don't know if it has to do with the land purchase, world issues (debt, stupidity, weather, etc.) or the fact that I finally got Tanker to go on board full on with the homestead...but that "panic" feeling has increased substantially the past few days. That need to get started (on things not yet started) and moving along (on things that have) at a fast pace with ducking out and digging in. Damn near full on jitters have set in.
The land purchase started out as a control thing (admitted)...wanted control over one thing with all the uncertainty swirling around Tanker's military career future. I mean, they don't let ya know in the MSM (if you love that sort of stuff) all the trifling stuff that goes on at individual garrison/brigade/battalion/company levels; so the general public doesn't quite understand exactly HOW that 22,000+ troop cut from the Army works. Think dirty politics folks and minimize it to a population of 12,000 with a command dead set on reducing numbers. Who really cares if they're a good Soldier or not. Things are being pulled out from a good number of Soldiers' pasts (things that punishment was served for, btw) and are being used to put them out. Then you have Soldiers like Tanker, that do the right thing and don't get in trouble but get injured, that get screwed by the system repeatedly. All the while, replacements are waiting in the wings, fresh faced and freshly trained...newbies to be sent off to far fetched lands. But enough of that, it's not news to those in the know anyway...other than to say again, that's where the need to control one little thing came in: hence the land purchase.
Now that it is done, the nagging bit of "let's get it started" has kicked in, even though I KNOW that we won't be able to even think of starting until Deutschland is a thing of the past (again)...right now, according to contract, that is a little under two years away....two LONG years. Sigh. I'm looking forward to those earned leave days that will let us spend time on the land, learning the lay of it better so we can truly start planning out the homestead. Even though we have no idea when they might be allowed (if ever). The bonus to being here though (I've lately realized) is that aside from the lack of the high temps we'll experience on the land, I can gather a lot of high altitude gardening tips from the locals. The downside to that being that all that information will have to be notations in a book, not practical application, for some time. Blah.
So I bide my time and begin building on the Homestead Library...thus far we've only acquired a couple of building books to add, but the wishlist is ever growing. On the way now are this and this. Those are for Tanker to thumb through so he can work on the final design. We have a minimalist home plan already, it's just the integrating of other, more self-sufficient, elements that require tweaking of said design. The outbuildings are all mine to tinker with.
Alas, the screamers are requiring attention....gotta work on that whole self-sufficient thing with them. Later all!
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