Friday, April 29, 2011

Keith and I have made a new routine that involves daily (or twice-daily) walks to the river and back. Roundtrip is almost one mile exactly and we're not breaking any records, but it's activity together and that's what counts. Watching one or two movies a night doesn't count for calories burned.

A couple of evenings ago we decided to try Church Canyon (opposite direction of the river walk) for a change of scenery and that's where we saw Pancho Villa and Theresa, the highland cattle.

This first shot is a little bit of an optical illusion because although the cows are large, they're not mammoth-sized. They're quite shy and easily spooked. They definitely did not approve of our dogs, even though the dogs were on leash.

We're still amending our tiny house plans and recent discussions have indicated we might turn the space formerly reserved for a shower into an extended part of the kitchen.

We've already decided to build a tiny "out house" for the toilet off the porch (instead of indoors, plumbing etc.) to the left of what you see above and so it only makes sense to keep the toilet/shower together like we had initially planned.

Our travels to Mexico introduced us to the idea of one small room with both a shower and a toilet and since we're trying to live small it's reasonable for us to combine the spaces.

Since the weather hasn't exactly been balmy, we moved the drop leaf table and chairs inside and had a realization. We could use more kitchen space! We'll see how it all comes together, but I am excited about so many things we have planned for our space this summer.

Monday, April 18, 2011

outside our bedroom window this morning

There is hope, after all, for spring. The cherry tree tells me so.                                      (

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Porch blogging

We're clearing our throats, unplugging the turn table, stacking dishes and bagging empties, turning on lights, and hoping winter gets the hint and clears the hell out.

dark clouds got you on your knees,
no use letting all this winter bring you down,
ain't no time to fret and cry
when you got a whole great big world to see,
and when the heavy sky breaks
and beams of sunlight fall down all around your face
you will remember that it's good to be alive, 
and I will meet you in the sunshine in the morning

The long incarceration is how I heard it described on the radio this weekend, winter. This past (feels like passed) winter was especially difficult, challenging, mind- and heart-stretching. And as much as part of me welcomes that opportunity to grow as a person, the other, the less gracious and accepting part of me is really happy for a break from that. I can't keep that kind of intense concentration for that long and I am happy to see it simmer on the back burner while we enjoy the sun.

This weekend I got our peppers and tomatoes started, the seeds in cells in the greenhouse. Everything else can wait.

Keith cleared out some of the juniper around the house. We're making way for a toilet (this can't happen soon enough). Also thinking raised (garden) beds next year. Lazlo was intent on babysitting the burn pile. For a short second the wind picked up and I saw the heat waves pretty close to his back and he just hunkered down a little more. Weirdo!

I pulled a double drop-leaf table we've had since Missoula... or Portland... out of storage and I found these solid chairs second hand this weekend so we have a dining room now. Al fresco! I have plans to paint and recover the chairs (and table) sometime this summer...scouring Design*Sponge's before/after posts for inspiration.

lilacs are on their way

I'm very disappointed and saddened by my failure to fully experience the love I see so many people showing for The Impossible Project. But I'm committed to giving it one more heartfelt try. After my 2 Polaroid scores a few weekends ago, I went online and ordered a pack of film from this place (and it's pretty hard for me to justify spending $25 on EIGHT photos) that is trying to produce film for people who are still in love with the concept and immediate emotional satisfaction of the Polaroid. Which I admit I am, because I am all about instant gratification.

This is what I think was the best one out of the pack of eight, I think the second one. And it's a complete mistake abstract happy accident. The others that kind of turned out, even after I tried following the explicit super involved instructions, way pink and dark and weird. Meh. Well, one pack of silver shade to take on the trip and then I'll probably put the cameras away for a while.

Friday, April 8, 2011

We're starting to be able to use our outside living space more as the weather warms. Expands our usable square footage by about 1,000 times!

We got all the fruit trees pruned this year, even the cherry tree outside our bedroom window. We cut the pear trees back too much last time we did it, so we had a lot of water spouts to deal with, but we're learning and trying to go for a more consistent maintenance schedule.

The next outdoor project is tearing out all the juniper that's just to the west of the cherry tree. Keith's slashing and burning right now.

And sometimes getting a ride in on his Rez Harley.

Friday, April 1, 2011

First Saturday

Since I generally only work 3 days a week, I consider everyone else's Friday to be my first Saturday. And this is where I plan to spend at least part of today, book in hand. And I think it's almost time to break out the hammock.

This is the Polaroid SX-70 I picked up for $10 last weekend. It looks like it's in mint condition and I have some PX 70 Color Shade Push on order from The Impossible Project. Since Polaroid ceased production on their film, this company has tried to keep it going.

Including S&H and breaking it down to per-picture price, it's about $3/ea. Needless to say, this is not going to be something I can do often. So I decided to take the camera with us on our 10-day camping trip to celebrate our 10-year anniversary in June. Definitely to get a picture of the church (Church of the Wildwoods) and whatever else I think is worth preserving at $3/click.

I found a Colorpack II (1971 Polaroid) at the same place with a case and manual for $5. The cameras are cheap because the film is expensive! But like I explained to Keith, "It's ART!!!"

Yesterday it rained all day (or drizzled at least) and today the sun is trying to stay ahead of the clouds. I think the dew has evaporated off the grass enough I can't make any more excuses about why I'm not pruning the fruit trees. Off I go!