Posts Tagged ‘geodesic dome’

We have a ‘soterano’ / root cellar

May 6, 2012

There is a story behind these pictures I’m gonna post…..

Back in the summer of ’06 in Lama, New Mexico where we (Len, my honey and I) are building a geodesic dome home,  he had had a pit dug the year before.    Hence the word ‘ soterano’,  in Spanish it means root cellar.sotarano being dug

Now this summer of ’06 was hot and sometimes wet and we started to hear frog like sounds coming out of the open soterano.  There was a puddle of still water in this 10 x10 x10 foot hole in the dry high desert landscape of northeastern New Mexico.     And we were hearing frogs?         Hold on now,

but sure enough if we sat really still on the edge of this pit we could see little itty bitty movements in the mud.  So of course we went in.  We slipped and slid and Explored!!!!…..

You need to understand that this pit, this hole in the ground was just dug up for the first time in probably human history.

here, right here  the center post will go

here, right here the center post will go

That this dirt hadn’t been exposed to sun and light and open air since who knows when.      And here were these amazing teeny, tiny little brown baby lookin’ frogs with HUGE round, green as grass eyes;  singing and mating, chasing, catching and eating flys.

WHERE did they come from?  There are no frogs that we’re  aware of  on this high mountain mesa in north eastern New Mexico.

We, Len and I, think that they emerged after being dug up and exposed to the elements that they needed to come alive.  So we believe

Anyway……. on with the story;

So here it is springtime of ’08 and we now have a house floor

L O V E lives here

L O V E lives here

and walls over the sotarano.

Sugar Shack '08

Sugar Shack

I took on the task of carving

Steps to 'the pit'

Steps to

into the hard-packed earth to create steps down into our root cellar so  I was spending a lot of time there and saw a few more interesting things……

These mountain lion prints showed up after a rainy cold snap this summer.  Nice huh?

cougar was here

cougar was here

And then there were these:

ancient mushroom/flower

ancient mushroom/flower

ancient mushrooms in sotarano

ancient mushrooms in sotarano



another close up

another close up

We’ve looked them up and can’t seem to make much since out of them other that that they are mushroom flower looking plants:

Anybody have any idea or are they an ancient flower/mushroom?

Here it is May 6, 2012

We now have a solid lived in for 3 years geodesic dome over this soterano, and I’m missing all that beautiful heat of summer down in there. Just thought I would repost (and it’s raining, yeah, or sprinkling anyway)

peace n abundance,



I still take photos too

March 25, 2012

Here is my Sunday-Mornin’ pic  pics of the week:

(cause can we ever stop at one?)

Golden White Yellow Glow Rose


I was soooo struck by the light this morning.

Must be because I started my morning with this beautiful rainbow around the sun before it peaked over the eastern horizon.  Just out my kitchen window.

Rainbow around the Sun


pretty cool, yes?

rose glow



Heart of a Yellow Rose


this is a Knock-Out rose that I bought last year.  I Love it.  I’ve been growing it all winter inside and it has burst forth in early springtime glowery.  yup that’s a work I just made up and it is so true for this rose.  Rich yellow buds at the first signs of uncurling

warm yellow rosebud


or a cooler version of the same rosebud

cool yellow rosebud


and then to open up yellow and fade to white.  They smell great and look amazing.  Few petals so that each one stands out on it’s own.

I remember reading on Pioneer Woman’s blog about Knock Out roses and how she thought they were pretty awesome.  Well I think so too cause even when it seems like roses are too picky, these aren’t and they give you wonderful lemony spicy flowers to enjoy.

If any of these strike your fancy for a beautiful rose photo for your wall, you can find them on my Etsy shop

peace n abundance,



From Life off the Grid, Happy New Year

December 27, 2009

a setting December 25th, 2007 Full Moon n Hawk

With all the building, moving out of a rental house, setting up house in a small overhead camper thru the summer, storing the extra house stuff, working, living, playing, fishing, blogging, taking photos, reading, gardening, watering, collecting water to water with, harvesting, storing, insulating the dome, moving into the dome, cooking in the dome, heating the dome, stopping any leaks that we hadn’t planned on in the dome, collecting firewood, then giving in and buying chopped and ready to burn from local wood cutters (because that takes A LOT of precious time  away from other projects), setting up this small internet connection, surfing the internet, working with two solar panels and two solar batteries, learning the ins and outs of a generator that runs on gasoline for those rainy/ snowy days without enough sunshine to power up the batteries, eating, crying (once in a while out of frustration and just plain ol’ crying for cryings sake),  traveling to see my children in Seattle, painting the dome, furnishing the dome, putting in a window, building a door out of the screen door, figuring out the pros and cons of a poop-pot, cleaning that stuff that happens every day from the poop-pot, cooking with the wood stove and trying out new recipes, feeding the birds, fixing things that break, drawing, designing, figuring, making money to  fund this life style (which is WAY better than paying rent to someone else’s pocket)(and cheaper too), shoveling snow, keeping a cooler full of food from freezing, sleeping, loving, giving, to saying our prayers of Abundance, Peace, Love, Health, Happiness, Jing, and Thank You for all we already have.


I hope everyone who reads this now and in the furture has a very wonderful New 2010 Year,

CheyAnnski the bushgirl, cause she lives and loves in the bush……..

P.s. don’t forget the second full moon this month,

December 31st, 2009/2010

they call that a Blue Moon don’t they?

as the moon set, the hawk stayed still, Dec. 25th 2007

sitting here wanting to write

December 11, 2009

something, anything……

It’s like all the creativeness has been zapped out of me by all the other things going on right now.  We, Len and I have been so extremely busy this summer and fall and now winter.  I haven’t taken any pictures of anything lately and when I do they just don’t turn out right.  Not quite sure why that is right now other than the fact, there is just WAY too much going in other directions.

So we moved in to our geodesic dome home up here in the north-east corner of New Mexico and it is soooo madingly wonderful that words can’t even describe what it feels like to work so physically hard and have it turn out so incredible.  It’s all about ABUNDANCE and saying our prayers after we’ve been blessed, which is a lot.  And more happens and keeps happening and sometimes it is just overwhelming in the quickness of thought and ABUNDANCE.  Magical, wonderful and delirious all rolled into one big heart smile/grin

happy girlo

happy girlo

Like right now I get up to answer a call and ‘dejavu’, I’ve been here before.  Everything is as it should be.

I really miss blogging

October 28, 2009

I miss this site so much.  Now that we are finally in our Sugar Shack, which now has a new nickname of ‘The Fort’, we are as happy as can be. Our next project of major importance is getting internet.  We are working on a few avenues that might work, but nothing solid yet.  So I still have to come to a coffee shop to surf at all, and they just aren’t as fun or comfortable as home.

Can’t wait to be back and thank everyone for still checking out my site.bedframe of love

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