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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…
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…
This Is How We…

This Is How We…

Make do with no mirror when we need to see our hair after a bath. (An iPod camera works just great, thankyouverymuch.)

Rainy Day Stairs

It's a quiet rainy day. We're headed in for a bath and a nap after some good puddle & sand pile playin'. Squish. Squish. Squish. (Spence built this shortcut path and steps from our little guesthouse up to the main part of campus on a day when the power was down so he couldn't work on his computer. He's so cool.) P.s. As with any of our pics, if you're having trouble because of the ridiculously big size, just grab the corner of your browser and make it narrower and things will resize so you can view them smaller.
H Work

H Work

Every now and then I get to get off the computer to get some work done. Wahoo! (Okay it started with a pencil and paper...ended up mostly back on the computer.) I'm working on an infographic for the fundraising campaign we're helping with. Here's a skip-through of my process: • Pencil drawing. • Inked it. Tool of choice is a fine point Sharpie. (Beware: the toddler's tool of choice is the Sharpie too...attention diverted to colored pencils.) • Erased the pencil. • Scanned. (The school has a scanner, otherwise I'd just grab a pic with my iPod camera.) • Crisped…
This Is How We…

This Is How We…

Make gravel. Of course. (One of many things you never think about the fact that it can be done by hand when you have the time and people to do it.) This particular pile will be used in the cement that will form the decorative window facades on the new building that everyone is helping with. But around here you also see many, many women employed by the road companies to sit on the side of the road crushing rocks for road-building, one at a time. They stick cut tree branches sticking straight down into ground to provide umbrella-like shelter…
My Little Garden

My Little Garden

I love a little garden. I claimed a little corner of dirt below the guesthouse for my attempts at growing a few edibles this year. The boys helped me get it ready (they like to dig in the dirt too). I planted some of the seeds I brought -- a few kinds of tomatoes, peas, cukes (mostly things we can enjoy without our own kitchen for cooking) cilantro, cantaloupe -- and then gave the rest of the big bag to the Ama las (house mothers). They were stoked to get some new things to try. They are gardening extraordinaires! I…
Just Finished Reading…

Just Finished Reading…

The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography by Tetsu Saiwai Complete with the expected visual sound effects, this graphic-novel-esque story about the Dalai Lama's childhood and life was quick to read and really cool! Kai even liked reading parts of it with me. Did you know that his full name (given to him when he was 5 years old and officially acknowledged as the spiritual leader of Tibet) is Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso? It means "Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom." He's had quite a life, and the story of the…
Normal

Normal

Just in case you think our everyday is an adventure, here is something normal. This is what we spend most hours of most days doing right now: working on design projects in the office. If there is power. We just like to make the most of the rest of our time, and any opportunities for playin' that come along too. There you go. :)
This is How We…

This is How We…

Haircut! After two and a half months I decided it was time to cut my hair and beard. I was afraid it would  become a skullet (a mullet that is bald on the top). We borrowed some trimmers from Lobsang. My beard was also not the nicest sight. Unfortunately I do not have before pictures. :)