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Timothy - 27. Chapter 27

“Stephen, call Mom and let her know we won’t be there for Sunday dinner.”

I called my mom to let her know we would be down for the weekend. “Mom, tell Randy that Stephen wants to talk about his computer systems.”

“Tim, Dad said he showed your lease agreement to his lawyer. He wanted to know who drafted it. Dad said he was concerned about losing Dad as a client.”

“Maybe we can stop over some night. We can visit in the evening.”

That Friday evening, we stopped at Stephan’s mom and dad’s home. Dad had to tell us about his lawyer’s reaction to the new lease.

 

Saturday morning, we headed south. We passed by Mrs. Kenner’s house, so we stopped to say hello. She said she missed us. Looking at her yard and flower beds, we knew why she missed us.

Arriving home, Randy was sitting on the porch waiting for us. Even before we got out of the car, he was opening Stephen’s door. When Stephen got out of the car, he grabbed Randy and tossed him over his shoulders. I was surprised but not as surprised as Randy. Mom came out of the house when she heard Randy yell.

I got a hug, and Randy got a swat on his bum. Stephen got a kiss on his cheek. “Mom, a kiss?”

She laughed. I got my kiss.

We took our luggage into the house, where Dad and Mrs. Olman greeted us.

“Tim, we planned on having a late lunch. Eva will be here with her intended. When I told her you were coming for the weekend, she wanted you to meet him. I’ll let you draw your conclusions, but Eva wants your opinion.”

“I would like to meet him. Is he that young doctor she was dating?”

“I don’t know. You can ask her. Here she comes.”

“I thought you said a late lunch?” Just then, Eva entered the house and grabbed me in a hug. I whispered in her ear, “You need to give someone else a hug.”

I’m now sure what happened, but she hugged Randy and then when she saw Stephen, She hugged him.

“I didn’t see Stephen, and I thought you meant Randy. Tim, Mom, said you have a very nice home.”

“Thanks, you and your good doctor need to visit us. I can show you where Stephen and I work and perhaps a little bit of the town.”

Before she could answer, a young man walked into the house. “Tim, Stephen, this is Dr. John Aspin, my boyfriend.”

“With that ring on your finger, I would say he’s a little more than a boyfriend. I’m Tim, the brother. This is Stephen, my husband.” I waited for a reaction, and there was none.

“I’m glad to meet you, both of you. Your sister has been touting your horn so much, that I was anxious to meet you.”

Then from the living room, “Hi Doc.”

“Hi, Randy.”

I chuckled.

“They are good friends, and I hope you and Stephen will become good friends with John as well.”

“If you like him, then we will support both of you.” Whispering in her ear, “When is the big day?”

“This coming September, we haven’t picked the exact date, but I’ll let you know.”

“Mom, Dad, we have to leave. We are on duty in an hour. I just wanted to stop by and introduce John to Tim and Stephen.”

Hugging Eva, “He seems like a nice guy. I like him, and I know by the look in your eyes, you will be happy.”

Eva and I have been close, and there is nothing more I would want for her than for her to be happy.

“Mom, is there anything you need for dinner? Randy is going to drive us around town.” I looked at Randy when I said that. He hadn’t offered, but I knew he would do it.

I hadn’t been away from home long, but there were some changes. The ice cream parlor has become a fast-food restaurant, and there was a bowling alley as well.

We stopped at Donnie’s parent’s goat farm, and there was a for sale sign out front. “Randy, did you know they were selling the farm?”

“Yes, Mr. Parker has retired, and they want to move closer to Mrs. Parker’s sister.”

“What did they do with the goats?”

“They sold them to the Jesses who own that farm down by the stream.”

“I’m going to miss their goat cheese. It’s the best I have eaten.” When we stayed at Mrs. Kenner’s, I would buy the goat cheese at that grocery store where we shopped for Mrs. Olman. It was just okay.

Driving back to my parent’s home, I thought about Donnie and the times we spent on that farm.

“Tim, you okay?”

“Yes, I was thinking about the times Donnie and I had on that farm. It was a safe place for us. We didn’t have to worry about kids calling us names or causing problems. It was our haven. And now it will be gone. I guess that’s life.”

Dinner was excellent. Mom knew how much I liked vegetables, so she made a vegetable casserole that was my favorite. Before we head home, I want that recipe.

“You’re unusually quiet, Tim. Something bothering you?”

“Today, we stopped at Parker’s farm. Mr. Parker has retired, and they are moving closer to Mrs. Parker’s sister. That farm was part of my history with Donnie. I guess change is inevitable.”

That night we slept in my old room. Randy offered the bed, taking one of the sleeping bags. “Randy, that is your bed. You sleep there. We will be okay.”

Sleep didn’t come easy. I must have been disturbing Stephen. He grabbed me and pulled me into his arms. “You’re dreaming. Everything is okay.”

As I nestled in his arms, I fell into a deep sleep, but I wasn’t alone. I was sitting on the bank of the stream behind the farm. Donnie was sitting beside me. “Timmy, buy the farm. It belongs to us.”

I woke in a start and woke Stephen. “I’m going to buy the farm.” I fell back to sleep.

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Great ending of the chapter I didn't see it coming.On one hand it's a perfect idea but on the other hand who will they get to run the farm? Maybe Randy eventually if he wants to do that but who in the mean time?I don't think Tim would quit being a lawyer

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Awesome chapter, we didn't get any bad news bar the farm being sold and his dream of Donnie telling him to buy it. I think who will run the farm will just happen without much thought though I don't think it will be the two of them. Interesting developments

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Another interesting chapter, buying the farm is a great idea. Perhaps they could look at placing it in a conservation easement ensuring it stays as a farm in perpetuity. Then find some young farmers needing a lucky break!

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Am I the only one confused? In the beginning, I thought Eva was the estranged money grubbing sister that wouldn't lower herself to everyone else's standards? Though, I did get the impression that John is just a pawn and she stopped by to parade him around in front of Timothy and Stephen. The farm is where Timothy gets a lot of his strength from and Donnie is right, he needs to buy it. I got the impression though that Stephen was already one step ahead of Timothy and the wheels were already rolling in that direction. 

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2 hours ago, Chris L said:

Am I the only one confused? In the beginning, I thought Eva was the estranged money grubbing sister that wouldn't lower herself to everyone else's standards? Though, I did get the impression that John is just a pawn and she stopped by to parade him around in front of Timothy and Stephen. The farm is where Timothy gets a lot of his strength from and Donnie is right, he needs to buy it. I got the impression though that Stephen was already one step ahead of Timothy and the wheels were already rolling in that direction. 

No the estranged one is the older sister, Ann Marie, as you can read in the last chapter. And John isn’t just a pawn. Eva just want her beloved family to know him. 

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Another really good chapter :read: and ending with an interesting not quite 'cliff hanger' Cal. Nor are you "giving away the farm"  (those unfamiliar with the phrase will find definition online), but Donnie sent a clear message to Tim to buy it. I suspect the Parker's will also include the goat cheese recipe in the sale. 

drsawzall suggested 'Conservation Easement in Perpetuity' is a good idea. Another would be to create a 'Legacy Trust' which accomplishes the same but so much more tying the 'farm estate' to the family (and designated 'heirs' if Tim & Stephen chose to adopt children 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 instead of surrogacy).

As for who's going to 'run' the farm (and associated farm product sales ~ Donnie's Heavenly Goat Cheese ~ it could use Agriculture College Co-Op students (usually with a government grant and/or business tax credit) until Randy graduates. Tim and/or Stephen can have their office at the farm. 

Options abound if you know where to look, and both Tim & Stephen have plenty of vision. Continuing Stephen's (Sr and Jr) and Gramp's theme of conservation; covering the farm building roofs with either solar shingles or panels could generate surplus energy to feed back to 'the Grid', as will installing wind turbines, resulting with the farm being effectively 'Net-Zero', and an example (via the Ag-College & Gov't) for 'Future Farming Today'*.

:thankyou:

 

* ©️  TM 

*Just some random ideas from my company.

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Tim the lawyer, Tim the farmer... Which one would get me going more??? Is there a Tim the fireman??? Loving the guys still and looking forward to seeing how the farm develops.:thankyou:

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On 11/21/2021 at 4:58 AM, weinerdog said:

Great ending of the chapter I didn't see it coming.On one hand it's a perfect idea but on the other hand who will they get to run the farm? Maybe Randy eventually if he wants to do that but who in the mean time?I don't think Tim would quit being a lawyer

The farm's main product was goat cheese. With the goats gone there isn't much left. The vegetables were for themselves and the extra they sold.

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On 11/21/2021 at 5:11 AM, chris191070 said:

Great chapter. So Tim is going to buy the farm, what will he do with it and who will run it.

I'm not sure. I  guess we will wait and see.

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On 11/21/2021 at 6:31 AM, mikedup said:

Awesome chapter, we didn't get any bad news bar the farm being sold and his dream of Donnie telling him to buy it. I think who will run the farm will just happen without much thought though I don't think it will be the two of them. Interesting developments

I agree it won't be them. I have a feeling it might be Randy

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On 11/21/2021 at 6:31 AM, mikedup said:

Awesome chapter, we didn't get any bad news bar the farm being sold and his dream of Donnie telling him to buy it. I think who will run the farm will just happen without much thought though I don't think it will be the two of them. Interesting developments

Remember these words reading the next chapter.

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23 hours ago, Chris L said:

Am I the only one confused? In the beginning, I thought Eva was the estranged money grubbing sister that wouldn't lower herself to everyone else's standards? Though, I did get the impression that John is just a pawn and she stopped by to parade him around in front of Timothy and Stephen. The farm is where Timothy gets a lot of his strength from and Donnie is right, he needs to buy it. I got the impression though that Stephen was already one step ahead of Timothy and the wheels were already rolling in that direction. 

Two sisters, Eva is 2 years older than Tim, the other sister will be introduced in coming chapters. She is considerable older than Tim. I think you may be right about Stephen. He seems to be an intuitive person

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16 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Another really good chapter :read: and ending with an interesting not quite 'cliff hanger' Cal. Nor are you "giving away the farm"  (those unfamiliar with the phrase will find definition online), but Donnie sent a clear message to Tim to buy it. I suspect the Parker's will also include the goat cheese recipe in the sale. 

drsawzall suggested 'Conservation Easement in Perpetuity' is a good idea. Another would be to create a 'Legacy Trust' which accomplishes the same but so much more tying the 'farm estate' to the family (and designated 'heirs' if Tim & Stephen chose to adopt children 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 instead of surrogacy).

As for who's going to 'run' the farm (and associated farm product sales ~ Donnie's Heavenly Goat Cheese ~ it could use Agriculture College Co-Op students (usually with a government grant and/or business tax credit) until Randy graduates. Tim and/or Stephen can have their office at the farm. 

Options abound if you know where to look, and both Tim & Stephen have plenty of vision. Continuing Stephen's (Sr and Jr) and Gramp's theme of conservation; covering the farm building roofs with either solar shingles or panels could generate surplus energy to feed back to 'the Grid', as will installing wind turbines, resulting with the farm being effectively 'Net-Zero', and an example (via the Ag-College & Gov't) for 'Future Farming Today'*.

:thankyou:

 

* ©️  TM 

*Just some random ideas from my company.

I should send you the story outline before I publish. Tim will have someone maintain the farm,. but with the goats gone, there isn't much.

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14 hours ago, Kev said:

Tim the lawyer, Tim the farmer... Which one would get me going more??? Is there a Tim the fireman??? Loving the guys still and looking forward to seeing how the farm develops.:thankyou:

Tim is gong to have some problems to deal with and buying the farm is just one.

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