Nature doesn’t care that you’re cold. Nature doesn’t care that you can’t feel your toes. When it’s time for a tree to fall, it falls. When it’s time for three to fall, that happens too. And unless you want to try to work around them for the rest of the Winter, clearing them up can’t wait until Spring. Today we work in twenty degree temps to split the biggest rounds from the biggest tree. On the upside, we completely filled up not only all of our firewood bins, but stacked three pallets about four feet high. Gettin’ it done, even when we don’t want to do it. And walking the path.
We began the process of obtaining our property and the home building process in March. Our expectation was that we would be moved into our new homestead by August, September, maybe October at the latest. It’s now January, and we haven’t yet broken ground. What caused the delays? Was it financing? No, we had that in hand. Delays with the builder? Nope, they were pretty much good to go from day one. No, the issue was the huge number of hoops we had to jump through. We split a piece of existing, undeveloped property. This, for some inexplicable reason requires the approval of multiple government agencies. One of these, which shall remain nameless (let’s just call them the Department of