All my family knows, so now I will post it on my blog. Why are we moving to Colorado when I was planning on staying here in the Great Central Valley forever? I could say that it's the politics, or the weather, or the lack of water, or the taxes, or lots of things, but those are not the reasons. I am getting married. I have been divorced for 10 years and next year, summer of 2016, that status will change.
The person I am marrying lives in Colorado, and while future spouse (FS) has lived in California, FS doesn't want to return to California. I agreed to Colorado but only if I can have farm animals. FS, who hails from the city, agreed. We now own 35 acres outside a very small town. I have no idea what I am getting in to as I've never really experienced the cold. OK, I have been to Antarctica, but even then it was during summer so the temperature during the day most days was in the balmy 40s.
Both Boy and Girl are excited, which is good. In fact, Boy thinks it was his idea. They like the idea of the country schools on a four day per week schedule. School starts at 8 and ends at 4, Monday through Thursday. No more 1/2 days every other Wednesday like they have now. FS skis so both Boy and Girl are looking forward to that, plus learning how to hunt, as well as getting better at fishing. Yes, I am going to marry someone who likes useful outdoor activities, winter and summer.
It's funny because FS does not want to admit being a prepper or more hard core survivalist, but FS is. Where FS has lacked is on food storage. FS always figured that shopping once a month will always be available and if things got bad, one can just hunt and fish. I've pushed the gardening, chickens, goats, and food storage for years during our phone conversations. This past spring FS called to ask how to can peaches. I had to explain canning jars, boiling water bath, and other things - over the phone. But they came out fine...at least FS hasn't killed anyone from botulism.