My dad has been here a couple of weeks now, everything has been going great. I can sense the coming changes in the air, the nights are getting cooler, crisp, the days are still pretty warm, we are still in our rainy season, but things are more normal, with the soaking showers and thunder rolling and echoing though the mountains and valleys. PB is down at the creek cutting up wood for firewood this winter. We have ended up with quite a bit of wood because of the floods bringing it to us. It's nice to have such an abundance dropped right on our property.
We still have a lot of things to do, we have to fix the roof, it leaks in several places, we need to continue wrapping the sky castle in soilcrete, decide where (and even if) we want to build another bedroom, we have considered turning the lower floor into a bedroom for the insulation properties, it will be much easier to keep warm in the winter and it definitely stays cooler in the summer. We have discovered that there is moisture/water seeping up though the ground under the house, it's not making a puddle, just a wet place in the dirt, we will have to deal with that before we can consider making that a bedroom.
Another bit of news, I'm getting baptized tomorrow, this is something I have wanted/needed to do for a long time, I decided to wait until my dad came out to visit, I wanted him to witness the baptismal, I have been a Christian for many MANY years, but for personal reasons (mainly having to do with my rebellious nature) I chose not to do it before, now it's time, high time to get it done. I'm going to be dipped into a stock tank, the pastor of the church was worried that I might not like using a stock tank, he offered the services of another church in the area that has a "proper" baptismal, I told him that I would be more than happy to use a stock tank, it fits me better anyhow, goes better with my primitive lifestyle. A good friend of ours is also getting baptized, I am honored to share this day with him. I'll try to have some pix of the baptism to post later.
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