March 30, 2010
The days have become damp and cold. Wind swings the fence door open and shut, and raindrops pitter-patter above our heads while we dream. When we awake, the animals are fed, tea is boiled, biscuits are baked, and a fire starts roaring. Living in this cabin is perfect.
I found some pretty great books while sorting through the previous tenant's unwanted belongings. The White House Cookbook from 1887 (reprinted in 2002) and The Bush Family Cookbook are my favorites. I hope the latter of the two doesn't turn us into evil rats...
We watched a really fantastic documentary the other night. It was actually released by our new friend Scott Beibin and he was generous enough to give us a copy free of cost! It's called Train on the Brain and it follows a girl with a wonderfully wacky idea. She decides to go on a trans-continental-train-hopping voyage. Along they way she and some more seasoned train-hoppers encounter plenty of obstacles, but even more beautiful moments. (The 8mm film and older Beck songs tie right in.) The movie was incredibly unpretentious, and by the end, I loved these people who had decided in quite a gutsy way, to forget the system and take their own "track" in life. Ha! Track, get it?! Anyway, watch it if you want. It's good.
March 16, 2010
Hello Hello Hello interweb... how I have missed you... I have quite a lot of news:
- We're moving into a tiny log cabin at the end of March!!!
- Our animals live there already with eight other alpacas!
- Our new landlords are extremely intelligent, creative, and compassionate. They live on the same ten acre property we will soon move to. They remind me of my own grandparents too!
- There is bamboo in the backyard and an enormous stone fireplace in the living room and ivy surrounding the kitchen window and a Japanese gazing pool down the hill and a huge reservoir for fishing half a mile away and a spotted dog named Sumi lives next door!
- We bought a little red truck and now I have my ABA/VB job with David back!
- I found a really neat old book by Maria Montessori called The Child in the Family. It's AWESOME!
- I watched an enlightening discussion about the nature of journalism in America. I can't find the exact C-SPAN video, but the one I posted here should be similar. I'd like to start incorporating a bit more "news" into this blog. After all, I am part of the so-called blogosphere... (I don't like that word.) Having a car and actually taking part in the community we're moving to should have a good impact on my journalistic efforts.
- Jamie is better at making bread than me and actually enjoys doing so. Yes!
- I visited my cousins last week. I am so lucky to have them. Caroline told me her best friend's favorite thing about owning chickens is watching them run around headless. Fabulously morbid! While painting, John (who is only five) said these words: "McKenzie, you're painting your consciousness. What is consciousness?" I explained the best I could. Later on he came up with his own (very insightful) definition. "Consciousness is just a copy of yourself." Oh, and he also invited me to the "Nothing Club." Awesome.
- Today is absolutely beautiful.