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2017 Journal

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City of Knoxville requires weed removal

The city insists!

So much for doing the initial cleaning for the estate sale. The city wants to come in and bush hog the lot! Say what? There are cherries, pears, grapes, and I don’t know what all is on this lot. A bush hog will take it all down. That means we switch gears and the lot becomes priority even if we have to reschedule the estate sale.Nothing wrong with dreaming!It’s no secret that I want a …
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Six pack of chickens in the City of Knoxville

Our Six Pack

Chickens and more! It normally takes us two weeks to complete an estate sale, but from the very beginning of the Secret Haven account, we have been met with obstacles. Yet, these obstacles are more like fighting for something you didn’t know you wanted, until it happens. Lessons LearnedHaving a homestead is a serious commitment and lives, such as animals and plants depend on you to be there for them.The city has a LOT of …
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Bee not afraid

Lessons Learned Bees aren’t as bad as my mind makes them out to be. It’s normal for them be on the front entrance like what’s in the video. They aren’t aggressive like my mind makes them out to be. In fact, they are a joy to watch! Bees in Tennessee The right to keep bees is protected under the Tennessee State Apiary Act of 1995. They need to be registered with the State of Tennessee …
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Morning Routine

Sometimes I ponder how I end up in the places I do. Is it Divine intervention or just by chance? I have been away for so long that I have forgotten the joys of childhood. I only know the pressures of being an entrepreneur on a path that seems as though YHWH is against.It has been less than a week and I feel as though I’m supposed to be taking care of the animals and …
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Can't save the chickens at Secret Haven

Can’t save the chickens

When I first learned my uncle’s animal care routine, I never thought I would get attached to the little critters. That’s not supposed to happen, but this place is different. For one thing, I’ve never done an estate like this before. For another, I like stooping down in the coop and watching the chickens eat and scratch around. Get back to work! I don’t know why I like watching them and the bunnies. I go …
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Knoxville Sheriff's Department was sent to Secret Haven

This is not really happening is it?

Note to self:  Always have a copy of your business license, your contract and permission to be on a property you are setting up for an estate sale.  Someone just might call the police on you.Have you ever seen an estate liquidator during the initial clean up phase, in the heat of the summer?Yeah.  It’s not a pretty picture.I once tried to wear makeup at work and it was the most uncomfortable feeling as the …
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Our crew on their first day at Secret Haven

Our Crew – Their first day at Secret Haven estate sale

We pull into the driveway of Secret Haven and are greeted by a white duck with a reddish lump on his head and neck. He’s not supposed to be in the main yard. He has his own yard and it’s no wonder why there are complaints, but who could complain about this sweet little door greeter?Wesley and I only have two days into our initial cleaning when Matthew and Samantha arrive.  Samantha was immediately thrilled …
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Estate sale initial cleaning

Estate Sale Initial Cleaning Begins at Secret Haven

I can’t help but stare. I’ve never been in an estate before where I am looking at my own life. I am usually looking at the lives of others.Cleaning out this estate is interesting because I am looking into the faces of people I know, but who are these people in this photo and why does my uncle have them in his family box?Initial cleaning is a commonly known estate liquidation process. It seems like …
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Homesteading is a new chapter

New Chapter – Learning homesteading by walking through it

Homesteading in the city is restricted. In Knoxville, only 6 chickens are allowed and it is illegal to have them without a permit.The police are leaving notices but we have never taken on an estate sale like this before. Still, we are determined to turn this estate sale into a beautiful project with a happy ending.We came back to Tennessee to stay, but now what?Homesteading is more than a new chapter for us. There are …
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Our first day cleaning up Secret Haven

Our First Day at Secret Haven

Why Secret Haven? I believe doors open and close, regardless of our plans and the direction we decide our life should go. We have spent many years planning, but for whatever reason, we have wandered around in the desert, not being able to find the path we’re supposed to be on. Is it something we have done wrong, or is it YHWH redirecting us? A man’s heart plans his way, But יהוה establishes his steps …
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Secret Haven property assessment for an estate sale

Secret Haven Property Assessment

Not all properties are acceptable to take on for an estate sale, but we believe every house has treasures. Secret Haven, the name we gave our potential client’s property, also has living treasures. We have a tendency to name client’s properties based on our observations of it. It especially works well when you don’t want people to know the address yet. You can tell someone you are working at Secret Haven and will announce the …
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Back to Tennessee, hoping to stay home

Back to Tennessee – Will this be the last time?

If being an entrepreneur means I have to travel 9 hours one way, just to make an income, then I must be doing something wrong.Tennessee doesn’t feel like home.  It feels more like a place where Wesley and I show up show up once in a while, only to leave again.I want this estate sale to be the one that launches our business in Tennessee. Wesley and I had just finished working an estate sale …
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