Rough plumbing passed inspection and we hooked everything up. Well, we hooked up the kitchen sink, dish washer, and shower anyway. There’s still some wiring to be done in order to run the dish washer and the washing machine. But this is a huge step forward.
Keeping track of time and events.
We’ve put the permaculture layout on hold as we work on the house. However, I finally made some time to take the initial sketches ( located here ), the rough contour map, and the “basic ideas” map (not shown below), and mix it all together in Photoshop.
This is only a small step toward creating a full plan, but it’s fun to see a little forward motion after so much time spent working on other client projects and the house. I’ll need to make time to finish illustrations for swales, hugels, and the like, but… one thing at a time.
Thoughts on the myth of “8 Hours Uninterrupted Sleep”.
Our culture swings and misses.
Since moving to a rural setting, our little family has unintentionally adapted to a natural human sleep pattern. It helps that, except for over head lights when we cook, we only use low lighting at night. We also use Flux on our computers to avoid cooler wavelengths. If you’re not familiar, check it out here: justgetflux.com. It’s free.
We all hop in bed around 8pm most nights. I sleep until around midnight and wake to stoke the fire. I usually stay awake for an hour or two tinkering with this or that, stoke the fire again and sleep until the sun pops up. I’ve never felt so rested as I have this last year.
It turns out that this is pretty much the way that humans evolved to sleep. Here’s a very quick TED video which may be of interest. http://www.ted.com/talks/jessa_gamble_how_to_sleep#t-17286
If you have trouble sleeping, try turning off the wifi signal, blotting out all LED lights and shutting off whatever doodads and gadgetry make electric humming noises. Just a thought.
Everything is an experiment.