Rancho Laurena Update:
New well pump unneeded after all so electrical box replacement and well maintenance will cost a few hundred vs a few thousand.
Lauren's Laptop has gone the way of so many of her computers past. She is wondering if she is jinxed with all things electric, that maybe she possesses some strange electromagnetic force that dooms all her advanced technological equipment. She is currently posting from 12-year-old son's hand me down desktop, which is missing keys on its keyboard, and is grimy beyond even her tolerance level. The unadjustable monitor projects a ghastly shade of puce, and is surrounded by pasted on sharks, tigers, and dragons, creating an atmosphere unsuitable for anything remotely creative from Lauren. For now, she is able to receive email through said scary computer and will venture to child's bedroom as little as possible to do that but the Pretending to Farm posting will slow and stop ocassionally. Such is life.
Please help Lauren out a bit as she has lost all her email contacts. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org so someday she can communicate with you all again. Hopefully, the absence will make it all the sweeter when the posting resumes.