41 degrees outside - 8:45 pm - showers...
One of the things we have found with this off-grid lifestyle is that things don’t always go the way you expect them. It is a good thing to be humbled by nature but it does not make the lesson any easier.
I am a type-A personality; a perfectionist who likes to be in control and have things go a certain way. My husband is a closet type-A personality; he is very easy going but also is a perfectionist who likes to have things go a certain way. Yes, we do know that’s a little unreasonable, so we are working at paring down our expectations and instead sitting back and accepting where life takes us. It’s a recipe for simplicity and yet we are finding nothing simple about it.
We knew there would be challenges building off-grid. It isn’t that common in the area where we are living, so there has been a bit of a learning curve. No matter how many books we read, questions we ask and online websites we visit, the only way to learn is by doing.
The learning started immediately. After we roughed in the driveway and cleared the build site, we thought we would only need a couple dump truck loads of base rock for the driveway and a couple more to build up the build site for our home. About twenty-four truck loads of rock and many thousands of dollars later (that we hadn’t budgeted for), we finally had all the rock we needed, for the time being at least.
|Ursa Major aka Big Dipper sitting just above the mountain.|