Saturday, November 21, 2015

In the Woods, In the Town

This feels like a two day post, but that is only because we started the day pretty early, going to town for errands, and ended it early, around 2:30 a.m., after a crazy fun ice cream party at the local radio station KMUD. 

I'll let the photos do the talking. Sort of like being a ventriloquist but different. 

On the road to Garberville. Luckily, I saw no rock slides.

The varieties of trees makes for mad colors, many fading now, some brilliant.

Loving the reds

A little bit of everything

Another Toyota motorhome in town
 There are more Toyota's in this area than I've ever seen in my life. Trucks, cars, motorhomes, and a lot more trucks. 

There is a redwood grove between town and home.
I'd never stopped there before; it was time!

That is a pretty accurate comparison and this wasn't one of the really huge ones.

We got a call from a friend who is a DJ at the local cool radio station to come to an ice cream party. At midnight. With kids invited. 'We're not dead', I told my son, 'let's do it!' So we did. A boy named Jovial had taken his winning ticket and saved his own money to have an ice cream party. There was a LOT of ice cream. And a lot of music too.

We all screamed for ice cream!
Being welcomed into the studio

The Girl does a little intro on the air

Jovial played a few tunes live
(Walk Like You, from the Jungle Book), Ticket, What a Day for a Daydream
He was, in a word, amazing

And hilarious

Sarah reads a community announcement

The Girl and Jovial rockin' it 

Lots of dancing goin' on 

I won't be surprised if we're hearing about Jovial in the next few years, he's a total natural in front of people and super sweet and funny too. What a combo!

"Hi! It's 1 o'clock and it's past my bedtime!"
It was time to head back home, though everyone was still pretty wide awake. But a nice, long cruise through the dark trees and winding roads can mellow out just about anyone, and it did. 

Redwoods, good people, that local feeling of strong community (KMUD just had a pledge drive and raised 97 plus thousand dollars in support - taking care of the local lives and the locals gave back; they are the equivalent of the coconut telegraph on Culebra, plus music) combine to make something pretty special in a place where 'down the road' might mean down the road, up a mountain, around a few cliffhangers and then a walk to the actual spot. Community caring is what keeps it together and it feels wonderfully familiar. Even with three layers of clothes on. 

If you want to listen to the show, you can go to the KMUD link and hit number 13 for November 21, Early Morning Anarchy and Comedy for Change to hear Jovial play between other moments.

Friday night in the not big city...

Have a supercalifornialistic style Saturday. Do something sub lime.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Keeping Life Simple

These are days of sun and blue sky - like heaven - with the nights not so cold. Ok, not freezing. And I'm being lazy, reading, cooking, talking, crocheting ,planning, while watching others do work I can't do. It works.

I did build a little house for The Girl out of scrap lumber, getting the hoped for response, 'Do you like it?' 'I LOVE it, Grandma!!' It's minimal, but she doesn't require much to let her vivid imagination fly, so we're both happy. And I helped make a scarecrow. She needed a scarecrow, you see, because she wants to be a farmer. And a few other things but yesterday it was a farmer. I like it.

There is an addition of red cowboy boots now and a flowered tiara. 

All that stuff in the background amounts to projects in the process. It's good to have a plan.

While I can't really help with the kitchen build, I am a great appreciator!

The counters await paint and stain, shelving still to come and windows of some sort. But what a long way from when I first arrived - now there is a floor and a real roof and a beautiful stove (yea, Craigslist!) and a sink much of what makes a kitchen a kitchen. Yes, small big things are exciting. 

When I get home it will be to work (or get someone to do the work, more than likely) on the houseboat. It never seems like much until getting started. Oh, it's only plumbing...and a mooring...and an engine for the dinghy...and solar and...oh. Maybe it's much. But what would life be without goals of living in comfort, even if those comforts are simple ones? And truthfully, so much more than most of the world lives with; a good thing to keep in mind. Always.

I need to get to the river and do a walkabout there...

Have a thoughtful Thursday. Do something tinily tremendous.