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January 2014: Mold Slows Me Down

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It’s early August and I’m catching up blog entries by posting monthly summaries:

* January: I’ve been here close to two months when I notice my health starts declining. As wonderful as this camp site is, it is close to a creek, full of dying mesquite trees covered in lichens, on top of fertile soil covered in two kinds of mushrooms — a giant type with dark ‘dust’ inside and a smaller button-sized species. Plus, the site used to be an animal corral, so every day I walk over old horse manure. A pig, chickens and other critters also lived here.

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An old stock pond at the edge of camp is dried out now (right and below). I wonder what will happen when the summer monsoon rains come.

My dogs find a white-washed pig’s jaw, surprisingly small for a pig as big as the landowner says used to reside here. Carlos and Dwyn gnaw and chaw this bone for weeks without denting it. The first to crack is a tooth — a pig tooth, fortunately.

At night, washing up before bed is challenging. The jug and bowl water is often close to or below freezing. My hands hurt before I get all the soap off. But the hands warm up, the face dries, and I have somewhere in town to shower once a week — so it is tolerable. Plus, we have many days when the sun is warm enough for pleasant daytime bowl baths.

The stock pond, used to water the critters that used to live on my new site, is dry now.

The stock pond, used to water the critters that used to live on my new site, is dry now.

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