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Wow, it’s been a few days since I’ve written anything here, let’s see if I can catch everyone up on what’s been going on… Bob has been working on the bedroom addition to the cabin, I suppose it’s beginning to be more of a house and less of a cabin, Bob doesn’t like me referring to it as a cabin, so I will try to stop referring to our house as a cabin. :)

The bedroom has a roof and walls now, we had lots of windows (thanks to everyone who donated windows to us!), so many of the walls are mostly windows, that’s a good thing! We have great views, and it makes it a breeze to ventilate (pun intended). Most of the windows have screens too, for the ones that don’t have them, we will make them. Bob also built a deck outside the bedroom, it’s nice to go outside and sit on the deck, especially at night when it’s cool and the stars are out.

It’s been getting hot during the day, as long as the wind is blowing, it’s pretty comfortable, but on the days the wind is calm, it can get pretty warm in the house. We have found that during the hottest part of the day, the best place to be is under the house, it can be in the upper 90s in the house, but in the upper 70s to 80s under the house, the concrete walls tend to be cool, they register 75 degrees F. Our house sits some 7-8 feet above ground, so it’s pretty easy to walk under the house, still Bob has worked on digging out the dirt to increase the head room, we will eventually close up the bottom floor with concrete, and pour a concrete floor. It should be very comfortable down there, might even sleep down there, though it does get cool at night (typical desert, hot during the day, cool to cold at night). Last night I went to sleep with one light blanket, I had all of the windows open, I woke up early with a chill, I had to grab a second blanket. Trying to sleep during the day though it difficult, the bed traps your body heat, and it gets too warm, if we had a bed under the house, it would be easy to take a nap during the hottest part of the day.

Bob’s brother is supposed to come down for a visit soon, maybe in a week or so, I can’t wait, he will be a big help to Bob, I can do just so much for Bob, I am a big help, but I don’t have the strength of a man, so having another male here for a while will be a big help. Bob’s brother has lots of good ideas like Bob does, so the two of them together can bounce ideas off of each other and come up with even better plans together than they do separately. Bob wants to build a separate guest house, his brother will make things go lots quicker, and I think having someone else here inspires Bob to do more, though I can’t complain a bit about what he does, he works hard around here and does some amazing things! :)

My Dad will be coming out in July, he will be staying at least a month, hopefully we will have a nice guest house for him to stay in, if not, he can stay in the bedroom in our house, our neighbor has also graciously offered his spare bedroom too if my Dad wants it, though I know my Dad, he will not want to impose, and he doesn’t know our neighbor as well as we do, he will want to stay on our property if at all possible. We will be using our neighbor’s facilities as we always do, for bathing, laundry and such… I take the opportunity to catch up on my TV watching while I am doing laundry, I really don’t miss watching TV on a daily basis, it’s nice to watch it once a week (or so), though I think I don’t get to the laundry as soon as I could, gotta wait for the commercials ;).

Laundry, typically I do 3 loads a week. I separate the laundry into towels and socks, another load for blacks, darks and jeans, the final load is the light colors. I need to get our blankets and bed stuff into the wash too, it’s easy to put it off, mainly because I can carry one basket to my neighbor’s house at a time. That’s pretty much all of my laundry, if I do the bed stuff, it will have to be on a separate day, maybe I’ll do that later on today, there’s nothing like fresh, soft sheets and blankets!

The sun is coming up, I have been on an opposite sleep schedule, I tend to do this from time to time, I’ll stay up all night and go to bed about the time the sun is coming up, last night though, I went to bed fairly early, I woke up early too, I think it was because I was chilled, I grabbed a second blanket, but by then I was wide awake, so I just got on up, I suppose I’ll be going to bed early tonight too. That’s OK, I’m not on any particular schedule, nothing says I HAVE to sleep or be up at any particular time. As long as I get the garden watered once a day, and make dinner at a reasonable time, it’s fine. I have never been one of those people who have a routine, go to bed and get up at the same time, I can sleep anytime, I almost envy those who have a natural schedule, but I’m not complaining, I guess my natural schedule is flexible.

I detect the scent of moisture, it’s an odd scent here, it smells faintly of wet dirt, when you smell it, you first wonder, what is that smell? Then you remember, it’s the smell of moisture. That was one of the other things that caught my attention when I woke up this morning, it was almost overpowering at times, this happens whenever the humidity is up and when it rains. Last I checked, there was a 20% chance of rain today, chances are it will not rain, it might rain around us, it’s strange to hear it raining in the next valley over but not getting one drop. It also might rain but the rain will not actually hit the ground, maybe a drop or 2, we’ll see what happens.

I guess I’ll go out and sit on the deck and watch the world come to life. :)

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Blogger Mayberry said…

Get a hammock for an afternoon siesta! They eliminate the trapped heat of a bed, and are really comfortable. String it out when you want to use it, and put it up when you’re done. I’d sleep in a hammock all the time if it were up to me!

May 26, 2008 12:49 PM

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