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Please visit and spend your money in this gorgeous place. Go see the Santa Cruz Boardwalk with tons of shops, the laughing lady from the San Francisco Wharf, see West Cliff Drive definitely with the clear, cerulean blue ocean, giant waves, real surfer dudes in vans from places like Japan and Hawaii. Eat all the different kinds of foods they offer, notice the homeless folks and tell everyone how you see this everywhere and an Opportunity Village (like they have in Oregon) would be soooo great and increase tourism (okay, yes, soapbox). Definitely visit the Homeless Garden Store and if you get a chance, the Homeless Garden. You would not believe the great things they are doing there and the products are top notch – jams, jewelry, lotions, potions, soap with pumice stone on one side. I love that!
And then, don’t move there. After I win the lottery or get rich somehow, I am moving there. Also take time to visit the redwoods in Felton and the farmers’ markets in Scotts’ Valley.
I went to a few workshops in May and learned SO much and met the most talented, fascinating, kind people. Posting some pics of the workshop so you can get an idea of what went on. Now, I have absolutely no background at all in building of any kind, which is what makes this interesting for me. The people running the workshops were so patient, helpful and informative and I initially went to Memphis, TN (close to home) to attend a Relax Shacks workshop with Derek Diedrickson, his brother, many other really cool smart Tiny Home folks, including Joe Everson of Tiny Tennessee Homes https://www.facebook.com/tinyhouselistings/photos/pcb.894906447205061/894905920538447/?type=1. Not only did I get to work on the building of multiple projects, including pallet chairs, a treehouse, learned how to make my own DIY washer and dryer with a bucket (I love this stuff) I also got to tour the actual houses. I fell in love with the modified A frame they had built. I had seen it on RelaxShacks youtube channel, but it seemed too small for habitation. Not so in real life.
I also attended Claudine Desirees’ (www.cruzincob.com) cob building workshop in Bonny Doon, Ca, which was such a blast and so empowering. Miles Taylor of Mudd Bugs taught me to use a hand saw..oooohhhh, love that. Again, hands on with lots of explanation. This is so fun and I am learning so much. Also volunteer for a day (had to move before could do next) with Habitat for Humanity. Again, learning so much, got to use really cool tools. I wish I could get paid for doing this, but, alas, would probably take the fun out of it.
I don’t know if I mentioned this, but without planning to do it, I have lived out of my 21 foot RV for the past two years while travel nursing, so I am quite used to small spaces. At this phase in life, I actually prefer it.
Very good instructional video to aid in applying mineral foundation. Her website is “Hot and Flashy”. Love that name.
Well, really anything Van Morrison. And for that matter, how bout Leonard Cohen!! Hallelujah, Amen, Show me the Place. I could go on and on.
I had no trouble retrieving the RV and much to my surprise, it felt like a homecoming. Everything that is familiar to me is in here. Hmm. Feels like home. This is why I bought the RV in the first place. As a travel nurse, you are constantly moving, packing, nothing is routine or a bit familiar, you don’t know a soul in the place you are going, the stores are different, here in Cali, everything is different from what I know and I hated extended stays. Noisy, smoky, loud, housekeeping has to come in at least every three days to make sure you aren’t making a bomb (I work nights). So this familiarity, hominess is necessary for what is left of my sanity. I checked Woodalls.com and picked a place that I had previously thought about, Casa de Fruta in Hollister, Ca to lay low until I have a plan/assignment. Here is the thing, when I am not working, I am losing money, no FMLA,no vacation funds, etc. So I have to get very small and simple. I have, fortunately, gotten kind of good at it. I will say that while interesting, it is definitely a lonely way to live. I am driving my family and facebook friends crazy with my calls/posts. Need human contact, need human contact.
Casa really didn’t look like it would be much to me just from seeing it from the highway, but it did get high rankings (I always look to see how restrooms are rated, usually means it is well taken care of) and it seems safe. Surprise surprise. This is a wonderful place.