What happens to a dream deferred? You mail it to yourself for next year.

Ryan & I just had a heavy conversation about our timeline to break ground on the homestead.  It does involve bunnies, I’m getting to that soon.

It dawned on us that building this Fall 2012 would be too soon in terms of finances and research.  We still haven’t found (or even started looking at) land, and need time to understand water systems, electrical wiring, roofing, green building with earth bags, passive solar, and all the less daunting homesteading skills like candle making, growing organic produce, and knowing what to do when facing a wild bear.

This decision was more than a bit sad for me, as I am impatient, and even today while trying to listen to the beautiful rain we were interrupted by the sound of cars nearly hitting each other at the Lafayette St. bridge.  After swallowing some tears with a cherry chocolate bar (the Koala Bar), we agreed it was the most logical decision to push back the build date until 2013.  As we settled into the decision, with our only consolation being another whole year to eat as much as we wanted to at Greenhouse Grille and Little Bread Co,  my visions of the homestead became starkly real in my mind only to fade tragically into the distant future…

I had a brief daydream of walking down a long dirt road in the early summer to collect our mail, to discover a tiny bunny huddled in the long grass near the mailbox.  (I told you there would be bunnies in this post!)  Ryan said not to worry, waiting until 2013 to build would ensure that there would be 20 bunnies and not just one living on our land.

But I needed some sort of countdown or ticker, so that I could feel myself getting closer to those bunnies. So here it is! Gotta love the turtle :)  You can track our countdown on the Home page, too, and watch us bicycle our way off-grid!


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