Archive for July, 2013

Playing With Puppies #1

Got some quick videos of the boy and his puppy pals. Mostly boring if you're not one of the grandmas. Zzzzzz. :) In this one they are wrestling and bouncing up the steps. After the mama dog moved them out of the woodpile, she brought them by the guesthouse and apparently told them to stay with us. (Despite Kai, we really probably had one of the safest and calmest spots on campus...) They slept in a pile of 5 on a blanket under a table outside our room for awhile, and they were fun.
Krazy Growing Kale

Krazy Growing Kale

The Jhamtse GatsalĀ Ama lasĀ (the four Housemothers, tasked with taking care of groups of 20+ children each, and many other keep-the-community-running kind of stuff) are garden miracle workers! They are all young and still learning, but they work hard, aren't afraid to try stuff, and boy are their thumbs green! While my little garden has been struggling along, theirs has been bursting with healthy, organic produce. I brought a bag full of my leftover seeds, and a few new ones I picked up before we came, and they were quite happy to use them all. There were many seeds & veggies…
Small Pup

Small Pup

Boys and puppies just go together. It was probably inevitable with me around, but this boy sure does love critters. :) And there's nothing better than waggily little furballs that will follow you around and let you pick them up and share your snacks with you. (Yeah, we miss you, Baxter!)
Stuff-Making Skills

Stuff-Making Skills

I got to bust out some old Redcliff rope-making skills the other day. We were killing time, waiting for some new visitors to arrive and be greeted. So I was keeping my hands busy by making cordage out of long blades of grass. It wasn't too long before I was surrounded by eager learners, jumping right in with their own attempts. One of the boys showed me how they make rope in his village, using bamboo fiber, and twisting three strands instead of two. I bet that stuff is strong. Next I want to try making hemp cordage. Plenty of…

Life is a continuity. All things are related. All beings are interdependent. They cannot exist without each other. They do not exist without each other.

– Paul Williams (from Das Energi)
Interview on LDS Earth Stewardship

Interview on LDS Earth Stewardship

I’m slow to share, but a friend of ours over at LDS Earth Stewardship did a little write-up about us and our current adventure. The LDSES website and blog is pretty cool too, and I’m feeling inspired by all the others that have been interviewed as part of their ‘Stewardship in Action’ series…. go check it out!

Cool Bugs by Kai 3

Cool Bugs by Kai 3

Kai says he is sorry for slacking on his buggy updates. He promises to keep 'em coming better. We aren't running out of new crawly discoveries around here, so this is an extra big selection of our little (and not so little) friends. Enjoy!

Kai Style Compliments:

“Mom’s skirt is kind of brown. It looks like a Kung Fu sweater.”

Storyteller Kai

I'm loving getting to witness Kai's mastering of the English language. He amazes me with some of the thoughts he puts together sometimes, or words he comes up with (or remembers). And he's quite the little talker. He likes to tell stories. I haven't been too successful at capturing some of his best stuff...but here is some small chatter from Kai.
Gatsal Clay Oven Build

Gatsal Clay Oven Build

One of my many to-do lists (extra crazy now that I can manage them with an app on my iPod!) is titled Learn & Do, and one of the items on it is to build a clay oven. Recently Jhamtse Gatsal had a rad volunteer here, who knows a bit about natural building, and who jumped right in to build a sweet clay oven for the Community. And I totally missed that boat. It was a busy month for my projects, and I didn't help out with the oven-building nearly as much as I could've/should've/wanted to. Oh well, I guess…
Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama

Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama

Our Community usually finds any excuse to celebrate with dancing and music and good food. In fact, we were here another year [oops, sorry, the link will work when I get all the old content back up] for a rockin' big party in his honor. This year, though, it was decided to spend the day doing meditations and generally having a more calm and spiritual celebration of His Holiness' 78th birthday. Here is a nice picture of Kai being really good and quiet during the prayer sessions. ;) One of the upper class Gatsal students did a nice write-up on…
Garden Update: Peas!

Garden Update: Peas!

Well, one garden is carrying on around here. At least one part of it: we've been picking and eating fresh peas, and they are gooooood. (We do get to eat lots of veggies at meals -- the amalas are good at growing stuff, and the kitchen staff works wonders with it.... but it is pretty rare to get to eat veggies that aren't cooked.) So we be lovin' these fresh little pods of green goodness balls. The rest of my garden= different story. I really should have known better about my spot and what I planted there, but I also…
June Crazies

June Crazies

Well that wasn't very nice of us, to leave our blog hanging, with the last post being about trouble afoot. Don't worry, worriers, we just weren't posting because we got wrapped up in being busy and trying to get projects done. :) But, now that something official has been posted on the Jhamtse Gatsal blog about the crazy month of June, I can tell you a bit more if I want to. ... And I probably do, but I haven't really figured out what yet, and it's time to stop putting off updating our blog. So, for now, here is…