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Its been almost 3 months now that I've been in Montana and this is my first blog post.
To all my family and friends to whom I promised ample reporting of my homesteading adventures
I must beg your forgiveness. I have been busy. And if you were wondering if I'm enjoying camping
in the woods and building a cabin, rest assured, I am! So with the same hope that it's better late than never that got me up here in the first place, I'll try to catch y'all up.
Downsizing from a 3 BR duplex in the city to a one room cabin is a daunting task, and especially so for a sentimental old fool like me. Still I muddled through my mess of memorabilia and
managed to load a little trailer. Against the advice of everyone with good sense, Gabe and I hauled that little trailer behind his 2000 Toyota Echo all the way to Ant Village, Montana.  Thank you, Lord.
Before Montana, we spent a few days in Durango, CO for a family reunion. After years of talking about it, my brother and sister and I finally managed to gather our children and grandchildren together. Texas cousins met California cousins. There was swimming and hiking and touch football.
There was a Ping Pong playoff, which left Gabriel as the undisputed Pierce Family champion. After declaring to not wait so long for the next reunion, we went our separate ways.
Evan, Gabe, and I arrived at the lab and I was anxious to get on an acre and get started, but a
week of patient negotiation by Evan was necessary to procure the site just South of AVA.
Any concessions that had to be made for that to happen were well worth the benefit of being able to co-develop my site with Evan, who ceded me Tejas to enclose as a permanent secure paddock for the ducks. Hopefully by Spring we will be able to keep deer out and ducks in, and we'll buy some more ducklings!
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My three sons
My three sons
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mighty echo with trailer
mighty echo with trailer
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first winter shelter in progress
first winter shelter in progress
 
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Steve,  I'm so glad you'll be posting amply now!  It'll be great to get to know you.  Best wishes on your homesteading adventures.

I bet Evan has kept it from you, but there's this "Ant Love" thing, where if you need some tools or supplies or something, the community might be able to pitch in from afar.  And Montana is afar from Texas!  I guess you and Gabe passed by my house when you were about 10% there!  Hope I'll be able to visit someday in the mythic future.
 
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Looking forward to hear more about your adventures, Steve!
 
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We miss ya down in Austin dude, awesome to see you thrivin way up yonder!  Miss gradin papers?    Probably not eh.  Show us all how it's done old man, the pics reveal happiness and joy, very inspiring stuff!
 
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No matter which 'Ant' ... I love seeing the daily life in Ant Village. Because of your age, I think your experiences there are the most encouraging for me (being 60 now ...)
 
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Welcome, looks like you have gotten a great start!
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:No matter which 'Ant' ... I love seeing the daily life in Ant Village. Because of your age, I think your experiences there are the most encouraging for me (being 60 now ...)



Same here
 
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Steve, I'm your fan already. Wow!
 
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Howdy Steve, Looking forward to seeing more of the things that you are doing!
 
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