Visitors and Company

| 10/24/2012 11:34:05 AM

Tags: Okanogan HIghlands, good ideas for life Ed and Laurie Essex,

OkanoganWe had a lot of company this summer. As many as 18 different people in one month. Some stayed and some just visited for a few hours.

Many are just curious about our lifestyle. Some came to see our home and design features and get ideas for their own new home. Most are curious about our solar power.

We live in an area that is considered a vacation paradise for most people. Camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, and gold panning. We also have snowmobiling, skiing, and ice fishing in the winter.

They stayed anywhere from a few hours to five days. We love our friends and family and we get excited when total strangers want to come and see what we have done with our house and property but 18 people in one month can be a challenge for us to keep up with all of our chores and work.

It takes a lot to run our little homestead. We have a big garden in the summer that gets hand watered in order to save water. When veggies are ready for canning then they are ready. They won’t wait for company to leave. Chickens, horses, dogs, and cats have to be fed every day. Cleanup after the same has to occur every day. Wood has to be cut and fences maintained. We maintain all of our equipment. We only have a certain window of opportunity to catch the kind of fish we need for canning. We monitor our solar charging and water pumping systems. It’s all a timing thing and won’t wait for company.

We used to go three blocks for food. Now any trip we make to town is anywhere from 50 to 100 mile round trip and one half to a whole day.

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