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Whew! A busy weekend. For the most part, nothing exciting has happened since the last update. Trimming back some weeds and chopping down a couple trees to try and help with the cell booster. We're cleaning the house up and just trying to figure our new lifestyle out. We've got a 200-gallon propane tank out back that we had inspected. It's empty at the moment, but it checked out. Propane powers the cooking stove and the house heat (but we'll probably try and use the fireplace where possible).

 

We've got an instant pot and a microwave, so we can deal without propane until Wednesday or so when they come fill it up. The only thing we really have on-grid is electricity; everything else is self-contained. Well water, propane (which we could get by without for periods of time) and septic.

 

Last night we made foil pouch stew on the fire, which was outstanding. Steak, potatoes, onions, and peppers with a little Lawry's. Astro, our border collie, was highly appreciative of that too.

 

Today I got tired of fighting with the cell booster zip tied to the tree, so I used two containers of Steel-Stik to epoxy a couple of ten-foot poles together with a coupler, and then stood them up in a bucket of cement. It turned out okay, but the whole process was sort of a cluster. I couldn't secure anything to the fascia (steel or something behind it), so I ended up standing there for an hour holding the pole in place until the concrete set in the bucket. I hopped up on the roof and attached the antenna to the new pole, then it was a lot of up-and-down-in-and-out (that's what she said) to adjust the antenna and check the signal in the house. We eventually got something better and workable, but it's still not great, so we've ordered some satellite internet (Viasat) to tide us over until fiber gets here. Satellite installation should be here by September 6 at the latest, so we'll keep limping until then.

 

I've got some photos of all that to post soon, but it's time for dinner and I'm hungrier than a hostage.

 

Chickens coming soon!

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  1. All homestead animals will be given time travel oriented names

    1. Back to the Future names for the goats (expecting to start with three)
    2. Doctor Who companion names for the hens (expecting to start with ten)

[*]I will get a blue beater truck to haul project stuff around and will stencil the TTI logo onto the side

[*]I will build a homemade forge and melt down cans and whatnot for time capsule parts

3D printer is here, but it's sort of useless without a good internet connection. I will start picking that back up once Viasat is here and then get to streaming a whole load of stuff when we get fiber.

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We should be getting satellite internet TODAY to tide us over til fiber gets their shit together. Cell boosters are great but they're still cell boosters.

 

In other news, I got eaten alive by chiggers. Note to self, don't try and clear brush wearing tennis shoes.

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Alright, slowly getting everything back on track.

  • Dining set delivered. Couches delivered.
  • 70 inch TV and a new Xbox for Cosmo delivered
  • Desk delivered and workspace set up
  • Chigger bites fading
  • Cell booster and satellite still sucking but usable
  • Planning garden area out front and clearing brush
  • Planning chicken runs and goat paddocks
  • Having people who know WTF they're doing come out and remove some trees a bit too close to the house

I've been doing some thinking about what I can do with TTI that'll mesh with the new setup we're building, and I'll start moving a few things around here and there over time. I'm digging "the way forward is the way back" as a tagline, and have some ideas for Twitch streams once our connection is a bit more robust.

 

Lots to do.

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Someone from the fiber company showed up today! I was outside cutting back some weeds and all the sudden there's some dude in a yellow vest pulling up to my house. You've seen my property so it's hard to be there by accident, but it was a welcome surprise.

 

He was there to do a pre-construction survey and see what was required. Took some measurements, looked at the conduit and where some other things were. He said we're probably looking at 30 days out, but perhaps a bit longer. They'll have to put something up the way because of the distance from our drop to where it comes out on the highway (or something).

 

So, something finally happened. I'm excited to get streaming again.

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Okay, fresh update. Most of the last 3 weeks has been getting used to what we're doing and how we want to do it. Got some land cleared and our thoughts organized on where we want to put things, so he's a walkaround of the homestead as it is now.

 

 

Next big thing is chickens, which we're building a run for this weekend or so. Hopefully by the time we get the birds we'll have the ability to put them up on a stream :)

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