Whew! The party is over and it went off without a hitch. How exciting it was to have a good showing of guests from all backgrounds and walks of life. I’ve been neglectful with my blogging duties lately as most of the two weeks prior to the party had our punch lists operating on overload. There is nothing quite as motivational as knowing that your place will be inundated with a slew of people to get you going on some of those tasks that have been glaring at you. A lot of them had to do with cleaning the outside areas of debris, organizing leftover construction materials, burning tree limbs and clearing overgrown areas of brush. However, we were certain not to forget our own bedroom suites as well; hanging artwork and photos, cleaning floors, and straightening up everywhere inside.
We actually finished with all of our tasks about 15 minutes prior to the official start of the party. This included the hanging of our temporary sign up at the front gate too! So, we are officially announcing ourselves to the Mountain Loop Highway. I basically had a vinyl banner of part of our fabulous logo made which I then contact cemented to a piece of painted plywood. Our more "official" sign will actually be a great deal larger to fit the space better and be a sandblasted bas relief wood sign. It will look quite rustic. This one works for now.
Saturday’s party was a day that had each of us flitting around constantly with different groups of people. I hardly saw Tim and Glenn that day. Each of us would lead tours of the house, take them to the pastures with the animals, or show people the property. We constantly were hearing how different, and bigger, it all looks in person versus on the Internet. While I sometimes can only see the path that lies ahead in terms of work ever to be done, it was validating to see the excitement as people took in all that we’ve accomplished thus far.
A big thank you to all the wonderful presents and gift cards we received! Our Lincoln Log Home dealers, Ron and Pam, had a special Paca Pride sign made out of powder coated metal that took inspiration from our logo and features a log home, truly spectacular. We really felt blessed by all those who choose to join us both in spirit and here at the ranch. If you have not yet been here, I do hope you plan a visit. We’ll only be getting better as time goes by, I promise!
This week has me in recovery mode. I have to force myself to take a break and just regroup a bit. However, that doesn’t mean resting on any laurels either. Today, I had a meeting to update our farm plan with the Snohomish Conservation District who have proved immeasurably valuable in helping us establish our farm practices. Another meeting this afternoon as well to discuss an upcoming memorial service to be held at the ranch.
So life at Paca Pride is in its summer stride. We’ll next be setting our sights on the big yurt and gravel for the roads as well as the ranch store. Key to making this happen will be freeing up our cash flow a bit. We’re pursuing a couple different angles, but hopefully it won’t delay us too long. In the meantime, I think I’d better be hoping on that rezone application and a visit to Rainier Yurts manufacturing facility.
Enjoy the photos! I’ll be posting more as a receive them from our photographer friends who attended the party. I found that I wasn’t able to snap as many as I would have liked. So, they’ll be trickling in.