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Monday, November 12, 2012

A Little Farm Update

I have had a few e-mails asking where I have been so I thought I should check in. I can't believe it has been so long since I posted! Cleaning up after the huge storm this summer was a major set back for us. Our grand plans of moving onto the property before winter were dependent on making massive amounts of progress every remaining day of summer. And it just didn't happen! Two weeks without electricity meant spending most of day hauling water and trying to avoid heat stroke. And it was 3 weeks before power was restored at the farm. That meant no way to charge the drills, no way to run the saws, and no lights to see what we were doing even if we found a project o work on without power tools. It was a very frustrating month long set back. After the power was restored we had to face the reality that we could not get moved in by winter. There simply wasn't enough time left to run water lines, upgrade the electrical, rebuild the completely gutted kitchen and bath, install a woodburning stove, and split enough firewood to keep us warm through the winter.

So it was time to change our plans yet again! As we pondered whether or not we could still manage the move or even come up with the funds to do so, I received an unexpected phone call. Last school year I was on the substitute teacher call list for our county and took one day job assignments for preschool-12th grade classrooms. The phone call was from the county Board of Education and they were offering me a one year assignment as a math teacher at my old high school. After we talked about it as I family, we realized this would bring in the rest of the funds needed to finish remodeling the house. We could work on the house on the weekends through the fall and winter in the hopes of being moved in by the spring of 2013 and be on our way to living debt free in our own home! So, I spend 5 days a week teaching freshman math and 2 days a week stacking tires for the earthship, remodeling the farmhouse, and running the homestead. It was definitely an unexpected change to our daily routine but I absolutely love teaching! It has been a very rewarding experience and I'm so glad it all worked out like it did.

So that's why I haven't blogged in what seems like forever :) We haven't given up on our dreams of sustainable living but we have taken a slight detour. We have still managed to make some progress on the house in the last few months, but not much. We have the kitchen windows replaced and the walls are ready for cabinets at least.
We've went from this:

                     To this:
I know it's far from finished but at least we've got the ball rolling! Now to hang all of those cabinets sitting around the house and we'll be on our way to having this room done. Other than the kitchen, most of our work has been outside emptying out old buildings, removing debris from the property, and just general maintenance. We have found some pretty cool stuff tucked away in all of those closets and buildings that I'll make a post about sometime.

And here's a little animal update. Twinkle the duck just hatched 2 little ducklings yesterday. I don't know how easy it will be to keep November ducklings alive but we're going to give it a try since she decided she needed to hatch some winter babies.

Much Love from the Farm,


  1. New follower here. I found you through Homestead Revival. I would love for you to come share at my weekly blog fest:

  2. Hmm, I think I should follow this blog LOL. I Googled for Earthships and found you... I'm from Charleston, myself, and would LOVE to know how an Earthship fares in our climate (especially with all the rain... how to treat walls against erosion?) Plus all your chickies are SO cute!

    Keep up the great work!