More Time to Notice Things

Since we moved out here three weeks ago, one of the things I've noticed is that we're all actually doing more noticing. Back in the suburban, middle-class scramble, there was no time for such a thing. Stella, my introvert-in-public, jabber-jaw-at-home, would occasionally stop me in a flurry and say firmly, "Mommy, LISTEN to me." Mauricio … Continue reading More Time to Notice Things

How to Make an Outdoor Shower

What with our RV water pump not working so well, showering has been an issue (though the daily creek swim is working just fine for the kids). See, I usually shower twice a day. I know, I know. It's overkill and it wastes water. But ever since my Peace Corps days of taking cold bucket … Continue reading How to Make an Outdoor Shower

Gearing Up for Living in the Sticks

After spending the last year or so downsizing, decluttering and not buying, it doesn't sit quite right to be in a phase of getting and spending. But the stuff we needed in the 'burbs is so different from the stuff we need out here in the sticks. For example, I'm working right now on my … Continue reading Gearing Up for Living in the Sticks

How to Identify Coyote Tracks (We Think!)

From what we can tell, a coyote visited our pond last week and was kind enough to leave a few perfect tracks behind in the mud. The only indicator that it's not a coyote is the print's size. It's 3" x 3.5", which is at least a half inch bigger than what our internet research … Continue reading How to Identify Coyote Tracks (We Think!)

All Systems Go. Kinda, Sorta.

Nobody said this was going to be easy. Our first week on the land was all about getting our systems up and running. Shelter, check. Water: We have running water from our 10,000 gallon water tanks that were left by the previous owners. They contain water from the seasonal spring up above, which was routed … Continue reading All Systems Go. Kinda, Sorta.

Home, Sweet RV

One week after leaving our home and living between hotels and Mauricio's parents' apartment, we went with anticipation and relief to pick up our RV. Reality check. It was still a body-wilting 100 degrees and more inside the stale RV. We had bought it used, and with a promise that it would be cleaned, detailed, … Continue reading Home, Sweet RV