On the Other Hand

On the Other Hand

I’m gonna be honest. I’ve been in a bit of a sour mood lately because of how long it’s taken to get ANYTHING done at The Twenty. I was originally going to title this post, “Everything Takes Forever.”


Everything has taken forever. When we bought our 20 acres, I think we both thought we’d be out there living in our Airstream by mid-summer. Here it is Thanksgiving, and not much has happened. It’s actually been difficult to find things to write about because nothing has really changed lately.


But on the other hand, we’re doing fine. It could be so much worse. Rather than dwelling on the negative (which is super easy to do), it’s important to take another look at a situation and think of the things that don’t suck. We almost got stuck with a house that was completely infused with cat pee. A house that was in actuality probably too expensive for us anyway. Instead of becoming homeless when we backed out of that house (three days before closing on it), we were taken in by my dad, Cappy. And while he probably didn’t count on us being there for as long as we have been there, he’s made his home our home. Also, over 30 percent of millennials are living with their parents. So that means we’re trendy.


When I was venting to a friend about our situation earlier this week, he said, “Oh, you mean you’re living with your dad in his awesome house because building your empire on the 20 acres that you own is taking a bit longer than expected?”


So yes, it sucks that developing our property is taking longer than expected. It sucks that we’ve been waiting three months for our driveway and hugelkulture bed to be built. It sucks that we’ve missed out on our window to plant cover crops for the winter, which would have made for better soil for spring plantings. But plans are in motion. In fact, it’s actually probably for the better that things have taken so long. The delays have caused us to be very thorough in our decision making and have allowed us to budget more carefully. If everything would have worked out as originally planned, we’d probably have electric lines going in to some random spot on our property with no real plan. We’d probably have bought a cheap, poorly made shed that’d wear out in a year. And we’d also be scraping by from a financial standpoint. Now we’ve been able to save a lot more money, consult with an energy firm to invest in an off-grid solar array, and design a much more robust and environmentally-conscious shed that we can convert into a studio or guest house down the line.


Things will eventually fall into place, and there will be always be more delays and surprises down the road. But that’s ok. For now it’s about giving thanks to what we have, and who we have. Thanks to our friends and family who’ve helped us during this transition. Thanks to everyone who’s been following our progress, and supporting us with kind words and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving.

Beau Leland

Beau Leland is a video editor working in Oklahoma City. He has worked with his wife, Stefanie Leland, on various documentary projects, and now focuses much of his energy on developing their 20-acres into an organic farmstead.


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