Santa Cruz, California – Beautiful in Every Sense of the Word!

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Cob House Building – tons of pics. Tons of fun! Life is Good:>

Tree on window made of cob

This is Claudine Desirees' house (she made).  Coolest place ever!  She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind!  Streetcar Homestead and Mini Ecovillage in Downtown Santa Cruz,  by Kirsten Dirksen   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsORC91QEFM
This is Claudine Desirees’ house (she made). Coolest place ever! She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind! Streetcar Homestead and Mini Ecovillage in Downtown Santa Cruz, by Kirsten Dirksen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsORC91QEFM
Cob house group photo

This is Claudine Desirees' house (she made).  Coolest place ever!  She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind!
This is Claudine Desirees’ house (she made). Coolest place ever! She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind!

cob wall of bottles

cob windows (1)

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Extremely flattering pic.  Ack.
Extremely flattering pic. Ack.
Believe it or not, wasn't hard to do, just have to have the knowledge. Will have many, gorgeous views
Believe it or not, wasn’t hard to do, just have to have the knowledge. Will have many, gorgeous views
Decorating window with a mosaic pattern
Decorating window with a mosaic pattern

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May 2014 Learning to Build, aka WhoddaThunk?

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Kari knidly brought her yurt to show us how roomy it is and how to set up
Kari knidly brought her yurt to show us how roomy it is and how to set up
A motley crew milling about buildinglearning
A motley crew milling about buildinglearning
Building in progress
Building in progress
This is what was used to build.  The idea is to reclaim, reuse
This is what was used to build. The idea is to reclaim, reuse

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Movable bench seat/storage, bed in my modified A frame
Movable bench seat/storage, bed in my modified A frame
Lovely window
Lovely window
I like the material on the roof , as well as the dormer window. Lots of light
I like the material on the roof , as well as the dormer window. Lots of light
They kindly provided an outhouse
They kindly provided an outhouse
Sink insert in my A-Frame
Sink insert in my A-Frame
Alcove
Alcove
Cute potty in one of the Tiny Houses
Cute potty in one of the Tiny Houses
Sign in and some of the scraps that were used to build
Sign in and some of the scraps that were used to build
They were in the middle of the construction of this house
They were in the middle of the construction of this house
This is my house (I wish)
This is my house (I wish)
Look how well the shower is made
Look how well the shower is made
Sign in
Sign in

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.

I don’t know date, about June 14? Watch how God blesses me:>

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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.

Inluding pictures so that you can see. And again, wonderful people here. I find that I really enjoy RV folks.

Life is opening up in fascinating ways – Come Journey with Me

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