“Monday Monday, so good to me…”

“Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be…”

Well, sort of, although I’m still banged up (seeing orthopedic doc tomorrow, probably looking at a knee operation).

Title above inspired by seeing the Mommas and Poppas on a special Ed Sullivan retrospective last night. The Beatles, the Doors, Stones, Beach Boys, all these great acts in their infancy. Interestingly, the Beatles sounded rough doing “I Want To Hold Your Hand”; harmonies on their (later) recording of same song much better.

Photo: dinner last night. Bantam Auraucana rooster (offed last week) makes perfect meal for two, split, marinated, and barbecued. Roast potatoes, beets; steamed cauliflower all from garden. Louie’s Zinfandel. Pretty local, huh?

This blog: I just realized that it’s become a community of voices. I’m getting the greatest feedback. Kindred spirits. Jeez, what a lot of wonderful stuff is going on out there. Watch for postings on Sept. 2nd,3rd, and 4th, all from blog feedback.


Music du jour

Oh man, are these two songs good!:

“Hoy, hoy, I’m your boy,

I’m 300 pounds of muscle and joy…”

-Howlin’ Wolf

“Gimme a pig foot and a bottle of beer…”

-Bessie Smith

Photo: Table I made a few years ago from old Douglas Fir 3X12s

The World of Interiors

This is a wonderful English magazine of architecture and design. So much more tuned in to truly elegant design than America’s annoying flagships, Architectural Digest and Dwell. The May 2010 issue has fabulous photographs of Ettore Guatelli’s museum of tools in Parma, Italy. (See my posting of a week ago: https://bit.ly/guatelli). Unfortunately, the magazine has a lame website so you’ll have to pick one up in a library or bookstore to see what it’s like.

Side note: Check out the difference between Google and Bing; do an image search for “museo guatelli”.

The 1/2-Acre Homestead in the 21st Century

I’m kind of excited about summarizing my 50 years’ experience at building a home, gardening, and the myriad factors involved in living on a piece of land. I’ve learned so much by trial and error. I’m going to go around here and shoot photos, and I’ll talk about a journey that started in 1960 in Mill Valley, California, then to Big Sur, then to the Santa Cruz Mountains, and finally to our present home base 39 years ago. I’ll be doing this task  at 1 PM, Saturday, August 25th, at the SolFest solar energy Festival in Ukiah, California.

Tiny Houses Book: 32 pages roughly laid out. Gotta quit blogging and get back to it.

A sunny day oh boy!

“If you didn’t have time to do it right in the first place, how come you have time to do it over?”

-Sign at San Marin Lumber, San Rafael, Calif.that I saw years ago, and that unfortunately resonated loud and clear.

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 “Monday Monday, so good to me…”

  1. Lovely dinner! Ours last night was not as elegant, but also mostly local: burgers on the grill (beef grass fed & raised by a family friend who lives nearby), steamed green beans from the garden, a simple potato salad w/potatoes & red onions from the garden & eggs from my hens. Beer from, well, er, St. Louis…

    We’ve had SO much heat this summer, but my veggie garden has done great. I’ve been canning and freezing throughout the month of August. Bi-color sweet corn is wonderful (& simple) to blanch & freeze. It’s a real treat in the middle of winter – I just steam it a little, and it seems almost as fresh and is still super sweet.

    Wish we could attend SolFest and your presentation. Alas, so far away…

    Cheers,
    Caroline

  2. Lloyd:
    I so enjoy your posts, especially when you write about your personal experiences and philosophy. Please write a book about your life. I'd have loved to hear the presentation on the 25th, but I live all the way up here in Washington state.

  3. Lloyd,
    I was watching the Ed Sullivan retrospect too on PBS (they're showing it like crazy, keeping us tuned in to hear pledge appeals). The Beatles stopped performing live precisely because they couldn't get the sounds they wanted in the harder to control live environments. But yeah, the aesthetic (visual and aural) of that early rock & roll is so cool.
    Have you been to the Beat Museum in North Beach? It's a great repository of mid-20th Century San Francisco vibe. Killer original and reproduced Filmore posters, first edition books and other trippy, still very relevant relics. I stumbled upon it Friday night doing a Lloyd-style walk with my camera and no particular destination – not something I get to do much with a three-year-old at home.
    Enjoying your blog regularly,
    Jonathan Harris

  4. Lloyd,
    I second TamV…I always look forward to reading your blog…can't wait for the next post. It would be so awesome if you were to collect your experiences and thoughts into a book. Thanks for sharing with us!

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