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Firsts

May 2nd has always come with big changes for me. I found out I was pregnant with my first baby on May 2nd, 2004. May 2nd, 2010 was my first day of being a full-fledged entrepreneur working for myself. And May 2nd, 2020 was the first day we began building our home. A year later – today – I sat outside reading, listening to the chorus of peepers, thoroughly enjoying a very rare and early 68-degree day. I listened to birdsong, watched spiders and bugs around me, heard the red squirrels yelling at each other. I spent the day in my own little version of heaven.

And today on May 2nd, 2021, we experienced several new-to-us firsts! We heard our first white-throated sparrow of the spring singing his song: “drink-your-tea-tea-tea-tea-tea”. We took our first outdoor shower using our Joolca (outdoor camp shower system). It was exquisitely enjoyable, after three months of simply washing up using a pan of hot water. For the very first time, we had robins on our property singing their beautiful melodic song. We saw (and I got bit by) the first mosquito of the season. And I saw this fascinating creature (I am a serious lover of almost all things six- and eight-legged). It is a boreal lightning bug larvae!

I know it looks a bit…prehistoric and foreign. It has a segmented body, and it’s eyes, and antennae are at the end of a moving “stalk” coming out of the body! Absolutely nuts looking and not at all what you’d think of when you think of a lightning bug.

Here are some of our overnight visitors:

We have several moths on or around our front door every morning. The variety and how well they blend in with certain trees is just amazing.

I can’t wait to share with you how our homestead is evolving day by day, and what we do here, what we see, smell, feel, and hear. I want to share it all with you so you, too, can be inspired to find your own bit of heaven.

Lisa

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What a Difference a Year Makes

A year ago today, we started building our home. Then, there wasn’t much to look at up here – just the land the we cleared in 2017 that had partially been reclaimed by forest in the three intervening years. On that sunny Saturday morning, we climbed the path (that’s now our driveway) up to what would become the build site for our house. Armed with a two sets of garden loppers to take down that regrown brush and undergrowth, we embarked on a journey that would consume every day, and all our physical, mental, and emotional energy for the next nine months. If we knew then what was ahead of us, there’s a pretty good chance that we would have turned around and headed back down that path as quickly as we could. But, of course, we didn’t. Sometimes, ignorance isn’t only bliss, it’s exactly what you need to get the job done.

Here’s what our land looked like a year ago.

May 2, 2020

And here’s what it looks like today.

May 2, 2021

There’s still more to do. That will be this year’s story. But while we show you that process, we thought it might be interesting and helpful for anyone considering or currently on a similar journey to revisit last year’s build in greater detail using the photos and videos that documented our progress.

So stay tuned as we both relive the experience of our lifetimes, giving you what information and advice we can along the way. Thanks for being here.

John

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