DAY OF THANKS FOR MARCH 23

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LEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 According to the international code of food standards, there are 13 possible sizes for an olive. They include large, extra large, jumbo, extra jumbo, giant, colossal, super colossal, mammoth and super mammoth. If I had my way, Leo, you would apply this mindset to everything you do in the coming weeks. It’s time for you to think very big. You will thrive as you expand your mind, stretch your boundaries, increase your territory, amplify your self-expression, magnify your focus and broaden your innocence.

Its funny that this is my horoscope this time.

Last week I did a FaceBook post asking for construction help because I have finished the design/lay out of the 100 square foot home and I know where everything goes and what it looks like, but I don’t know how to make it structurally sound. This post helped me find my electrician. Solar panel teacher. Check.

I also reached out to a few graphic artistic friends and now my next “Toronto Art Installation” is moving forward to the design/production phase.

I just sent an email to this guy, Elton McDonald. I wonder if he might be the one to help me see if my home can stand…

Reclaim Detroit!

detroit_reclamation-12I have had a love affair with this city for a number of years. If I was a billionaire business person I would buy up most of the downtown and move my head quarters there. If Havana, Cuba is a UNESCO heritage site I don’t know why Detroit is not. Stunning Architectural history everywhere.

A friend of mine sent me this article and we are now planning our Michigan road trip! One Amish Wood Burning Stove and some amazing wood for my floors!

Reclaimed history in my home? Yes please!

Leaving the Concrete Jungle

July 1st, I will be leaving Toronto to live in some wide open Mother Nature. As I prepare to leave, I am trying to make my peace with saying goodbye to the city life I love. I think the best way to say goodbye is to take a little of what you love with you.

I really love concrete. I love the texture of it, the feel of it, brand new under my wheels and I love the smell of it when it is wet from a rain.

The area around my wood burning stove will need to be insulated. At first the obvious choice was brick but I don’t want a small country cabin in the woods. I want a small, slick modern little home.

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I am so very curious …

as to how this is going to play out.

I am not interested in rushing or controlling the process but I am incredibly curious about this entire process. I headed up North last weekend with 5 friends to create a barrier between the snow melt and the actual tent. I now have a 1 foot moat around my tent and a deck free of snow. I also have an outdoor fire pit and a ice block couch.

I love that you can’t see the division between work and play.  My heart expands a little with each visit when I see what we accomplished and how we decided to do it.

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Things for the Ginger Shack

things for GSMy dad was just in town for a visit. We started to talk about the actual building of the Ginger Shack. I realized that the only thing I had planned lately was my salt and pepper shakers. I have been stuck in the design/decorating part of this project. No surprise as that is my comfort zone/knowledge base. I have made a promise to myself that 2 times a month (or more if needed) I will be in a Home Depot, Home building, Fireplace type store.

My dad will be back in town for the first two weeks of August to help me build it. Meet the first of my family I have recruited. 3 more to go.

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Priority Number 2.

When I am living up on my land this summer, my first priority is to cut down about 50 trees.  I need sunlight in there so the all the years of organic rot that make up the forest floor can start to dry up.

Second priority, an outhouse.

My friends seem to think this is something a person would have built right away but, to be honest, I really enjoyed the Farley Mowat peeing out my territory game.

outdoor toiletInteresting but I am not interested in cleaning it.

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