Thursday, February 25, 2010

We're Back!

Greetings everyone! 

Our technical issues are over as we have switched back to cable broadband for our internet access.  Translation: no more intermittant internet access that lasts for 2-3 minutes and dissappears for 30 minutes requiring a complete rebooting of all equipment in order to get back online for another 2-3 minutes.  Nothing but a nice, steady fast signal.

A lot has gone on at the Ellis Urban Homestead this winter.  We've had to make a number of adjustments to accomodate the pregnancy and prepare for our daughter's birth (who is due to arrive in the next month or so).  We also have made arrangments expand our beeyard and the kind of honeybees we'll be raising.  Of course, I've taken advantage of being off my feet to make progress on some knitted projects.  When I have been up and moving, I've spent an abnormal amount of time experimenting and searching for the perfect brownie recipe, much to the delight of the chocolate lovers in the home.

The pregnancy slowed down our progress building our cabin last autumn.  We had planned on getting the exterior done before the winter, finish the interior during the winter, and establish our orchards, nut trees, and berry bushes in the spring.  However, I just couldn't make the car ride with the morning sickness I had. 

The cabin sat partially finished over the winter months, as Eddie would have had to make the trip alone.  It just seemed too risky to work on a remote construction site in several feet a snow with no other adult around in case of an emergency.  Progress will be stunted again from our original timetable this spring.  We can't be positive of exactly when our baby girl will be born, but she is due in late March.  And, of course, we wouldn't travel with her immediately.  Though, Eddie should be able to make a couple of weekeend trips with a willing friend/family member who has the weekend off to make up some of the construction time.

On the bright side, we are expecting a beautiful baby girl, and it has been a lot of fun getting prepped for her arrival.  We have rearranged the entire apartment, making a lot more room for everyone.  The next few weeks will be spent on some last minute preps, like freezing meals ahead of time, packing the bag for the hospital, making sure our bills and taxes are all handled prior to the delivery, etc. 

Before this post gets too long, I'm going to sign off.  Check back tomorrow for an update on ou honeybee operation.

Live better, a little every day.

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