August

This month started with a trip to Ihop. I had received a gift card a few months ago for some work I had done. I ran into a former student. I actually don’t enjoy running into former students all that much. It tends to trigger memories of a job I didn’t necessarily enjoy. So I pretended not to see him. He was obviously doing the same thing. I hardly remembered him anyways. While I never played favorites, I definitely had a few, but I never seem to run into them. The food was bleh, but it was free and the waitress was pretty, and nice.

I’ve been pretty good about my practicing regimen and I started learning a new piece, Cordoba by Albeniz. It’s difficult. It’ll be a while before I ever even consider performing this one. I also invested in a new guitar support called Guitar Lift. It’s definitely my favorite of the supports I’ve used in the past. It gives me absolute freedom to position my guitar exactly where I want it.

I almost lost Bella while out working on my chicken run. I usually let her out to walk around the property while I work on the run, but this time, her nose got the best of her so she started to wander to a neighbors yard, even though she knows very well, she’s not supposed to cross the street! It was a bit of a scare but I have nice neighbors and they sent her back my way.

Speaking of, my chicken run is almost done. I just need to put in the chicken wire. This took longer than expected and it ended up being a larger project than I expected too (200 sq ft!). There were a few 10 hour days in the heat along the way, and that was after my morning swim workout while also cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner, in efforts to save some income (which I desperately need to do). Now, it’s on to the chicken coop. I’ve decided to make it a mobile coop so I can move the chickens around my property, which means I will also need to invest in a mobile fencing system. But one step at a time. Chicken wire first. Then coop. Then mobile fence. Then chickens (and hopefully by then, the bird ban will be lifted so I can actually get them).

I spent a good chuck of time learning about holistic management. I obviously don’t have any cattle, but I found it to be a very interesting topic, and I learned quite a bit. It’s definitely changed my perspective on how I have been managing the acre of land that I own vs how I should be managing it. To sum it up, a plot of land that’s just dirt is like an open wound to Mother Earth. It’s bleeding. A plot of land with weeds is like a scab. The bleeding has stopped mostly and she’s trying to heal. And a plot of healthy grassland or native plants is like beautiful healthy skin. I’m just trying to figure out the best approach to heal the soil. The chickens would be a start. Maybe some smaller farm animals are the next step?

The month ended on a very high note as I got to see my guitar professor from my time at LMU, Martha, as well as my old friend Ryan, and good buddy A.J. It was an end of summer get together in Martha’s home in Palos Verdes. I shared with them some beer from a local brewery here in town and we caught up over some finger foods and had a fun jam session with her kids and other friends. I even had a chance to see Martha perform. Now that I think about it, I’ve probably only seen her perform a handful of times… two maybe three? So that was a treat. There were a lot of musicians under one roof that night. Most of them guitarists. So I decided to play the cajón for most of the evening instead.

No’s - 1 Yes’s - 0

My brother turned 36 this month. Fun fact… we are both the same age for about a month and a half. I can’t believe we're all inching closer and closer to 40.

I started a compost pile and may be planting some trees and starting a vegetable garden soon.

I’m noticing a bit of an itch to start composing again. Or at the very least, changing up how I spend my time musically.

I didn’t mention this last month, but my guest home is done. Rental income is a beautiful thing.

3’ holes for the 10’ 4x4’s.

3’ holes for the 10’ 4x4’s.

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A skirt to prevent burrowing from underneath the chicken wire.

A skirt to prevent burrowing from underneath the chicken wire.

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Rafters.

Rafters.

Treated the wood, added cross bars for support and 2x4's on top for attaching metal roofing.

Treated the wood, added cross bars for support and 2x4's on top for attaching metal roofing.

It’s hard to judge the size of it without someone standing next to it, but its about 14x14 and about 10 feet tall.

It’s hard to judge the size of it without someone standing next to it, but its about 14x14 and about 10 feet tall.