Boy, I’m horrible at keeping you all up-to-date. I keep procrastinating because there’s so many parts to our story I haven’t told yet. But I figure I should just go forward from here, otherwise I’m gonna get further and further behind. 🙂
So summer is officially here and the temperatures are rising. Where I sit right now, under the shade shelter we built, with the breeze blowing across me, it’s not too hot. Inside the trailer? Well, as long as the breeze is blowing through the open windows, it’s bearable. At least Bachan and Pagee have AC in their trailer.
We’ve been having quite the time keeping tarps on the shade shelter frames. The wind has been atrocious.
But we keep redesigning and rebuilding. And then it’s good till the next wind storm. And by wind storm, I mean literal hurricane force winds. Yeah, anything that’s not tied down – and even some things that are – gets blown off the mountain down into the canyon.
But that’s life up here. You learn to deal with it. You prepare the best you can, and trust God for the rest.
Our schedule is about to heat up, too. Our house plans were turned into the building department this last week! We have just a short month or two to prepare for the work to begin. And then we’re gonna go crazy!
Not that we haven’t been keeping busy. We finally got our shower all put together.
You may remember that our trailer does not have a working bathroom. So we’ve been washing up with buckets and wash cloths, or going down to Mom’s to take showers.
But now, we can take full on regular showers right here on the homestead! I’ll do a explanatory post on that whole system some time.
And speaking of my mom, she brought a TON of cherries from her trees up to gain some help in pitting them. Her and Princess Girl pitted a large refrigerator drawer full of cherries. Flower Girl helped by being the official taste tester. 🙂
The following day, the girls and I went to Mom’s to help her make jam and a couple cobblers.
The end result was 27 cups of jam using three different recipes, and two cobblers.
Life hasn’t all been hard work over the last month, though. I’ve had a little bit of time to relax here and there. A couple Sundays ago, I spent nearly the whole afternoon in the hammock.
The girl’s and I had an opportunity to dress in 1860’s clothing and join in a Civil War Days event.
And just the other day, amongst errands, we spontaneously decided to take our fast-food to a park for an impromptu picnic. (I learned that I feel less guilty about eating fast-food if we turn it into a picnic. 😉 )
And amongst all the work of settling into the trailers, getting our house plans turned in to the building department, and the myriad of other things we do every day, Princess Girl and I have been working at our summer job at least a couple days a week.
One thing I’m learning is that up here on the homestead everything takes more time. Because we are living completely off grid in an old camping trailer, there are extra steps to nearly every task.
Gonna make breakfast? Gotta gather up of the food and utensils and dishes needed to take out to the outdoor kitchen first.
Gonna go potty? Well, do your business, but know in just a couple of days, you’re gonna have to take care of that bag of poo. (Another post on that is also in the works, just in case you’re wondering. 😉 )
Gotta get something from the shed? You gotta walk all the way over there and back -several times usually – to get what you need.
But it’s a good kind of work and we’re happy to be here. As has been my mantra for the last several months, “the trade off is worth it!”
“I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121
We turned in our plans yesterday, so it sounds like we will be getting our permits around the same time! 🙂 I know exactly what you mean about everything taking twice as long! We have such limited space in our trailer that every time I cook (and being 45 minutes out of town, that’s more often than not) I have to move this to get to that, then I have to put this here so I can get that over there… you know what I mean. Ughhh! But I agree with you on the sentiment, that I would have it any other way! I know that in a year or two (God willing) I will have a beautiful home to move into and I’m sure it will all be worth every bother! Those cherry cobblers and all that cherry jam looks great! Have a great 4th!
That’s awesome, Vickie. How exciting! Happy 4th to you, too.