confessions of a wasteful builder

I admit it.  My hands are raised, my white flag is up: I am a wasteful builder. Even when I recycle scavenged materials. Even when I dumpster dive. I am still a product of this culture in this time. I still drop a screw and don’t run to find it in the grass.  Every time […]

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preparing for winter, the diy run down

I say I’m preparing for the move, but you don’t need to paint your house before you move.  What I’m really preparing for is the coming winter.  It’s been two years since I last coated the siding on my Wagen, and seeing that most of the boards were meant for indoors (ie not particularly thick), […]

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dumpster find of the week: the green lady

I kid you not.  Spotted by the lovely Frau Dietz in Wiesbaden, Germany. Have you found anything good on the curb lately?

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daily life: plans, pickles, and paint

Saturday marked six months of Baby Pickles.  An exciting land mark, one that will bring bites of real food, sitting, and another sack of clothes that no longer fit.  We’ve fallen into a pleasant routine, and all is well in paradise.  Seemed like a good time for another day-in-the-life post—wherein you get a more detailed […]

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like i said yesterday…

Pictures! This is what our spot looks like all weed whacked. (If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, go read this first.) This is the left corner of our new spot (when looking at it from the path leading in). I’m thinking my Wagen, which will be our kitchen once we’re there, […]

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moving: something like soon

There’s a new question on repeat lately: “So have you moved yet?” Nope we haven’t. Nope we don’t know exactly when we will. We’re still getting ready. Maybe next week. Maybe the week after that. When moving means hooking your entire house onto the back of a truck and driving it to a new location, […]

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squat mainz !!!!

There is a new squat in Mainz.  I feel like that sentence almost needs an entire paragraph all to itself, just to let it sink in.  A new squat in Mainz!  Wow.  These times we live in aren’t so friendly to squatters.  Even Holland, promised land of squatters for years, has illegalized squatting.  And now […]

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writer’s block really isn’t such a bad thing

Pretty much the worst thing that can happen to you as a writer is to finish up a draft and then lose it completely.  Sure, you could go back and rewrite, but you know that the magical sparks that rang through those pages will never return as they were.  Magic is hard enough to get […]

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rolling, rolling, rolling

The move approaches.  Slowly but, apparently, surely.  It has been so long since we visited our future home that I’d managed to lose all momentum and excited energy.  Moving seemed like a fictional event that wasn’t going to happen in this dimension.  But when two mornings ago the Beard sprung out of bed and started […]

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