The “house” looking all official with its big cardboard new “address,” the next four days were super productive. I am amazed at how much the men are creating, and with no electricity.
Walls went up (we went one extra layer of blocks for a bit more height), inside walls, of which there are very few) also. Windows appeared, one of them with its rounded top, held by uncemented brick to be punched out later, I am guess. I’d like to be there when the punching happens. Heck, I’d like to do the punching.
I am told we need to bring the maquina back to bring the excavated dirt back in and aslo to move the 5 big huge stones that came out of the ground to their destination.
We decided to add a row of terra cotta blocks to the top of the living room and bathroom walls for both light and ventilation and then I got to choose the few glass blocks that will go in the bathroom wall for light.
I still don’t see exactly the way the bathroom connects to it all but I think it will be clear this week.
I had lunch with the crew a few days ago and it was super fun and also a little awkward. They speak fast and I am still a woman and still white. But I am showing up and letting my discomfort and ego do whatever it needs. I am paying attention to what we are creating together and mostly staying away from the stories my mind wants to tell me, the main one being: “what the heck do you think you are doing?”
Truth is, this is intoxicating. This creation process.
This week we will be ordering the bricks for the ceiling (I saw two of them as a sample and they are beautiful. I am still baffled that these go on ceilings. All kinds of what-happens-if want to talk to me) and the interior walls will get plastered and stuccoed. Which is funny to me since we don’t have floors nor a roof. But Jorge explained to me that this is the time to do it, before the bricked ceiling goes up so that we don’t mess it up. Got it.
Here’s to a new week! AND TO GETTING A SUPER AFFORDABLE YES ON THE ELECTRICITY QUESTION!