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12 March 2005 @ 09:18 am
The plans  
Okay. Now that the crisis is past and we're working out the aftermath, I shall post our cunning and subtle plans.

We're moving.

And not to Canada.

Canada is now out of the picture forever, I'm afraid. Instead, we're moving to Florida.

Yes, it's about as 180 from Canada as you can get. Still, here's the thing:

We will make a ton of money selling our house. In the last 4 years, it's doubled in value. We will take the money and run down to Orlando, where I grew up and have a very wide support system, and live with my parents. (Not as bad as it sounds. There's like a whole wing of the house that we'll have, as thirdsouthobbi can attest to.) My parents will not ask for rent, just for help around the house when necessary. We will begin looking for land, about 10 acres if possible. We will also be working at jobs of some sort, and saving like mad. At some point in the next year, we'll buy the land and begin to build a house. The house will be hooked to the grid, but will be run on solar power, with a backup biodiesel generator.

Biodiesel is going to be our thing. I'd add all my links, but I don't feel like it. You can look it up. We're going to be running our cars on it (will have to get new cars, obviously, but that's okay) and working with others in the Central Florida area on production. At some point, we will become full-fledged biodiesel producers and/or retailers, and that will be our job. We will be living lightly on the earth, producing renewable, low-pollution fuel, and we will be happy.

We are hoping to lure down some family members (my future brother-in-law is interested, as is one of Rob's brothers) to help with the business once it's started.

And now to a tangent that's actually related.

We've been unbelievably blessed. We are going to make money on this house, a lot of money. We are going to live rent-free for a time, with people who love us. We have a huge network of friends and family who care about us and who've gone the extra mile and a quarter to help us when we needed it. We have more than many families in America, let alone the world. I mean, I was hospitalized, and I was lucky enough to have insurance that paid for it. If I can get the papers signed, I'll be off for a couple weeks on short-term disability while my mind heals-- at 66% of my salary. God has blessed us considerably, and for a while, all I've felt is guilt about it. Guilt over my good fortune, and pain for the people who need the help I have, and can't get it.

These plans have turned my thoughts around. I'm going to rejoice in my blessings, and use them to help others. When we build our house, we're turning the garage into a studio apartment, and it will be there for friends, or friends of friends who are at the end of things and have nowhere to go. As long as they help us with the gardening, fuel brewing, etc, they are welcome to stay.

We also encourage any of our friends who might consider moving to the Central Florida area and who want to be involved in renewable fuel production and sale to get in touch, once we have things going. We can't offer wealth, but we can offer emotional support and a feeling that you're making a difference in the world.

I'm really looking forward to it. There may be some lobbying the legislature, which I'm all over-- I've been studying that for the last 7 years. I want us to get organized. Make this a paying concern that also reduces America's CO2 emissions AND our dependence on foreign oil.

Remember when there was lead in gasoline? That was in most of our lifetimes. Things changed. No more lead. Maybe someday we'll be saying "Remember when we used to burn gasoline?"
Drowned Girl Fuschia: Mina and Lucyfuschia on March 12th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
This sounds amazing. I'm so happy for you, and thrilled that you're following this dream. We did a similar (though not as cool) thing when we moved back East to open the store. Jim had been miserable in Ann Arbor, and the move did him so much good. We even lived with his mother for a while, too.) It was nerve-wracking and exhilarating all at once. The first year was touch-and-go, so my advice to you is stick it out, stick it out. You believe in it, and it will work. *hugs* Two years down the line, the store is very successful.

I'm thrilled for you. *hugs* *hugs*

Btw, any chance we'll see you at Connexions?


Elle: Vintage Mischatheletterelle on March 12th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
First off, that icon is my absolute favorite of yours. :)

Second, yes and no. I won't be attending the full con, because of no money and trying to keep things calm. But Ker is letting me come just for the vid show, because I have a new vid that, I have to say, is GOOD. She's being very understanding about my issues, and I looooove her.

So I thought maybe you, Sphinx, Lija, Dusk and I could go to dinner that night, then go to the vid show? Sound good?

I'm glad to hear that your business succeeded in such a short amount of time! We'll definitely be sticking it out. We're going to build our dream house and live in it for the rest of our lives. I'll post more on that later.
Music is my radar: ass kicking contestfeels_like_fire on March 12th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
Hey, honey, I know we've been sort of out of touch lately, between both of our schedules, but you've been in my thoughts daily and I just want to say, I love you so much for keeping your positive attitude. *HUGS* I just...I'm really glad you're my friend, and I love you, and I hope everything goes super-well for you in the coming weeks and months and year. *KISSES*

<3 <3 <3
Elle: Beautiful Taytheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Darlin, that is lovely to hear, especially considering the Debacle that was my fault. I'm so glad that you're a forgiving person and still welcome me wholeheartedly as a friend. *hugs you*
Dana: drowningthirdsouthobbi on March 12th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC)
(Not as bad as it sounds. There's like a whole wing of the house that we'll have, as thirdsouthobbi can attest to.)

Hell. Yes. Your parents house is fucking huge.

*hugs tightly* I already talked to you about the rest of this :)
Elle: Patrick on the crosstheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
*hugs you* Yes yes.

I'm lucky to have friends like you. :)
Dana: awww *blush* (peaces_icons)thirdsouthobbi on March 14th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
*huggles* Seriously, that house was bigger than my apartment and my neighbor's combined.

*blushes and hugs some more*
Mary Lewys: Angelmlewys on March 12th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Darlin', you know we'll help anyway we can.

*smoochies* I'm glad you're doing better, baby.

Elle: Kanji chesttheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
*smooches back* And we'll be able to see you much more often. Which will be awesome. When we came over in December, it was like we'd never been apart. I love friends like that.
Mary Lewysmlewys on March 14th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
Yep! Old friends are like that. *huggles* And I'll be able to baby you a little. Just a little, right? That'd be okay.

rednikki on March 13th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing, incredible decision on your part.

You are doing something that I've never been able to sufficiently commit to, and I'm ... is it OK for me to say I'm proud of you?
Elle: Like the sun through the blindstheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
I live for praise, so it's absolutely okay. :) I feel like I spent years trying to force myself into a corporate mold, and now I can see an end to it, and just be who I am. Which makes it all the harder to stuff myself back into the mold for the next couple years. I'm praying hard about all of this.

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Elle: Alienationtheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Bookmarked, and thank you!
LLL's Heartfelt Wishmuse_neko on March 14th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
Sorry I'm just now replying. I was out of town this weekend. I'm so glad things are looking up and working out for you so wonderfully. We've only been acquainted a short time, but I'll always consider you a friend and will miss you. My thoughts go with you to the Sunshine State and I wish you the best of luck in your venture. Please let's keep in touch!! ^___~
Elle: Kanji chesttheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I won't be going for a while yet-- not till the summer. I'm hoping to come back to work in a few weeks, once the medication has worked itself out and I'm no longer having panic attacks.

Still, if I get a temp job offer, I'm taking it. The atmosphere in that library is toxic.

And we will always be in touch darlin-- that's what LJ is for. :) *hugs you*