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My Crazy---Check Off List---To Do!!!

Updated on September 8, 2009

Okay, we all have a list of things that we would like to do in our life time. No? I don't mean the things that we need to do, that you will do. I mean those silly, crazy things that when you told someone they would just shake their had and walk away. Some have dreams of climbing a mountain, some want to go sky-dving, etc.

Checking my list, I see that the last one I checked off was trying my hand at "Panning Gold," Hub- (Jacob's Gold).) see it wasn't something that I needed to do it was just something that I had to try?

Most people that drive through our western deserts going to one city or another at 75 mph, never really see the beauty of it.  There are delicate plants that have struggled for survival that definitely should be held with a higher respect.

It all started when we found that getting away from the stress of the 9 to 5 jobs in Los Angeles were getting to much and we found our escape was packing up the ole station wagon and heading out to the desert areas.  There was something very peaceful and quite in its surroundings.  There were no sirens screaming by, no honking horns and the air is clean and fresh with on smog---to this add pure sunsets and at night you could almost reach up and touch the stars.

There was one area that we found ourselves drawn to.  For those of you that are familiar with the San Diego county area.  There was an area that bordered on the Anza Borrego State Park, it was high desert.  At first we found our way to a camping resort "Butterfield Ranch Resort," and it seemed that we were spending every week-end there.  Of course you explore the area and soon we found a piece of land down the road that we bought.  This was now our great retreat from the big city.

It wasn't long before we added another item to our "To Do List."

√  Build a House:

Now keep in mind this was not an easy feat.  There are many things you have to learn when you take on a project that you know nothing about.  At that time there was no such thing as the INTERNET.  If you wanted to read up on a how-to-do-it, you went to the local library or asked some one that was knowledgeable in that particular field.

Next we found a house plan with blue-prints that we liked.  The details were all there of every piece of lumber, plumbing, etc.

Now I ask?  Just how hard could it be to hammer a nail into a two-by-four.  I will not state how many nails that I pulled---out,  (must have been cheap nails) because they kept bending over.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.?

The view that this house would offer when finished would be spectacular for it would sit on a hill that view the whole valley.  The main living quarters were on the second level and the bedrooms below.  One could stand in any room on the upper level and see clear down the valley to the south or north to the San Diego mountain range.

Winter view
Winter view
Summer View
Summer View
Kitchen Window View
Kitchen Window View

We take for granted all the things that are right at our finger tips, in the city.  No, you can not just turn the faucet on and there is water.  In the desert or anywhere WATER  is the most important commodity for man or beast.  We had two Wells drilled and beings this area was known for its thermal water source below the ground, we were fortunate to now have one warm water Well and one cold.

Although this land was 92 miles from San Diego, we were still required to follow all the building codes and have all inspections done as we proceeded.  Now keep in mind there was no telephone service, just electric that was near the highway.  We were required to take out a permit and had to have the water-wells inspected to see if it was safe to drink, also we were required to have an out-house  set at a certain distance from here---to there and that had to be inspected.  I did not know about this requirement until one day I happened to see two men dressed in suits walking around our 2 seat-er purple  out house---(left over paint being utilized.)  They had come all that way to check a out-house to see if it was sanitary---meaning if it had a bag of lime near by.  They also took a sample of the water from the Wells and said that they would send us a letter stating if we could drink the water or use the out-house.  If we had waited for this letter of approval we would have been dead, for it was 18 months later that they gave us permission????

Now it is time to get the hammers out and the saws.  We worked hard and learned as we went along, many times saying stupid things like, if I ever do this again I won't do it just like this."

Building a fire place was unique experience to say the least.  All I will say here on this subject is if after that house is gone for what ever reason, and just maybe a few blocks fall from it they will discover that a lot of those bricks and blocks were filled with not just mortar but with (Budweiser cans) I like to think of it as a corner-stone of sorts.

It took three years to build this get-away house. I certainly learned a lot of what do do and never to do again. Yet with that being said I think that if you are physically able to take on a project such as this or any other to-do that is on your list---Go for it!

My Cajun Grandfather once told me that you should never go back to a place that you had great memories of after a long period of time had past---for time has a way of fading what your eyes and memory had seen there.  (My Cajun Man)

I did not heed this advice and with this great tool that we have now at my finger-tips called the Internet. I looked back at this very place and see that those that have it now for what ever reason? Do not hold or know the love and hard work and meaning that went into that house that I can now----√√√ off my list.


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    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 7 years ago

      Peg--thanks I too have learned this lesson of not going back--strange some now call it PROGRESS.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ginn, I admire your ambition and direction. The house you built was absolutely beautiful. You're right about not going back. I returned to my former home in Key West to find it had been turned into a chiropractic clinic. How sad that yours is not being appreciated. Thanks for a good read.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Duchess, (just go for it!) because if you put it off---you will always wonder??? why you didn't.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Ginn you have inspired me. My to do list would not include such a monumental project (at least not physically) but I can certainly fill up a page with things I "want" to do.

      Great job on the house. Love the work in progress pictures!

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Okay Cris here is one for you. I bet you think I forgot (maybe a little senile mixed with crazy) but you told me on one of my hubs that you would write a FICTION story---I'm still waiting???. You have a great talent so GET CRAZY so you and I can cross this off our list-to-do.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Okay, since you asked. Actually it's a daily thing and it says "work"! I always procrastinate and thereby killing time that should be spent for hubbing. Petty I know! LOL

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Hey-Hey Cris, take it from one--who--knows (life is to damn short not to have fun with it?) Hubpages should be something to enjoy and I sure do enjoy YOURs.

      So tell us, what is on your CRAZY--LIFE--CHECK-OFF LIST????

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Ms Ginn

      Do you happen to have a guest room?! Another inspiring hub and told in your inimitable way.

      Btw, I'm noticing the improvements in your hubs' layouts too. Somebody's having fun! Oh yes indeed! :D

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Thank you RN,what's on your LIST?

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      wow what an awesome endeavor! and a fantastic article as well!!

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Thanks Patty, It seems to show that the current people that are there now! are like many others--just trying to survive and I understand that.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      It is an awesome feat to build a sturdy house and your geataway model is no exception. I hope the current people there grow to appreciate it and your hard work, and take care of it.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Yes Jerilee, we always learn from accomplishment no matter how they turn out! love ya

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Lot to be said for setting a high goal and accomplishing it. It's all that useful knowledge in the learning process that will stay with you forever. Great hub, love you.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Yes Feline, photos can freeze---time for those memories that we sometimes forget. Thanks

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Yes Pachuca, time does not always show a positive progress when it comes to location.

      Brian, keep that on your TO DO list, because it can be a very gratifying experience.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      How wonderful that you have a photographic record of the project! :)

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I would love to build my own house, I think if I ever do though it would be when I found my perfect location with the best views ever. Hard to beat where I am at the moment though, I am pretty fortunate.

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      Pachuca213 8 years ago

      wow, that reminds me of when my mom and dad owned a little house in Ione California. It was on a street called Marlette and it overlooked a beautiful field where the cattle grazed. When they had to sell it and moved away, years later they came back to see the new owners totally changed the house for the worse and it didn't even look the same, and the field that was so tranquil turned into a manufactured home residential park.....She still talks about how disgusted she is with the way it is now.

      GOOD HUB!

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Nancy, I never seem to think that I can't do some thing, I see something that interest me, that little voice in my head says "well if they can do that---so can I.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Good for you and enjoy it! You must have such a feeling of achievement...

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Aya thanks, it taught me a lot and made me respect those a lot more that do it for a living.

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Ginn Navarre, good for you! Building a house is quite a feat!


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