In preparation for our first official get together down at the cabin, we did some landscaping to spruce up the “yard” a bit. It is so funny because we have one push mower at the city house and two on the country property, but not one of them would start, so to kick off our new car lease, we loaded a rented push mower for the day to get it done. I planted some flowers that are probably dead right now since it hasn’t rained for a week and we pulled the tall grass that was growing around the base of the tipi. It looks really cool down there.
We hope to have some folks camp and maybe play some yard games around there so we had to make some space with the mower, which also helps in terms of bug control. Surprisingly, we did not see one tick last weekend, which is either because we started using the bug spray finally or because it was even too hot for them. The transformation of that spot after we mowed, from when we first pitched a tent there three summers ago is astounding. It looks like someone’s yard now. Oh yeah, its our yard!
My vision for this party (oh yeah- I am totally putting this out there in the universe) is for people to come and relax. I want them to take a deep breath and smile. I want them to snack, and laugh, and drink, and decompress. There is so much going on in the world right now and I want our spot to feel like a safe space in the chaos of it all. A charging station, of sorts, to prep your mind to be able to get back out there and face it all again. Mercury is in retrograde right now, so this might be a tall order, but I am going for it. Maybe a night hanging out with us can serve as a respite from the effects of it.
This will be a mostly off grid party, so we also spent some time prepping the new number two spot behind the Number 2 Room. Our old poo deposit spot we set up turned out to be a little too close to things people use, namely my sister’s bedroom, so we haven’t dumped any buckets in preparation of getting the new place set up to compost the waste at. We can take it down in a year after the pile has rested for two years. It will be rich compost.
The wonderful thing about the bucket system is the fact that they are sealed so well, that you can sort of let them hang out in a safe place until you are ready to clean them out. It is a pretty easy process to maintain sawdust potties. We connected four pallets into a square, dug a basin of dirt out of the center, lined it with straw and dumped the buckets we had into the center. You then cover, cover, and cover it some more with straw, which will be peeled back to dump again in the future when new buckets need emptied (and them recovered again). Please check the official handbook for more detailed information. Personally, I would not do this in an urban environment, because it would be impossible to control any runoff, however small, which in the spot we have selected, will be both minimal and unobtrusive. Of course, you can invest in the more official compost potties, such as the Nature’s Head composting toilet, which we will be considering for the cabin, but for now, sawdust (pine shaving) potty is absolutely enough.
On the city home front, we had a party for Independence Day with friends and family that was wonderful. We had Airbnb guests staying that weekend, so it forced us to be extra cozy in our part of the house which consists of the first floor and half finished basement. My favorite part was packing up our new mattress we have been sleeping on and moving it into the living room to use as extra seating and we were able to move our dining table into our “bedroom” for the day. This was our first go at doing this transformation since getting our new sleeping arrangements. It was really exciting because basically, I realized we are already well on our way to tiny living and efficient living. It was a good feeling to actually know we practice what we preach!
Be mindful of the “things” in your life. Try to have multiple purposes for some of your belongings so you can have fewer items to look after or find space for. The less space that the material things take up in our lives, the more room we have for people who make us happy or moments to cherish. The less you have to lose in life, material wise, the easier it is to take chances on things you really want to do.