Slow And Steady

When I say slow and steady, I mean when I look back we have accomplished things. Sometimes it feels like we are getting nowhere fast. We are making slow progress. It seems like we have had many setbacks. I keep trying to focus on the things ahead.

We had planned on working with cob, which is clay, sand, and straw, mixed with water and makes a very nice building material. Brian made a wooden form and I mixed the cob together by going down to the wash (dry riverbed). I carried a bucket and gathered the clay first. The clay was left in the wash when some of our land literally fell into the wash, and as the water washed away all the sand from some of the piles, only the clay was left. I was able to get pure clay from these piles. There is also sand in the wash which I gathered in the bucket. We have straw that we use for the compost, so I mixed in some of that with a little water. The first thing I made was a tiny little dome house with a roof. Second I made a mortar and pestel. Then Brian made a form out of wood and I made an actual brick. These things came out really strong. They went through three rain storms and are still holding strong. This is without plaster. When I add an actual plaster over the top, it will be unbelievably strong. The next thing I plan to do is use a straw bale and plaster over it and make a bench with our house number on it.

Brian spread out all of the rocks from the rocks we ordered and had delivered. Now it is really nice to walk around without getting mud all over our feet after the rains.

The carport is still pending. We have tried two different steel companies and both of them sucked at customer service. We have tried several times to get them to give us bids/estimates and they never return our calls. Or emails. Apparently they do not want our money. LOL. Now we are leaning towards wood again. Not sure yet.

Brian bought some wood yesterday and we are going to start a new compost area with a roof for catching rain water.

Our ATV had something wrong with the carburetor and Brian was able to fix it. It’s nice having the ATV to run around from place to place.

It seems like we’ve had a lot of cloudy days and days where it sprinkled rain. We don’t get a lot of energy in our solar system when it is cloudy so we have had to use the generator on occasion. We want it to be sunny but it is also nice to be able to catch the rain.

We have not been filming much for videos on YouTube lately. It just seems that it takes so much time and Brian wants the videos to be well done so there’s that. Ha ha.

We did take a break and went to Mexico. Rocky point is a 5 Hour Drive. ( i’m using the microphone on my telephone so that’s why some of the words are capitalized and I am too lazy to correct them.). Our condo heater was not working so we were freezing the first night. We got a few things done in the condo that needed repaired. I saw dolphins from the balcony swimming by and we took walks on the beach and overall it was just a really awesome few days. It is the off-season now so no one is renting our condo which sucks but at the same time it is nice that we get to go and use it. Since it is the off-season it is very empty on the beaches and in the restaurants. We had a good time. I didn’t want to leave.

I have also been working on painting rocks. I do this thing where I paint dots on the rock and it looks really cool I think. Someone told me I should try to sell them on Etsy. I plan on trying that.

Thanks to anyone who is reading this. We really appreciate it.

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We got Snow

Hey everyone! Happy new year!

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year start.
We went to Tim and Taylor‘s place and from there to Brian‘s sister Shari’s. Came back through Tucson and went to a party in Winterhaven. It was really cool. Just about every house in the neighborhood is lit up for Christmas and we went around on scooters to see all the lights. I kept hitting potholes and hitting myself with the scooter. I don’t think I’ve ever even ridden a scooter so I didn’t know what I was doing! Lol. People on foot we’re going faster than I was ! 😂
The food was excellent! They had a vegan catered dinner and appetizers. Delicious!
Came back home and it was 40° in the trailer. It’s pretty small so didn’t take long to warm up.

Went back to Tucson to Craig and Nicki‘s for New Year’s eve. It was pretty low-key. Just played some games and ate junk food. Haha

It seems like every time we look at the weather it says it’s going to be sunny but then it is cloudy. It seems like we have had more clouds than sun. Two days ago we basically had a blizzard come through and it was 18°! Apparently that was the lowest it has been in a very long time and the snow stuck to the ground. It was really pretty cool and I enjoyed walking around in the snow. I also shoveled some snow into one of our rain catchment barrels. Saw many different wildlife footprints (coyotes rabbits and javalina)

So Brian fixed the water leak from when the rock truck busted it. However with the freezing temperatures every morning we have not had water. But once the sun comes out the water comes back on. We think it’s freezing up near the well house because they didn’t bury the line deep enough. We really look forward to the day when we get our large rain catchment tanks and they are full of water. Hopefully we will not have to rely on well water anymore. Also we will make sure they do not freeze.

I will never again take water for granted or comfort for that matter. I look forward to the day when we have a house that is well insulated with a nice shower! I know that day will come. No regrets! We are still having a great time.

I have been experimenting with the soil to see how it holds together. Cob is straw sand and clay. We know people who built their house out of it. I want to make a wood burning oven. We also plan on making forms out of wood and try making some adobe bricks. I’ll let you know how that goes. Thanks everyone!!!

Carport Update

Hey everyone, This last month has been challenging to say the least. It has been difficult to stay positive but we are doing our best.

Poor Dallas has been sick off and on. She seems to have a lot of stomach issues. We have taken her to the vet and they said it’s something that happens in older dogs. She took medicine and was good for a while but then seems to have gotten it again. When this happens she wakes up every hour during the night and has to be taken outside. It wasn’t so bad when it was warmer but now that it’s cold or it has been hard on her. She is 13 years old. I just feel so bad for her when it happens because I know it’s horrible for her. We call the vet again today and Brian went to pick her medicine up. Hopefully things will be OK again.

We noticed there was a wet spot on the road and it turned out to be a small leak in the waterline. Brian had to dig it up and luckily it was a somewhat easy fix.

Derek our neighbor came over and helped us install two additional batteries for our solar system. So once the carport is done we will be able to install more panels. We have 15 more on order. That will make things a lot nicer. Right now we are not able to keep up with our usage. After Derek and Brian finished installing the batteries, Derek was helping fill in some areas with the tractor and accidentally ran over the water spigot. They had to rush to the store and come back and fix that. I was in the middle of dishes when that happened. LOL

So the update is that we decided not to do wood for our carport. Steel/metal is the way to go. So we are ordering it but it will take four weeks for them to put it together and then we will have to go pick it up.

On a more positive note, Derek and Hannah gave us some things that they didn’t want anymore. One of the things was a son oven and I was so excited because I have been wanting one. Unfortunately there has been no sun in about a week. Very strange for Arizona! I think we are supposed to get some sun next week hopefully! They also gave us some fencing and metal roofing pieces. And a lot of glass bottles so I will have bottles for my bottle wall project I plan to do in the future.

We know some other people who live nearby and they are going to be moving. They gave us three big water catchment barrels and a bunch of large planters. These will come in handy. Very happy about these donations and very appreciative.

We also met some people who are going to be moving onto some land nearby. Their names are Bill and Yvonne. They are doing the same thing we are. Living in an RV and setting up solar. They also have a YouTube channel called The Upside of Downsizing. It has been awesome getting to know them and talking about future projects and how we can help each other.

We have also been looking into various building Types. Strawbale being one of them. We are talking about possibly building a small bathroom/outdoor shower for a test project.

There is a small bed and breakfast nearby called the Canello Project about 30 minutes from Sierra Vista Arizona and they have many structures that are built from strawbale. We are going to be spending the night there on Wednesday. We went on a tour there once before to see what they do there. Many awesome structures made from straw bales. They are said to be warm in the winter time and cool in the summer.

We are still not 100% sure what material our home will be built But leaning towards straw.

The weather is rainy today but mostly cloudy. I’m ready for some sunny weather!

Thanks for everyone who has continued to read this and for watching our videos. We haven’t been doing a lot of videos because we’ve had so many setbacks lately but there are many positives as well. Thanks y’all.

Carport Building

Hi everyone! First of all, we want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and hope everyone had a fab Thanksgiving! Also want to let y’all know my boy Tim is doin great. He was really dehydrated and they thought he had a blood clot. He’s on blood thinners for the next month and they will monitor him. Thanks to everyone out there for your thoughts and prayers.

Big news! Brian has purchased materials to build a carport/storage shed. We are so excited. Brian has it all planned out. Not sure how long it will take to complete but I’m hoping by the end of December. I keep y’all posted. Thanks so much for y’alls support. Hope you will watch our videos too. We are putting out more content recently. Hopefully one day we can get enough subscribers to get paid. 😊

November is a crazy month!

November is only halfway over and it has been really crazy as far as temperature. Our heater went out. There was one morning we woke up and it was 29° outside and 40° inside the trailer. Then the same afternoon it is 80° in the trailer and 70° outside. So you’re bundled up in the morning and then putting on shorts in the afternoon. LOL

The heater guy is supposed to come on Monday morning and hopefully he can fix it. In the meantime we have had a little propane space heater. This definitely has not been easy. It seems that I took comfort for granted. There’s a lot of discomfort involved with this type of lifestyle but I do feel like I’m doing something for the planet.

Living in such a small place also makes it difficult. Relationships can become strained to say the least ha ha. Today when the space started closing in I went for a walk and I felt so much better. It just made me realize what it is about this place that I love. I love the peace. I love being close to nature. I loved seeing the different types of trees and plants and a little footprints of different animals.

I know things will get better and the RV is only temporary. We are trying to stay positive 😊

I’m Back!

Hi y’all!
I have been really bad about keeping up with this blog. I’m sure you may have noticed. Things have kind of been at a standstill. Brian has been researching how to build a carport/shed and it is taking a very long time. He likes to be very thorough. It is a lot of money to spend so I am glad he is doing what he is doing. At the same time it is very frustrating to me. We still have our stuff in storage and is an extra monthly expense. Without an income we really have to watch our spending. He may have narrowed it down and will be buying the supplies soon.

I ordered a small greenhouse from Amazon. It was only $70 so you can imagine it is not very sturdy. LOL. The wind may blow it away at some point but we are going to give it a try. At the very least maybe I can get some seeds started and it.

The monsoons are over and we had days where it rained but didn’t do any real damage thank goodness. It has been dry for a couple of weeks now, which is nice. Now it is starting to get colder and it seems our heat may have a problem.

My son Tim had to be admitted to the hospital yesterday. Right now not sure what is going on. He is supposed to get out today. His arm is swelling and they aren’t sure why but thought it was a blood clot. I’ve been worried sick. He’s only 24. I wish I could take his place.

Thanks for reading and I will keep y’all posted.

Hi Y’all!

We have been really busy as usual. Brian has been helping our neighbor Derek on building his huge garage. I have been doing quite a lot of painting.

We got our waterline fixed a buried back in the ground. However we still want to figure out how we can keep the erosion from eating away at our property.

Yesterday a lady from University of Arizona “extension program” for Cochise County came to take a look at our land and talk about ways to slow down the erosion. She said it was a very interesting piece of land and she wants to try to help us. I’m not exactly sure what that entails as of yet. We are going to try different things though. One of the things we will try will be check dams. We will also be doing water harvesting. Setting up cisterns and water tank catchments.

We had planned on our next project being a large carport with additional solar panels. It is starting to get cooler now so our solar hasn’t been a problem. Of course with the monsoon season being over we probably won’t have to worry about the erosion until next year but we need to get started on things because it’s going to be a slow process.

I know I have been bad about keeping up with the blog. I feel like no one reads it because no one ever leaves comments. I will continue to update it. Just in case people are reading it and don’t feel like commenting that is ok. Thank you for your continued support. Hopefully we will have some more videos soon. Bye!