Welp. Frank and I made it!
37 days after we moved out of our house, living on the road, visiting friends and family, we made it to Hayward, California in mostly one piece! (I shot my brakes on the last leg of our journey. I think my caliper is sticking. It’s making this awful grinding noise, and I need to get it looked at.)
AND, lucky us, we made it without losing anything significant! The only thing we can’t currently locate are our channel lock wrench and toothbrush holder. The toothbrush holder might still be recovered in a box of packed books (don’t count on it), but I think the wrench is lost forever. *tear*
But again, LUCKY US!, our wonderful Berkey shower filter only needs to be hand-tightened, so even without our wrench, we are again enjoying CLEAN, FILTERED WATER! Boy, what a difference. Hopefully, now my road-trip acne will subside. Oy. Hard water is not kind to my skin.
As we’ve been traveling, we haven’t had filtered water at all, so I had to stop water-washing. :( I plan on starting back up once we’re all settled. I’m not really looking forward to the transition period again, but it’s much easier once you adjust!
While we’ve been traveling, I was lucky enough to find Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner. They are both ALL NATURAL! For real! I was pleasantly surprised at the ingredients!
Purified water with *tea tree oil, *peppermint oil, *eucalptus oil, *rosemary oil, *nettle oil, *thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile, *clary, *lavender, *coltsfoot leaf, *yarrow oil, *mallow, *horsetail oil, *soybean protein, C12-14 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, tocopheryl (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, sodium chloride (sea salt), grapefruit seed. *organic
Water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed.
In other news, our house was a disaster area for a solid week. We arrived exactly a week ago, and we are FINALLY down to just my book boxes. I have a library I’ve been building since I was a kid. I’ve got around 400 books, and they ALLLLLLLL came with us! :)
We are in the process of building shelves for the books that will hang on the walls, since we’ve run out of floor space.
We are renting the master suite in a 5 bedroom house, and we have four other roommates. It’s been interesting condensing a bedroom, living room, office, and storage room into a single master bed & bath. At least our kitchen is bigger! Even though we will be sharing between 6 people!
This was our old kitchen. TEEEEEEEEENY TINY! Yes?
The view from our bedroom and the kitchen is probably my favorite thing about the new house. (That and the California sideways-sliding windows!) I LOVE being able to wake up to THIS every morning! Back in Murfreesboro, TN, the only thing we could see from our windows was brick from the neighboring house.
This first week has been a bit of a scramble food-wise. The Bay Area IS a real food mecca, but we still didn’t know quite where to start! I want to give a HUUUUUUGE THANK YOU to some of my local readers and leaders in the real food community here who helped plug us in, and whom I can thank for the beef and lamb order we have coming, and for showing me where to get raw milk. :) Seriously, super thanks. Can’t wait to meet you in person and give you a great big hug! Shout out to Holistic Moms Network!
All three of our pets arrived safe and sound: Sophie, the kombucha SCOBY, and our kefir grains! We love them all very much for various benefits they bring to our lives. :)
The cost of raw milk here in California is so much higher than in Tennessee, that we are going to try to set up a continuous kombucha system this week so we can continue to get our probiotics without making so much milk kefir. We just bought a ceramic vessel with a tap and a 12 glass swing-cap stopper bottles for secondary fermentation. The extra cost of equipment should be paid for in about 8 weeks if we compare it to what it would cost to make kefir here in California.
The price of a gallon is $24 or $18 after you return your glass bottles. In Tennessee, we were paying $7 a gallon and got 3-4 gallons a week. I figure it will take a few months until we get used to the increased food prices and learn where and how to get deals to fit our budget, but I’m already looking forward to buying from Azure Standard! We didn’t have Azure in Tennessee, but I have many friends that buy from them and love the quality and prices of their stuff!
I’ll have to write more about our actual *moving* trip tomorrow. It’s a bit late, and I need to sleep! See you on Facebook, friends!