The pool is officially complete.  Minus the inch of sand the wind has blown in this last crazy winding week, we are happy with it! Our in-floor cleaning system has cleaned up most of the sand but it is playing catch up.  NOW it’s time to landscape and keep the sand out of the pool.

There is one thing we didn’t think of… a light in the spa. Hmmm who would of thought 4 walls would block light from the rest of the pool…not us 🙂 It’s one of those mess up we are kind of bothered by, but easily remedied by adding a floating solar spa light.  NBD

I’m not sure what to do about the existing fence.  If money wasn’t an issue I would probably have a block fence built. BUT that is way too expensive.  I have about 50 ficus we bought about 6 months ago for a killer deal sitting in my yard…I could use them to create a living fence but then there is the fact we live in the desert and that is a lot of water which also equals $$.

At some point I am going to run water over to the equipment wall for a shower.  With that in mind I want to plant a tree/s nearby to catch the grey water from the shower. The other day I had mentioned to Kat I only wanted to plant things we could eat. Which brings me back to the ficus and how wrong it seems to plant them. I could go on…what isn’t obviously wrong…pool, water, massive amounts of salt for the pool, ridiculous amount of electric used to run the cleaning pump and waterfall, gas fire-pit…








Brief Pause

Family has headed back north and we are recouping from a long visit, two months              L     O        N         G.

It seems like everytime I go on vacation there is this clarity I don’t normally have. It’s the same thing that happens when relatives leave. Some self reflection happens. One of the things I realized is the house restoration in Palm Springs is way larger than I wanted. I’m looking forward to getting done and getting back to work on lil homesteaders of the hi-des. I love Palm Springs, but there is somthing about the lil mini cabin crack shacks. I get so much more out of taking the infested, teatering heap of desert dots and filling them back with life. So many dreams from 60 years past…left to the wind and suns harshness. They are just sitting there with their doors and windows open waiting…


The pool is heading towards the finish line…at least I hope. The tile is up, raised pool wall, concrete poured, water fall fountain, block wall built in front of pool equipment… Electric, gas and plastering just needs to happen. Since the pool is almost done, the reality of the rest of the yard mess is around the corner.





Oh…one other thing, time I get back in the studio-

Tweakers, Switchbacks & Fallbrook Avos

Well, it’s already half way into April and we have been here for a little I’ve 6 1/2 months. It seems longer. We are having some troubles adjusting to the area. We find ourselves spending most of our time off in Palm Springs, where you can find almost anything. I think we have been focusing too much on getting the cabin completed and not enough time socializing. There’s a great group of people out in the desert and then there are the tweakers, low income-government supported families, left over hippies, military stragglers from 29 Palms, and the list goes on… At times, it can be difficult to look beyond the trashiness whether it be the people, or their untamed homes. And then there are the moments when I’m driving around and I’m blown away by the creativity I see in the desert. It’s the uniqueness of the desert itself or the people who live in it that make this crazy quirky place hard to resist. Another love hate relationship!

Since our homestead is almost finished, it’s about time to get out and enjoy what California has to offer. Today we went to the the avocado festival in Fallbrook, Ca. On the way there we went through Palm Springs and took the Pines to Palms highway.  We were riding on nothing but switchbacks for about 30-40 minutes. It was SO worth it. Talk about views!







Once we got to the Avo festival, we made sure we took advantage of the food. A large fresh squeezed blood orange juice for $4, a bag of 25 hass avocado for $5, guacamole and chips, our kind of festival!

About 30 minutes from Fallbrook is Oceanside. It isn’t my first choice for a day at the beach beach. 98% of the original cute lil beach cottages have been torn down to make way for new cookie cutter condos, townhouses, and restaurants. It looks like the suburbs on the beach. One thing the developers couldn’t change was the beauty of the ocean. All in all, not bad for a day trip in S Cal.