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Our first new employee

    A few weeks ago Otto, our Chief of Vermin Control, had yet another stroke from which he miraculously seems to have recovered after being on death’s doorstep for a week. This is not only really hard since he is a beloved member of our family but it also laid bare a business problem …

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Champagne

            Once again, it’s been a while since we’ve written a blog so here’s an update. As I wrote last month, we obtained our conditional use permit, although we are still working out some of the details with a few county departments. In the meantime we are working on the …

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Building a bathroom 2

You might remember that after I finished building our Yome I wanted to build a bathroom (outhouse) behind it so that anyone staying in the yome has some additional comforts. I also mentioned that due to the bark beetle infestation many of our big trees have died, but since our neighbor now has a sawmill …

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Great News!

    Great News! Finally! We haven’t written a blog lately because for the past two months we were preoccupied with preparing for our hearing at the Planning Commission for our conditional use permit and didn’t want to write anything that would give anyone who might object to our project a stick to hit us …

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Building a bathroom

        As you all saw in my one of my previous entries we now have this beautiful Yome Home that is spacious, comfortable and cute but it is was lacking in one thing: a bathroom. We’ve all been in hotels or have rented a house or a room or even have stayed …

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Atmospheric River

      Last week we were told that there was an atmospheric river forming that would hit the west coast on the weekend. On Saturday I saw people on social media making fun of the fact that there was no real rain and jokingly implying that we all might have been warned for just …

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Reflections

    I like to spend the downtime over the holidays cleaning up, organizing, and trying to get to things that have been on my ‘to do’ list way too long. This year I’ve been going through old files trying to get rid of papers I don’t need anymore. I have a lot of files …

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Project Development Update

    It’s been a while since we updated everyone on our project development process so here’s a quick end-of-the-year status report:   Conditional Use Permit process: Well the permitting process continues to be glacial, but even glaciers do move. And so is this one…finally. We have completed everything that El Dorado County needs from …

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Little red convertible

    After having worked so hard on the “Yome” (the large tent cabin from the previous blog) and with all the work that I still need to do clearing the many dead trees, Tamara has given in on getting me a small speedy red convertible. It arrived last week and as Amy can attest, …

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Rebuilding the Yome Home

    As you may recall from our previous blog entry I was left with a “broken” yome roof and a bruised ego in regards to my building skills. So as we were already in great need of a vacation Tamara and I first went on a long weekend trip to Portland by train (you …

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