Bought the Beer

Let me take you for a walk down my construction path.

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After measuring, leveling, plumb bobbing I scattered salt to cleanse and make the space sacred.

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Day 2 of remeasure relevel.

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Final measurements. Glued 2×4 to blocks although they survived 35 to 46 mph gusts I just wanted extra security.

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Blessed each concrete block with white sage, tobacco, stones, seashells and mother earth. Burned sage and tobacco prayers.

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And now how to transport 8’x10′ gates to be used as the lower level of the foundation.

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Now to coat the exposed side with water repellent. The opposite side has already been painted.

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Tomorrow I glue down the insulation and cover with inside plywood. Last is to build the rim which again entails measuring and bending into a rim.
Not looking forward to measuring which must be EXACT.
Bringing us back to the beer. I bought it. First gulp was crisp juicy apple the next just tasted like beer. I think it was gone in two swallows. The hot afternoon sun does that to you. Of course the oatmeal raisin Gelato was in the freezer and topped it off.
That’s an update on life in the aluminum  can and my new life as a construction worker.

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Why Construction workers drink

I think I know why construction wo r kers drink beer. I worked all day from 7 to 1:30 when the temperature went over 79. Earlier I battles the winds at 16 to 25 mph gusts it seemed tame compared to yesterday at 35 to 46mph gusts.
So I measured balanced, leveled, plumb bobbed dug dirt, piled dirt, sat in dirt, tasted dirt and finally styled concrete block and glued down 2x4s.

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After I dug two metal pole out of my entrance so I can drive  my truck closer to the Construction site with the heavy materials.
The last hour was hot and I kept thinking about the apple beers I saw advertised. Of course they look so cold and refreshing.
I went in, showered and drove down the mountain to the market. In the refrigerated case was a 6 pack of apple beer. It looked good but the next isle has ice cream. Oatmeal raisin cookie Gelato won.
Honestly, I don’t hardly drink and never beer but maybe the next time I will try one of those apple beers.

I hate

I hate numbers, measuring, rulers,levels and all mathematical things that are exact.
I have 8 pieces of graph paper that I have detailed, measured, counted, and drawn to exact proportion a foundation. Researched, printed, discussed lumber, pounds per square inch, weather and more. Printed 10 more diagrams, plans and I am not sure what.

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Before measuring distance and leveling cinder block.

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After measuring and leveling each individual block.
But there is no calculation for reality. Liquid nails doesn’t always adhear precisely even when clamped. Screws can crack 2×4’s and sometimes nails work better even if they have a reputation for working their way out.
No matter how many people offer to help they will always be too busy except for the man on the tractor who is now on holiday with his wife.
So if the floor of my yurt is not exactly level I promise I shall not play marbles inside. And if for some unknown reason I do I will not blame it on the level, ruler or other measuring device.

Honeysuckle Desert Style

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See the beautiful red flowers? Before they fall while the pestle is still attached gently take a flower.

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Hold the tips with pollen. Place your mouth on the end of the bloom and gently pull. Quickly move to the end of the stems and get a second dose of the sweetest huney ever.
Wish you were here!

A Jackalope

A jackalope crossed the road right in front of my truck making me break hard so I did get a close look at him. He was young and it is early spring so he didn’t have antlers yet but I swear there were little nubs on his head.

I don’t know what you believe, I hardly know what I believe, which can always change, but I do believe my white rose petals were kissed by the fairies or how else could they have gotten pink smudges overnight? I do believe kindness and honesty frightens most people and they distrust goodness but that doesn’t stop me. In the words of a famous “man”. “I yams what I yams.” Popeye the Sailor man. I can not say what you see is what you get, as I have no idea what you see through your blinders built from your life experiences. We all wear our own filters, none more right nor wrong than the others.

I know I was born and lived in a time of change, on the cusp, where being a single mom was hardly acceptable and I could not get insurance without a legitimate job. So instead of living my life as the artist I am and so strongly was, I conformed to society and became a teacher. Had I been true to self things would have been different. I see all these start ups and cheer. Go for it! Follow your heart and don’t be swayed.

I believe I have the sweetest UPS man deliver my packages. He will let me ride in the rumble seat even if it is only down the driveway ( 1/4 mile). His birthday is on the 6th and I told him I would bake him a cake but who knows what route he will take.

I more than believe but know the magnificent red cardinal in my yard observes me. I will look up and find him watching me with a knowing in his eyes. I would buy more bird seed but the fat quail eat it all and chase away the smaller birds. Quail do not know how to share.

The family of crows here are so huge they would be called ravens in Alaska but being fat doesn’t make you change species.

It is now 7AM and the temperature has gone up to 56 So with 3 shirts on I should be able to carry lumber, glue and screw/nail without frostbite. At least that is what I believe………….. but we shall see.

Japanese Eggplant

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Overnight my plants bloom. Thr flower faces down so I had to shoot it upside down.

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Becky Spiked the

Yesterday as I was painting the fence I felt like Tom Sawyer on acid.

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Today I think Becky Thatcher spiked the punch.

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Actually, I am using odds and ends of paint to cover the gates that will be used as the foundation under my yurt.
If I didn’t already dream in color I am sure I would sleeping over that.

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