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POST 54 (DAY 60, Friday, 2020.10.09)
[Evening Entry]

THE WORK: AM--Seeding apricots around the Abbey.. these little seeds are blessed, and will bless many apricot-loving beings with their delicious, juicy fruit.. yay~!
PM--It's The First Wofati Greenhouse, man~!.. cut a notch on the first purlin (rear-most), while Josiah and Martha set up the tarps to protect the structure from this weekend's forecast rain.. while cutting the notch, I came up with a methodical order that works best for me: 1) scribe and double-check the lines, 2) use chainsaw for depth cuts, while staying within the scribed lines, 3) use chisel to remove most of the wood and check X and Y axis levels across the plane of the notch, 4) sand down the plane with the angle-sander (angle grinder with sanding pad attachment).. actually I was not the one who came up with this technique, but while working today, the method seemed to become "scientific".. I ended up cutting too shallow twice, so I was able to practice this "methodical order" 3 times.. and each time, it went faster--this is why I believe I will keep using it for future notches.. [by the way, this methodical order is quite similar to cutting a notch to receive a horizontal or angle brace between two posts, so maybe the two can become one~! Super exciting~!]

'tis Friday.. enjoy the pics~! (They’re in the next post for some reason)
 
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Dez Choi wrote:POST 48 (DAY 54, Saturday, 2020.10.03)
[Morning Entry] .. A Long, Easy Morning

4:30AM--Open eyes after 6 hrs of deep sleep.. feeling pretty rested, but its a Saturday.. so eyes smile back to slumber..
7:00AM--Wake up gently to my tiny watch-alarm that beeps 10 times.. good BM today.. (tmi? maybe..? You know how sometimes its just that good? Hey, its just the other end of good food right? ok i'm done..).. Clean out the dish rack, per my usual.. Spilled some lentil sprouts while extracting eggs from a stuffed fridge--so, I gut the fridge and reorganize it..
8:30AM--Cook and breakfast for four (Jade, Marshall, Josiah, et moi): breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs on fresh tortilla with vegan spicy mayo and salsa, and fresh avocado) with salt & pepper scalloped fried taters side..
9:30AM--Do dishes clean the kitchen a little, then chill with kittens in the sun.. its a warm 60 deg today
10:00AM--Realize its nearly noon and feel somewhat guilty for not having done much with the day.. Last Saturday was pretty much all napping and lounging around doing nothing much.. which felt really awesome.. the word "Enough" comes to mind, to add contrast to the guilty feeling.. There was a time when guilt directed much of my life decisions; that lifestyle stopped a few years ago, when I became aware that that was the case.. all change begins with awareness.. with awareness, each individual has the choice to adjust course or maintain.. I had been feeling guilty for not being "enough".. read a book by Brene Brown that someone had suggested about Worthiness and Being Enough.. changed my awareness, which then shifted my perspective, which led me to start talking to the mirror in a positive light.. I told myself "hey, you're enough, even when you may not feel like it.. you are loved and lovable.. you are worthy of your ideal.." ..The ritual became telling myself something like this in the mirror after each shower.. At first, I didn't want to because an inner mocking voice would make me feel silly about encouraging myself.. I was shy about it, and I did it anyway.. At times, I even talked back to that inner mocking voice--someone has to~! That inner mocking voice can be a bully.. And I stand up to bullies if/when they instigate with me.. As a youth, being bullied was a reality at school.. I didn't know it was okay to stand up to them.. at one point I even saw myself becoming the bully--and a bystander stood up and said "stop".. I knew I was being a jerk, so that was exactly what I needed to 1) snap out of projecting my insecurities in a mean way to others, and 2) recognize that I did not want to continue in that path.. Today, I stand up to external and internal bullies, with a gentle firmness.. because ain't nobody got time for that~!.. let's go in a positive direction, or at least show up with our manners steadfast.. Today, if I feel guilt, I took time to sit, breathe, and reassess my drive.. and if I cannot find the source of guilt, then I set it down and review my list of things I want to do.. our fellow Boots, Jade and Marshall, effectively said to me, "enjoy your Saturday".. and I like that thought.. sometimes I feel an anxiety from thinking there's something I "should" be doing--so this is when the list comes in handy.. the list of things I WANT to have done.. and i like that thought--a list of enjoyment and peace..
10:30AM--Come back to FPH for 2nd breakfast--dutch babies a la Marshall (this time with yogurt in the batter), and text a friend..
11:15AM--Write BRK while relaxing on the couch and thinking about my plot and/or other things I want to do..
12:00PM--Load up Doug and go chop some firewood =D

Enjoy the pics~!

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Post chainsaw notch
Post chainsaw notch
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Final notch.. muy bueno
Final notch.. muy bueno
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Saw Mushrooms while seeding
Saw Mushrooms while seeding
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Chisel master Brianna
Chisel master Brianna
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Panoramic abbey
Panoramic abbey
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Abbey cat
Abbey cat
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Level scribe
Level scribe
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Crimson clover harvest final hour
Crimson clover harvest final hour
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Tank cats.. half cat.. half tank!
Tank cats.. half cat.. half tank!
 
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Want to chop some wood today.. it’s 8am.. better go before it starts to rain... <3 pics to come after my return! :)

Maybe one tank-cat pic fur the road..

POST 55 (DAY 61, Saturday, 2020.10.10)
[Mid-day Entry]

08:30AM-11:00AM--firewood harvest, solo, up at WL.. Zero injury today--yay~!.. today's harvest filled about a quarter of a rack.. I bucked one whole medium tree.. dare I say that this is becoming one of my most favorite activities at WL.. getting out there in nature, on a brisk morning, with a beater truck and some tools.. wearing ear protection really tunes out the world, and allows me to tune into my own thoughts.. today, I am grateful for quiet.. some people have a hard time in silence.. though I personally never understood the level of anxiety people may feel if left in their own thoughts, I imagine it has to do with guilt and/or shame.. ahh--actually, I do remember one time, the thoughts in my head got so loud, I had to leave work for a few hours, and the only thing that brought me calm was writing out my thoughts.. since then, I turn to "puna y letra" (hand-writing) whenever I feel an overwhelming amount of emotions.. also writing in my BRK helps..
11:00AM-11:30AM--chill out with the three amigos (kittens: Waldo, Fishes, and Zeek).. they were being cute again, so some cat pics will ensue..
11:30AM-12:15PM--lunch and chat with Fred about why I was distancing myself for a few weeks.. its how I recharge.. I much prefer one-on-one interactions, vs. group interactions, in most situations..
12:15PM-12:30PM--post BRK
12:30PM-1:30PM--Star Trek Discovery, Season 2, Ep.6. at Paul-Theatre

The rest of the day is most likely open to lounging around~! yay~!
enjoy the pics~!
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But fur-st.. one more tank-cat!
But fur-st.. one more tank-cat contemplating existentialism
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Chainsaw action
Chainsaw action
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Axe action
Axe action
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Chillin kittens
Chillin kittens
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Tank cat!
Tank cat!
 
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POST 56 (DAY 62, Sunday, 2020.10.11)
[Morning Entry] ...Play Fair

Today, I slept in until 7:00AM.. probably could have slept more, but also didn't want to spend the morning sleeping.. I had gone to bed later than usual (10pm), while staring at my phone.. this is not a usual thing for me.. Usually, I do all the phone-staring before I lay me down for the night, as a purposeful practice.. I can't help but sense that my center is shook.. feelings of unworthiness are creeping up, in the form of comparison.. one of my tanks is running low or near empty.. Yesterday's morning, I fasted for clarity--I had energy enough to chop wood, and yet clarity seemed to elude me.. Yes, gratitude, right? Right.. and perhaps another ingredient.. I began a pushups regimen to see if that will help.. I think I know what shook me, too..
    There have been times in my life where I strayed from my experiential logic, and then after pay in emotional stress.. Once there was a lady who wanted to do things with me that I wasn't really interested in doing.. but I liked her.. smitten, I found myself slowly bending my own values/rituals/routines in order to keep her happy.. but would she have been any less happy had I just refused?.. In hindsight, I know I was acting out of fear--fear of scarcity and/or loss.. I was afraid she wouldn't want to hang out with me unless we did the things she wanted.. this kind of fear is rooted in unworthiness; and scarcity mentality goes hand in hand.. I must have felt unworthy of acting out my own life based on my own desires.. "If I say what I want to do, then I will be rejected..".. seems like quite a discouraging thought.. I used to think this way pretty much all of the time.. and un-identifying myself from that thought pattern was a freeing experience, which didn't happen overnight.. in fact, I must still practice and keep a vigilant stance on being encouraging to myself through all situations and interactions.. I believe that's the only fair path.. and if we cannot play fair, where's the fun? =D
    "Say what you want to do.. act how you want to act.. as long as there's respect for others, its all good, bro~!" (Yes, sometimes, I have to be my own bro, my own parent, my own friend..).. It's a new chapter in my life.. I'm nearing the end of my first fiscal quarter at WL.. I'm unlearning old, fear-based patterns and surrendering to relearning love-based practices.. Surrender to my values--that inner soft voice that resonates with my joy.. aka, my inner monk--the guy who is okay with and grateful for a simple life.. Abundance mindset is mine already--I have more than I need, I am enough, I am worthy of my good.. I accept and am grateful for the occasional "shake", so I can revisit, review and refine my center, my core values.. pain is growth--and both are good veggies for me.. I am not perfect, and I am in practice..
    62 days in.. it feels like i've been here 62 weeks.. life is really dense here.. not sure why.. =D there's just a lot that goes on, and my time working and living is mostly an investment rather than a spending.. I don't spend much money because most of my needs are met.. here at WL, life is dense, simple, and rich--perhaps like a nice piece of chocolate.. delicious.. one of the fairest games I’ve played..

Enjoy the pics~!
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We tried kava kava together.. I think I felt it.. I think?? I honestly couldn’t tell
We tried kava kava together.. I think I felt it.. I think?? I honestly couldn’t tell
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Rocket fire today at FPH
Rocket fire today at FPH
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Got cleaned up and went for a drive.. just because
Got cleaned up and went for a drive.. just because
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Pushups with extra weight
Pushups with extra weight
 
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POST 57 (DAY 63, Monday, 2020.10.12)
[Evening Entry]

THE WORK: AM--Tidying the shop.. When I see a fridge in disarray, my gut instinct is to empty it out or just avoid it.. there's a part of me that needs to know what's in there, and how it can be optimally organized.. perhaps it is my efficiency-bone.. (which is connected to my streamline-bone and my create-systems-bone..).. so, am I organized? or maybe borderline obsessive compulsive? do we need a label for this? =D Long story long, I organized a shelf space today that was overflowing and piling up.. sometimes this is an inevitable situation, especially in community living and/or a busy environment.. while cleaning, a thought visited my brain, "this shelf needs a THEME.. yeah, that would help..".. just a thought--not sure what the theme would be yet.. nor am I tied to the idea of giving it a theme.. just a thought.. a fridge has a theme: Food.. hmm....
    PM--Seeding at the abbey.. the time passes very slowly when seeding.. and it is surprisingly a solid workout.. a lot of squatting, bending, shoveling--and this is just the physical part.. its such a beautiful spiritual exercise as well.. I wish each seed good luck and lots of love.. someone said "everything gardens".. and when I look around nature's garden, I sure have big shoes to fill.. humbled.. this young padowan has much to learn about the gardening skills of the jedi master called Nature.. Weather-wise, it was a chill-breezy, cloudy yet sunny kind of amazing day.. I thought I would need a jacket, but I was sweating in my regular shirt, so I wet my hat with water and enjoyed the cool bake.. I also took 5 minutes to lay on a hay stack on top of the abbey roof, surrounded by pointy green trees within a creamy cotton candy cumulus cloud covering and blue skies.. I would have taken a picture, and also wanted to soak in every morsel of the moment.. what a feeling.. what a feeling.. que sentimiento..

enjoy the pics~!

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Saffron grown by Josiah and Jen
Saffron grown by Josiah and Jen
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Morning sky
Morning sky
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Trees washed by rain
Trees washed by rain
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Afternoon kittens attack Josiah
Afternoon kittens attack Josiah
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Check out the fractal patterns on this one! So preetty
Check out the fractal patterns on this one! So preetty
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Tiny mangos.. actually seeds Texas Moutain Laurel
Tiny mangos.. actually seeds Texas Moutain Laurel
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Little tiny sprouts!
Little tiny sprouts!
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A five legged spider.. s/he’s still goin! In a circle kind of.. but still..
A five legged spider.. s/he’s still goin! In a circle kind of.. but still..
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The Abbey Elf appears.. (Brianna actually)
The Abbey Elf appears.. (Brianna actually)
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Morning sky angle 2
Morning sky angle 2
 
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POST 58 (DAY 64, Tuesday, 2020.10.13)
[Evening Entry]

THE WORK: AM--Building cubbies (overhead storage shelves) for the library "Dock" desk.. Simply put, I enjoy carpentry and woodworking.. There's something about it that lights up a small fire in me.. it feeds my soul to work with my hands and to create something out of raw materials.. perhaps that's why practicing origami has stuck with me since age 10--I don't know if there's anything else in the world that has held my interest for 28 years.. sculpting a crane bird out of a flat piece of paper feeds my soul.. also these little figures make great gifts~!.. for me, the gift of a crane represent flight.. to the stars and beyond.. wherever imagination soars, go there and flap those wings strong and wide.. The second origami gift menu item is a Turtle.. "slow and steady wins the race..".. lucky for me, I wasn't born with natural speed.. the Turtle is my spiritual guide to winning in all situations, heavy or light.. also, as an added bonus, the Turtle can be made with small wings, so as to suggest another form of soaring.. ;) ..Thirdly, the traditional origami flower (iris), represents life and friendship.. as I said--they make great gifts.. It's just a piece of paper that someone took the time to fold into a figure.. PAPER + TIME + MEANING = GIFT.. for me, an origami gift brings true meaning to "its the thought that counts".. I recently had the opportunity to make an origami gift to someone who also makes origami things--when that happens, its pretty cool..
PM--Continued building Dock-Cubbies.. Rainy-day schedule means we get to take advantage of being indoors, to work on indoor projects that sometimes get de-prioritized due to the outdoor works' urgency.. Winter is approaching.. Fred was supervising in the AM shift, but had to part ways for the PM shift, which left me in charge.. at one point I was facilitating the progress of three people's work (Brianna, Clayton, and moi).. that was fun.. also, pretty cool, because I don't take lightly the opportunity to be a trusted steward of anything.. I've found that the best way to approach any kind of "leadership" role is to honor the other persons.. the feeling of reaching a goal with a team amplifies exponentially in joy.. solo-goal-reaching is cool too, but its different when I get to partake in the wins of others, simply by encouraging them through the process.. Example time? ..Brianna realized, upon mounting the eighth and final board of a divider-array (one long connecting board attached to 8 shorter perpendicular boards, which make up a shelf divider), that the measurement was off.. she said she was "mad" about it, in a very calm voice, "should I start it over?".. I said "aw, man~! sorry you're mad.. its okay, its only off by a quarter of an inch.. its okay~!.." and gave her a pat on the slouching shoulder.. so much drama over a quarter of an inch, right? ..luckily, in this case, that small variance wouldn't really matter for the production of the final product.. AND Fred happened to be nearby, came over and suggested a potential solution to help mitigate a possible recurrence--a better method, if you will.. long story short, Brianna seemed encouraged.. AND more importantly, in that moment, I truly saw a human-error embraced and accepted, AS A TEAM.. I was moved.. not because I had the wherewithal to keep from judging the error (which a version of my may have done), but because in that moment, WE CREATED A SPACE TO BE.. TO BE.. to simply be the human.. I love this kind of work environment.. and it is such an honor and privilege for me to be amongst the kind of people who would embrace and accept me, even in my errors.. Someone who I consider a world-class champion once told me that it's not about the work; rather it's about the people who are doing the work.. he said that the work will get done either way, by us or others.. but while WE are in this work together, let us be as we are, so that we can be our very best..

enjoy the pics.. I love you..

ps. its taco tuesday, mang.. and the tacos were muy delicioso~!
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Cool green growie thing.. Fred knows the name of it (sorry I forgot!)
Cool green growie thing.. a lichen.. Fred knows the name of it (sorry I forgot!)
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He had some in his ear for a little while.. lol
He had some in his ear for a little while.. lol
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Rainy skies
Rainy skies
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I made some spicy miso garlic mayo.. it was a hit with the tacos tonight.. the feeling of making a sauce that people enjoy is indescribably awesome.. glad you liked it—thanks guys =D
I made some spicy miso garlic mayo.. it was a hit with the tacos tonight.. the feeling of making a sauce that people enjoy is indescribably awesome.. glad you liked it—thanks guys =D
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Beautiful tacos 1 & 2
Beautiful tacos 1 & 2
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Taco 3..
Taco 3..
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Brianna made us wooden handles for our rice cooker bc the plastic ones broke on one side.. totally adding value to our community and cooking experiences for years to come.. thanks Bri!
Brianna made us wooden handles for our rice cooker because the plastic ones broke on one side.. totally adding value to our community and cooking experiences for years to come.. thanks Bri!
 
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POST 59 (DAY 65, Wednesday, 2020.10.14)
[Evening Entry]

THE WORK: AM&PM--Overhead cubbies at the Dock.. I realized today that I'm building a sort of tree-house.. Amazing--I've always wanted to build a tree-house since early childhood.. what is with the fascination of children and a shed on a tree?.. I don't know either, but its so much better than a mansion on a granite foundation, for some reason~! ..Anyway, back to the overhead cubby.. it's not meant to hold people, per say, but it does involve some ingenuity and/or Macgyver-ing with the natural roundwood timber, in order to create a lasting and fun structure.. the design aspect is most fascinating to me.. Where do we put this notch in order to create a square frame for the base?.. How deep does that notch go?.. If the notch is too deep, how else can we support the structure and maintain its aesthetic?.. This kinda thing lights up my joy meter.. just lights it right up~! Needless to say, I'm having a blast.. a few weeks back, it was the angle brace, with its geometry/trigonometry problem solving puzzle.. this time, its the engineering of structural integrity melded with the architectural finesse of upholding beauty.. Something super functional and yet somehow easy on the eyes.. No doubt about it--this is my kind of jam, baby~!.. And by "jam", I mean music to my ears.. Interestingly enough, the notching skills from the greenhouse framing came in super handy..
    Some may be wondering--so, why is it like building a tree-house??, Basically, we are using dimensional lumber to build a 3-tier shelving/cubby system which will "float" above the main large desk at the Library, called the "Dock".. the Dock is a 12-foot long by 3-foot deep rectangular workspace with vertical roundwood posts at each of the four corners, spanning from floor to ceiling.. I'm so excited to be here.. again =D

Enjoy the pics~!
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Leveling contraption after my partner had to leave.. it’s not pretty but it worked.. and that’s all that matters :)
Leveling contraption after my partner had to leave.. it’s not pretty but it worked.. and that’s all that matters :)
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Level set yo
Level set yo
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Cats on a hat
Cats on a hat
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Fred notching
Fred notching
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Cut and ready to install as cross members for the cubby
Cut and ready to install as cross members for the cubby
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Dimensional on roundwood
Dimensional on roundwood
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Zeek has never looked so happy.. what a ridiculously adorable kitten
Zeek has never looked so happy.. what a ridiculously adorable kitten
 
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POST 60 (DAY 66, Thursday, 2020.10.15)
[Evening Entry]

"Relaxed and Refreshed"..

Brianna joins us all the way from San Diego, where she and her husband, Alex, dream of homesteading somewhere other than California.. She happened to stumble across Wheaton Labs while researching Missoula for Alex's vacation.. Her PDC teacher ("Shout out to Lucian!") mentioned knowing Paul Wheaton, at some point during her research.. The stars and mycelia must have been aligned or something because, next thing you know, they are all here with their well behaved dog, Beaumont.. "Would you say that camping out in a van has never felt more at-home?" I asked. "No.." Brianna laughs, "it's been kind of a struggle~!" ..Alas, what a trooper--showing up to work with a consistently positive attitude, even when the "struggle" is real.. We all became friends with all three van-dwellers, over these past three weeks. Everyday, she was helping without being asked [yes--I saw you putting away stuff and doing community dishes, homie~!].. We will miss you and sincerely hope you will visit again soon, in a slightly more comfortable larger van.. and maybe Alex can even join us for most of our super awesome things.. maybe? =D

THE WORK: AM&PM.. The First Wofati Greenhouse, man~!.. The mornings are quite cold these days.. the bones feel chill, but my soul feels warm and fed.. The work isn't a grind here at WL; rather, its being part of a team that rows a boat together.. Each of us does our part, in the peace of our own pace, and somehow we move forward.. This morning's first to-do was to remove the tarp over the greenhouse with Clayton, then the scaffolding that some of the tarp was mounted to.. After this, Clayton and I split off into different but nearby tasks.. He picks up a chainsaw to cut the middle post for the lower purlin, and I warm up the chisel and mallet for some saddle-notching (cutting out a circular edge to mate with the incoming lower purlin) on the fence-side rafter.. Clayton and Josiah move over to the purlin to chisel out the middle notch, which will mate with the middle post that Clayton just cut.. I continue notching the rafter.. before we know it, its lunch time~!.. we clean up tools and ride back to base camp..
    Lunch (for me) consists of some leftover minestrone soup, bread & butter pickles, and 3 small PB sandwiches, with a side of homemade spicy mayo.. its simple.. Josiah made the minestrone for last night's dinner.. it totally fed my soul, as a nice, hearty soup usually does.. the other parts of the lunch seem like odd pairings, but each item is easily on my favorites list.. basically I eat like a king everyday, in my opinion..  Such beauty in simplicity.. soak in some sun and kitten love for about 15 minutes, outside.. Then back to the Abbey~!
    The afternoon, for me, was solo notch-cutting on the middle section of both rafters.. Clayton and Josiah were at the well-drill site to prepare the roads.. they returned to join the greenhouse work about half-way through the shift.. during my solo hours chiseling away, I had an interesting phrase cross my mind, "Disneyland, eat your heart out." ..Surprised and amused by its sheer audacious tone, I chuckled aloud, shaking my head and smiling.. its true--I'd rather be here at WL than at DL.. dare I say, I'm having so much fun its ridiculous?.. So grateful to be here--my happiest place on earth..

enjoy the pics~!
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Two spiders hanging out
Two spiders hanging out
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Rafter 1 with circular notch
Rafter 1 with circular notch
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Some retaining walls installed
Some retaining walls installed
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Josiah leveling
Josiah leveling
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Rafter 2 circular notch progress
Rafter 2 circular notch progress
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Ridiculous kitten #1
Ridiculous kitten #1
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More ridiculousness
More ridiculousness
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“Do I have something on my face?”
“Do I have something on my face?”
 
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POST 61 (DAY 67, Friday, 2020.10.16)
[Evening Entry]

THE WORK: AM&PM.. It's The First Wofati Greenhouse, man~!.. Installed the first (lower) purlin.. the middle post needs a shim, but the two outer notches fit very nicely.. in retrospect, I think the purlin log may have had a bow/crown that was not accounted for during the measurement-taking.. I held the rope this time, (footage may appear in official video) and it was pretty exciting watching it fit together.. So exciting, in fact, that I was even more pumped to start work on the next purlin~!.. man, I really geek out about this stuff, don't I?.. There's just something magical about it.. I hope you get a chance to try this kind of stuff if/when you visit.. yes, you.. =D
    Josiah and I put the tarps up for the coming rain.. we're thinking of a way to set up the tarp/canopy so, we can work in the rain also.. that sounds suuuuuper fun to me.. also a little crazy.. but mostly just fun.. hearing the raindrops touch down right above my head as I help to create The First Wofati Greenhouse, man~!.. Just give me a jacket and a chisel, and maybe a tortilla to snack on--I'm a happy/slightly-loco camper~!..
    Tomorrow may rain.. that means, I may not be chopping wood.. hopefully the early AM window will be dry.. in which case, I'd love to go..
    Took a cold shower today.. it was surprisingly warm due to the pre-rain weather front.. (Yesterday's shower was so icy cold, I thought my face would freeze off.. still fun though..).. Why do I do this to myself?.. not exactly sure.. maybe to build up my tolerance and immunity..
WELLNESS ASSESSMENT: Pushups in the morning seem to be helping my core strength.. I sleep better and more aware of my breathing.. Next up might be a sit-ups regimen.. the challenge is 90 days at a time.. today is day 16.. The small red circle on my left anterior axillary area has not grown, but looks partially scabby/dry--will keep monitoring, but no major concern at this time.. Hands and feet are not as sore (still a little sore).. BMs are good since I significantly reduced bean intake.. I guess my gut no longer agrees with beans anymore.. Sad, because I love beans.. alas, sometimes it must be a one-way love.. Emotionally/Spiritually, I feel centered, happy, stable, clear.. the things that have helped are Music, Singing, Dancing, a Hot Shower, a Shave, doing Laundry, and wearing a "weekend shirt".. These are all things I have not done in the first 60 days or so of being at WL.. Though I chose to forego these things, I did not see that was taking a toll on me.. thinking back, these are all things that I had built-in to my regimen back in The City precisely because I had experienced something similar before.. another hurray for routines and regimens to feed the soul.. Bon weekend~!

enjoy the pics~! =D
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Breakfast a la Dez
Breakfast a la Dez, breakfast burrito with egg, sourkraut, avocado, potatoes and spicy mayo
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New saw
Testing New saw
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Purlin in
Purlin in
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Angle 2
Angle 2
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Measurements for circle notch
Measurements for circle notch (I just realized I have to correct one of the notes~!)
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Other side
Other side
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Waldo poo~!
Waldo poo~! <3
 
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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.
 
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