Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Simpleton Seeking Less - Sort of...

My office mate has been going home at lunchtime lately and watching Hoarders. Then she starts purging -  clearing out closets and corners and boxes that were never unpacked. It's become a bit of a hobby for her, and, while I have no desire to watch Hoarders, I understand the drive for less stuff.

It comes up once in a while around here – the idea (not the reality) of less stuff. I am owned by stuff more than I own stuff. And it’s a bit overwhelming. It may be because most of my stuff is partially broken, but I don’t completely believe that.

I grew up believing that a bigger house and a nicer car and more shiny stuff were natural pursuits. I’ve spent the last decade getting over that. But I grew up in a DIY family which means that shiny stuff is supposed to start out as non-shiny stuff and you are supposed to shine it up before you can enjoy it. And what I was slow to learn is that it's the shining the stuff up that makes it worthwhile - having shiny stuff is not nearly so satisfying. My biggest project regret is that I focused on the acquiring rather than the building. When you get down to it, a lot of this blog is about seeking new projects in times when I'm not working projects

So, in wealthier times I found myself bringing lots of projects home. LOTS of projects. And in the meantime, life has gotten busier. And I'm finding the stuff less and less important compared to the people and the responsibilities.

So, there has been a little progress in the purge:
a few scooters have left
the Mercedes wagon (intended to run on veggie oil)
the old Econoline (intended to be electric and solar powered)
the electric pickup project rolled away (on someone else's trailer)
the garden is much smaller this year
the worn out old Dodge left and was replaced with a used but nicer hybrid (I now drive in luxury!)

There're still things needing to leave:
my high school hotrod
the electric boxster
the Voloci electric cycle
a lot of bicycles
lots of stuff in boxes
Vespa parts
aquariums

And there are projects that I still hope to finish/upgrade
more power/speed for the electric Vespa (28mph is just rough in Lubbock traffic)
the electric pigeon
solar charger in the garage
the electric minibike (which never quite worked)
the electric klunker (which is so close!) 
the electric Motobecane (which is so close!)
a functional folding bike for travel
a less messy backyard for family relaxation
better rain capture/utilization

and there are more projects that I want to pursue
solar/battery building (darn you, Micah Toll!)
learning how to utilize a Raspberry Pi / Arduino
learn to sit quietly without yearning for a phone/tv/music/distraction

But mostly these days, I want to spend time with my wife, the family, the dogs, and the handful of friends that I'm blessed with. I want to spend more time in study, in worship, and in being thankful. And I want to find ways to encourage environmental stewardship. I'll let you know if I get any of it sorted out.

Maybe I need to find a show about project hoarders.

May you get it all figured out and have a wonderful day/year/life!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

A Brief Walk in Mansfield, TX

On a work trip this week, I snuck out of the hotel for a quick walk. Here are some photos:







A huggable mesquite!

 May you sneak away often!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day 2018: What's everybody up to?

Yep, it's here again. Instead of getting all crazy and re-posting a bunch of infographics and catchy slogans, I decided to share Earth Day from the point of view of some of my favorite organizations -  so here goes:






May you pedal something, reuse something, refuse something, compost something, or just thumb your nose at a gas pump today (and every day)! 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Earth Day 2018 tomorrow and plants today!

It always sneaks up on me, so I wanted to give you a little warning:


Earth Day is tomorrow - celebrate everyone's Mother's day by being good to mother earth!


Go get some Lubbock-tolerant plants and help support the people who work so hard to keep us green!

May you choose to live cleaner, regardless of what your neighbors think!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The first lizard (of spring 2018)

the better part of the day

after work
throwing a ball for over-excited hounds

young mockingbird perches
daily witness
to ball fetchers
to frisbee catchers
adding notes daily
a new song performed
atop a pomegranate plant
unruly crowding the fence

and this week
Tuesday
placing a shovel in the shed
a fat gecko scurried away

after work
a better
smiling
part of the day

Monday, April 9, 2018

In case you're missing the green wheels...

If you visit Mesquite Hugger for the bikes and cars and scooters and trucks and my weird obsessions with vintage electric cars and cargo bikes, they've all rolled over to a new home:


If you want to look at older wheeled posts, they're still around:







All the other Mesquite Huggery stuff will still show up here - local wildlife, DIY, gardening, Personal Carbon Reduction, tiny houses, activism, spirituality, and all that other good stuff.

As always, thank you for reading this blog! May your life be steadily less wasteful and steadily more joyful!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Now's a good time for a little resurrection (and Easter dogs!)

Hola, friends! I've missed talking with you!

This morning's ride to coffee was too beautiful not to share:

Sunrise on my street and full moonset
(at the church where I married the love of my life!)

Yes, dogs!

Every day when I get home from work, our two wanderups caninus drag me to the backyard for a 20 minute round of frisbee and fetch. After eight hours behind a computer in an office with no windows, it is a joyful time for all.

If you are in a place where you can responsibly share your life with a pet, the world is a better place each time we choose not to irresposibly destroy a healthy dog's or cat's life.

dusty, happy, out of focus
(and they make our home a much happier place)

May you save a life and appreciate a resurrection this Easter!