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POST 222 (DAY 232, Monday, 2021.3.29)
[Morning Entry]

... yesterday was walk from the lab to base camp day!.. something in me begged for a long walk/jog to mentally reset and get some blood flowing.. I walked the uphill parts, sprinted and jogged some flats, but I kept moving forward while watching the clock.. it took just under an hour starting from my plot.. and it felt like 3 miles.. I had eaten quesadillas and pasta for lunch  so no surprise I had plenty of energy; happy to say that my heart, lungs and legs were keep up just fine also!.. yes, it was an extended health/wellness check.. I made it back just in time to say bye to Lara driving away from base camp.. and in time for a shower before Seder dinner.. before all that was my usual morning routine, cleaning blitz with the whole team, and cartoons with Paul.. AND a quick tour of fred’s plot.. AND AND a quick lawn chair session at my plot.. overall a packed day.. I could use more sleep today.. I feel rested but not caught up..
... during the walk, my clarity moment was that I had been very distracted.. if I’m a few years, I am to be living at the lab, now is the time to begin preparations for that lifestyle.. food, water, shelter, transportation, heat.. 232 days in—I’ve gained enough knowledge and experience about permaculture to devise and implement a plan of action.. and perhaps I shall begin with the thing that comes most naturally to me: chopping wood..

... Enjoy the pics~!!!
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Seder dinner, thanks D and M for arranging this!
Seder dinner, thanks D and M for arranging this!
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Check out M’s head cover !!
Check out M’s head cover !!
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Sampler platter
Sampler platter
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Carry on cuties
Carry on cuties
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Deer face.. found this on my walk
Deer face.. found this on my walk
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Gravel byproduct from well drilling (the 2021 well)
Gravel byproduct from well drilling (the 2021 well)
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The Plot Thiccens.. I love this view
The Plot Thiccens.. I love this view
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Nodding onion
Nodding onion, fred’s plot
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Crocus
Crocus , FPH
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Mmhmm
Meow too sexy
 
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Love the updates, your BRK reward is in the mail via Paul!  

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POST 223 (DAY 233, Tuesday, 2021.3.30)
[Morning Entry]

... THE WORK: AM—garden patch planning.. a seed questions session with fred for an hour, after an hour of team meeting about logistics of scaling Bootcamp up to 20+ persons.. PM—tidying the shop some more.. making some clear labels for sections of the shop, and clearing out old trash..
... focus.. when I look around, I see such gifts, in people who are able to focus on things.. I’ve long thought that I have some form of attention deficit, because others quite often seem to grasp concepts and ideas more readily than I.. the other day I found myself reading the same short paragraph for about five minutes trying to understand and not connecting or not concentrating enough.. my mind was everywhere else except on what was being read.. then I read it out loud to the room, and everyone said “yeah that’s sounds pretty straightforward..” to which I exclaimed, “I still don’t get it!”.. afterwards, i simply moved on to the next words on the page.. so then I wonder what comes easily to me, or to my attention span?.. maybe if I focus on this question long enough, I’ll see something..! :)
... WELLNESS ASSESSMENT: the 3 mile walk/jog/hike on Sunday must have been really good for me.. My heart and back feel strong and fit.. still feeling pretty lethargic and fatigued in general.. there’s something taxing my energy.. might be fibromyalgia, or the change of seasons, or something else.. overall, I’d say I’m at a solid 80%—which is pretty good in my opinion.. still able to keep up with morning routines, nest and project labors.. will keep an eye on this.. and eat some eggs for breakfast today..!

... enjoy the pics~!!
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The door, love shack
The door, love shack
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D and Nine installing trim
D and Nine installing trim
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Such a cool handle
Such a cool handle
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This morning’s fire
This morning’s fire
 
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POST 224 (DAY 234, Wednesday, 2021.3.31)
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... final day of first quarter.. this year is moving along.. pretty soon we’ll have 20+ boots, going into pdc period, and multiple people living/working on the lab.. exciting!
... yesterday, did some more organizing at the shop during the day.. then after work, jogged up to the volcano.. what a great day.. slept early and woke up later than usual.. if I wake up at 2am and don’t fall asleep for an hour, should one stay in bed or get up? ..hmm...

... enjoy the pics ~!!!
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Taco Tuesday at the auditorium
Taco Tuesday at the auditorium
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M’s vegan queso quest
M’s vegan queso quest
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Dj fred spinning tortillas
Dj fred spinning tortillas
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E and J prepping
E and J prepping
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My furry feline friend found me!
My furry feline friend found me!
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Miniature cliff near uphill paddock
Miniature cliff near uphill paddock
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Miniature landscaping by nature
Miniature landscaping by nature
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Why layers?
Why layers?
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Serpent tree
Serpent tree
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Twisty rotted wood
Twisty rotted wood
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Natural coloring
Natural coloring
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Future door handle #12
Future door handle #12
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View
View
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View 2
View 2
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A little guy!
A little guy!
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Blade sharpened, M
Blade sharpened, M
 
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POST 225 (DAY 235, Thursday, 2021.4.1)
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... enjoy the pics~!!!
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Sun baked
Sun baked
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Wood rack in progress
Wood rack in progress
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Roof finish
Roof finish
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Woodshed Bloodshed
Woodshed Bloodshed
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Under the shed
Under the shed
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Friend rock, Lara, D and me
Friend rock, Lara, D and me
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Pretty kitty
Pretty kitty
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Wood rack 80% to completion
Wood rack 80% to completion
 
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POST 226 (DAY 236, Friday, 2021.4.2)
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... yesterday’s entry was going to be about “cleansing/purging”... somehow the evening blurred by—without a hint of boredom, it was suddenly 9:00pm.. actually part of what took much of the time was the delayed service at the local diner.. a place we visit, from time to time, as a bit of diversion.. they serve mostly fried American cuisine.. they seem to be low on staff, but I still enjoy my 2-3 hours, sitting in a lumpy yet cozy corner booth, talking and laughing about everything and nothing with the people closest to my values.. congrats to paul for the new Kickstarter record!.. D—for helping to round out and test the final stages of the love shack prior to rent-ability; good luck with the curtains!.. C—for finishing/polishing two of the gates at the abbey!.. K and I finished the shower shack wood shed yesterday, woohoo!!!.. L and Nine have finished so many things, I’ve stopped keeping track—I just thank them constantly, for being who they be.. these are just the folks who were at the diner last night.. and much respect and warm appreciation to all the other boots and staff of permies.. let’s go!

... enjoy the pics!!!

Ps. The cleanse thing was a spiritual/emotional purge of past baggage I had somehow been carrying.. yet another level of blame and codependency—two things which I’d prefer to learn to let go.. had a recent chat with a friend that brought me much needed perspective.. “don’t be paranoid..!”.. she exclaimed, with nothing but love and certainty, after I had finished explaining my plight.. it wasn’t so much the telling of those simple, poignant words, but perhaps knowing that someone listened.. that was the important message.. or something like that..
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M sets up his camera by the RMH
M sets up his camera by the RMH
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Tomato tomata seeds, gardening day!
Tomato tomata seeds, gardening day!
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Gardening day, path building
Gardening day, path building
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Back and roof
Back and roof
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Finished! Shower shack woodshed
Finished! Shower shack woodshed
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Ready for some wood
Ready for some wood
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Diner table
Diner table
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Mud wheels spinning fast makes the rav vibrate on the highway, instant massage chairs!
Mud wheels spinning fast makes the rav vibrate on the highway, instant massage chairs!
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Pretty, fph
Pretty, fph
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Little helpers atop the hugel
Little helpers atop the hugel
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Garden patch.. not named yet.. open to suggestions
Garden patch.. not named yet.. open to suggestions
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Nines patch
Nines patch
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Other angle
Other angle
 
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