Melting in the Heat/Feather in the Air/Layouts on the Drafting Table

Yesterday was brutal. 100º. Us Northern Calif. coastal people are weather wimps. If it’s 90 we start melting. If it’s 35, we get frostbite. So this 3-day heat wave, where it went from high 40’s (at night) to 60º higher, was a shock. Lew and I worked in the office yesterday, whew! At the end of the day I went down to the beach. The water coming out of the lagoon was relatively warm, maybe 60s, and I stood waist-deep in the cool water. The stress of the day vapoorized. Dove in, body cooled. A young local surfer/skater bro came walking by in the shallows, and said, “Paradise!”

A few days ago, some doves flew off when Lesley walked out to feed the chickens, and she reached up and grabbed a feather in mid-air that was floating down. Very delicate little 2″ feather. Seemed like a good omen.

Here’s a rough photo of some rough layouts of the tiny houses book. I am having fun!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Melting in the Heat/Feather in the Air/Layouts on the Drafting Table

  1. It's a similar weather story where I live in the Pacific NW: people melt at 90 degrees. Just reading about your dip in the water cooled me off! (We're around 83 degrees today, dropping to 64 tomorrow. Boo.)
    I was once watching a regal bald eagle fly overhead on a sunny spring day. It disappeared behind some trees and looped back around, directly overhead. Just as my neck was craned to look straight up, a feather from its tail drifted down to me. Good omens like that and the dove feather are memorable life moments. Cheers!

  2. Hello from Kentucky! It is finally cooling down here…Love your blog, and are so looking forward to the new book-thanks for the peek. We treasure your other books-our 2 boys (6 and 4) included!

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