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The city insists!

City of Knoxville requires weed removal

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. [Click headline title to read more…]

Our Six Pack

Six pack of chickens in the City of Knoxville

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. [Click headline title to read more…]

Bee not afraid

Bees everywhere! It doesn’t feel like work when I arrive at Secret Haven. It should, but it doesn’t. I finish my chores at Our Little Homestead and I look forward to the chores at Secret Haven. Weeds and all, but it doesn’t make sense that I eventually want to be in the weeds working. I’m afraid of spiders. Yes, those tiny little creatures that makes me a giant compared to them. I’m sure they are there but I want to tackle the weeds. I also want to take care of the bees. Baby steps. [Click headline title to read more…]

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. [Click headline title to read more…]

Can’t save the chickens

Can't save the chickens at Secret Haven

My heart aches because Animal control is going to take the chickens away. I have thought over and over again how to keep the chickens and ducks. No matter how I slice it, the city is not going to give us time to find homes for them. I have called around looking for homes and I’m running out of time to save them. It’s very frustrating. [Click headline title to read more…]

This is not really happening is it?

Knoxville Sheriff's Department was sent to Secret Haven

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. [Click headline title to read more…]

Our Crew – Their first day at Secret Haven estate sale

Our crew on their first day at Secret Haven

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? [Click headline title to read more…]

Estate Sale Initial Cleaning Begins at Secret Haven

Estate sale initial cleaning

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? [Click headline title to read more…]

New Chapter – Learning homesteading by walking through it

Homesteading is a new chapter

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? [Click headline title to read more…]

Our First Day at Secret Haven

Our first day cleaning up Secret Haven

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? [Click headline title to read more…]