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

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?

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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.

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

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
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

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.