One Year In

Well, this week, it's been a year since we sold Someone Else's American Dream and moved to the sticks. Been quite a year. Among the hardest of my life, in fact, in spite of what the idyllic pictures may lead you to believe. Right up there with the year I went into the Peace Corps … Continue reading One Year In

How to Make a DIY Rotary Clothesline

High on my laundry list of things to do has been, well, laundry. We've been going to the laundromat weekly, which has been a) time consuming and b) expensive, costing us from $60-$80 per month, depending on how many turtle-catching pond adventures Giovanni's pants have been on that week. I've been working on getting our … Continue reading How to Make a DIY Rotary Clothesline

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

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

Score Another One for Homeschooling

We homeschool, but on the books we're public school students. We run our homeschool through an independent study charter school, Ocean Grove. In exchange for meeting with an Education Specialist once a month to sign attendance (as if you could be absent from homeschool!), submitting work samples, taking one CA state test, and writing one … Continue reading Score Another One for Homeschooling

Putting Up the Shower/ Outhouse: Part One

You lose a lot of battles but you just have to win one more than you lose. That's all there is to winning." — Roxanne Quimby, Burt's Bees founder So we need a bathroom if we're ever going to get rid of the RV and move into the dome. It's been the subject of a … Continue reading Putting Up the Shower/ Outhouse: Part One