Community celebration / “Chef Justin” handing out pizzas

Interdependence Day Celebration

Over 60 people attended our annual ‘Interdependence Day Celebration‘ here on the homestead – a full “homestead.”

Thank you all who attended and brought some wonderful food contributions to the event. A big and generous thank you goes to the American Flatbread Pizza Company for providing those tasty, organic, wood fired pizzas that we were able to heat up in the cob oven.   Also thanks to the those who brought along their musical instruments and singing voices (there was a pretty good jam session going on there) and to Ray Cirino (cob builder) who was the inspiration behind this amazing and artful oven who brought himself and scrap wood to feed the fire.

It was great to see new faces and old familiar ones. Some folks drove all the way in from the Lake Ellsinore ( about 70 miles) and one guy walked all the way from Tujunga (over 10 miles!) to this event in the heat of the day — and ,amazingly, arrived on time. He was on his way back to San Diego, carrying just a backpack and using public transportation. He is truly living a car-free lifestyle and he connected with two other car-free folks and they shared stories of a car-free life. So many diverse folks and stories. Too bad we weren’t able to spend more time with everyone: however, from the faces in the crowd, it appeared everyone enjoyed it.

We also showed our expanded “video brochure” which is now about 15 minutes. It was a little rough and needs polishing but was well received for having been worked on for only a week.   Jordanne will be uploading the latest version soon.

A hard evenings work

Roof report

Work on the roof progresses… of course, the guys are not crazy enough to be up there during the day in this ridiculous heat wave. Instead, they do the roof deconstruction in the early evening.   The other day, Jules came to the backdoor looking like a coal miner. The outdoor shower is certainly handy (and much used )these days!  

The deconstruction process is going well – all that is needed is to store the layers of old asphalt shingles until we are ready to get a dumpster.   Until then, every available 15 gal pot and tubs are being used and stacked alongside the house. As for the redwood shakes, we hate to throw them away. So, we figured on a way to reclaim and reuse… Since we are saving money doing the roof ourselves, we figure on buying a chipper (even though we hate loud machines since most of our garden tools are hand powered) to chip the redwood shingles into mulch to use in the pathways. But I guess it’s a good compromise, for the time being, since we’ll be saving wood from being thrown away in a landfill somewhere.

If you’re happy and you know it — think again {GlobeandMail.com}

“One conclusion from this research is that people do not know how happy or satisfied they are with their life in the way they know their height or telephone number,” the article reads. “Nothing in life is quite as important as you think it is while you are thinking about it.”
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A Call to Honor the Sabbath {USA Today}

We make war on our bodies by pushing them beyond their limits, war on our children by failing to give them our time, and war on our communities by failing to be kind and generous and connected to our neighbors. To bring an end to this destruction, we have to establish a healthier balance between work and rest. Whether religious or not, people know that they need to take a day off in order to maintain their sanity and remain efficient and productive at work. But I’m convinced that downtime is not enough. We need a formal day of rest. A true Sabbath gives us time to refresh and renew ourselves, regain proper perspective and redirect our lives to what is good and true and worthwhile. …..”Modern culture’s time values often seem enslaving and oppressive,” says Dennis Olson, professor of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. “Work time seems increasingly to expand and rob us of time with family and friends. Computers and the Internet bombard us with a constant flow of data, messages and information.” The key is to break away from work patterns, whether that means hobbies, sports or artistic activities. (Sabbath is related to the Hebrew verb meaning “to cease, stop, interrupt.”) …”Spend more time with people in a friendly way, with meals (and) extended conversations, but no talk related to work,” advises theologian Marva Dawn, author of Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting.
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We have observed a day of rest (Saturday) for 32 years. Our Sabbaths consists of either spending time with friends, making a favorite dish, knitting, catching up on sleep/napping, talking, TV, or doing our favorite activity of all — hiking. It’s a chance for us to break from the usual, daily routine and enjoy and relaxing and peaceful day.

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  1. Ellen says:

    You guys are truly an inspiration. I feel refreshed just stopping by your site!

  2. Andy in San Diego says:

    Do you have to buy a chipper? If it’s not something you’ll use a lot, surely you guys could barter for the use of someone else’s chipper…

  3. gerry medland says:

    The insight into a ‘sabbath’ is timely and reflective.On this side of the pond life is hurtling toward meltdown via dependency on service industries,only an enlightened few know the satisfaction of planting,growing,harvesting.Only a few listen to silence and hear insects above the quiet ‘still’ that comes with practise.An excellent post of your interdependence day!We all have so much to learn.Thank you.

  4. Joshua says:

    I always love to stop by the site, if only to see the new pictures. I have to admit, I don’t always actually read the entries, but not because they’re bad in any way! I have a suggestion, though. I would love to be able to click on your small photos to see a bigger vision to see details better, especially with your garden shots.

    It’s great to hear about the carfree’ers out there. It’s largely my goal, but I may need to have something depending on what I end up doing with my future suburban farm. But I would love to find a way to stick to bikes. In the meantime, I’m nearly already car-free, and haven’t had to buy gas in months! My new Xtracycle bike has helped out a lot on that too, particularly for errands and hauling.

    Also, I should mention that the link to my previous blog at Eatingpeanuts.com is now basically dead, and I now blog at simplecircle.com/journal/
    as can be seen in my comment user URL. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and when the old address expired on me without me realizing it, it seemed as good a time as any to start the new blog up. I didn’t really move, it’s really a whole new blog.