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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Simple Sounds...

Of a morning after a big rain storm... i wish you could experience these sounds yourself. There's a gentle stream sound down the ridge. Water is flowing down there. It almost sounds like frogs along with birds are down there as well. Up here, the sky was red with billowy clouds, i didnt grab the camera quick enough.

Ozzie and I got up at the crack of dawn!

These pictures don't do justice to the moment. The birds are beginning to stir. The hummingbirds were first.

Enjoy your morning!
Simply,
Lesa & Ozzie


If you can make the picture larger size you might see the hummingbird. 
I'm going to make coffee!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Simple Work Party Update

8 am this past Friday was my Work Party. I was able to purchase enough tposts and one more roll of fencing. Unfortunately the fencing has not yet arrived. We did, however,  install all the posts and had a few leftover.

My neighbor Debbie,  her husband Frank and grandson came as did another neighbor, John. John brought some water for my bulk tank and lots of tools. We made quick work of the fence and two cowboy or Texas gates made with leftover fencing. The gates may change over time as they arent too secure, they will keep a cow out for the time being.

Around 10 am Kathleen came with ice and a cold drink, we took a break for introductions and a drink. It was a hot sweaty morning. Then she tackled removing my old rusted licence plate and taking hinges and bolts off an old gate to save for parts. We finished up about noon. All the posts are set so wiring on the remaining new roll of fencing should be manageable.  That roll of fencing should arrive on Wednesday. I like that so many products can be bought online and delivered nearly anywhere these days. Technology has some benefits.

As John was saying his goodbyes,  I got a phone call from Ken who is an RTR and Wintercount buddy from Phoenix. He didn't have complete directions and was 3 miles away. Since Ken is on his way to Moab and other locations north of here, he decided to stay a few days. Hes been enjoying walking around barefoot and piddling (ha, some was more like work) with projects that I was needing a hand with. We finished patching the subfloor and even moved a dead tree that was very close to the trailer. With all the water on site i have been able to offer solar heated showers, which is nice. We've burned a little trash, killed a few rats in a trap made of a bucket of water and burried them.

Ozzie seems very happy and more settled in the fenced area. He even picked up a tenis ball that has been laying around and played alone with it for quite a while.

I think we will enjoy the changes...

And then the AZ Monsoons started! A gentle rain on Saturday afternoon then again, late Sunday with lightening in the distance and Monday afternoon a good soaking downpour. I got to test the trailer for leaks.  Ive got two things to fix, my roof vent needs weatherstripping and dripped some. But darn there is the roof vent for the refrigerator that i was planning to remove some day...its leaking and running into the wall so that quickly becomes a higher priority! And think about how many other people who live in trailers have leaks behind things and dont even know it!

I  will be in town a couple days, got stuff to take to Pancho at the junk yard and I need to stop in and help out scrapper Mike. I need to stock pile more food in case I cant drive out a few days during rainy season. My Honda is not 4 wheel drive. I also have a goal to get Kathleen a water storage tank over at her place, (of course its not DP - DrPepper) it can be difficult adjusting to the Monsoons for many people. I had a few days with very little usable water my first year

Path to a gate with a view!

This is where the patio will be next year. I want to pave it with this kind of blocks tho cant afford it yet. 
Soon I  will build my brick oven and outdoor kitchen where the grill is sitting now.

My bulk water tank and work area... shovels, wheelbarrow (thanks SB) ... and front tongue of trailer. The fence isnt finished behind the trees.

Well, thats all for now, tnanks for visiting and
Keep it Simple Sweetie

Simply,
Lesa

Friday, June 30, 2017

Todays Simple project!

Ha ha ... is anything simple in a vintage trailer!

I'm making progress slowly and steadily. Sometimes the availability of another persons help takes precedence and changes the plan for the job at hand. Sometimes I simply have to think about the project before I actually do anything about it. Sometimes its a little step today, check supplies on hand, think some more or darn its to hot lets take a cool shower and read a book and fall asleep!

A few days ago i peeled up the vinyl floor covering a soft spot in the sub floor. This had been underneath one of the dinette benches and under the ceiling messy spot. There had been a swamp cooler on the roof at one time. Probly too heavy for the trailer it had long since been removed. The roof had a dried up glob of silicone that didnt seal. I removed that silicone plug and cleaned and repaired the roof prior to coating. I think we are water tight again, being in my area, and needing to haul my water, I will wait for rain to test it.

Back to the floor... the day I peeled up the vinyl, I felt overwhelmed by what I found. Today I began chipping away at the old poorly done patch. Please when patching, even in tight spaces, get all the bad wood out! Actually get past the damage and take out part of the good if possible.  So I  will plug away at this over a few days, because I still have company who offered to help me with some outside stuff and I have to help with that too. So in my spare time I'm chipping away at the old patch of floor. And imagining a nice beach house kind of wood floor great for doggies and bear feet!

Love this... 

Simply, 
Lesa

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Simply another day Older!

Today I turn 59. Its my birthday.

I got text messages from my daughter and friends. Lots of Facebook messages. An ex-boyfriend called.

Yesterday a friend took a picture of me while I was at the library.

Next year I will turn 60! Oh my 60...like officially I can be called old! Well I've got a little time - a whole year before then.

Birthdays.  So I vaguely remember a backyard birthday party at our family home in Maine. I was young enough that I wasn't in school yet. When my family joined the Worldwide Church of God, birthdays were no longer celebrated. WWCG believed that we should do the things Christ did as he set an example for us of a life lived successfully as a human, with God the father's help. The bible didn't show any positive birthday celebrations nor any birthday celebrations with Jesus in attendance.  So birthdays were simply another day.

I've often picked an age or birthday as a milestone or goal setting tool. Thinking for example that I'd be happily married by 25 and have 2.5 children, a cape cod style house with picket fence, a Jeep Cherokee in the driveway,  a yellow tabby cat and a cinnamon colored chow dog all by 30 years old. By 40 Id be thin, painting and designing fashion or starting an art gallery and still happily married to the same man, going on vacations and celebrating anniversaries with our friends.   Wellll dream on. My life sure didn't go that way!

I was married by 21, had the 2 kids and 6 miscarriages. My now ex-husband, was in love with someone else, he conveniently married me  because i was in the church. We moved a lot because he didn't like to pay rent and I was a problem solver who figured out how to survive the consistent upheaval of monthly financial and housing crisis. We weren't happy, there was both physical and emotional abuse. By 32 I was divorced, depressed and homeless my second time (the first being after getting my first apartment and job and being disowned by my parents). 

By 40, I had been in another relationship, had left the church, which meant self imposing the church's excommunication from my friends and family members. This relationship was odd, I  thought that if you loved someone you gave them room and emotional space to be themselves... well that just turned into a mess of confusion, cheating and emotional abandonment. I knew that was over on my 40th birthday but we didn't split up until much later. I was so lonely. And there never was any space in our apartments for me, they were places that looked like he lived there practically alone.

By 50 I made changes. BIG changes! I had become a raw foodist (a strict raw vegan in fact). I lost 175 pounds in the 18 months before my birthday.  I moved to  Costa Rica where I lived very naturally (like plastic free, sugar free, organic, homemade everything). I cut my hair real short and got a tattoo to mark that birthday and time in my life.

I am 59! 59... I  am a landowner. I have a great doggie companion, Ozzie, who loves me and keeps me company, and gives me someone to care for. I have a pretty reliable car/suv. I have a home, a work in process now, yet a home. I feel more stable than ever. I have friends,  yup friends who check in on me, and wish me happy birthday  and want to be near me and to visit with me. I write a blog and people read it! My two children are grown and sometimes they contact me and we can even video chat.

Life is pretty amazing.

So whats up for this year and getting on to 60?  It's time for me to start dating. I would like to share the life that is coming up with someone. I think that I have a lot to share. I will be working on my trailer home. I will likely attend RTR (if there is one), at least I will travel to stay warm and visit friends this winter. I will be working on my health and weight, yup I didn't stay with a raw vegan diet and I am heavier than is good for me. I have a goal to get my outdoor kitchen area set up enough within a month so I can bake whole wheat sourdough bread and pizzas to take to the Farmer's Market. The Kombucha is already working its magic!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Simple little Work Party!

I need a little help! So I first asked neighbors on a Facebook group and after getting some interest and setting a date - we're on!

  • Who - anyone who is willing to work, can get here on their own, is radically independent and contacts me through the email button on my blogs home page (unless you know me personally then you know what to do) 

  • What - I am putting up my fencing.  I will have enough rolls of slatted fence and tposts for the job. I do not have the stuff for 2 gates, which i would also like to build. Gates could possibly be built with round wood from my site I don't have that skill yet, I'd like to learn though. Other stuff could be found to do if we have more hands than necessary and if the supplies are here. Stuff like assembling my outdoor kitchen, building more shade , I'd like to build a round wood pergola, leveling or edging my patio site (I don't expect to have paver blocks this year), cleaning up my driveway of downed wood. We might even be able to paint inside the trailer or do a bit of finishing work inside as well.
            BRING: gloves, a hat, a tpost pounder to share, water, muscle! If you are staying the weekend please be self contained! I have a compost and humanure bin, burn barrel for trash, and a shower tent for privacy. I have limited water. I do not have solar. I do not have a generator. 

  • Where - Witch Well, AZ. My property. More details will be shared privately.

  • When - Friday, July 7, 2017. (If you stay the weekend be prepared to visit our new Farmer's Market on Saturday morning it is 5 miles away)