We’ve arrived in California!

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.

We love our Berkey shower filter!! title=

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!

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash are ALL NATURAL!! Shampoo 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 ///// Conditioner Ingredients: 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.

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Shampoo 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

Conditioner Ingredients:

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.[/box]

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've arrived in California!

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.

Custom Hanging Bookshelves

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?

Old Kitchen

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. :)

Three Pets - Sophie, Kombucha, Kefir

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!

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Comments

  1. Heather Waring says

    We moved here a little over a year ago and the price of raw milk is staggering. If you haven’t gone to the Berkeley bowl yet it’s a must do! I think they are comparable to Azure Standard on some things. They also have a “relatively” good price on chicken but I mostly just buy it as a whole chicken and try to get the very most out of it. People are willing to pay so much here and farmer’s are under so much regulation that I think that is why it is so expensive. I would love to know your source for lamb and beef pretty please!

  2. Cait says

    Yikes, $24!! One gallon a week at $10 (when factoring in delivery fee to our town) is a lot for us! I’m jealous of you having access to Azure!

  3. Christina J says

    Welcome to the neighborhood (I’m on the other side of Crow Canyon from you) :-). Hope you enjoy it here! I get my raw dairy from Organic Pastures at the farmer’s market in Danville, they’re at other markets in the area as well (I think Oakland and Cupertino), and the milk’s a little cheaper there ($14/gal) but in plastic containers. Sprouts grocery stores also carries a wide selection of their products.

  4. Gail says

    When the Amish (and I know others in my state who are doing the same) can sell it for $4 a gallon, it makes you wonder why some raw milk farmers are gouging people…

  5. bobbi says

    you are renting a house with 4 other people? wow, champions. I do not think I could do that,lol. glad you made it safe and hope you can find a lower price for the milk. I pay $7 per gallon in Florida. But it is worth every penny. Thanks for sharing.

  6. beth says

    $24 a gallon for raw milk? Holy Cow! I can’t believe that! I pay $4 a gallon but I also only live 1/2 mile from the Amish farm that provides it. I don’t know what I would do if I had to pay that much as it is one the only food items my autistic son consumes! Congratulations on the move!!

  7. says

    I grew up in the bay area. We didn’t drink much milk as kids, but we had chickens and rabbits that we raised for eggs and meat, and a large garden. I lived in Milpitas, which is right next to the Alameda County border on the south end (but it is in Santa Clara County). Right next to Fremont. (3 towns away from Hayward).

    When I lived in San Mateo I had to commute across the bridge thru Hayward every day! I hope you enjoy it.

    I am glad to be where there are fields and cows and farms and tractors. You won’t be seeing many of those out there.

    Cheers!

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