|Report from Two Acre Wood||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MartyR707 (MartyR707aol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 12:18:47 -0600 (MDT)|
Hello Friends, I have been not reading coho-L for awhile, cuz I was busy.............MOVING!! Yes! I am now living in cohousing and thought I'd send a report. We now have 9 of 14 houses occupied. Two additional families are living onsite with others. It appears that in a week's time or so, everyone will be moved in (except maybe one household where the husband is off bicycling in france!) It has been quite chaotic, with most of us not knowing when we'd be able to move (certifs of occupancy), until a few days before and then scrambling to find movers, install phones, etc. Most of us still have unpacked boxes about, but we are here and it's great! The Common House is not quite ready but it should be within a week or so. Meanwhile, we h ave been informally and spontaneously sharing meals as the spirit moves us. We try to have a welcoming potluck as each family moves in. Last Sunday, we moved the tables down from the woods to the plaza in front of the common house. We brought table clothes and candles, the BBQ, etc. and had a grand meal at one long table in front of the Common house. A smaller kid size table was set for the kids and some of the little ones brought out their own special colored dishes and play chairs and all. It was great fun. One member had been joking that he wouldn't get in til October, so another member decided we should make it Halloween and many came in costume. The kids had a ball parading around with wagons and bikes in a procession around our grand table. Neighbors have been helping each other move, selling each other things they don't need (I got a lovely persian rug for my living room), and helping each other fix things and hang blinds and pictures. The informal sharing of meals, wine on the front patio or coffee with a neighbor is just as I had hoped it would be. And my dog Molly can't wait to get out in the morning to see who's there to play with! (Which is especially comforting since she has cancer and I was not sure if she'd even make it here.) At the City's requirement, we have landscaped the whole property with about 8 weekends of work parties. Even tho it was a big strain and a lot of work, I am really glad we had to do it in advance, cuz it's done! and looks great. If left to our own busy devices, who knows when it might have happened. We are planning our official housewarming celebration at the end of September. It is very hard to believe after 5 long years, that I really live in cohousing, but I do and it's great! Marty Roberts Two Acre Wood Sebastopol, CA
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