Thursday, September 17, 2015

I'm in Love, I'm in Love, and I Don't Care Who Knows It!!!

Albuquerque, NM from the top of the Sandia Crest Mountain.
Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico

Last week Landon, Tanner, Emma, and I returned from our almost two week trip to New Mexico for the  *ABQ Fashion Incubator "Boot Camp"(More about that in another post.)

We've never been that far southwest, and it seemed to me that we were in a foreign country; not so much by the people we met, but by the terrain of the state.  Once we left the plains of Texas, all the "greenness" soon disappeared from our view.

The clouds are amazing in New Mexico!

New Mexico
I've heard very little, if really anything at all of adobe/cob houses.
(The link above will take you to some ideas of the endless possibilities one can create.)

My only exposure to them has either been through movies, pictures, or from a girl from our church who recently gave a missionary report. There, they built an earth home of some sort.  Quite honestly, I didn't really like the look of those earthy houses from what I had seen.  To me, they either looked very warm or just plain, hot! 

A quick driveby snap shot of some adobe houses in Albuquerque.
(I am so fascinated at the fact that these houses have been built all over the world!  
Oh, if I could only go and visit them!! ) 
 One of the first places we stopped, in Albuquerque, was a little coffee shop that was an adobe.  As soon as we walked inside, I was instantly "in love" with this building.  It's hard to describe the "feeling" that it had on me; but, instantly, I felt the warmth of this place.  Oh, how I wish I had the words to tell you!

The house was over a hundred years old and it was made with adobe bricks.  The owners showed us around the house-turned-coffee-shop, and told us what was original to the building and where the addition had started.

In the backyard, towards the back of the yard, they had--"built" into their landscape--the hundred year old wooden frames that were used to build the adobe bricks for the house.  Off to the side of the frames, were some extra adobe bricks sitting in an organized pile that looked to be part of the fence.

My world just exploded!!

I was in LOVE!!

You know, sometimes I just wonder, what. is. wrong. with. Me?  I'm not normal!!  

Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated with the making of things and how they are put together.  Since I'm not afraid to try something new, I'm always putting things together and creating.  Of course, there are some things I enjoy doing more than others; but when it comes to purchasing things, my first thought is--"I can make that so why buy it?!"

If you ask my family, I'm sure they will tell you that I drive them crazy at times because I'm constantly coming up with news ideas for us to do.

If I was normal, I think I would find different ways to use my time and not waste so much of my mental energy thinking of what I/we can do next.  I don't like to just sit around and be idle; and when I say idle, I mean wasting time.  What I really mean is, I like things to be a certain way and when I'm happy with the way things are then I'll leave them alone, but until then, I'm always wanting to, "Just make it right, pretty, comfortable, and homey, etc." (you know what I mean).

Oh, if could only wake up every day and just do life and be happy, I would.  I'm just not that way and don't think I ever will be.  I've even prayed that the Lord would make me "normal" and take this crazy creative side away from me!

Now don't get me wrong, I love to be home and do things around the house!  I love being a wife, mom, and a home maker!  I just can't only do that!  I need to be creative.   

I love people!  But not cyber people, real people that I can touch, laugh and cry with.  I need to be able to read their expressions and really get to know them!

I was really going off on an tangent, wasn't I?  Alright, I'm going back to the reason for this post.

This trip has really opened up my and my families eyes to what is possible in the world of "natural" building.  There is no limit to what we can do if we put our minds to it.

   Even if I had all the money in the world, (which I never will and that's more than fine) I would still do things myself--there is so much satisfaction in getting your hands dirty and completing a project!

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We now have some plans to do some natural building here on the farm.  We'll see where those ideas take us--so keep in touch.

Here is a quote from the MaryJane'sFarm magazine that I just brought home.   

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass 
under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the 
murmur of water or watching the clouds 
float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time." 
 John Lubbock, 1894

Oh, and, just so you know; as much as I love people, I also have a very strong need to be by myself reading a good book or spending time alone with the Lord so I can rejuvenate myself--
I just couldn't function without my down time.
Happy Dreaming!!

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*Yes, we know that Landon is called Tanner in the photo.  He didn't want me to let Kathleen know.  Funny!  I should really tell her, I think.  Kathleen called the boys by different names because we didn't know at the time we signed up for the class, which two of the six boys were going to be able to go to the "Boot Camp" and she needed to get the dog tags printed.

Our official dog tags from "Boot Camp".

September 2015

1 comment:

  1. And New Mexico loves YOU! You're always such a joy.
    PS. I will fix that photo credit!