Over the weekend, at the meeting we spoke at, a couple wanted to come by and see what all we do. They are interested in learning more about living like a Modern Day Pioneer and needed some visual ideas on how we do it. We invited them over yesterday afternoon and as soon as they walked out back I saw it in their eyes, "Is this it?" I saw what I took as disappointment so I went right into explanation mode. For some reason I felt I needed to explain why I did not live up to the expectation I thought I needed to uphold. I explained most of the solar stuff was put away, they caught me at the off growing season, the animal count was down due to winter and so on. I tried to give them a visual of what it looks like in May. I don't know why I needed to do that, but I felt I had too.
Most of the times when folks come over they end up taking pictures, they pick fresh produce to take home, play with the animals and ohhh & awww at the projects.
The greenhouse sparked some interest, but not enough to really comment on. I felt at least there was something green to talk about, but it went nowhere.
The rain water harvesting system and hand powered washing machine did hold their attention, for about a minute.
I guess out of desperation the wife showed off the food storage area and we never show our food, but the comment, "This is small compared to some folks I know" and "Did you know tornadoes target trailer... um, mobile homes?" made us end the tour.
I almost hate to post this because these are some really good city folks and I am glad we have met and got to know them. I can almost see their way of thinking and I am sure upon arrival they were expecting to step back in time and have the experience of a full frontier reenactment.
Or maybe they were just so overwhelmed they were speechless, yea that's what it was.