It Didn't Happen! No Visit To The Modern Prefab House Kit.
(If you're wondering, she's holding a bird she made. I think.)
The children awoke with sore throats, sniffles, and fever.
So... there was no weekend taking videos and pictures and observations in the modern prefab house kit.
Somehow I escaped the sickness. (Must be all that burnt garlic I eat out of the pan that no one will touch...)
I felt fine; the weather was beautiful... I hated to see the gorgeous weather here, and not be at the prefab house kit so... I played music and... cooked the entire weekend.
The dogs kept the sick children company, snuggling with them on the beds, couch... keeping the cranky children soothed with big eyes of empathy (as they stealthily stole their bed covers).
Even in fever, the children whined, "We want to go to the land..."
We all miss it, when we're not there, despite the crazy suitcase lifestyle, the hectic workweek to get there, the meal planning (I cook everything the Thursday prior to the weekend), the incredible survival packing we've done for years through tick season, high summer heat with no shelter, the dark and quickly plummeting cold, then...
The prefab house kit construction this past year: exterior weather tight, yet still a lack of interior walls, restrooms or cooking stoves (or heat, and despite the fabulous passive solar design and super efficient insulation: I want heat and a stove!).
Regardless of its Coolio Net Zero Passive Solar Prefab House Kit status, our prefab modern house is still currently without systems.
VMI basketball floorboards to sort, tools to...
It never ends.
It's not so bad now that we have 1.exterior walls and 2.the children are out of diapers, but... you can imagine the routine: car packed / dogs loaded / chickens moved / wild cat fed / food cooked and in the cooler; clothes packed (and then unpacked, covered with mud)... for years now.
Hearing the children miss it terribly, despite being ill... reminds us we're doing the right thing, regardless of the stress of never doing one place well.
The 7year old wanted to discuss Animal Plans and informed me he has Big Ideas on how to do things, saying he does not want an electric fence like so many of our farming friends have. Although I grew up with a family farm, I too question some things, and have looked at ways to address the Fencing Issue. Solar electric fencing is a practical, effective way to protect livestock. (Did I mention the coyotes are the size o' shepherds here? The bears? Copperheads? The mountain lions no one has quite documented except for my cousin's friends who DO have a crazy photo? HECK YA, welcome to the country! If ya don't embrace it, move out! And far away! And don't make suburbs near the country!) Electric fencing is much better than the barbed wire with which I grew up unfortunately acquainted.
Re-thinking and exploring fencing (at this moment I pulled "How To Build Fences" out of the bookshelf) is educational. So I handed that sick chile' a book and told him to get back to me with a better solution.
My latest find is a stylish smoke detector that snaps on to a lamp cord vs. sticking to your ceiling...
What consumers need to understand is this: The house kit was finished long ago, and now we, as a family, are finishing the interior to our own family's needs. So you can do with it, yourself, whatever you want.
I'm looking forward to documenting this prefab project's completion, but... it's a never-ending process.
The systems will snap on, the interior will be built; but... we have years of adventure ahead creating a sustainable farm.
P.p.s. We *will* be having another Prefab Open House the weekend of April 11th, to coincide with Appomattox's History Weekend, more on that soon.