Zetty and Jon

Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday 15th
Nancy and Bill drove us up to Zetty's.  Andy and I had never seen her house that we have heard so much about.  Zetty is retired after a brilliant career in The Peace Corps and Care. While working she rose to the challenges presented to make a difference in the nutrition and fight the disease of the villagers in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Chad to name a few.  I am amazed at the stamina it must have taken to hold up under such extraordinary circumstances.  The people loved her!!  She has made a difference!  Now she can live on her bluff in her solar home and enjoy a good book next to her wood burning stove.

 This is another chance to check out more of Bill's solar installations, another Clivus Moltrum and general building expertise.  This house is a family collaboration. Zetty knew what she wanted, Jon drew it up and Bill built it.  It is FANTASTIC!!  The house sits on a large bluff overlooking the forest and the gorge where the Jack Forks River runs.  The house appears small as we drive up a loooong driveway through a gorgeous meadow and orchard.  We arrive to tumultuous greetings by Thea, Maggsie and Cloe, Zetty's dogs.  Hugs and more hugs.

Once on the deck we can see how the house is deceivingly large with glass coming to a point creating a fantastic deck with a "cold tub".  Upstairs is all glass with decking too.  We all come inside to a cozy warm, well planned out home.  The kitchen and living room open to a solarium that goes to the decks.  The upstairs makes up two large bedrooms and an open office/library area with a huge bathroom.  The Clivus is off the living room on the ground floor.

The house runs off the grid with a generator back up.  Zet has not turned it on in 3 years!  This place is as cool as all of Bill's houses.  Good design, good building!!

 Zet made us an Afghanistan meal of Whole Wheat Nan, cooked spinach with onions and peppers (everything starts with hot peppers!)  and garlic yogurt.  YUM!!  We all talked at once trying to catch up with our lives and ended with a promise to come back tomorrow.

Friday 16th
after going over to Greenwood Homes and meeting with Jan and Joe  I borrowed one of Bill and Nancy's cars and went to Zet's for an overnight.  Andy and Maudie chose to stay behind to enjoy an evening with Bill and Nancy. I arrived before it got dark and made dinner for us. I made one of the Baker's Cafe's favorites, "nutritional Yeast Shake 'n Bake Tofu" , artichoke spaghetti and peas in a marinara sauce. 

Jon was due to arrive and  showed up just in time for dinner.  Jon is another fabulous Echols cousin!!  It doesn't stop in this family!  He has talent dripping out of him onto whatever he does.  He is a great musician, truly a one man show!!, a sailor and boat builder, architect of amazing diversity and imaginative design, an artist with a pencil and paints.  He is an artist in living, a man with no boundaries. It isn't easy to explain the Echols.  They are bigger than life. 

We all talked till 1:30am when I called "uncle" and dragged off to bed.   The Echols have energy to spare!!  It was absolutely a treat to talk for hours about when we were kids.  We remembered incident after incident of things we all did way back in the Brewster Hill Road days.  Good Grief it really was a life time ago.  Cousins keep it right up front for me!   

Saturday 17th
Strong coffee and leftovers from dinner got us going and getting ready for the party Zet planned  for tonight.  Zet began making her "Lemon Grass, Ginger, Pepper Pot Soup" while Jon and I took a walk to "Indian Lookout", and the Jake Fork River but not before we cleaned up the chairs and decks and did anything Miss Zet needed done for the party.

Andy, Martha and Lela, Bill and Nancy arrived around 4:00pm.  Johanna and Maya showed up as a surprise for Andy and me!!  For Jon, Johanna and Maya to do all that driving to be with Andy and me made us feel so welcome and warm inside.  I'm crazy about both Martha and Johanna and their totally awesome kids!!!  ps...Johanna and Martha are Bill and Nancy's daughters.  Maya and Lela are Johanna's and Martha's daughters....

We all went for a walk and found mushrooms and a beautiful waterfall that Bill knew about. By the time we got back we were ready for some food.  Dinner was fantastic and will keep away any cold that might even think about trying to set up house in us!   A big pot of "pepper pot soup" is all one needs to get through winter with ease!!!

Just as we all were fading and began gathering our things together.....neighbors showed up to meet the RVers and say, "Hi" to the rest.  Diana, Neil, Chris and Erin started an entirely new party!  We ate peach pie and watched terrific videos that Neil and Diana made.  One is a music video and one a documentary on Bio Fuel.  It was fascinating. 

Jon broke out his guitar and harmonica and began to wake us all up when a string broke and the music stopped.  That string somehow foretold the end of the evening and we all filed out to our cars with many thanks and hugs and goodbyes.  Brunch at Nancy and Bill's tomorrow! 
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starlagurl on

Old friends!
Good times with old friends. There is nothing like it, aw. Beautiful house too!


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