Sunday, May 19, 2013

Limbo and the Pro

Day 210 - Sunday May 19th:

Turns out that I am still stuck in Iowa. The work is essentially finished. Season is basically kaput. However, they are leaving us in limbo for the possibility of clean up work/reflies. We were told that 'most of us will be returning early next week'.

Let us hope that plays out! I have a cottage to build on a mountain top. Not sure how long it will take me to put it up. I have never done one from the ground up before. Perhaps It will turn out that I am slow. ;-) Or rather, take my time to savour it??


The projected budget spreadsheet was based on leaving on the 15th. All numbers were met. Happy about that. Now I am on 'Free' money mode. That is. Unprojected savings. I'm going to relate it to the principal of living off grid with a photovoltaic system. The sun is shining, your batteries are topped off and now you have excess power available that would otherwise be 'wasted' if you didnt decide to do a load of laundry. :)

What to do with 'Free' money? In this case I have decided to purchase a GoPro Hero 3. It is my attempt to create better videos for the upcoming homestead projects. The idea was always to get a better camera anyway. Now it simply will not affect the bottom line.

Side note : I've been pricing out PV components and other building supplies. So far the PV components have been remaining in very low costs. Hovering around a dollar a watt. Amazing. Is anyone aware of that condition where people are actually in love with inanimate objects? Well, that isn't me. However, I can see myself having an intense-magickal appreciation for the Solar panels. Honestly, that actually may be the entire reason why I am doing this whole venture. Plus who wouldnt want to sip hot tea on a porch over looking the sky and forested mountainside?

Go Pro Hero 3 - Black Edition

Enjoying the day at Dubuque Regional Airport


  1. When the time comes, build slowly....aim for perfection.

  2. Ditto what Granny said, take it slow and you can be thoughtful and meticulous and the end result will be amazing. I just know it!

  3. @ Granny & 1st :

    One foot on the brake and one on the gas... But I can't drive, 55. ;/

  4. Congratulations on meeting your monetary goals! So nice to have a little free to boot! I can so relate to not being in a hurry. Dan and I always feel pressured, wanting to get things done. It's a pressure we put on ourselves and takes things like baby goats to remind us to slow down and enjoy the journey.

    1. Thanks! How true. There will always be more to do. I'm learning to find equilibriums between being an utter bum and over worked. Walk the middle path as it were just not stopping to sit on the fence! hah. :)