Up this week: Could it be… Electricity?!, sweet trees, cheater cooking while staying cool and a note to just jump.
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The electric company came out this week and it went better than expected in some ways. The way we see it, the only possible hangup would be getting the neighbors to allow an easement to run the lines. You would think it shouldn’t be a problem… expect the worse, hope for the best. Sooo, if all goes right, we could technically have grid power within the next 3 weeks or so!
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Fast forward to this week’s visit and the shocker we were hit with. It will cost us nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch! If we wanted to go underground even, we would just have to dig the ditch. 3 foot deep. But since I am fairly certain the FBI and CIA and every other alphabet soup agency is watching purchases of large amounts of dynamite, and I really don’t have time to deal with all those investigations, above ground it is.
Once we get the easement approval from the neighbors, the electric company will come out and clear the trees, leaving them in nice, messy piles for us to deal with. Uh, free firewood anyone?? Bring a chainsaw and some chairs, we’ll grill and make it a party!
So how picky can I be?? There are 3 (maybe 4) trees that I desperately want to keep. Like this one:
It speaks of resiliency – even though half of it is gone and one branch fell – it adapted and lives!
And this one:
It looks like a stairway. To Heaven perhaps. A reminder to always look upward.
They are big and unique and just oh so neat! I’m gonna do my best to convince them.
After speaking with him, I have to wonder, if it is this easy, why were we told different so long ago? Why were we not told it would be that easy to get power? I know the answer – we had things to learn. Learn we did.
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Maybe the family won’t revolt to much if I deem a few months out of the year to be “electricity free”. During decent weather months. Not going to miss the freezing cold and burning hot.
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So how do you cook when the solar oven isn’t finished, there isn’t a generator and mama doesn’t feel like standing in front of a fire when it is already 95?? Like this of course! It actually worked fairly well – we got to sit in the air conditioning, watch a movie and the pizza warmed. I’d say cooked, but since the crust never browned, I think it was closer to “warming”. Hey, at least the cheese melted!
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It struck a cord with me. Maybe because we did get “knocked up” early, and we got married early, and kept on having children, and bought a house, and and… all during “not ready” moments. It’s how we lived our lives, unintentionally. It’s just how things fell, how life happened. To intentionally jump and get started on something important to us, even though we weren’t “ready” and didn’t have much of a plan, it sounds crazy to some.
But when would it have been a “good time”? Doesn’t life just kinda happen like that? Timing is never “perfect”, usually not even “as good a time as any”. It’s almost always that “shake your head, really, now?” time. How much more upsetting would our hiccups have been had we waited until we were “ready” and at the “perfect time”? We would still be waiting…
Just jump. Do something this week, even a small something, to get started. Getting started is always the hardest part.
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Before breakfast flutterby catching.
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