Great American Beer Festival 

My birthday present was tickets to the GABF. We drink a lot of beer, we brew and we love good food. So we splurged for the paired tickets, which (a) gives you good food options and (b) gets you to a less ridiculously crowded part of the festival.
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Fall Color

We’re out here in Colorado for my birthday. Yesterday’s adventure was to Alluvial Fan. If you don’t know the history of Alluvial Fan, let me give you the basic details. In 1982, at the top of the mountain, a lake finally broke through a terminal moraine and sent a wall of water down the hillside. Over 200 million gallons of water.

And rocks. Lots and lots of rocks.
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On Napping

Today was a migraine day in the middle of a migraine week. Bleah, But, I was caught up a bit on my work, so I decided to, instead of staying at my desk through lunch, take a nap. It was my favorite environment for a nap. Brisk and cool, with a breeze. Glorious.
That is all. Naps are awesome.

Downside

So most of the posts are cool things about living out here in the country. Yesterday was an example of the downside. You see, we’re on well water. Which means an electric pump. And we’re in the country, so maybe not quite the rush to get things fixed.

We had storms yesterday, and I was merrily working when the lights went out. 

I had two hours of battery life, no internet, and no water. Oh, and the radar looked like this.


YIKES. So I bailed and went to my parents’ house to work, because I was pretty sure that if I didn’t go now, I was going to be stuck for a while.

But all is well, no damage, just a couple of lost hours and some bedraggled chickens.

Self-Sufficiency Goal – Part 2

So I’ve talked about food production – gardening, berry patch, chickens.  As a larger part of our goals of living light on the land and self-sufficiency, we chose to pay a higher price to have our energy come from wind (an option with our electricity). Our eventual goal is to be not off-grid, but maybe grid-adjacent?

To that end, we want to produce more of our our own food. Increase the size of our garden, start growing some wheat and barley. And hops, because we like beer. We have an herb garden for most of our needs. We have the chickens, which produce eggs, and eventually, meat. Next year we are going to add honey, and more chickens. Once we have that settled, then it’s on to goats. We already have sourced local lambs, and have a good butcher for local beef/venison/pork.

The hope is to sell the excess of our bounty and use that money to purchase groceries we cannot make ourselves.

Once we have money under control, we will start adding renewable energy to further decrease our footprint.