Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What a Day for a Daydream

Yesterday a dog took us to the beach for a day of what we are here for that doesn't happen often enough. No, it's not the 'you live there so you don't see it' syndrome. We see and we appreciate - yet don't always have the chance to spend a whole day getting inside of the beauty. Earth Day just happened to coincide with glorious. We're thanking Gail for that. 

Bill and his charter guests slid by. We gave him a call to put out his jib for the photo but it's in the shop.

First girl to hit the water

Sail Rock changed colors all day long, from greys and black to guana whites

Thanks for being part of the show
When we got to the beach some visitors were in the easy to get to spot, which I was pretty sure is against the law after Semana Santa. Um, I'm kidding. But they were quietly enjoying the day, no blaring music and I know we made a lot more noise than they. Laughter isn't quiet. At least ours isn't.

Doing a little flats fishing

Strolling the shore

Light shifted, the painters were very busy and doing a fine job

Camp. We weren't camping this time. Maybe another time.

Best dog ever to take to the beach. She entertained by doing her quiet thing all day. 

We brought bags to pick up trash but there was already a discarded styrofoam cooler (obviously from off island. It got filled in a hurry. Unfortunately, the nice couple left a lot of trash behind them. I was hoping for better.

Sail Rock later in the day

Cargo ships, fuel ships, cruise ships made their ways to where ever they were going, thankfully not here.

Yes, it's time to go home now

A very good day with friends both present and present in our hearts. Life is good. 

Have a wonderful world Wednesday. Do something worthy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tiny Home Tuesday ~ Some Student Tiny Home Bling!

Once upon a time not so long ago, the phrase tiny house had, like so many phrases and words, a very different meaning than it does today. Fables, playhouses, poverty and why? come to mind. But we live in today, where creative minded students have grown up with the idea of tiny homes being a viable way to live well on the planet (despite the fact that most of the world already has been doing this a long, long time). 

In Atlanta, The Savannah College of Art and Design has put together three tiny homes (135 square feet each) in, of all places, a parking garage. There is a lot to see and read, along with many more of photojournalist Hyosub Shin's photos to be seen in the article here. I chose these because they are the ones I've come back to again and again.

Students moving in for a month of tiny home living. I really like this part!

The homes are, not surprisingly, wired up and wired in. Let there be light!

Not a good bathroom for 'the morning after' but I like the sink and floating toilet.

Traditional, industrial and space age work well here. Especially if you like to play with crayons.

Remember, these are art projects as well as an expression of tiny homes. Look beyond the frou frou or be inspired by it, there's a lot going on here that's practical.

Check out the flooring made of old yard sticks.

I'm a kitchen freak and while large is fun, this would work. I have lived with not much more space for a long time and it can be done. I'd love to see what those shiny units contain. I'm jealous in what I imagine them to be.

This wall is what made me stop and start really seeing what I was seeing.

I love this sink. And the fixtures too.

High ceilings DO make a difference

I think I'd have a Japanese soaking tub here, though standing would be better when using the shower head as a microphone for some in-shower songfests
A little outside the parking garage box in the city. Well done fun, students! Thanks to Debbie Newmark for sharing this with me. She's going to check it out in person next week, I'll await the first person report.

Today is Earth Day! and living well on the Earth is a good thing to think about. Do that. Then do something for the planet you happen to live on. Doing away with plastic water bottles in your life is a good start. Take it away!

Have a touch the terra Tuesday. Do something tinily tremendous.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gringa in the Grass

On the way down from housesitting hill there is a long stretch of guinea grass along the roadway. Usually I'm early enough that no one drives by to see me tearing off handfuls, but...not always. I've had friends thinking I gathering it for horses but it's really for my chickens, who love the stuff. And it's free for the gathering. 

Lately, before the rains, wandering horses were beating me to it, not a long blade in sight. They also go after it in my yard, but now it is plentiful, enough for the horses, enough for me. The chickens are happy and so am I. 

They love the new sweet blades best. Only gourmet grass and feed for these chooks.

How chickens say thank you. 

So if you see a loco gringa walking along clutching a handful of guinea grass...that's why.

Have a melt in your mouth Monday. Do something with a mission.