Saturday, April 5, 2008


Well, this post is totally inspired by Citizen of the World's post on her snake. (She is listed in my blog list and is one of my favorites! Check it out) When we were building this house...the YEARS we were in the process of building this house... we started out living with friends. The MOST fun we had the entire time, was when we lived with Friar, until his grumpy landlord kicked us out!! Then we moved into a travel trailer with no running water or electricity. Then, when I ended up pregnant and Montana winter arrived, we moved into some friend's basements... When my belly was getting REALLY big and the baby was actually coming in a few months, and we were STILL homeless... we rented a house. Gosh, that house was owned by a drug addict, she seemed totally fine the day we signed the lease and gave our deposits. Then she began showing up at the house, totally high and we figured out there was a problem! In the end, there was a notice on our door one morning that the house would be auctioned off. We had lived there about 8 months and had never missed our rent payment to the Landlord. The landlord on the other hand had not paid her mortgage payment in 2 years!! Yes, our rent money must have all gone to drugs.

OK, so after all that, the baby was about 4 months by then, and we all 5 moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. Like the previous dwellings, it was to be a temporary situation, right? Well, we all 5 lived in that 2 bedroom apartment for 4 years!! OH MY GOSH, I don't even like to think about that now!!

To my original thought on this post: We are animal lovers in our family. We had a cat, but other than that, no animals were allowed in our rented homes, right? So, when we finally moved our to our beautiful log home in the country, we went a little "Pet Crazy". At one point last year, we had: 2 horses, 5 cats, 2 dogs, 2 rabbits, and an iguana!! It was CRAZY!! I think it was a symptom of the fact we finally felt free. We were in our own home and NO One could tell us what to do, by God! I am happy to report, we are all healthier mentally now and have downsized!! We have found happy homes for the iguana and the two indoor rabbits and one cat. Two cats were involuntarily given new homes inside a fox's tummy. The two dogs we used to have are now running around in the great unknown, but we have our beloved Chihuahua, Chica. Total Pet population now: 2 cats, 2 horses, 1 dog.... awe I feel less stress just seeing those numbers!! But am glad for the freedom of being in this house and free to make my own choices about it either way!!


Friar Tuck said...

Didnt you have a rabbit in the apartment when I came to visit

reliv4life said...

hey, you are right, friar, Reagan did get one rabbit while we lived there... she got the other one after we moved.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God - a fox ate two of your cats? We also joked about getting rid of any aggressive gerbils by feeding them to the snake. Glad you guys are out and in a saner place now.