Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today 05/02/2018

And Now The Work Begins

It is now officially spring in the woodlands of Central Northern Michigan. The Grosbeeks have returned to the Rollin’ Rock. We mourn their migration each August. It just makes it all so final. Oh, I’m sorry, if you don’t know what a Grosbeek is, it’s a beautiful bird . All of the ice piles have melted, the ground is soft enough to till, and there are daffodils blooming in the butterfly garden in the east20.

We are so excited and overwhelmed to get this new year of planting and reconstructing started. There are so many loose ends to tie up and projects to finish up and put in motion, but we are motivated by the warmth of the sun and the soft gentle breezes.

The wind generator will rise into the east20 with the help of friends from Tennessee, the garden is expanding, a new cowboy to raise (puppy), hopefully a few more livestock, the completion of the storage shed, build a beehive hutch, solar collectors have to be moved and completed and a host of other projects.

I’ll keep you posted as we get started. Cabin life isn’t for everyone, but I’m sure glad we’re here!

Journal Entry / Thoughts For Today

12/27/17

It has been bitterly cold here in central northern Michigan. At 8am on my way out to feed the chicks and bunnies it was -7 degrees. Normal temps here for this time of year is around 30. Can’t wait to get back to that “normal”. The sun has been absent for days. Charging our battery bank has been a real challenge. Without the wind turbine as a backup, power has been generated with an LP generator. Not our optimum solution, but with the little power we use it’s a good temporary solution.

The chickens seem to be weathering the frigid temps. We are still getting eggs at least every other day. We did extend their lighting with battery operated LED lights, so they are getting an appropriate amount of hours of lighting to continue laying.

The bunnies huddle each in their cages waiting for fresh food and water twice a day. Not much to look forward to except warmer temps and sunshine. I’m waiting for the same.