I’ve got an idea.

I’ve been thinking for quite a while that I would like a farm.

There is a joke(somewhat) in my family, and we all casually call it “The Ranch”… “Once we get the ranch we can get some pigs Pops”… “Well the ranch will be covered in aspens, so we can see them change on our own property”… “Ugh. I guess I’ll try planting this once we get the ranch”, you get the picture.

Such sayings are a commonality within conversations on a weekly basis.

For those of you who have been to my house, you know that we aren’t THAT far-off from having something close to a ranch. Well, as close as you can get in the middle of Santa Cruz, being a quarter mile from Trader Joe’s and the MASSIVE new Target that is opening. Still though, there is a HUGE garden, many small little gardens, fruit trees everywhere, a chicken coop (the coyotes ate them), and a wide field to throw the frisbee for the dog (when she visits) in. It’s as close to a ranch as we are going to get at this moment in time (ya work with what ya got, right?).

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We are surrounded by fig and olive trees, two different varieties of plums, peaches, kiwis, persimmons, lemons (we call it the cocktail tree), and an ample supply of fresh herbs, not to mention the seasonal vegetables. I’m pretty sure there’s a zucchini the size of a baseball bat in the yard right now.

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While all of this is fine and dandy, and we really do love our place (except for the guy who we share a fence with who plays terrible classic rock on the weekends and makes it impossible to enjoy being in our own backyard), I’m feeling a change coming on.

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Something, bigger, better, and that allows dogs. No. Wait. Scratch that. WANTS dogs; and not just one, like, three, so they can be buddies, ya know?

During our road trip we drove through the Doloras River Valley in Colorado and absolutely head-over-heels fell in love with it. I think somewhere down the line, I want to live somewhere like that. Raise and grow all my own food, and just plain ol’ take it easy. No traffic, to sirens in the background while you’re sitting on your deck trying to enjoy the day. No stupid Harley riders with their insanely loud engines (yay for THAT SouthPark episode), Just peace and quiet.

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