Yesterday was a day full of firsts for me. It all began when I woke up in the morning and found out that one of the schools I work with (Miller-Motte College in Madison, TN) and who has a fantastic renewable energy program is game for working with Crystal and I and designing our solar power system for Tiny House. I have been struggling reading books, articles, and websites trying to grasp my little mind around such a huge concept. We have known since day one though that within year one we wanted to get off-grid and on to a solar powered system. So hearing from them and even being assigned a project manager was just an exciting time for me and one that gave me a huge boost of motivation towards the overall project.
By 12pm though I had butterflies in my stomach and was getting nervous as I was in 7th grade when I had to step forward on stage that cold December night and sing my first chorus solo in front of all the middle school parents and friends. Why was I so nervous? At 12:30pm I made my guest debut as the “simple living and minimalist expert” on Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer™. As my phone alarm went off, I called in to the program, was introduced and found out that our story is pretty interesting to some folks. It was a great time and I can’t wait until next month when I host again. Andy Schneider (aka The Chicken Whisperer™) is a great guy, a great radio host, a great poultry expert, and a great friend. Needless to say I had a blast.
Wouldn’t you know it though but as soon as I got in “the zone” on the radio, up came another surprise.
Our friend Shane (who I have dubbed the backhoe guy) showed up to remove all the stumps on our cleared land. Now I have never really seen such an excavation process so I was like a small child in front of Bob the Builder when I finally got out to watch. The ease at which this bohemoth (the backhoe…not Shane) picked up stumps I thought were unmovable was just amazing. Wanna see?
As afternoon broke and the temperature started settling back into the low 70s Crystal and I just kept walking back and forth between our new biddies in their coop, our gardens which are growing so quickly, the newly de-stumped land clearance, and everywhere in between. It was an amazing day for the r(E)volution and a sign that even better days are ahead!