The Walden Effect: Homesteading Year 5. Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Homestead Blog


Homesteading Tags

Recent Comments

Blog Archive

User Pages


About Us

Submission guidelines


Two days to dream

Mark spent years --- literally --- teaching me to take weekends off.  I'm finally starting to appreciate them as two days to dream, relax, visit, overdose on books, and allow myself time to compulsively follow whims.  This weekend, my compulsive whims are twofold.

Plans for a storage shedI've gotten a bee in my bonnet that I want to be able to speak a bit of Spanish when we go to Mexico on our cruise this fall.  I know its silly since we'll only have two days on shore and will be in touristy areas where everyone will probably speak English.  But I always used to dream that I'd be fluent in half a dozen languages, and was sorely disappointed when four years of high school Spanish didn't even make me fluent in one.  So I checked out Spanish in 30 Days (book and CD) from the library and have been enjoying lots of short, concentrated bouts of studying ever since.  My listening comprehension skills are horrible, which means it's a fun challenge.

My other whim is researching how to build simple and cheap sheds.  Mark and I finally decided that we needed to make him a little Avian Aqua Miser workshop --- he has been constructing our chicken waterers outdoors under a tarp.  On hot days, he's running with perspiration and is constantly swatting sweat bees.  On cloudy days, he has to scurry and put boxes under cover before they get soaked.  So we're hoping to build a little 8 by 16 foot shed by winter to enclose his work space and give him more room to invent.  (And maybe give me a little indoor bathing chamber with lots of windows....)  At the moment, it's only a dream, but that's what weekends are for, right?

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

comment 1
Here I am in Spain, and my Spanish seems to have deterioated to the point where all I can do is buy bus tickets, and ask for no sugar in my coffee..
Comment by joey [] Sun Jul 19 10:04:03 2009
comment 2

Hey, that's not bad! I'd be pretty happy with that level of comprehension. :-)

Glad to see that my textbook (geared toward Spain rather than Central America) is right about the Spanish obsession with coffee....

Comment by anna Sun Jul 19 14:56:04 2009
comment 3
Yes, Coffee is as big here as in Brazil (and not sweetened by default unkike Brazil). Also, the table is set with wine for every meal except breakfast, in the caffeteria.
Comment by joey [] Sun Jul 19 15:17:26 2009

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime