Post #10 (3/25/21):
Thanks Mike! As far as I know, we aren't planning on any adjustments that will make the ladder harder to move. I think
your point is valid though, we hadn't considered someone being taller than the twin bed there. I'll see if I can pop it over to the side when I have some free time.
Today it was truly rainy for the first time since I've been at Wheaton labs
. Take a look at the normal view (1) and compare it to how limited the view is in the rain (2). I never realized how much rain could block visibility when it was just a light shower
So, due to the rain, we did some indoor work and then some meetings. For the indoor work, we did some cleaning and I got a chance to work on some tool maintenance. Pictures 4 and 5 show the rocket mass heater
in the shop getting some cleaning. Picture 5 is me doing some chainsaw sharpening, I have the pictures I need to get the BB
for tool care, but I'm not sure if I should
post them. The teeth on this chainsaw were really worn down and this will probably be the last sharpening on it before it gets replaced. So, I feel like the sharpening I did doesn't really count. I'm also not sure how good the sharpening I did was, since this was the first time I've ever sharpened a chainsaw.
Anyway, the rest of the day was filled with meetings! We met as a boot
camp with paul to discuss priorities and short-term goals. I'm sure most people
would find that boring, but I actually enjoyed it haha. I'm really excited by the things that we will be working on in the near future!
After that meeting was lunch and the usual scramble, then most of us filed back into the library to begin talking about a dedicated effort to really getting our food systems going this year. So of course
that resulted in a tour of the hugel
beds near the fisher price house and discussions of plants and planting times. Right now the plan is for each of the interested boots to take command of a chunk of hugel and to tend that area like a garden. Picture 6 shows the section of Hugel I will be tending! This section is just past the gate near the front door and I'm thinking it will be great to plant lots of culinary herbs here since that will (hopefully) incentivize us to use them for all kinds of cooking. Gardening
has been a growing interest for me this year and this is one of the projects I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into.
Tonight I made dinner (7). I made Thai Curry from scratch for the first time and I gotta say, I'm a huge fan. I'll definitely be experimenting more with this in the future. That giant cast Iron
was filled to within an eighth on an inch of the rim and it pretty much all disappeared by the time dinner was done.
Tonight we also had a little talent show for culture night and it was a blast! Side Note: I feel like it should be called an exhibition of skills since that's what we're really doing. During the exhibition of skills Fred Sung, Erica danced, both by herself doing tap dance and with her partner doing swing dancing, Lara showed us some Japanese Kanji and taught us how to make an origami crane (which I personally loved, thanks Lara!), Daniel demonstrated some self-defense stuff (I was the demonstration dummy haha), I read a short story I wrote for one of the Dungeons and Dragons games
I play in, and Kyle showed us how to run with good technique, which was way cooler than it sounds. It was all a lot of fun and I'm really glad I participated in it, we got all kinds of skilled people here.
Well, that was a way longer post than I wanted to write, but lots of stuff happened today haha. I'll leave you all with this lovely picture of a rainbow I saw today while discussing sawmill fixes with Josiah