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Longing for the country
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Hope Balderas    Posted 07-08-2004 at 13:37:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My brother, sister and I bought a ranch 60 miles north of Laredo, Texas. It's only 94 acres but it has a main house, apartment, and various other buildings. It's the same ranch where my mother and father (both deceased) met as children; their parents worked as ranch hands. My daddy later became the chauffer for the wealthy owner.

Long story short, I live in Dallas, my brother in Ft Worth and sister in Corpus Christi. They are okay with the city but I want to get out of the "asphalt jungle" and go home to my ranch. Anyone have an idea as to what I could do with the ranch to earn a living? I lived in rural Texas as a child and teenager. Could hardly wait to get out and now can hardly wait to go back.

Of course I'm scared to leave the city because of the good job I currently have but I yearn for the countryside. Any ideas? Thanks for any.



~Lenore    Posted 07-08-2004 at 15:14:42       [Reply]  [No Email]



dogbardave    Posted 07-08-2004 at 14:53:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope,

What an accomplishment you've done!

60 miles? Is it flat?

I work "in town" and live in the country, some 60 miles from work.

I've driven/vanpooled/used mass transit for over 7 years. I just got a job that's about 10 miles away. Commute drops from 2.5 hrs/day to 40 minutes/day.

You're day is pretty much gone when you get home, so dont' count on accomplishing much during the week. If you have the option of flex time, you have like 3 days off every weekend or every other weekend, but that just makes the days you work longer.

Was it hard? yep.

Was it time consuming? yep.

Was it worth it? yep.

Would I keep driving if I hadn't gotten the job?

Yep.

I actually got to like the "decompression time." Listen to the radio, sing, talk, plan, relax.

It can be good, but it does whack the heck out of your car...some 30k miles/year. Thgre's probably busses, trains, vanpools..all that stuff to check into. Check it out...something may work for you, if you decide to work in town and live out there...

For now, you could commute to the City and then plan toward working nearer the ranch. Once you start doign your research, the options will begin to reveal themselves. It may take you a few years, but then you'll be at your "dream place!"

Good luck!


dogbardave    Posted 07-08-2004 at 14:48:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope,

What an accomplishment you've done!

60 miles? Is it flat?

I've driven/vanpooled/used mass transit 60+/- miles each way for over 7 years. I just got a job that's about 10 miles away. Commute drops from 2.5 hrs/day to 40 minutes/day.

You're day is pretty much gone when you get home, so dont' count on accomplishing much during the week. If you have the option of flex time, you have like 3 days off every weekend or every other weekend, but that just makes the days you work longer.

Was it hard? yep.

Was it time consuming? yep.

Was it worth it? yep.

Would I keep driving if I hadn't gotten the job?

Yep.

I actually got to like the "decompression time." Listen to the radio, sing, talk, plan, relax.

It can be good, but it does whack the heck out of your car...some $30k miles/year. Thgre's probably busses, trains, vanpools..all that stuff to check into. Check it out...something may work for you, if you decide to work in town and live out there...

You could commute and work toward living there. It may take you a few years, but then you'll be there.

Good luck!


Dee in mid MO    Posted 07-08-2004 at 14:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best tool you have for a job is what you used to ask us your question. Via internet: Software testing, website creations, medical transcription, digital photographer & print out at events, family albums on DVDs. Could you continue working in some capacity for your current employer via the internet?

Of course, coupled with that, use your soil to the best advantage.
Contact the Texas Ag Dept & Small business: http://www.txed.state.tx.us/SmallBusiness/
Also contact sources in Laredo (eg town mayor) & around Laredo (eg State Rep for that area) that you can think of that might give you ideas.

Here's an article worth reading from the Univ_MO: http://www.ssu.missouri.edu/faculty/jikerd/papers/SFT4-MakingaLiving.htm

Google for "small farm living", & explore the links. An exciting time for you - don't give up your dream. You'll figure it out & then what a wonderful history you will have... Dee


SusanMo    Posted 07-08-2004 at 13:42:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like a good property for a DUDE RANCH or maybe a BED&BREAKFAST


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