No one has ever accused me of being too patient.
Never in my life has anyone said, “You know, Karen, I think you might be the most patient person in the world.”
So the fact that, after two and half years of living in a double-wide trailer, there is still no visible evidence that we’re building a house.
Meanwhile, more shingles blow off the roof with every wind storm and I swear the floors are getting more uneven every month.
Still, there are definite benefits of taking it slowly. We’ve been thinking a lot more about making the house off-grid, or at least using as much alternative energy as possible. Solar, wind, wood, and propane would be our main sources of energy. But that means researching types of solar panels (did you know there were different types?), different types of wind turbines, and even wood cookstoves. We also need to think about what electricity-hogging appliances we’re willing to do without. I have already learned that it would be a lot easier for me to give up the dishwasher than the microwave. (Without a microwave, I’d have to plan ahead a lot better for thawing meat for dinner or for reheating leftovers for lunch.) I’m totally cool with hanging our laundry on the line when it’s warm and sunny, but what about months like January and February? Or those weeks when the perfect line-drying weather comes on Tuesday or Thursday when I’m working, and on the weekends the deluge comes?
It’s a different mindset for sure, but one we’re entertaining.
In the meantime, I just have to be a little more patient. And hope the shingles stay on the roof.