Monday, August 23, 2010
It has been a long hot month. I have been an absentee blogger, I am aware. This is because, of course, I am trying to build a house. A house built with close to no money, with no water, and little power is, as you would assume, a quite difficult feat. That said, complaints are not welcomed. We work under the law of one named Murphy. For example: if we need 15 inch tires, we find 16 inch tires. If we need to get our friends to the airport, our truck battery stops working 85 miles away from the airport. But, as always, someone has jumper cables, and we can find a place to put those 16 inch tires. We have been busy building and entertaining all month. I feel strained and weak. We had 10 guests and a big pizza party on the night of August the 16th. It was fun. Hosting guests out here is amazing. Luckily our friends are as flexible as us, sleeping in trucks, on floors, or just plain old in the dirt! The house is progressing. We have filled over 75 tires, and are maybe nearing the 100 tire mark. That throws our estimations out of proportion. I guessed we were going to need about 1200 tires total, and I'm thinking now that that was a low ball estimation. Hopefully we aren't too much above that mark because we are finding it hard to collect tires! Only in New Mexico I'm sure, are tires hard to come by. We'll pull threw though. I suppose. Speaking of tires, that is why I am in town right now. Dain and I are off to collect some more. I wish I could update this blog more often, and I will try hard to do just that starting NOW. Lately I would rather dig a hole, fill a tire, or just read when I can get a chance, rather than drive to a library to update this thing. Wish us luck, winter is just around the bend. Here are some pictures to tide you over. Enlisting some slave labor:
Tuckered out on some tires:
Picking Pinon sap off our dead trees:
A beautiful landscape of our beautiful land after a beautiful rainstorm:
And I realize now that I didn't take any pictures of this past MONTH of work! I will update very soon with those pictures. Please excuse spelling errors and typos, I'm off to run errands.