The tag line states it clearly. We are documenting the misadventures of our blind leap into sustainable living.
Yes, it's official. Despite our persistence and research, and even with one of the leading authorities on yurts going toe-to-toe with our own county code official for us, we have been told that we can't live in our yome. Not even on weekends. Under threat of a $545 a day fine.
I want to give a special thanks to Becky Kemery of Yurtinfo.org for going way out of her way to educate our local officials in all things yurt. Also, thanks to all of you who expressed your support and/or outrage. I also want to let you know that there are people currently questioning the legal barriers making sustainable living difficult, if not impossible. Here's another recent example of a good-intentioned, ecologically-minded person being harassed for doing a good thing! One website with a whole ton of information is Legalize Sustainability, from Oasis Design. There's plenty to be outraged about....
We're not going to let this get us down, though! Plans B, C and D are currently on the table. I won't go into detail about those until we get some questions answered this weekend, but they're each on par with our expected level of absurdity. You won't be disappointed.
The most immediate repercussion of this ruling, however, is the fact that we need to change the name of this blog! While catchy, Yome Sweet Yome will just remind us (twice!) of our first major bureaucratic defeat, and that just won't do. The obvious choice is to go with "Mellish Fields West Blog", but it lacks some pizzazz. We now call upon you, our treasured followers, to assist us in our rebranding. Announcing:
THE RENAME OUR BLOG CONTEST!
Seriously. You're a creative group of people, right? What's that? A prize? Seriously? You expect a prize just for helping out a lovable couple who just recently became yomeless? That's cold, blog follower. Ok, fine! Prize! I'll think of one...
All suggestions will be taken very, very seriously.
Before I leave, I want to apologize for all of the Yome-based puns that you will never get to read. Blame it on the man. Here's a few I've been saving:
Yome Yome on the Range
When in Yome
Jai Guru Deva Yome
There's not place like Yome
Yome is where the heart is