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Asheville Update

I’ve been in Asheville visiting with my friend Cindy and her family since Saturday. The weather has been amazingly perfect and everything is in bloom. She lives close to downtown and other things so we’ve been walking and biking pretty much everywhere.

Cindy and Blake just remodeled their house to make sure it fit the way they want to live for the rest of their lives. I know right, wouldn’t it be a blessing to know where you sleep today is where you want to spend the rest of your days? I can’t even imagine what that would be like.

Anyhoo, they added on a back bedroom and bathroom, and amazing back deck. They also added a second story over half the house which has Hattie Mae’s bedroom, a guest room, and a bathroom. But here’s the stuff that’s really inspiring, and I know I’m not going to get this all right, so sorry C Mama if I get it wrong.

The Esselstyn family likes to live their lives with minimal impact on the environment and they like to reduce and resuse what already exists. So here’s all the fun stuff I’ve learned about on 40th North St.

-Shower water (gray water) is reused in the toilets
-Solar panels heat radiant floor heating and water for showers.
-A 660 gallon cistern in the ground that collects rain water that they use for watering their garden and not sure what else.
-Their kitchen cabinets (which are gorgeous) were built from an old gynasium floor.
-Some of their wood floors are original and some are from trees hauled down from New England from Blake’s family’s property.
-The stairs and railing are made from the Walnut tree that they cut down which was near their garden and not good for it.
-Retaining wall and stairway on the side of the house was built from old concrete that was going to end up in the landfill.
-Countertops are made of a type of recycled paper but I can’t remember the name.
-Marmoleum is used for the kitchen flooring. (It is made up of linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour, pigments, and calendered onto a natural jute backing (tiles have polyester backing). Its performance is enhanced by time, as exposure to air serves to increase its color, and durability.)
-Things like low flow toilets, dimming CFLs, etc.

After my first shower I had to run to the basement and look at the tank to see how much water I used. I did shave but that’s no excuse, I used 20 gallons of water :( I felt better knowing I was going to pee in it later that day :)

Well, I know I haven’t given much detail about what I’ve been doing, but let’s just say it’s been a little of this and a little of that. All good stuff with good loving peeps. Great sustainable community Asheville is with a good bit of southern charm.

Tomorrow I head to Hot Springs, NC for the French Broad River Festival where I will work in an NRS booth. Should be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to soak in my cabin’s hot tub. Oh Yah, as Hattie Mae would say.

till next time…

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“A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must git it this soul.”
~Pope John Pole

Posted on April 30, 2009 by Keli · 2 comments Read More
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Fantastic Spring Weekend

Well this weekend couldn’t have been more beautiful! I left yesterday morning to walk downtown with the puppas to pick up a little breakfast and coffee. Once downtown I remembered some friends were playing rugby, so I decided to walk over to the fields I thought they’d be on. After a long walk over they weren’t on those fields and I had to cross UI campus up huge hills to get to the other field. It was such a good work out and the dogs were loving life.

We then headed home after our 3-4 journey and met Mauri and Miles to head down to some music that was playing in the park. We loaded Miles in the stroller and headed out. Let me just tell you how many steep hills there are in this town. We hung out and danced a bit and walked around to see some vendors.

The weather was sunny and in the 60s. The town was alive and shaking. Rebirth happening everywhere it’s bee so great being a part of it all.

Today David and I went for a bike ride ALL over town up and down LOTS of hills. He wanted to look for trees, bushes, and plants that he likes and take photos so he knows what to ask for at the nursery. We then picked up some lunch and ate in a park. Today I think it got close to 70 and it’s preparing me for heading to NC on Friday.

Life’s good around these parts. Grass is green, trees are budding, and because of it staying light late, I get to be outside so much more. I just made an observation today that I get sooo much more exercise when the weather is nice and warm. I can’t stand the gym, and don’t need it in the warm months.

I’ve taken lots of photos lately, but haven’t quite processed any of them :( Sorry this post is photo free. I hope to get on it here soon, I just have been lazy with all my photos.

Hope everyone who lives in the colder climates is enjoying our nice intro to summer.
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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
~Robin Williams

Posted on April 20, 2009 by Keli · 0 comments Read More