I know I said I'd keep you up to date and try to keep you company, but I've been so busy living life... and I'm still nervous someone will find you and use you against me. I know about the big bad Google that lives under the bed, and sometimes I wonder about the other big bad G that lives in the big white house on the hill... the other G doesn't worry me, even though I wonder about him too sometimes, way up there in the sky. That's why I've not been writing more. That and I've been trying really hard to get things done the way I wanted them to be done in the timeframe I wanted them done, and when that didn't happen, I was pretty discouraged. I'm sorry for ignoring you.
Instead of lots of words, I'll glue in some pictures of what I've been doing--I know words would be better, but when I'm so busy living, I don't have time to sit here and tell you everything. And anyway, I'll remember everything when I see the picture later. Maybe one day, someone will find these pictures and know that they can do it too, and maybe they'll share it too. And when I get too old to build things and climb trees and hide in the hay field, maybe I'll write all the words I wanted to write.
Builder 1 in June didn't show. Builder 2 said he was scared of me. I make that mean he couldn't handle the project. Builder 3 also couldn't handle the project (no, they didn't say they were scared of me). So I picked the best spot on the 80 acres I'm on and cleared a spot, using my Kubota lawn tractor. Busted two belts and it cost me a pretty penny to fix those buggers, but it was worth it.
Then I bought a camper. The propane heater doesn't work--or if it does, I can't figure it out in the ten seconds I play with it every once in a while (ie. it's not cold enough yet for me to care). Fridge is more of a freezer--my milk is a solid block of white. I left it out on the counter all day one day so I could have some cereal at the end of the day and it was still frozen. Pic 2 is Scotch bird-watching at the feeder (seriously).
As it got colder, I decided to insulate with hay. I found a local farm getting rid of old hay for $1 a bale, so I loaded up! It's made a big difference!
Pic 2 is Scotch and me foraging for deadfall in the forest for fires and cooking.... That dog loves this place, and loves our morning walks. You think he liked walks before? He goes crazy for them now!
Pic 1: Sunset on the pond... peaceful is hardly touching it.
Pic 2. I opened my truck door to get in after a meeting, and Scotch leaned over and put his head on my shoulder and closed his eyes in a MASSIVE cuddle. I was speechless! He just stayed there, in full lean, and my heart about exploded! Had to take a picture--it makes me smile every time I see it :)
On our morning walk on Monday, I realized the dog wasn't around anymore. I listened, waited, and didn't hear anything, but after five minutes or so, I heard him excitedly barking. Went to check it out, and he'd cornered a mink in its home under a cedar tree. This cuddly, trust-with-babies dog dug that mink out and they wrestled till Scotch won. I decided to skin it, and made a tanning rack from some branches. It's drying pretty well up in the barn loft!
I love fall for its harvesting, saving for the next season--a blank slate to start again. Whenever I screw something up in the growing process, I always smile, remembering that Spring comes again. These are lavender and sunflower seeds from my garden. I had gardens everywhere this year, like every year, and hope to have them mostly in one spot next year, though I do harvest seed from all my clients' gardens as well!
Last pics: cat enjoying the sunrise, and dog in our new home--complete with fridge, stove, shelves, roof, and a bed I don't have to roll up and store away every night! While I love it, I CAN'T WAIT to have my real LFH built! I will start working on it in the next couple weeks as work slows (if it ever does!). I keep coming up with new ideas! Built by Spring is my new deadline!