Saturday, July 19, 2008
been presenting the details of how to build an efficient and enjoyable
small home. His presentation covers every aspect of building a home
from the foundation up, and the presentation is structured based upon
the construction process and timeline as events would naturally
transpire on the construction site. Workshop participants are free to
ask questions and share from their own experiences, which stimulates
some informative discussions.
In his presentation, this morning, Jay took the group through the
building process to the point that framing, exterior walls, and
weather wrap were on the house.
This is not a hands-on workshop. In order to present the most
information in a short period of time, the presentation uses detailed
photos, floor plans, and a complete list of tools required for
building. Most of the presentation materials Jay is referring to are
in an illustrated color workbook that is given to each participant.
The day began with a tour of Jay's home to give participants a look at
a finished product. Most in attendance seem to have some building
experience and know the general terminology of building.
The workshops are organic and improve with suggestions and feedback
KIND. Clif donates funds to organizations that address environmental,
health, and social issues, such as Access Fund, IMBA, and Leave No
Trace. KIND donates 5% of profits to the PeaceWorks Foundation, www.PeaceWorks.net
I washes my running clothes this morning in the shower and now they
are hanging outside in the sunlight. So, they should be dry by tonight
and ready to use tomorrow morning.
There is an apple tree next to the Gypsy wagon that drops fresh apples
and they roll to my doorstep. I like to eat those for breakfast or
have some of the fresh berries and fruits that are growing in trees
here. It's nice to mix fresh foods with the raw food based bars that I
eat. The advantage of eating apples that fall from the tree and roll
to my doorstep is that it avoids the typical supply chain: farmer buys
land, farmer hires workers, workers pick food, corporation buys food,
food gets packaged, marketing department creates artwork for
advertising campaign, cable television company delivers advertisement
to home, consumer gets hungry seeing advertisement, consumer gets in
car, before car can be filled with gas a war must be waged in the
Middle East, gas goes into car, consumer drives car to grocery store,
trucks delivering product go to grocery store, product is
refridgerated, consumer buys product, throws packaging into landfill,
consumer is asked to pay for (or fight in) the war to get more oil for
gas for the car for going to the grocery store, the cycle starts all
Instead, having an apple roll to my doorway seems like a simple way to
avoid a lot of unnecessary trouble. So, that's why I try to
incorporate them as much as possible into my diet.
still settled in over the land here. I bought an Earth Flag from the
Santa Rosa Community Market Co-op yesterday. I like having the Earth
Flag flying anywhere I am working and staying. I have them at home in
Iowa at my office and home.
I'm going to run the full distance to the park this morning. I took a
lot of photos of this running path yesterday and of the many flowers
along the way. So, this morning I can simply focus on running.
I'll go from Burbank Heights north west through the various flower
gardens to Bodega Avenue, then west on Bodega Avenue (Highway) until I
reach Ragle Road. At Ragle Road, I'll go north and slightly west to
Ragle Ranch Regional Park and run the loop that goes over Bridge 4,
Bridge 3, Bridge 2, and then Bridge 1. Then I'll return by the same
I have all of this in photos from yesterday that I hope to upload
later today.