Flipping the 30-Year Mortgage the Bird

Speaking of birds, check out this dude who was strutting his stuff outside yesterday. Anyway, about the 30-year mortgage. When we bought our first home, we walked willingly, even giddily, into the 30-year mortgage trap. We assumed that was what we were supposed to do. Why? Because it’s what every Responsible Adult around us was … Continue reading Flipping the 30-Year Mortgage the Bird

Putting Up the Shower/ Outhouse, Part Two

I've noticed that our building progress goes in spurts. Our building flurry follows with some downtime while we attend to other life events. So it has been with putting up the shower/outhouse, after Shouthouse version 1.0 was a bust. We're finally getting back to it. If you've been following the progress, we've been trying to … Continue reading Putting Up the Shower/ Outhouse, Part Two

How to Build a Better Mousetrap. (I don’t have the answer.)

Okay, so it's not all birds and flowers and springtime over here. In the interest of sharing a more honest picture of life out in the sticks, I figured you ought to know about our mouse situation. The cold weather over the winter prompted some yet-to-be-identified field mouse species to seek refuge in our RV. … Continue reading How to Build a Better Mousetrap. (I don’t have the answer.)

How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Before all this, I used to buy shoes like they were going out of style. Um, yeah. You know what I mean. I bought into that silly concept that you can never have too many shoes. Now that we're in the process of shifting from being consumers to creators, I've reduced my shoe collection to … Continue reading How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

For Instant Spring, Just Add Water

It's spring everywhere! After a drought, the few bursts of rain have brought everything to life. For instant spring, just add water. The creek is flowing. The ponds are full. Mallards are paired up. Garter snakes are mating. California newts are laying their egg sacs. Pacific Toads are slugging their way to the pond. Pacific … Continue reading For Instant Spring, Just Add Water