I thought that, on the off chance anyone's even bothering to check in here anymore, I'd better get with it and post some kind of update so you don't all think I've fallen off the face of the earth!
The big news is, we're officially living here!! We moved in on Canada Day (July 1, for you non-Canucks), and I think that's as good an anniversary as one could ask for. We arrived to one functioning toilet and drywall, and not much else. We spent the first day or so setting up beds and trying to get a sink plumbed, but I still ended up washing dishes in a washtub outside for at least the first week (but like my mom said, I wanted a homestead, so I should have to live like a true homesteader for at least a little while!). Now we've got kitchen and bathroom sinks, a bathtub, a dishwasher (hallelujah!), and most of our kitchen cabinets installed (complete with lovely plywood countertops). The main rooms have their outlets and light fixtures wired and turned on, but we're still using flashlights in a few rooms (our bathroom and bedroom) at night, because the rooms haven't been painted yet and it's much easier to paint when there's nothing on the walls!
Our well water is as hard as (rusty) nails, and while we were hoping it would clear up with use (which it has - it's gone from brick red to slightly greenish), it seems that we're definitely going to need a softener or something (still waiting to get the results of the water test). Our brand new toilet seems to have a permanent rust ring, and my hair is like straw from bathing in it. The good news is, my newly vegetarian children should have no problem keeping their iron levels up!
For now my days are filled with wiring outlets, painting, building kitchen cabinets, playing baseball with the kids, and unpacking. Our plywood floors take the pressure off as far as cleaning is concerned, and we can't use the washing machine until the water is resolved (although we all look good in orange), so I don't have to worry about household chores too much yet.
The garden is doing okay, but I don't think the soil's as great as it could be (that will be next year's project). We've had broccoli and a few strawberries, and I've noticed a few little tomatoes out there, but we had such a cold spring that the heat loving plants are a bit stunted.
All in all, things are going very well. I have yet to find my camera charger, so I don't have anything visual for you. We're still on dial-up for the time being anyway (I don't mind roughing it, but come on...), so it's probably best if I don't try uploading a bunch of photos. ;D
What's everyone else up to this summer?