It started with a vision; an idea: To live in a beautiful part of the earth. To live there with a partner who would want the same in their life; to be self sustaining with the use of natural elements that are in front of us like the sun, air, rain water and wind. To grow food from seeds we put in the ground, to share the growth, to accept the same from our neighbors and know that the word “abundance,” is all around us.
The foundation is the idea between the couple. The couple, Bill my husband and I, kept the vision going even though we were separated for 7 months during our marriage with one visit by me to our new location. We are in it…the building of a life together and from that life economic growth for local businesses have spawned in building materials, food products, salaries and new homes for two other family members. We are abundance. Everywhere we look, and walk, the possibility for change appears. We have made a contribution toward change because the beautiful and natural world in Concho, Arizona, and it has changed us. We knew it would-we wanted it to.
One year ago, cement slab was put down to accommodate the 50 by 80 foot, 4,000 square foot steel Quonset hut that we decided we wanted to live in. Before it could begin, however, we had to get approval from Apache County to go ahead. At first the feedback was that it needed to be further back from the road, then it needed to be safe from snow loads, and it needed ventilation plans, and why would you want to build something like that? Why not take it further into the mountains? The resistance was to be expected and even though we were over 2,000 miles away from each other when the permit to build was granted, I remember the joy within me and the internal permission I gave myself to now set the dream in motion.
I came here in November 2012 to be with Bill to give us the much needed connection. Even though we spoke on the phone three-times a day, being with each other physically, was the best thing to do during the construction. As we were building a home for our future we were also aware of the constant communication between us in a daily gossipy way of the mundane was so much more than that.
At that time, there was snow in Concho, and the building had been started, adding one arch that included 7 panels, at a time. I stood on the cement and looked up at 12 arches-44 had to be built, end walls, garage doors, four windows and four sky lights, the front door and the rooms needed to be sketched out. That was November 2012.
Living in the single-wide
David and Bill migrated from the Air Stream to the single wide in November. They spent days building and nights going to sleep early because they had no electricity and couldn’t see their hands in front of their faces when the evening came. The grounds still show evidence of campfires that they started to sit around during the night. The howl of coyotes was an exchange of sound and perhaps danger from the New York City subway trains. What was new and fun (at times), were the locals who came to them and made their acquaintance known. They questioned what we were building? Did we need an extra hand for hire? And, of course, where are you from? In the beginning they also had no internet so they drove to the Concho Library and accessed it from just parking outside the library. They also went to the Stanford facility on the “Y” where a diversion of traffic on Route 61. At The Stanford they could take a shower, do their wash, sit and watch TV, get food to go and buy food off the shelves. (To be continued.)