Re: Statistics on common house usage
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 09:04:02 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all again — 

Before the gets out of hand … I want to clarify something-very-important in my 
last email in re:  CH use.  This something-very-important was pointed out to me 
by our very own Cohousing-L list serve meister, Fred Olson.

At Takoma Village we are very concerned about the health and well-being of our 
members, our neighbors, gardening implements, tools, plants, etc.  We are 
especially concerned about any equipment we rent for we only interact w/ them 
on a limited time basis.  We don’t know what their lives might really be like.  
For instance, when they are trundled from place to place to work for 2-legged, 
upright, carbon-based life forms … does anyone ask they how they are doing?  
This simple question makes a difference in the lives of equipment.  See 
animation "Wall-E" for confirmation of this.

We are most insistent that when renting equipment the rental equipment is 
happy, content and well cared-for.  Therefore, it’s most important that we rent 
“cheery” pickers not just run of the mill "cherry" pickers.  You can get fruit 
at the Farmer’s Market.  But cheerful, delighted and delightful, happy pickers? 
 Not so much …

Cheerful pickers.  That’s our goal …

Best —

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA
zabaldo [at]

Being a little older, I am very fortunate to have someone call and check on me 
everyday.  He is from overseas and is very concerned about my car warranty.

NOTE:  I’m switching back to using zabaldo [at]  Many apologies!

> On May 17, 2021, at 1:01 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
> In addition to CH “use" I would also consider CH cleaning, maintenance and 
> repair.  We have a lovely CH at Takoma Village in Washington, DC.  BIG 2 
> story height DR, Sun room, fireplace area.  We have to hire a cheery picker 
> to clean the lights in the main DR.  
> Windows are wonderful.  ... Thankfully we only clean those when the cheery 
> picker shows up.  
>> On May 16, 2021, at 9:52 PM, Janey Harper <jkharper [at]> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> First question:
>> I'm currently working on a project that will be built in Sechelt BC.  The
>> designer/developer I'm working with would like to see some statistics on how
>> much the community kitchen/dining room/lounge area REALLY gets used in
>> cohousing communities.
>> Could anyone help me find such statistics?
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