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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

We had our first snow this weekend. It’s been cold and gloomy for several consecutive days. Not good for solar production. Here’s a picture from our Sunday morning walk.


And Brad clearing snow in hopes of some sun this afternoon.


Working away

Monday, November 11th, 2013

We haven’t been writing much, but we’ve been busy at work. Here are some things we’ve done lately.

  • Painting (now done)
  • Patched adobe
  • Sealed all the adobe (big job)
  • Working on closets
  • Bought kitchen cabinet boxes; currently finishing and building doors
  • Finishing lots and lots of wood (baseboard, windowsills, window trim)
  • Bought a stove (will be installed after cabinets are done)
  • Distressing some metal for ornament
  • Built a new cold frame out of leftover adobe and glass; planted some winter crops


  • Harvested a little under 40 pounds of sweet potatoes


Red, red

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the house:


Be bold!

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

It appears that many people think about painting walls bold colors, but are unsure about going forward with it. I surmise this from the large number of web searches for things like “purple walls” that come to our site.  To all of those people, I address this letter.


To Whom It May Concern:

I understand that you are thinking about painting a wall in your house a bright color, but are uncertain and looking for guidance. Here are 10 reasons you should go ahead with your plans:

  1. It will look fabulous.
  2. It will give you a chance to flex your creative muscles.
  3. Everyone will say how fabulous it looks and will wish they’d done something like that.
  4. Navajo white is boring.
  5. It is bold.
  6. You will be happy you did it.
  7.  Bright beautiful colors cost the same as boring dull ones.
  8.  It will infuse your house with a feeling of play.
  9. Every day you will look at it and think what a good choice you made, and MOST IMPORTANTLY,
  10. You can always undo it if you don’t like it.

Paint on a wall is easier to change than many other big decisions we make, like getting married or having a child for example. In fact, you can change the paint in just a few hours and at a minimal cost if you don’t like it. And no one will know.

So, please, go ahead, be bold, and choose some great colors!