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Friday, October 23, 2009


I spent the summer of 1994 in Russia and Ukraine. I brought my cassette walkman and only one tape: Sting’s, Ten Summoner’s Tales. I still see the Russian landscape whenever I hear one of those songs. I spent many hours on the Trans Siberian railroad, and one trip stretched 36 hours from Moscow to Odessa, Ukraine. We passed miles and miles of sunflower fields. I had never seen anything like that before and havent seen anything like it since. It was breathtaking! I know sting wrote Fields of Gold about barley, but for me, it will always be sunflowers!
A fellow blogger is going on a train trip and asked for music suggestions. So now I'm reminiscing. ...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Crunchy Homestead.

These are the "Before" pictures.

This is what the house looked like when we first bought it.
We will be painting the exterior, adding bahama shutters, and lots of plants.

I love this place!! Just a simple little cottage with loads of potential. Its about half the size of the house we have in Phoenix and much simpler, but that makes it perfect. We'd like to give it a key west flair, but stay in keeping with our neighborhood in South Florida. The front yard will be a mixture of herbs, tropicals, and flowers, and I'm toying with the idea of a picket fence. The area directly behind the house will be our proper backyard for play and leisure. There is an outdoor shower against the garage that needs a new enclosure. I have lots of sketches for that.
The big expanse of grass, which is actually another two full lots, will hold the food forest and potager, as well as our detached office building.
I'm still dreaming from afar. Not yet there to begin digging in the dirt.
Another 24 days and counting!
OH! forgot to post....Management has given me the date of 6/12 as my last day in phx....first day on the job at home...6/22! : )
I'm a lucky girl!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

My very first blog.

WOW! Ok, so here goes!
My first post...hmmm, let's see what should it be about. How about what I am currently obsessed with...the fact that I just got approved to telecommute and move back home to Florida!
Yahoo! My husband received approval in December and moved back in Janaury, but my first request was denied..."the economy" I was shocked to get approved just the other day.
I am a very grateful woman. AND A VERY EXCITED WOMAN!!
We've been living in Phoenix for 4 or so years, but are both native floridians. I am a very homesick and lovesick woman. I've been living in an empty house with a two year old for four months now, and its time -thankfully- to go home, well, soon at least. I'm not sure when I'll actually get my traveling papers.

Last year we bought a small little house in a riverside community. That sounds fancy, but its not. The house is a typical concrete block florida home built in the sixties, with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Its very simple, and we love it. The magical part is that it is on 1/2 acre of land, with wooded lots behind, and is walking distance to a fishing pier and river. It's our "crunchy paradise!" ..or at least, it will be.

My husband has been working very hard to get it ready for us, and I have been buying seeds, water tanks, and grain mills online. I can't wait to actually get there and get my hands in the dirt and start creating our little farm/garden. I have so many plans, but I'll save that for another post. I have so much to write about and can't figure out what to talk about first. After almost a year of dreaming about this little house and this plot of land, its hard to believe all our dreams are coming true.

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!