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This year we officially passed a milestone we have been working towards the entire time we have owned the property. We have observed our very first Monarch caterpillar. Since purchasing the property we have been working to propagate pollinator friendly wildflowers, preferably native ones. While a portion of this is due to our honeybees, the … Continue reading The Joys of Milkweed
I honestly never thought we would be getting to this point. We installed our solar panels this weekend. We have fourteen 325 watt Canadian Solar solar panels. They are HEAVY. At peak (most solar panels can be expected to run at 80% in full sun), but at peak they can product 4550 watts of energy. … Continue reading SOLAR!!!
Last year we were able to bring down our grocery bill to $100 a week. That is feeding 5-6 people 3 meals a day plus snacks. Last week I reached our next milestone of $80. It's in part to growing more food and a more diverse assortment of food this year. This is our meal … Continue reading Becoming more self sufficient
Due to the heat and the children I have only been able to do an hour a day of work on leveling the outside of the house. I've gotten a lot done though. Seven wheelbarrow loads of hard packed clay moved already and two small sections leveled. I think we will actually hit our goal. … Continue reading Day 2
As of today we are going to be actively trying to get everything ready to start the tires. We still have to level the ground around the concrete slab and add the concrete where the door is going. Our (my) goal is to be working at least 2 hours a day (weather permitting) until the … Continue reading The time has come
We worked for 4 days straight over the Easter holiday and C's days off. We finished laying the drainage pipe, started on the water lines, and finished the curved part of the concrete forms. We still have to finish the water lines, put in the conduit, and level out the ground a bit more with … Continue reading So much progress.
MOur spring plants started to grow which means we needed to bring them outside. C got up one day and started putting together a greenhouse. 3 hours later and this was up: It doesn't look like much but it's 8x8 and holds temperature like crazy. We put a heater inside for the nights it … Continue reading Preparing for spring
The last you heard we were preparing to lay gravel in the driveway. We did. That Wednesday they came and dumped the gravel. It was a bit entertaining too. Here is the gravel being laid nice and neatly. Here is C pulling the gravel truck up the driveway after it got stuck. And … Continue reading Finally an update!!!
Meanwhile on the Homefront.... Currently the only way to keep our home heated well is a wood burning stove that is in our living room. C grew up using these so he is fairly used to them. I, on the other hand, did not. We had a fireplace we used about twice a year at … Continue reading The bane of my sanity