One step at a time

     Things are coming along in an exciting way. I overturned one major hurdle recently, moving all of my junk out of my storage shed. I had to scab in several more two-by-sixes in order to feel comfortable putting all of my stuff in the loft. My shed almost feels like a home now. I threw up a couple of shelves on the walls to clear the area, and have mounted a central table, which will be convenient to cook at in the future. I plan on installing the stove and sink soon.

     I have the start of a raised bed garden surrounded by chicken wire. My focus now is directing the water that comes off the roof of an old boy scout cabin. I’ll be putting it initially into a large bath tub, with a capacity I would think to be about eighty gallons.

     For the first time I am able to charge my laptop from the inside of my shed. I have only a very small solar panel,15 watts, but with the two batteries I think I will certainly be able to maintain my laptop and phone charged. When I steal the panels from the top of my van, my potential will be significant. Maybe I can even run the 1500 watt blend-tec blender that my mom gave me without turning on the gas generator. Mmmmm, kale and banana smoothies. I hope that this will encourage more writing, especially as the funds to complete different tasks are being ushered in by rafting season.

     Since moving the bird feeder several days ago, and filling it yesterday, I have had only one group of birds find it; the Pinon Jays. It was nice to hear them right outside the shed when I woke up this morning; getting thier breakfast. I’ve placed the feeder conspicuously near the window of my writing desk, which will give much distraction. Even now one is hopping about on the logs suspending the feeder. I did see the Dark-eyed Junco’s flock by this morning, twenty or thirty, but they didn’t stop in to say hello.

     Things will continue to get done here, one step at a time, one day at a time. I am looking forward to the journey. Of necessity for rainy season is causing more of my siding and roof, then painting the structure. There is the worry on the horizon of it being hot here in my shed during the day, though I have not insulated the floor, and the constant fifty degree temperature makes for a great cooling element. This is amplified by the amount of loft space that I have which absorbs hot air like a sponge. When it was cold outside earlier, the loft was my preferred space to watch the mountains grow. I started germinating, Kale, Purple Mustard, and Bok Choy. I have lots to do to get the raised beds ready once they sprout. Couple weeks is all I can plan ahead. Yet rafting season is quickly approaching to dominate my time. Well, some of it. The leisure life of going down the river with a different group everyday still allows some half days, which makes for plenty of time to get things done in the month of the summer solstice, June. I do hope we had some of the afternoon rains, such that occurred last year. It will be good for my lettuce patch.

Author: Ronjohn

When I take a deep look at my ego, I see that it defines itself as a recreation bum. I ski, hike, rock climb, kayak, raft, sail, stand up paddle, mountain bike, rock climb again. I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. I am a vagabond extraordinaire.

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