Never say never

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I spent the first 30 of my 30-something years growing up in Southern California - just north of L.A. I loved growing up in California, especially so close to such a fabulous, diverse city. In fact, just a few short years ago, my husband and I were scouring downtown L.A. looking for the perfect loft to buy. If you had told me at that time that I would soon be living in Arizona, raising chickens, growing veggies, etc., I'd have laughed you right out of town.

My how things have changed!

Somewhere along the line (about the time we decided to start a family), my husband and I had a major and sudden shift in priorities. We packed up and headed east to Arizona to live closer to family, increase our quality of life, and just slow down the pace of our hectic lives.

We purchased some horse property with my mom and it has been a blast! In just the past year, we've managed to start a killer vegetable garden:

Build our own gardening shed - or "fort" as the boys like to think of it:

And most exciting of all, we have chickens! (I told you I like to talk about them a lot.)

Here is the lovely Flo:

We also keep busy with the numerous trees on our little "farm." We have apples, orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, almond, plum, and peach trees. Hoping to plant some pecan trees in the future.

Our next project will be a pair of goats. We're taking our time prepping and researching so we don't expect to have them for several months. And be forewarned, if you think I talk about my chickens a lot, I will likely talk about the goats a whole lot more. Seriously, how could you not want to show off goats as cute as these (image from

We are loving this new chapter in our lives and have named our little hobby farm "Double S Farms." This past year has seriously taught me a lot - most importantly to "never say never."


Noelle said...

I can't wait for the goats to arrive. I have been having fun seeing your chickens each week :-)

Parkside Harmony said...

Love it! You are living my dream!!! :)

Finley and Oliver said...

Erica, there is a house the next block over that has been on the market for well over a year. Every time I drive by I think of you guys. It would take some work and elbow grease (but that's half the fun!) but it's totally awesome. Already has a big old coop with a flock of chickens in the back. :)

Amy Tromans said...

I found your blog! Aren't you the coolest person ever! I had no idea you were so crafty!

Finley and Oliver said...

Amy! So fun to connect with you through blogger too! :)

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I remember seeing the first post about your chickens on Noelle's blog. I can't believe how much they've grown! Flo is adorable! We just acquired a whole lot more chicks about a week and a half ago. It's hard to believe they'll look more like real chickens in just a few weeks. I can wait to see what sort of goats you choose.

Finley and Oliver said...

You must be having so much fun with your chicks, Curbstone. I remember your post about that gorgeous coop you built - they will certainly enjoy it! Honestly, I had no idea that chicks grew so fast - they literally change from day to day. We are really enjoying them. I'm sure Noelle will keep you all posted on the goats.

Laura said...

Gracie!!! I adore this post--so fun to know that you almost got an LA loft! And, I ADORE that photo of Finley!!!! He must wear that hat on the shoot!!

Brittney said...

Grace, I must say that I find it impressive that you live in a house with scorpions, chickens, and little kids!! I remember visiting you in your old condo in CA and I never would have believed that you would be here either. It's very exciting though and I love that we can visit you more easily!!

Finley and Oliver said...

Thanks Brittney! There really is nothing better than being able to live so close to all of you. We haven't regretted the move for one second.

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