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POST 24 (DAY 30, Wednesday, 2020.09.09)
[Evening Entry] ..Angle Braces

Its a good day today.. because its a math day~! Does anyone else like math day? I know its not everyone's thing, so please feel free to ignore this entry and enjoy the pics below..

Today, I get to use the geometry, algebra and trigonometry that I learned in high school--yay~! (I'm actually genuinely excited for some reason).. so, I worked with carpentry again.. today was angle braces.. the concept seems simple enough--make a few cuts, stick the brace in, and voila~!.. based on being out in the field with a 50-pound round-wood log.. the learning curve is quite.. ummm, interesting.. for me, the deadman post brace was much more straightforward (a horizontal brace, vs. a brace with a 45 degree angle cut on either end).. i've gathered some info.. (if there are any suggestions, i'm happy to hear them~!).. so, as it turns out, there are three main variables 1) the receiving notches 2) the orientation of the timber to become the angle brace, and 3) the two cuts on either end of the timber to become the angle brace.. to simplify this equation, one must make the two receiving notches for the angle bracket flush, plumb and level--this way those variables are now constants (technical terms that basically mean that the notches must be flat and in parallel planes).. second, the timber for the brace itself must have level reference lines on both ends to make those variables constants.. now the remaining variable are the two cuts on either end of the timber log, which can be made one at a time.. and that's where the fun turns into a magnificent song--at least for the first fitment.. the preparation was done today, and tomorrow will be the cutting and fitting.. if you hear singing coming from the woods of WL near the build site of the Wofati Greenhouse, it might be the mad-math-enthusiast who got his first angle brace fitted~!

Until tomorrow, fellow permies and visitors~!
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Two angle braces installed
Two angle braces installed
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Notes from listening to Fred and Jen’s perspectives on how to approach fitment of angle braces between two parallel posts.. exciting!
Notes from listening to Fred and Jen’s perspectives on how to approach fitment of angle braces between two parallel posts.. exciting!
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Broke down my tent today.. been sleeping at the Love Shack
Broke down my tent today.. been sleeping at the Love Shack
 
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Dez Choi wrote:POST 24 (DAY 30, Wednesday, 2020.09.09)
[Evening Entry] ..Angle Braces

Its a good day today.. because its a math day~! Does anyone else like math day? I know its not everyone's thing, so please feel free to ignore this entry and enjoy the pics below..

Today, I get to use the geometry, algebra and trigonometry that I learned in high school--yay~! ...


Hi Dez. When you can really use math and see it is usefull, that is exciting, in my opinion too. When at school (very long ago) the first math teacher I had knew how to make math clear as something you could use in daily life. I loved it then. But then in the higher classes there were other teachers ... They made me hate math! Now I have grown much older I found I can use math. F.e. when making sewing and knitting patterns. Or when making drawings to make my ideas clear (designs, architecture, a.a.). Maybe I have to start doing carpentry too (would give me also some BBs)
 
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POST 25 (DAY 31, Thursday, 2020.09.10)
[Evening Entry] ..Angle Brace Success~!.. Math really works~!

THE WORK: AM--up at the greenhouse today, got that angle brace IN~! and it fit so well.. the key motivating factor for my mentally challenging myself to get the calculations correct was the physical weight of the log.. I must have lifted that log over 50 times while trying to fit it the first time, and it ended up short with non-matching cut-planes--what a terribly exhausting outcome.. holding a round log that weighs a third of my weight at 45 degrees is pretty intense.. I call it log-yoga, because focusing on my breath was the only thing that kept me going.. I kept reminding myself to meditate on the beauty of hard work.. and I use this phrase "hard work" cautiously because it tends to come with connotations of unwanting and unyielding; I am weird in that I rather enjoy some hard work from time to time..
    PM--up at the greenhouse again, but harvested crimson clover seeds and mustard seeds and cut logs for the retaining wall.. touching back to the topic of burn-out for a bit--if I'm being completely honest, I broke my word.. I'm sorry.. but also not sorry(?) heehee.. confession: for the last four days, I worked on the greenhouse during the AM and PM shifts.. there's a thing about "what work feeds your soul the most?" here at WL.. and the carpentry happened to be on the top of my list.. it was more of a matter of doing the work that lights my joy, and not so much a matter of "getting it done".. as I mentioned before, i'm a bit of a math geek.. and I feel this experience of doing the carpentry work at the greenhouse for 7 sequential shifts fed my soul, and "lengthened my candle", so to speak.. burn-out seems farther away because I had a chance to use my math skills to precisely measure and install the angle brace (as well as a few horizontal braces).. I'm grateful, yet again for such an opportunity.. =D

THE WELLNESS CHECK-IN: my physical body is sore most days.. mostly in my hands and feet.. some in my back and neck/shoulder areas.. arms and legs seem okay.. =D

enjoy the pics~!
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Sunrise over hugel
Sunrise over hugel
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Angle brace upper mating surface
Angle brace upper mating surface
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Angle brace upper 2
Angle brace upper 2
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Angle brace lower mating surface
Angle brace lower mating surface
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Angle brace lower 2
Angle brace lower 2
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All angle braces in
All angle braces in
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Retaining wall going up
Retaining wall going up
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Flower break
Flower break
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View from roof
View from roof
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Relaxing with kittens
Relaxing with kittens
 
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POST 26 (DAY 32, Friday, 2020.09.11)
[Evening Entry]

Today, I processed peaches in the AM.. and then in the PM, tidying up the patio, and tidying up the shop..
Then, in the evening just before Josiah's amazing fajitas dinner, picked a plot to call my 1 acre.. Paul was looking around for me, and I had apparently blended in to the ambience of the patio because he didn't see that I was laying on one of the handmade benches.. that was a funny moment for me.. I picked a plot that is across the street from Josiah.. not sure what's drawing me there.. possibly because it's close to everything, yet kind of tucked away.. it should be interesting because Josiah's planning to build a sauna and/or a tea lounge.. that made me think about what I want to build.. First, I'd like to build a small Love-Shack-like cabin to start, but possibly even smaller.. you know, to simplify things.. simple is my primary aim.. and I'd like it to make it transformable and/or modular so that I can change things up depending on weather conditions or mood.. after my first angle-brace experience, carpentry seems like a great way to simultaneously exercise my math-geek side and build something neat with my hands..

A RANT: When I first arrived, I used to think that I like to cook.. turns out I really just like to eat.. in fact I don't think I like to eat all that much either.. but its a necessary part of living.. Maybe I'm just bored with food.. I feel like I've experienced really good food in life.. Have I said "I" enough times in this paragraph?.. Food and eating isn't everything in life--this wouldn't be the first time I thought about going food-less.. but logically it makes no sense, and my inner Vulcan wouldn't let me starve or develop an eating disorder.. so, then what is it? I'm super grateful for delicious food--please understand that I'm not complaining.. rather, i'm simply exploring the idea of how to make food and eating more je ne sais pas.. I guess, to me, food is fuel.. and good food is a bonus.. I also wonder why I think these things..

enjoy the pics~!
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Peaches 🍑 processing
Peaches 🍑 processing
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Jars ready for jam
Jars ready for jam
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Turkey tail?
Turkey tail? This bench has one of the best views at FPH
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That time we went into town and ate ice cream.. (I didn’t because I am sugar free.. so I just watched and smelled)
That time we went into town and ate ice cream.. (I didn’t because I am sugar free.. so I just watched and smelled)
 
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POST 27 (DAY 33, Saturday, 2020.09.12)
[Evening Entry]

THE PLOT: So, I went with my gut and chose a plot after a quick tour around WL property.. I was drawn to the meadow, so I simply picked a spot on the map while sitting with Paul, yesterday.. Today, I went out there to walk around it for a bit.. and it somehow turned out to be just as I had hoped--view of the meadow, some hills, a small plateau, some shady spots, some trees, some grass, near the access road.. Seeing many sharp rocks on the road makes me think that they're gonna hurt the wheels that travel over frequently.. so I decided to collect these sharp rocks away from the path, and neatly stack some piles at intervals of about 20 feet along my property (I totally forgot to take pictures of these today, so I'll post them with after I go out there with Fred to get the more "official" boundary lines..).. I did this for three reasons, 1) I wanted a general idea of what 1 acre might look like, and 2) to move the sharp rocks out of the road, and 3) to give myself a reason to meander "my" property.. I hesitate to call anything "my" property because I came here with nothing, and will leave with nothing.. the property is mine to steward for now.. =D .. then I ate some lunch.. laid out a yoga mat and took a short nap.. and proceeded to meander toward the deeper meadow where Clayton and I previously collected gravel.. ran into a couple who were also meandering WL, and they told me about a view spot.. AND I LOVE VIEW SPOTS, so I kept on walking, up a hill for 20 minutes, in the heat of the afternoon.. good thing I had my water and my sun-hat.. ain't nutthin' to it~.. checked out the view spot while picking out little stabby-sticks from my socks and then walked the long way back to my car, which was parked at "my" plot.. WHAT SHOULD I CALL MY PLOT? any suggestions? I was thinking "Meditation Meadow" because meditation seems to be a running theme for me these days.. or maybe "Clarity Clearing".. or "Well-ness Wonderland" because it's by a proposed well-site~!

SOME RANTING: last night, after posting my BRK entry, I walked outside to a clear starry night (one day, I shall take/share some photos.. night photography is a slightly different animal).. looking up, clear enough to see the milky way galaxy.. I did some mountain-pose breaths with my arms stretching out and then up as if to gather each twinkling constellation's energy and gently pour into my wellness.. because why not?.. after ten or so breaths, I walked over to the Love Shack to bed.. Yesterday I had written a post about the idea of not eating, so I decided to skip breakfast (sometimes I do this to change things up).. and lunch tasted so yummy.. I think going hungry every once in a while is a good practice of letting the digestive system rest.. Today was a good day for this because I did not have much work to do--it's my day off~ yay~!.. All that was planned for the day was meandering around WL, and checking out my new-to-me plot.. it was super relaxing.. This would be the first full day that I have dedicated to this type of activity, as sort of a reward/celebration for completing my first month.. In a way, it was a "Self-Date".. Often times, for me, its difficult to allow myself to enjoy spending time alone, relaxing in beautiful scenery.. there's a voice in my head that adamantly whispers, "relaxing can come later when the work is done.." which is true; and at the same time, another voice says, "its okay to enjoy when the opportunity presents itself.. and go do a Self-Date.." ..The movies or social media may portray romantic things as done only as a couple or with other people, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying the company of one.. it's a thing~..

'tis late, enjoy the pics y'all~
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focus on street sign
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focus on meadow
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angle 2 landscape mode
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Proposed Well Site
Proposed Well Site
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Red winged grasshopper seen during todays excursion
Red winged grasshopper seen during todays excursion
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View from WL
View from WL
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These fungi look like marshmallows
These fungi look like marshmallows
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Lunch with nature
Lunch with nature
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It’s just a little guy..
It’s just a little guy..
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View from my yoga mat nap
View from my yoga mat nap
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Insect visitor
Insect visitor
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This guy was stalking me
This guy was stalking me
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Butterfly visitor
Butterfly visitor
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Found this spider on my leg.. my heart..
Found this spider on my leg.. my heart..
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Footprints
Footprints
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More footprints
More footprints
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Some more footprints
Some more footprints
 
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POST 28 (DAY 34, Sunday, 2020.09.13)
[Evening Entry] .. A-BUN-DANCE..

ACTIVITY: Today was a relaxing day.. slept in until 7am--felt amazing.. I WAS going to sleep a little more but remembered I told Clayton that I'd join him to chop wood.. as it turns out he was skipping the wood-chopping today.. but I'm glad I got up when I did.. I'm not really a morning person, but when I'm up early, I feel like I get such better use of my time--and who doesn't like THAT?! ..When I was in The City, I'd arise slowly around 4am, so I could have 2-3 hours of me-time before work.. during these hours, I would lazily roll off one side of the bed, straight onto the yoga mat where I would either lay in Savasana (flat on back) observing my first thoughts of the day for a few minutes (or sleep more) OR even more lazily plant my forehead to the ground and kneel into Child's Pose (and sometimes fall asleep in that pose).. basically, imagine the laziest way any human could ever start their day.. The idea was to be gentle with my body, soul and mind.. I also tried to practice remembering to think in appreciation and gratitude first thing.. "..grateful for my eyes opening, and my breath working.. etc." ..seemingly mundane, and yet so often taken for granted..

DINNER: Sunday "Bun" day--the new boots Jade and Marshall made us steamed buns filled with yummy goodness and love.. I made a dipping sauce inspired by my mother's dumpling dipping sauce and mixed in my spice blend.. today, I was organizing the spice/herb rack, so I figured I'd make a blend.. apparently it turned out pretty good.. I like it too.. anyway, the buns were so good, my heart was dancing.. I was not even going to eat dinner tonight.. but being in the kitchen while Jade was cooking made me SUPER hungry.. hard to resist a freshly steamed bun and veggie stir fry.. quite possibly my favorite meal here and in general.. funny how just a couple days ago, I was talking about the act of eating being kind of boring.. I guess fasting on Saturday mornings really helps to regain that appetite for eating.. (no, I'm not developing an eating disorder.. I just go through phases of re-evaluating the act of eating sometimes).. Tonight's meal also helped me realize how much I like sauces.. Clayton makes fermented beverages--we're thinking of dubbing him with the title of "Microbial Shepherd".. perhaps I can be the "Steward of Sauces".. I've always loved red and green sauces on my burritos--I'd ask for extra sauces packages when I went through the "Alberto's" drive through, even if they charged extra, it would be worth it.. Sometimes I'd see someone about to throw away their sauce, and feel like it was such a waste of yumminess.. I could see myself opening a sauce bar of sorts.. Also sauces are made in batches where it can be enjoyed over many meals, whereas a good meal lasts one or two sittings.. so, anyway, the buns and veggies stir fry were simply amazing.. the belly is full and happy.. it's been just over a month since I arrived at bootcamp, but I'm still trying to find my rhythm of diet..

tomorrow, I start week 5, aka month 2.. more adventures to come~! I wish all my friends could be here to see what living this lifestyle is like.. alas, this lifestyle is not for the faint of heart.. I was just thinking the other day that bootcamp lasts 2-3 months in most programs, here, bootcamp is 2 years.. In my opinion this is a marathon and not a sprint.. Though I've been training for endurance (during my time in City Life), it definitely is a whole new game..

enjoy the pics~!
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Kitten puddle
Kitten puddle
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Ceramic tea strainer for the win
Ceramic tea strainer for the win
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The bun, with my garnishing sauce
The bun, with my garnishing sauce
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My spice herb blend
My spice herb blend
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The beautiful cubby at FPH entryway
The beautiful cubby at FPH entryway
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An amber sun
An amber sun
 
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POST 29 (DAY 35, Monday, 2020.09.14)
[Evening Entry]

THE WORK: AM: patio stone flooring at FPH, with new boot, Lara.. a quick learner, a science-y person, a soulful traveler.. she's here for two weeks.. today we laid down about 10 square feet of stone flooring.. turns out she likes jigsaw puzzles too.. yet another pattern in the patio stone floor workers.. these are just things I notice.. I wonder what other people notice in other people (or in me for that matter?).. the 4 hour shift went quickly, as it usually does.. lunch was peanut butter sandwich and leftovers..
    PM: Tree harvest at the Lab.. good times lifting many logs with energetic, young visitors..

A RANT: Am I the oldest boot here? I think I might be second oldest.. here for the long haul, and willing to work for room and board.. who are these people that come to do this sort of thing? how is it that a place like this exists and such a many find their ways elsewhere? if reality is any clue to what other people notice in me, then I'm the "weird" one.. I used to think that was a "bad" thing.. today, I like to take solace in that I've found a path and that this path has found me.. we can't all be millionaires, but this sure feels like a winning ride.. As I've mentioned before, I believe the feeling of "belonging" is not a money-thing.. In The City, I couldn't afford a sense of "belonging" at $60k/year (which isn't much compared to a million, but sure is far from poverty).. I bought cars, clothes, and cologne that helped me to feel something.. but I don't think it was a sense of belonging.. Do I think this place makes me feel like I belong? Actually, I think I'm still a "weird" person here--but that simply does not matter.. we are here to work toward something perhaps beyond feelings.. perhaps a sense of contribution.. the other day, a question came up, "what would you do if you had a million dollars?" Someone said, "probably the same thing here at WL, but I might accelerate its progress somehow by leveraging the funds." And I thought "yeah, pretty much same for me.." The city sells us on travel and food.. or some other way to indulge in life--and yes, those things are awesome.. At a certain point, I realized that variety was not what I was actually looking for in these things.. novelty wears off.. and I'm back to square one.. and I experienced these things--for ME.. it's all good.. it's all very good.. I say, "go and experience all that and more.. I have.." There's a buffet out there~!.. Here at WL.. I guess we have simplicity.. homestead, and contribute life-giving ether to the world.. its not really visible.. its something that is sensed.. like a resonant vibration..

enjoy the pics~!
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Greenhouse progress, retaining walls and moisture barrier are in
Greenhouse progress, retaining walls and moisture barrier are in
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Lara balancing a cat and fitting a rock for the floor
Lara balancing a cat and fitting a rock for the floor
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Some cat backs.. they are siblings!
Some cat backs.. they are siblings!
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Workin’
Workin’
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Moving logs team!
Moving logs team!
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Field work
 
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Is the air quality bad there, too? I looked at an air quality map, and saw that Montana was getting the smoke from all the fires in Washington and Oregon and California. I hope it doesn't get too bad there!
 
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the posts in the greenhouse make it look like it will be pointing north
 
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