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We have a home design we like!

This year, Mark and I went to Burning Man for the second year in a row.  On the way home from Burning Man, Mark made a decision that he would like to design and build a home before the year ends.  We have been working on home designs almost every day since. We have made much progress! We have come up with a floor plan that we both love! It is small but it will meet our needs for the time being.  We are planning to apply for a building permit as soon as our plans are complete.  We were thrilled to learn that composting toilets and graywater systems are legal in the state of Hawaii!  We have sent our plans to a draftsman and engineer for comments and suggestions.  We intend to build this home without a mortgage. 

  

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Abundance of Good!!

There is certainly an abundant expression of good here at the Aloha Garden of Peace!! 

Two days ago, fence was put up in front of our first lot.

We harvested two pineapples from our property, and a neighbor brought another pineapple as a gift!

Our wedding anniversary is today!! and the same neighbor will be taking us out to the neighborhood pizza place tonight. 

This morning, we got our truck repaired in a major way! We replaced the radiator, the water pump, the belt, and spark plugs. It is running MUCH BETTER! 

On Sunday, we will have a potluck picnic in Kalakaua Park. 

That is the same park in which Mark performed his first play, Measure for Measure, a dark comedy by Shakespeare. 
  

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The past several days have been really rainy here in Hawaii!! This is good because we had several weeks without any rain. 

I was notified that a tent is coming our way. Mark and I have spent the past 2 1/2 days in our truck designing a structure that will encompass and protect this new and very helpful bedroom and screened lanai. I am so excited!!

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Hey friends!

These are exciting times at the Aloha Garden of Peace! I (Rachel) have been home for almost 3 weeks now and we are making steady progress!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mark and I visited with friends and enjoyed lunch and dinner at two different parties. At the first one, a good friend of ours encouraged us strongly to be getting free mulch every day that we go into Hilo. We agreed that we need to do this, and in addition, have mulch delivered to us to fill in some big pukas (holes).

We built a dog house for Honua, (a puppy Mark got in July) using materials on hand: pallets, plywood, metal roofing, 2x4s, a tray, and a synthetic dog bed.

We set up a cooking station and have been cooking 1 meal per day, often including rice, lentils, soup, & veggies. We are still having raw fruit for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.

I walk Honua almost every night, usually about 2 miles, sometimes 3 miles if there is time.

When I got back to the Big Island, I found that Mark had set up our camping tent (which lets in ventilation and light! YAY!) under a carport with a tarp. Our camping tent is situated on an 8 X 8 platform about 18 inches off the ground. Inside are two mattresses, making for a comfortable bed. Best of all, we can wake up early and see the sunrise from our bed!

Monday of this week, Mark cut several (maybe 10?) trees down with his chainsaw. While working with him near the front of our property, I was eager to have a home for all our tools, so I suggested that the next day we repurpose our Big Max Garden Shed for… TOOLS! It took all day yesterday, but we began and made significant progress on this project. We got all the tools out of our big tent and all the stuff that was in the garden shed out. What to do with the large plywood box that Mark had made for our bed was pondered. We decided to put top of the bed against the wall and stand the bed frame upright near the door on the right as you enter. The bed frame that Mark built is now a garden tool closet! Today’s work when I get home is to get our garden tools out from under our big tent and put them away in their new home. Also wonderful was that I was able to merge and organize all of Mark’s tools and my tools. This is huge :)! Another major benefit of this is that the aisles of our big tent are much better! I am so grateful!

Another news item is that very soon I will have a nursing website through my brother Gabriel’s Share the Practice server up and running!

Much love to all of you!

Rachel and Mark McClintick

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Update :)

Hello Friends!

It has been a long time, again, since a post!

This past spring, Mark and I were together on a Christian Science nursing case, 24/7. One of us would get a break once a week for about 24 hours. We were on that case from early February until mid April. We escorted our client to San Francisco and stayed over for a 2 1/2 week surprise vacation. While in CA, visiting my parents, I learned of a position that I had to apply for. It fit me so well, that I couldn’t pass it up. So now I am the director of a new childcare program for children of staff at Fern Lodge, a Christian Science nursing facility. I love children and Fern Lodge and here is an opportunity to be with both!

Mark flew home to Hawaii May 5 and is working and building on our land. Mark and I stay in touch by phone and FaceTime, and Facebook.

Love to all of you!
Rachel

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It has been a long time with no post and we apologize! The past month (since Sat. Dec. 28), we have frequently been going up the mountain to a man who has been selling a lot of soil, lumber, and odds and ends (he is relocating). We have brought home 4 pickup truck loads of soil, 5 potting beds, a hot tub, a 3 x 6 window, and several loads of lumber.

With these building materials, and the fact that it seems whatever gets planted then is pulled up by birds, Mark decided that it was time to build a greenhouse. We looked into the cost of a new greenhouse and they are almost $2K! This summer, a neighbor gave us 3 large pieces of visquine, so we are going to try and make our own greenhouse space. The picture below was taken from our drive, looking at where the greenhouse will be. Max (where our bedroom is currently) is up on a platform with a roof that goes from the ridge to the North. We need to build the Southern half of the roof (from Max’s ridge to the South and put our solar panels up on that section. So that is what we have been doing lately! If you look closely at the center of the picture, you may see a line in the ground. That line marks where we have begun to take up soil and roots (about 5 inches). Hopefully, we’ll continue until it is all taken up!

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Lastly, I would like to share with you how excited I am that today has been a sunny day with clouds and wind. We have discovered that the best way to ensure the showers get nice and warm, even hot, is to fill them early, place on the hood of our truck, and move them frequently. We are going to have hot showers today!!

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New Ulu Tree!

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On Thanksgiving, our church member Pansy invited us to come to her house if we would like an ulu tree, asking if we didn’t mind digging it up. We said we’d LOVE to have a breadfruit tree and digging it up would be no problem.

We got to her house about 3 pm yesterday, and she and her husband Jim showed us the trees they were hoping to be freed from. The tree pictured above was growing under it’s parent’s shadow. It took us 3 hours of digging, but we did it! We loaded the tree just before it got really dark. Jim and their son Julien helped with the final digging and loading into our truck. Thank you Pansy, Jim, and Julien for the beautiful tree and the help getting it up and out!

We got home and planted it right away (in the dark) in a compost pile of mac nut shells and pieces* and a little soil. (*We got the mac shells from a business that makes mac nut biodiesel. They couldn’t use the shells and pieces because it had gotten wet and was molding and shared with us for free :)!) Because we got the tree so close to Thanksgiving, we named the tree Gratitulu, Tulu for short :)!

The picture above was taken this morning around 7 am.

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