Day 26 - No light mornings
Now that our Septic system has passed inspection, I went down to Clay County offices to ask them what I needed next in order to get building permits. They said we needed well permits, passed. I told them I was planning on using rain catchment devices instead, and they said "No
building permits without a well inspected and passed." So much for a completely "green" home. He also gave me the wink, as if after we passed all inspections we could just not use the well. That said, I talked to a few drillers, and came up with a fairly good deal on a well, to get us moving along on our house. I signed some papers, and he said he'd call when it was done. I'm quietly hoping he doesn't call until Friday, when Trudi gets paid, as finances are a bit tight. We'll see.
As for the challenge, we've decided to leave the lights off for our morning routines. It's actually quite nice.
Day 27 - Buy only Organic, Fair-Trade certified, shade grown coffee
I had given up coffee for a while, for no real reason, but to do it. But with all of the books I've been reading about couples homesteading, talking about morning cups of coffee, I've been really wanted to wake up to a fresh cup. Money makes it hard not to buy the crap chemical laden coffee that was grown by poor farmers that can't afford to put their own food on the table. So I just bought less coffee.
Day 28 - No coffee maker
From now on, I'll only use a french press for my coffee. Unplug.