Reflections on December, 2017

archway cob home farm

Solar power is in the pipeline!

The ground mount frame for the solar array is now secured in the ground. Each of the 12 posts are stabilized 6 feet underground with concrete. The lateral frame has been welded to the upright posts. The end caps are secured to keep wasps from making nests in them. […]

Reflections on November, 2017

clay paint

We’re now moving into the 5th year of building our home. At the beginning, I assumed it would take 2-3 years. However, my mother’s death, the birth of 2 baby boys, finances, and weather set us back months at a time. I know now more than ever what kind of dedication, attention, and especially time […]

Reflections on September and October, 2017

alis paint over earthbag walls

Ah, the power of music! I’m going to let you in on a little October secret: if you are facing a tumultuous task, turn on some music. You won’t be disappointed. I have been nudging Aaron to get us a subscription to a music service for a long time. “It will motivate us to get […]

Reflections on August, 2017

green august porch swing

Welcome back to the homestead, readers. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Our pastures are as green as my birthstone, the emerald, and it’s been this green all month. A birthday blessing just for me! I think we surpassed August’s rainfall average in the first week. And our spray-foam-elastomeric-coated-pallet roof is […]

Reflections on July, 2017

pallet blocks under swingset

What a contrast this July has been compared to last year! Saul, my name for the wind, has taken a hiatus for some reason. I usually complain about his presence, acting like a blow-dryer in the already hot, dry climate. But this July, I’ve secretly been begging for him to grace us with a breeze […]