife has never owned a place of her own, so this hit her really hard.
i will have to buy all new tools as mine were stolen or burned in the barn. i can borrow tools from my work so that will help.
the sherriff cars have been all over out here today. i took the day off to clean of the deputies told me they were looking for two mexican males in a tan pickup.maybe things are looking up.
i now have a positive outlook and it's time to get back to work!
the most important things in life are your friends and family....i consider you folks as both..........well i better go now,kinda gettin all teary eyed.
thanks again everyone...........PP

KellyGa    Posted 04-28-2004 at 19:58:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was telling my Mama about what happened to you. Made her mad just thinking about it. Mama suggested this time to just save the money up instead of the supplies, and buy everything at once. Maybe get you a seperate savings account just for the house fund, ya know? That way nobody can steal your dreams away from you anymore. No matter what, keep pushing forward, don't look back, just keep on keeping on. You have got a pretty plot of land I am sure, and that in itself is precious. It doesn't matter if its a house or a mobile home, or whatever, if you and your wife are happy and have each other, it's a loving home. Chin up now, it's gonna be alright. I just know it. :)

Maggie/TX    Posted 04-28-2004 at 19:37:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
PP, YES, moving onto the property is a great idea! Most thieves look for easy pickins where there is nobody around to stop them. I also like Alias' idea about the dogs. Ya'll get a couple of good dogs and a couple of good guns and both of you take some shootin lessons so you know what you're doing. Doesn't hurt one bit to do some target practice on your property from time to time, either. Word do get around in the neighborhood that the folks that live there have guns and like to shoot them. Don't know about your state, but here in Texas it is a perfect defense that you shot that polecat because he was messing 'round your place after dark where he had no business and you've been robbed before so you were protecting your property and were "afeared for the life and safety of your family." And honey, don't wound them. They will only come back and sue you. Shoot for keeps. That's what I would do.

Donna from Mo    Posted 04-28-2004 at 13:30:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know I'm rooting for you, my Missouri neighbor. What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger!

Clipper    Posted 04-28-2004 at 13:11:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm thinking you have the strength and character to get beyond this and keep right on going for your dream.Get yerself a couple of good pooches and hang tight to yer Missus....the good in life don't always come easy. Warmest regards for you and your wife during this troubling episode in your lives. God bless too!

onward    Posted 04-28-2004 at 13:07:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
i like your plan. you will be happier out there anyhoo.

you might like to try this on the groundhogs you'll see once your there and settled some-

here goes--

our laundry soap comes in bright orange plastic jugs.

i like to use them to zero in my varmint getter. we have those bottles wired to trees, sittin on clods, on the ground in the shed near the tractor. you name it. had one for a while just outside the back door, but i tolt the mrs it was to dang loud to have shootin right next to the coffee maker.

we have gotten good enough to hit the larger letters on the labels at will from several hundred yards. and whatwith that spottin light?
cant really say. so, now we're just about right when we see varmints sneakin out to get after our best orchard grass and red clover starts. it ain't braggin so much, a whole lots of folk shoot way better then that, but you see what i mean i think.

you might find this funny, but we don't get a whole lot of traffic in and out of our place no more. must be all that poison ivy along the road, and the potholes, i dunno. when we quit running the car and only drive the truck anymore the road don't seem much differant than the tar road really.

well, enough of that. good luck in setting up your trailer. put a front porch on it. big enough for you and a friend or two, and a couple of sandbags. you'll thank yourself for that groundhoggin time. the shade is good and the cooler won't get cold as fast.

keep us updated with how it goes for you panther.


dogbardave    Posted 04-28-2004 at 13:05:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
This theft really makes me angry.

Plan: can you get one of those shipping containers that are lockable to store all your tools, etc in? I would think that it would take way too long to break into one of those things.

Also, what about el-cheapo video survelliance cameras activated by a motion detector up on a pole someplace. Post signs, etc. to this effect. YOu'd have to protect the electrical lines on the camera...maybe posting would not be a good idea...or?

Good luck!

I heard a saying that goes something like this: "The stronger the winds, the deeper the
roots." Deep roots make strong trees, right?

Hang in there!

Alias    Posted 04-28-2004 at 12:17:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
PP get yourself some good, big, intimidating guard dogs and train them to attack intruders. I'm glad you've decided to hang tight to your dream. I hope every thing will be better for you in the years ahead. I know it sounds a little on the spiritual side, but, sometimes things like this happens just to test and see if you are strong enough to merit the fulfillment of your dream. Good Luck......gfp

sdg    Posted 04-28-2004 at 11:14:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just got back on line this am and read what happened to you and your wife. I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss and I will being praying for your family.

~Lenore    Posted 04-28-2004 at 11:03:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes temporary quarters in a tralier is one way to better protect your property. It is not so bad, when you have a dream (no matter how tattered it might be) to look forward to.
I will be praying that the theives will be caught and prosecuted and some of your property returned to you.

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