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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:The question of beans and guts comes up here ... That's something I'd love to find the answer to.
Maybe there's someone here on Permies who knows more on it. In Dutch information I only found a little clue once: the fact that beans cause gasses in your guts (to say it nicely) does not mean they harm you. It might even mean they are good for you and it's the good bacteria causing the gasses ... But still that is not really clear.



I like your bacteria info.. if I love beans, I say they aren’t harmful! =D Apparently related to the sheer fiber content of beans.. the interwebs is suggesting small amounts at a time, to start..
 
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POST 62 (DAY 68, Saturday, 2020.10.17)
[Morning Entry]
"To experience the realness of pain and the joy, deeply and lovingly.. this is life.."
    I've recently been writing mostly about the joys of being here at WL..This past week, has certainly been a highlight of feeling like i'm at my happiest place one earth.. Thought omission of the painful parts was deliberate, I do feel special kind of peace in honoring the low-lights as well as the highlights, fully embraced.. There's no sweet without the bitter.. Life is both yin and yang.. ebb and flow.. but all in love.. all in love.. Simply scrapping the parts that taste bitter is my logical prerogative.. and yet, it feels unbalanced.. So, then what?.. I suppose I must learn to accept it as it, find whatever real sublime beauty within its initial distastefulness.. This embracing and accepting of the unpreferred has been a struggle for as long as I can remember.. Boundaries are very important and necessary--this topic different from what I mean to explore at this time..
    Example time.. When I was living in The City, a few years back (cir. 2016), I was living next to the main foyer of my friend's house.. My friend Joe, and his two daughters would walk by right outside my bedroom door each morning, waking me up mid-sleep.. At first, I was bitter about it.. Resenting their unmodulated vocal volumes as they held a conversation while shodding and robing up for the outside.. How could I say what I wanted to say? I held my tongue for as long as I could.. and the more I focused on it, the more it drove me nuts.. I was not at peace with this situation.. Long story short, I grew to love hearing Joe's deep adult voice interact with two tiny young voices, each morning, about the most nothing-est things..
"Libby, your left shoe is on your right foot, sweetie.. do you want to wear it like that?"
"No, that's how I wanted it.." Spoken in an overly confident tone..
"Okay~.. i guess you'll be walking backwards all day.."
"Wait~!, I forgot my backpack upstairs~!", exclaims Autumn, floppily racing up the stairwell to the second floor, with the particularly boundless enthusiasm of a 6th-grader could..
"Okay, come meet us in the car when you've got it..", Says Joe, calmly, warmly..
How beautiful are these simple communications between adult father and his young children?..
    With the newly shifted focus on the love between family members, instead of my own selfish preference for a quiet morning, I was now able to enjoy a previously annoying situation.. It took weeks and possibly months for me to grow to appreciate these morning moments, often wavering in and out of the annoyed state.. But the more awareness I put on my focus, the easier it got to practice the gratitude.. There'd even be many days where I found myself looking forward to being awoken by tiny mouse-voices saying oddly random things that children tend to say..
"Hey, I gonna be a monster, today~!! Grrr~!!" Growls Libby.. or
"Dad, I feel.. so sad.. that.. that.. we couldn't.. keep.. Penny..", sobbing in between each word, cried Autumn.. (Penny was a boston terrier puppy dog that was adopted for one night)
Part of me wanted to get out there and give them all a hug and a smile each morning.. but usually, I stayed in bed, grinning.. Sometimes, they'd say through my door "Bye, Shane the Sheep~!" as they left.. Cute.. Just pure cute.. Joe let me stay in that guest suite for 4 years, during our 2-week verbal agreement.. And then another year+ at their new house.. As a guest, I felt so invited to their space.. Family dinners at home or out, movie nights, outings with friends, childrens' birthday parties--they always invited me.. Somehow I had become a part of their family..
    Who were these angels that would make me feel so welcome and included? Danielle would come home after work and chat and laugh with me for 3-4 days out of the week, while preparing dinner for Joe's arrival home.. I learned about an unspoken generosity that I had never seen or experienced.. Even as I write this, I get emotional, because I really needed a friend like that at that time..
I had the privilege and honor of understanding how their family communicated with each other, and spent quality time together.. An understatement would be to say that it left a lasting impression..

    We still keep in touch.. Joe and Danielle (husband and wife) cooked me a send-off dinner before I left Seattle for Montana..
I spent one final night on the floor of their newly remodeled bonus room in their new house, because that's where I wanted to be on my last night in The City.. With my family.. among the warmest, kindest humans I've ever known.. I've never really had a "bestie" per say, but these human beings are on some kind of best-est list for me..

    The quote in the beginning is paraphrased, but the idea came to me from an episode of Star Trek Discovery, which I've been watching in Paul-Theatre.. This story is one example from my life where beauty, honor, and learning, were the byproducts of embracing the pain.. There are plenty of others, and also examples where I'm still struggling to shift my focus to love.. Being in community with the folks here at WL, I feel like the small fish in the pond.. Jen and Josiah, in particular, seem to grasp the concept of embracing people as they are.. Through watching them, I learn how to have a bigger heart.. and that's a good thing.. I also seem to have way less technical knowledge of permaculture compared to my present company.. What then do I have to contribute?.. I'm not sure yet.. But I believe two things: 1) I can learn, as long as I am willing, and 2) if acceptance must be my focus, then comparison (aka, the bitter old curmudgeon) has little priority..

Happy Saturday, enjoy the pics~!
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“Desert or Paradise” by Sepp Holzer
“Desert or Paradise” by Sepp Holzer
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Angle 3 purlin
Angle 3 purlin
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Zeek peak peek
Zeek peak peek
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Joe and Danielle.. last night in Seattle <3
Joe and Danielle.. last night in Seattle <3
 
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Dez Choi wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:The question of beans and guts comes up here ... That's something I'd love to find the answer to.
Maybe there's someone here on Permies who knows more on it. In Dutch information I only found a little clue once: the fact that beans cause gasses in your guts (to say it nicely) does not mean they harm you. It might even mean they are good for you and it's the good bacteria causing the gasses ... But still that is not really clear.



I like your bacteria info.. if I love beans, I say they aren’t harmful! =D Apparently related to the sheer fiber content of beans.. the interwebs is suggesting small amounts at a time, to start..


The pancreas enzymes and or beneficial microbes need to break them down before the yeast starts to work on them.

Alpha-galactosidase is a digestive enzyme that breaks down the carbohydrates in beans into simpler sugars to make them easier to digest. The most commonly known alpha-galactosidase supplement is known by the trade name Beano. It's been around since the early 1990s, long before digestive enzymes started trending.Feb 19, 2019

 
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POST 63 (DAY 69, Sunday, 2020.10.18)
[Mid-day Entry]

RECAP [, POSSIBLY]: Back in October 2010, I packed up my life into one honda civic (2008 Si; such an awesome car), and drove due north 18 hours from Tustin, California, to arrive in Seattle to start a new chapter of life.. This past August 2020, I packed up my life into one honda civic (2013 Lx; such an awesome car too), and drove due east 7 hours from Seattle, WA, to arrive in a suburb of Missoula, Montana to start a new chapter of life.. each new chapter was like a trust-fall into the universe.. and somehow, I knew everything would be okay.. It turns out, that the universe not only caught my fall, but it had more than enough in store for my arrival(s)..
    Today, I am undoubtedly reminded of my 2010 transition in that i'm finding a refreshed joy in the fundamentals of being--singing, dancing, laughing, sharing, caring, creating, loving.. it was at that time I heard the universe speak to me "Go.. Do.. Be.."..
    This past Friday afternoon, I'm up on a ladder, enthusiastically chiseling a notch into the rafter-log of The First Wofati Greenhouse, man~!.. Suddenly, I blurt out, "I feel like the bulk of my life has been preparing me to be here at WL..".. and he replies "Me too.." I ask him to explain what he means and he mentions two things--1) a heightened awareness and sensation of emotions and empathy, and 2) a yearning/burning desire to create of a void to make space for something coming.. I can't help but to relate--and I had not even explained what i meant by what I said yet~!.. I certainly had to create a void by selling/eliminating most of my material possessions..
    What I'm realizing here at WL is that my desire to go the extra inch had to be cultivated.. I was much more of a "taker" than a giver.. asking myself, "what can I get..?" rather than "how can I give..?".. You see, I used to think that I was a pretty high-level helper.. until arriving at WL.. It takes a certain amount of self-discipline, gratitude and surrender to be a volunteer.. and a volunteer that goes the extra distance is apparently on a level that I have yet to reach~!--An encouraging and humbling confirmation that I'm not done growing or learning.. to become more than I was yesterday.. to simplify and streamline my life so that there is space (a void) to fill with excellence.. to choose, each day, to be a contributor with a joyful spirit, in all circumstances--this is just the beginning.. life has more adventure in store for me here.. I am willing and continuing to cultivate new levels and facets of willingness.. If WL is the arena, I am in the field of a championship game (a kind of superbowl so to speak), and the world is the spectator.. Do I show up?.. if so, how do I show up?.. do I practice the daily exercises of self-discipline, gratitude and surrender?.. do I adopt an abundance-mentality or succumb to a scarcity-mentality attitude?.. Each day will be different, and the storms may come, but my resolve is (again) love and acceptance.. "May the universe grant me humility.."--this is a bold ask, because the last time I asked for this, it hurt~!.. I was stretched outside my comfort zone, but hey, I'm still here today, and better for it.. =D Let's go~!! Ahhh~!!!

    Chopped some firewood after cleaning the FPH today.. Part of me actually didn't want to do it~!.. I know~!.. Unbelievable, right?.. It was cold, drizzling, and I had not yet eaten lunch.. Slightly fatigued and underwhelmed, I just put one foot in front of the other--I surrendered without investing much energy to the thoughts of not chopping the rest, thought I did have the option.. and after the first few logs, guess what?--it became fun.. also, Waldo had decided to ride along and help me--naturally he got the grubs from the split logs (video).. He sure was meowing a lot for those grubs, too.. I guess cat's like the taste of them.. so, Lion King had it right after all, huh? lol.
    After finishing my project for the day, I put away the tools, and went inside to cook up my lunch.. scalloped potato hash loaded with provolone (which Mike Haasl brought for us all the way from Wisconsin~! Thanks Mike~!!!), and scrambled eggs on a slice of toast, topped with my homemade spicy mayo.. it wasn't my best dish (still could use refinement), but filled my belly up nice for the evening.. I realized I enjoy Saturday/Sunday meals because I get to eat a late breakfast and early dinner--which is what I prefer when possible.. Reason being, I like to bed early around 8-9pm, and fast in the morning from 6am-10am.. When I finish the 2 years of Bootcamp, I shall design a workday around this type of schedule.. It makes me smile to imagine that day.. =D

enjoy the pics/vids~!

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Desert or Paradise
Desert or Paradise
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Morning table with Ash and Mike joining us
Morning table with Ash and Mike joining us
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Toast. scramble. hash. sauce. Play on playa’~~~
Toast. scramble. hash. sauce. Play on playa’~~~
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Tiny mushroom!
Tiny mushroom!
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Harvest
Harvest
 
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POST 64 (DAY 70, Monday, 2020.10.19)
[Morning Entry]

Today is day 1 of the BB20 event.. and it's also my mother's birthday--happy bday mom~!
I thought I heard something about the Bootcamp schedule being somewhat fluid, so I have no idea what the day will look like.. will keep ya posted..
for now..

[Evening update]
THE WORK: AM—unload Eric’s generous donation.. thanks Eric!!!.. tidy the shop a bit, and help Clayton with the overhead cubbies for a bit..
    PM—plant seeds and lay mulch on Fred’s plot.. fun!
    Come home to Ash chopping firewood, so naturally I volunteer to help!.. take another cold shower and head to FPH for Monday’s curry a la Clayton—deliciousness.. thanks Clayton!!!.. it’s winnin’!.. I wouldn’t mind finishing my days in this good a mood e’yday~.. =D

enjoy the pics~!
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Yesterday's firewood harvest crew
Yesterday
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Yesterday's early bird dinner, which I combined with toast and scrambled eggs
Yesterday
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Half of yesterday's firewood haul
Half of yesterday
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Mike preps breakfast
Mike preps breakfast
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Morning clouds / fog
Morning clouds / fog
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Eric’s generous donation
Eric’s generous donation
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Glass from Eric
Glass from Eric
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More from Eric
More from Eric
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Still more from Eric
Still more from Eric
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Some more from Eric
Some more from Eric
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Spores!! <3
Spores!! <3
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Cool colors~! Looks like snow berries
Cool colors~! Looks like snow berries
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Dinner together
Dinner together
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POST 65 (DAY 71, Tuesday, 2020.10.20)
[Morning Entry]

Today is day 2 of the BB20 event.. I'll be at the greenhouse working with the chisel, notching stuff..
The internet was down since last night.. I went outside, to trace the line and clear it of any overlaying debris, and gave it a gentle wiggle near the FPH conduit.. then the internet started working again.. for the short term this is a fine solution (possibly entirely coincidence also).. for the long term solution, further investigation, inspection and/or troubleshooting may be needed.. also coincidentally, there were things laid on top of this wire which may have contributed to whatever was going on that made it sad.. also coincidentally its been raining the past couple of days.. all that said, the wiggle of the wire seemed to be the most coincidentally positive thing..

Writing BRK in the morning seems to make most sense to me, during this phase of the year, where the house is at capacity with about 10-15 humans.. The "busy-ness" of the goings-on at the house seem to mandate a new approach on scheduling my personal time(s).. I happily accept this challenge.. its actually not much of a challenge per say, as one of my superpowers is Adaptability~!..
to be continued..

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Taco Tuesday <3
Taco Tuesday <3
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Three purlins in!
Three purlins in!
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Beautiful saddle notch with water drainage
Beautiful saddle notch with water drainage
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Patio colors after a rain
Patio colors after a rain
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Josiah doing his thing
Josiah doing his thing
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Notes on real paper
Notes on real paper
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Mornings sky
Mornings sky
 
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POST 66 (DAY 72, Wednesday, 2020.10.21)
[Morning Entry]

Today is day 3 of the BB20 event.. its confirmed, writing in the mornings makes a lot more sense these days due to the house being in full operation mode through the evenings.. I find it easier for me to write in solitude.. so, here I sit in the Library at 7:30am to compose a brief entry.. =D

THE WORK: Yesterday, Josiah and I worked on The First Wofati Greenhouse, man~!!!.. we got the 2nd purlin up in the last hour of the day, then went overtime by about 1 hour get the 3rd and final purlin installed, along with the temporary tarp.. it looks marvelous.. just maaarvelous daaarling~~~.. the reason we went overtime yesterday is many-fold--Josiah was coming down with something, so he used his final bits of strength to concentrate on finishing the purlins; we had momentum of flow that is often precious/valuable in any work situation; all notches were cut and the third purlin just needed to be placed and nailed (just 2 steps~!); we had the weather on our side (today is supposed to be wet); the video equipment was already going; basically it made sense to finish the final hour in overtime, rather than to start back up another day after the rain settles--and we don't know exactly how far out that actually would be.. so the deal is, i get to leave work an hour early today--muhahahaa~.. what shall I do with my extra time??.. not sure, but I feel so free just thinking about it.. admittedly, the work here is quite often just as satisfying as time off..
    Regarding the BB20 event.. I didn't know much about it until I witnessed first hand what goes on during this event.. my conclusion is that it's quite brilliant~!.. People take their time and resources to venture out to Montana, in order to participate in this crazy [awesome] community and laboratory.. AND the community and laboratory are bettered for their visits.. its such a win-win-win thing~!.. I feel like I'm winning just by being around it..
    A sincere thank you for the supporting staff who are not on-site for helping to facilitate and organize this BB20 event..
    A sincere thank you for the supporting staff who are on-site for helping to facilitate and organize this BB20 event..
    A sincere thank you for the participants who leveraged their own resources to be here and share skills, energy, and goodies with us from their travels..
    Am I leaving anyone out?--how about the WL dwellers?.. The boots and Paul--it takes giving to make all of this such a fun place to be, in work, in play, and in the safety of respect for life and being.. "..And a life worth living is one that's in giving.." (hey that rhymes~!)..
Today's schedule is unbeknownst to me as I write this entry.. to be continued.. =D
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Goat milk and goat cheese from Penny.. thanks penny!
Goat milk and goat cheese from Penny.. thanks penny!
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Morning view
Morning view
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Clayton and Martha on the saw mill
Clayton and Martha on the saw mill
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Lunchtime in the FPH
Lunchtime in the FPH
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A fly disguised as a bee.. hangs out in this flower for 30+ minutes straight.. hibernation perhaps
A fly disguised as a bee.. hangs out in this flower for 30+ minutes straight.. hibernation perhaps
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The notches are cut
The notches are cut
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..And then installed, for the overhead cubbies at the Dock
..And then installed, for the overhead cubbies at the Dock
 
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POST 67 (DAY 73, Thursday, 2020.10.22)
[Morning Entry]

No story yet.. just random snippets.. read a page from “desert or Paradise“.. saltied wells are irreversible yet preventable—sadness yet phew.. ate scrambled eggs for breakfast.. installed two retaining wall.. moved about 40 logs.. eating lunch now..
love, Dez

Ps. Evening Update.. had a thought today.. that I’m not qualified to lead people.. it was a discouraging thought—heavy.. I was impact-driving screws into wood hoping to rattle the thought loose.. then another thought—why do I seem to  seek to hold these kinds of heavy thoughts?.. why not simply hold a different thought?.. I guess the standards of excellence for myself sometimes loom over me like dense humidity.. breathing seems effortous.. can I just let it go? Can I choose a different meaning (other than the meaning of lack of unworthiness)?.. I believe the answer is yes.. i also believe it’s important to accept the heavy as is, without denial.. feel it in it’s entirety, any even love it.. can I love that I feel this kind of heavy?.. can I live in this moment of feeling so dead?.. maybe this is life—to feel and express all that comes from within, and simply enjoy the colors—dark or light, brilliant or dull, shabby or shabbier, or even shabbier.. what does it mean to lead anyway?.. frankly I’d rather help to facilitate.. leading comes with too many expectations.. facilitation comes with almost none.. and that’s a nice thought isn’t it? =D
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Rear retaining wall
Rear retaining wall
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Forward retaining wall
Forward retaining wall
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Clayton selects a log for the roof poles
Clayton selects a log for the roof poles
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Wild mushrooms
Wild mushrooms
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Cutting the onion
Cutting the onion
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Post cast with the PEP-ers .. such a special time with these permies folks here =D
Post cast with the PEP-ers .. such a special time with these permies folks here =D
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Chillin cozy deep on the FPH couch.. it’s a thing
Chillin cozy deep on the FPH couch.. it’s a thing
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Retaining wall post edit
Retaining wall post edit
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Couch crew
Couch crew
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Pizza pan patina
Pizza pan patina
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BB20 permies podcast with Paul
BB20 permies podcast with Paul
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Throwback Thursday from a few weeks ago .. can you guess the structure?
Throwback Thursday from a few weeks ago .. can you guess the structure?
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Post edit
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Almost broke my fingers on those abs of steel.. good thing I have iron fist!
Almost broke my fingers on those abs of steel.. good thing I have iron fist!
 
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POST 68 (DAY 74, Friday, 2020.10.23)
[Morning Entry]

An Egg-cellent start to today's energy.. with the influx of the BB20 event, I forgot (again) to eat eggs each day.. So, I made a quick stir fry with yesterday's leftover veggies/dish (carrots, cabbage, onion, garlic, quinoa) scrambled four eggs in and topped it with some spicy mayo.. so simple, so yum.. =D ..This past Wednesday, I had felt weak and tired all day.. that evening I decided to eat a few eggs, and then felt instantly better.. so I guess for the next two years or so, eggs will be a regular part of my diet.. I wonder if the vegan diet fatigues me due to lack of animal protein/fat.. though eggs were not a regular part of my diet in The City, meat always has been a daily intake thing.. will keep monitoring..

Day 5 of the BB20 event.. Opalyn and Ash have gone back to their respective places outside of WL.. Penny, Mike and Beau remain for a few more days to continue their on-site adventures.. The time sure flies here at WL, but its so rich/dense--like a scrumptious dessert (creme brulee?).. perhaps like living a dance.. it takes work, but its beautiful and so satisfying.. Yesterday, I mentioned to my fellow boots (Josiah and Clayton) that WL is where I'm staying.. "I have nowhere else to go--this IS my plan B..".. I stated somewhat jokingly.. we all chuckled together.. deep down knowing the truth of it.. the truth is that I'm willing to make things work here, because I've seen what else is available.. WL happens to be the lifestyle that I would create (permaculture, homesteading, laboratory), AND I can just plug into the Bootcamp program without having it build it from ground zero myself.. Had I known about it sooner, would I have come then?--likely not, because my person was not ready for the mindset shift.. Recently, I wrote an entry about having lived a life that has trained and led me to be at this point today.. The person I was even a few years ago was not ready because i would have tried to find a way out at the first sign of discomfort.. I needed more training, to earn the understanding of the value of a place like WL..

STORYTIME:
    The last job I had in the city before I arrived at WL was being a service advisor for a small auto repair garage, near Seattle.. that was my dream job, because it combined customer service with cars--two of my favorite things at the time.. I learned so much while working there for a year.. And I did not want to leave.. Sadly, I knew within the first month there that I might not make it long, simply because of the poor air quality in the work environment.. There was a time when my lungs could handle such frequent exposure to fumes (and the guys there don't really seem to mind it much), but at some point in my life, I developed a sensitivity that disables/chokes my breathing around chemicals in the air.. I wore a mask (before the covid mandate), and people often asked "why..?".. Most people, including my coworkers did not understand, and i did not feel the need to convince anyone that the symptoms are real.. I placed a fan near my work area to help ventilate, and opened the door to let the fumes out even when it would make the front office quite uncomfortable.. For me, I prefer the ability to breathe over a mild temperature discomfort.. People still did not understand, but I stayed with it for months.. part of me wanted to give it at least a year--maybe it would get better?.. Maybe I'd get used to it?.. It got worse.. as much as i loved the work, I felt stressed each day because of the conditions.. April 2020, I gave my notice and by May, I had taken a leap into the unknown..
    Would I deliver pizza?.. would I apply for a deskjob in the IT or Massage Therapy industry?.. would I become a personal assistant to a millionaire perhaps?.. What would happen to my finances?
    I began to look for work-trade programs.. WL was not yet on my radar, but somehow I came across one of the rocket mass heater videos on youtube.. I grew fascinated by the science and efficiency.. then Paul said "If you like this sort of thing..".. and I thought "WHY, YES I DO like this sort of thing~!..".. further exploration into WL exposed me to permaculture for the first time--and I found that fascinating also!.. Homesteading has always been on my radar, but I had no idea how it would become real.. The more I explored WL, the less interested I was in the 10-20 or so other work-trade programs that seemed less attractive (honestly) in comparison to WL.. by June, I was convinced that I would have to earn my way into the Bootcamp program somehow, and dedicated most of my free time to preparing myself to be there, listening to podcasts, watching YT videos, and minimizing my ties to The City.. Things wrapped up earlier than anticipated for me and WL was able to accept me a couple weeks earlier than planned..
    I guess I'm so serious about being here because of what WL represents to me--wellness for the human and its home.. its the thread that seems to connect everything that goes on here, from the BB20 event, to other events, to Bootcamp, to Deep Roots, and of course, to the kittens.. its all connected by this thread.. just my opinion..
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I had felt weak and tired all day.. that evening I decided to eat a few eggs, and then felt instantly better.. so I guess for the next two years or so, eggs will be a regular part of my diet.. I wonder if the vegan diet fatigues me due to lack of animal protein/fat.. though eggs were not a regular part of my diet in The City, meat always has been a daily intake thing.. will keep monitoring..


This video may explain your reaction. It also explains why eggs are an excellent choice.  You may want to plan on a few hens for your plot. It may be a little late for your zone but if you plant winter wheat you will have feed for them.
 
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