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POST 37 (DAY 43, Tuesday, 2020.09.22)
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WELLNESS ASSESSMENT ..Didn't sleep all that well at night.. I woke up almost every hour or two during my sleep time.. fell back asleep fine each time.. I'm not stressed about anything in particular; for the most part, my heart is at peace.. there's nothing heavy on my heart or anything like that.. oddly, I just wasn't very sleepy.. When I woke up at 5am, I got up feeling rested.. the only thing that's changed are 1) my daily 10-second sprints up to FPH, and 2) slightly smaller dinner portions, and 3) possibly my excitement about working on the angle brace.. not sure.. will keep track..

THE WORK: AM--greenhouse angle braces~! still very exciting.. and growing more in my confidence in the technique.. today I completed my second angle brace ever, and it took less than half the time the first one took (AND I only used one log.. honestly the fit could have been a tiny bit tighter, but I'll refine that part on the next angle brace--which is already prepped for cutting.. My guess is that this third angel brace will take about 2 more hours to completion..
    PM--patio stone floor.. connected the edge portion on the FPH side.. pretty exciting about that.. the rest of the edge should go pretty quick.. my goal would be to complete phase 1 by the end of month.. let's go~!

feeling pretty tired and ready for sleep.. enjoy the pics~!
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Taco Tuesday dinner prep!
Taco Tuesday dinner prep!
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Greenhouse progress
Greenhouse progress
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Working on patio
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Fermenting the ginger beer.. should be ready Friday or saturday
Fermenting the ginger beer.. should be ready Friday or saturday
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Dez, that looks like some great progress is being made there!

I'm looking forward to a detailed review of the ginger beer when it is uncorked!
 
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WELLNESS ASSESSMENT ..Didn't sleep all that well at night.. I woke up almost every hour or two during my sleep time.. fell back asleep fine each time.. I'm not stressed about anything in particular; for the most part, my heart is at peace.. there's nothing heavy on my heart or anything like that.. oddly, I just wasn't very sleepy.. When I woke up at 5am, I got up feeling rested..


With my chronic pain clients this is is common due to a need to reset protective muscle patterns. In your case probably adjustment to protective patterns to adjustment to your new work load.  With your massage experience if you palpate any sore spots and move the joints associated to move the lymph it should decrease the frequency and improve recovery.
 
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Kerry Rodgers wrote:Dez, that looks like some great progress is being made there!

I'm looking forward to a detailed review of the ginger beer when it is uncorked!



4th day (today) i burped all of them.. not sure if i should have, but the plastic caps on some of them were bulging.. after burping put 6 of the bottles in the fridge to "absorb" some of the new bubbles that hopefully form.. had a shared tasting with the seventh bottle.. everyone seemed to enjoy it.. but the bubbles did not stay after the initial depressurization.. will leave the rest for 3 more days to hopefully gain some carbonation.. stay tuned for an update.. =D

ps.. a bit more detail for you.. the first bottle was very dry and hoppy.. both of which are a good thing for me, as i don't like sweet drinks anymore.. and with the ginger beer, i find that the hops are more effervescent than pungent as in an IPA for example.. at this point, i'll likely be creating a second batch with possibly less sugar (originally added 1.5 cups to 1 gallon of ginger solution).. also, since you asked for detail--i accidentally added about 12 times the amount of yeast by accident (bread yeast), but the drink did not taste particularly yeasty.. more to come =D
 
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POST 38 (DAY 44, Wednesday, 2020.09.23)
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WELLNESS ASSESSMENT--sleep update: I slept normally (waking up only once or twice at night to either pee or go back to sleep).. Jen thinks it might be the change in seasons.. I feel rested and awake, so I'm not too concerned.. my hands seem to be feeling better (i did up my egg-intake to about 2-4 per day).. I've been eating smaller portions at each meal, so maybe that's helping (the timing correlates)..

THE WORK: AM--angle brace--finished 1 brace today it fit well, but it took longer than I had hoped.. I learned that having a 0.25 inch "belly" on the receiving notch surface can throw off the angle and the fitment quite significantly.. I think the angle really amplifies all variances (much more so that the horizontal brace).. [sorry, no pics of this just yet!]
    PM--patio stone floor connected about 8 or 10 feet of the edge.. now remaining are the corners nearest to FPH.. (pic below)

enjoy the pics~!
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Angle 1
Angle 1
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Angle 2
Angle 2
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Greenhouse with more angle braces installed
Greenhouse with more angle braces installed
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POST 39 (DAY 45, Thursday, 2020.09.24)
[Evening Entry] ..Gratitude

THE WORK: AM--constructing a firewood rack outside the library.. actually, make that two racks (see pic).. it was so exciting to cut some dimensional lumber and build something straightforward.. much "simpler" than roundwood timber.. please don't misunderstand--both are amazing to work with in different ways! today was my first time building this type of structure to hold our firewood for the winter days to come.. the service aspect of building something that everyone can directly benefit from is such a wonderful complement to getting to work with my hands.. I'm so grateful, yet again..
    PM--replenishing the first aid kits for our fleet vehicles and tidying up the shop.. safety is important to me, but computer-work drains my soul.. to me ordering things online is like paperwork, so i couldn't help feeling a little drowsy staring at the computer screen.. it was sunny outside, so i sat on the edge of a hugel berm and soaked up some vitamin D with these sweet kittens (pic)..

Today, I woke up around 430am.. (went to bed around 830pm, so plenty of sleep) woke up feeling ready for the day~! I really do think my exercise regimen has something to do with my increased energy.. I remember when I was living in The City, I had a gym membership.. on the months that I would go, the first month was tiring, but after that, my energy shot up in all aspects of my life and work-out.. I'm excited to see how I'll feel around day 90.. there's supposed to be something that happens after 90 days of consistently engaging in something--an accelerated growth of sorts.. exciting~!

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Blue skies after a rain
Blue skies after a rain
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Firewood racks
Firewood racks
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They found shade under my legs while I’m reclined on the berm
They found shade under my legs while I’m reclined on the berm
 
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POST 40 (DAY 46, Firday, 2020.09.25)
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THE WORK: AM--Patio stone floor.. super cold morning, but had fun with Jade, Lara and Scott placing some of these rocks.. today's focus, for me, was on being relational while working.. its a luxury which is often missed when working in The City.. we there was a mandatory kitten break, a spontaneous outbreak of dancing, and also celebrated each placed stone, together.. because why not? about 3 hours into the shift, it began to rain, and our digits were freezing, so we went to the shop to tidy things up a bit for the remainder of the shift..
    PM--threshing seeds (quinoa and mustard) and planting some coriander in the front hugels..
Today was an amazing day..
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Gonna miss ya Lara.. thx for sharing your countenance with us
Gonna miss ya Lara.. thx for sharing your countenance with us
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Mulch by Clayton and Lara
Mulch by Clayton and Lara
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Patio progress
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