Building Floors in our Crooked Little Barn


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Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge again . . .

OK, I wanted to get a little more oddball so here goes . . .

When I uncovered a cob stove pipe at my spiral straw bale cottage, a little friend jumped on me.  Had to get a shot, though not something I will include in my photo journal of my house being built.  Or maybe I will . . .
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My youngest who is in no mood to get his picture taken, but too adorable to not snap a shot!
The path to the swimming hole at Tracker School.
Looking out the door of my little “Wikki Tikki” (what we call our smaller spiral cob / straw bale house.
Extending the rafters on the Wikki Tikki.


Juliana getting hair ratted for Halloween by Melanie.  Ryan photo bombing.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge (COB) is all about those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.

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Juliana and Sugar in our driveway in Apopka, FL
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Johnny, Juliana, and Jessica on trampoline with water balloons in our backyard, Apopka, FL
Johnny looking down from the rafters in the snail shell shaped house we built in the woods in Oregon.


The Books Which Make An Author (part two)

I found this lovely little blog about writing and just had to reblog it!

Do I remember the first book to teach me what I needed to know to begin writing more complex tales?

Thankfully, I do.

When Mary Lennox found a key and unlocked a secret garden, I was unlocked with it. Frances Hodgson Burnett was the author that lifted me onto her shoulders, and she used The Secret Garden as a hoist. I wanted to know what that key unlocked. I wanted to know who owned that garden. I wanted to know the identity of that wailing boy in the dark rooms.

I suddenly understood that books are all about “I WANT!”

Do I put the book down and make dinner? I can’t because I want to know what happens.

Do I go to sleep and get my eight hours? I can’t because I want to know how it ends.

Books which don’t make the reader go I WANT TO KNOW will…

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