At The Off Grid Modern Prefab With Snowmelt Comes The Warmth Of Friends
|Piper the sledding chicken.|
It was a great last few days of fun, but I quietly admit it was nice when it melted.
However: Snow is fun... mud, not so much.
Building the woodshed has made such a difference in our off grid lives. The spacing between the slats allows air circulation to dry, and the boards prevent even sideways rain or snow from drenching the wood. After a few winters with wood under tarps, I can really tell the difference. With last this intense, sideways snow, all I did was knock the top logs together to get any snow off, brought it inside, let it sit awhile while prior wood burned... and each time, the wood was dry.
I have spent time with wet wood, and assure you it's no fun.
I *love* our wood shed.
|Wood shed with built-in chicken run.|
Inside the prefab house, we entertained ourselves. There was lots of reading, of course, and the creation of new projects.
|He is building a remote-controlled plane.|
It's interesting how homeschool influences our "snow days off"- Thursday and Friday were filled with excitement; but when Monday rolled around and we were still "off," the Pips decided to do a little work, a little play, on their own.
I WASN'T READY FOR IT!
MY KIDS VOLUNTARILY WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AND I WANTED TO PLAY HOOKY. They were both in their rooms STUDYING when we should be PLAYING! I sat there, all forlorn, querying aloud into an empty room, "Who wants to ride?" : (
Pip 2, after coveting it for years, watching it hung high on the wall below the clerestory windows, convinced me to pull down my grandfather's instrument and let her have a go. For years I have encouraged music with my children, but nothing has really stuck. No flute, no violin nor piano, but NOOOOO she wants to play The Singing Treholipee.
At The Prefab: Alone vs. Lonely
As I have often mentioned, I am so happy here and never feel the "need" for company. WEEKS can go by without a visit and I am content. But. When I discovered my car battery was dead while Handsome Husband was away... in the snow... even though I knew he would return the next night, even though if there was an emergency I could use a farm vehicle to get help... I got a little stir crazy.
There is something about being content in sweet solitude
knowing you can't get off yer frickin' farm and are STUCK
to drive one
a little crazy, when otherwise one would be at ease...
Cowboy C. to the rescue!!!!
She showed up with gifts and a vehicle, and off we went for a day of adventure, OFF THE HOMESTEAD, INTO THE WORLD.
That's why I appreciate this article so much- N.C. Woman Ditches Truck, Rides Horse To Work. Because I, car-less, got that.
It was a great way to start the weekend- hand in hand with the cold snow melting, we were enveloped by the deep warmth of friendship.
To the off grid prefab house came the H's for a visit!
It was a woods walkin', horse huggin', cook stove cookin', bonfire makin', star gazin' weekend.
|I suspect Pip 1 had a hand in this...|
We have the Bremen town musicians going on here.
Forest ranger finds trees have social networks, too.
|There's that joke about lightbulbs...|