Aside from tango on the marble dance floor of The Majestic Inn in Anancortes last Friday (a peak dance experience), it was that kind of week in the wee house, too—momentum, indecision, hesitation, forward steps, repeal, repeat—mostly centered around work (day job) and life maintenance—ground work. I did, finally, bury the bath house septic plumbing—somewhat anti-climactic compared to the triumph of operational home shower, perhaps. Hey, not every accomplishment along the road invokes the triumphal celestial choir (see Nesting and the Rest, posted 12/16/12 or Gathering Momentum, posted 1/6/13 for more details). Ground work eventually adds up, and excitement ever looms on the proverbial horizon. Speaking of which…
I’m preparing for a trip to McMinnville, OR to participate in Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD) Casa Pequeña workshop next weekend. PAD is a tiny house company co-owned and operated by the inimitable duo of Dee Williams and Joan Grimm out of Portland, OR. If Tumbleweed spreads the tiny word and stokes the masses from its prominent pulpit (see It’s Big, posted 1/19/13, after the workshop), PAD wields its seasoned expertise in active participation workshops of an interpersonal scale, building connection and community from the ground up—the sustainable nitty-gritty, folks!
My plan is to drive down and camp at Champoeg State Park, arriving in McMinnville Friday morning, ready with tool belt and 14 other participants to construct a tiny garden studio in two days. I’ll get to observe how the hands-on workshops are put together, AND I'll lodge Saturday night in one of PAD’s tiny houses—another inside take on tiny! If I pack my tango shoes, maybe I can also expand my dance perspective/abilities with a practica on my way through Portland. I’m so jazzed, I can hardly wait!
Meanwhile, back home sweet home, radishes have sprung. Dispelling childhood scorn, their greens, now, charm their way into my morning scramble, the reserved red-pink roots later to be shredded and tossed with olive oil and sea salt for a cracker scoop of spring. When, the weather temporarily chilled this week. I curled up with one last winter comfort dish: Nutty Roasted Root Veggies with Kale and Walnuts (see Vittles page recipe and other tiny concoctions). Soon enough, the sun will return, and I’ll be back, nourished, with news of tiny adventures in the big world.