Well, our first Christmas on our property, the day has really been just like all the other days, we have just been working on everything. We got the compost system set up, I spent several hours gathering grass and leaves for the base, if you want to learn more about composting toilets, go here: http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/humanure.html it's pretty eye opening, and it WORKS! Nothing smells, believe me, I would know it in our small 16x16 cabin! It's just as sanitary and works great as any other system, especially considering we don't have running water.
We were invited to our new friend's house for Christmas dinner, everyone here is so nice! We assumed that we would move out here and pretty much keep to ourselves, we didn't expect to meet such nice people, we are truly blessed! Sorry if I keep referring to people without using their names, I am trying to maintain our privacy as well as our neighbor's & friend's privacy, I just feel it is better that way for everyone.
Woo hoo! I took a shower today, it's amazing how good that feels after not getting one for a few days, we still don't have our water systems installed, that will take some time, but our neighbor has graciously allowed us to use his water as much as we need.
Today I was tending some of my plants that I brought from Irving, I have 2 containers of garlic flavored chives, a rosemary plant, and a few other plants, they weren't very happy with the trip, then change of altitude & weather, but I believe they will survive ok, I was watering the plants with a 5 gallon water container, the kind that goes on a water despenser found in offices and such, the water was left over from our last trip out here, I found a dead mouse in the bottom of the container (eeewwww!!!), poor thing, I hope it didn't suffer too much, it was well preserved in the icy water, I guess I will not be using that container for drinking water! :)
Well, merry Christmas everyone, and have a safe and happy New Year!