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Today was a typical day at home with the kids (as typical as it can get when living in a partially finished, tiny house with 5 people).  We had breakfast, a fire in the woodstove, some YouTube dance party, a cartoon on the computer, some library book reading time, a nap.  What was not so typical about our day was the fact that all of our energy to power the house came from the sun!  We spent more on the solar system than we thought we would and maybe we could have just run power from the road, but it feels really cool to know that if the whole world went nuts around us- we could still have power and water and flush toilets!  There is something  really cool about having this house just run without any help from anyone else.  This is why we came here- to build a self- sufficient homestead.  Some days, I feel like the house is alive- the humming of the inverter, the roaring of the woodstove.  It all needs constant upkeep and attention, but that is part of what makes ME feel alive- choping wood, brusing snow off the solar panels, feeding the fire, monitoring the batteries.  It makes me feel different about the sun, too, today, knowing that its warm glow is helping to make our house a home…

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