I am at the laundromat right now catching up on laundry. I didn't feel like listening to the generator for loads and loads of laundry time, so I took Hannah with me to do laundry. She is having fun running around and eating a chocolate chunk cookie while letting me know that the machines are still going.
Husband, Charlie, and Bethany are cutting trees and clearing brush. The barn cabins are due Monday and Tuesday next week. They will be side by side with a 12 foot space between where we will build the kitchen and "great room." each barn cabin is 12x32 and the 1000+ feet of clearing that needs to be done at 14 feet high and 20 feet wide is so the truck and trailer can get through.
So, while we will not have our "Hobbit House" the basic design has not changed, how we are doing it has. There is no way we would have been done before winter. This way, we still get to design our own home, still live off the grid, and still live simply.
So, the good news is by this time next week, we will be living in our cabin and I will have phone and internet service right there! YAY!
When I asked husband about timeline, he said in about a month we should have the roof and floor of the center area done. The wiring and plumbing shouldn't take too long. In either July or August, we will order our first windmill. We will continue to add solar panels as we can. We already have some, so we have a start on that.
I am very excited about all of this.
Other good news. Frenchie is up and walking of her own free will. I am cautiously optimistic of a full recovery, but she will never be the same again. I also don't see breeding her again due to the damage to her udder. I will have to see how much scar tissue there is and how much weight her leg can hold with severed tendons.
Patches is not wanting to get up. I don't know why. I will do a full exam on her again when I get home. She has always had a bit of a lazy streak so it could be that with no need to get up (food and water are where they can get to it laying down if they want) then she just doesn't feel like it so she won't.