Quick reality check. In case anyone ever happens to look through these posts and think “what a perfect life”, please understand that sometimes this is how it goes. Tired? Hungry? Grumpy because dad tripped and busted your favorite pumpkin? We’ve got it all. 2015-10-23 17.01.17

But where one photo op fails, there’s another just on the other side of the pumpkin patch. And suddenly everything’s A-Okay.

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28 Apr 2014

Almost a year later and the short plat process is officially over! Manijeh and I walked into the recorder’s office Monday morning, April 28, 2014 with all of our papers filled out and ready to go. The folks that helped us could sense our excitement and were sweet to us. The deed was recorded and we headed over to the Health Department, the Building Department and the City Planners Department to hand over all of our remaining paperwork.

If you’re curious:  The Health Department provides information on septic system designs. This comes in a handy little packet with worksheets and a blank page for your schematic. It only took a couple of hours to finish up the design at home (luckily 15+ years experience with design software made this a breeze).


Most importantly is that most county Health Departments want to see proof of potable water on the property before releasing your permit to build. Luckily the gentleman who helped us allowed us to go ahead since we have access to two nearby wells. Bullet =  dodged.

Our well driller should be here at the end of May to put in our well, hand pump, electric pump, and dig trenching to the house site.

If all goes smoothly, we could be building by the end of the May – which is good since our yurt kit is due to be delivered then whether we’re ready or not!

It’s been a long year. :)


In a rare moment of thoughtfulness I photographed the future and the past.

This was the view from the driver’s seat of our moving truck as we drove our things to the top of the hill, marking the end of our old life and the beginning of our new life.

I discovered this pair of photos while randomly sifting through photos to show Orin.

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