The Latest News

Artwork by my wife.
Artwork by my wife.

Here in southeast South Dakota, we are in a “blizzard watch.”  Not sure if it will actually hit with the full fury that they’ve warned us about, but we have had a nice four inch snow to start our Sunday.

I’ve been AWOL from Cobbled Together lately.  It’s been a busy few months and my need to cobble together an income has meant  more time and mental energy has gone into places other than the creative outlet that is Cobbled Together.

I’ve been putting together a new resource for language learners, working with more clients as a language coach and am creating a new online course that I’ll feature at a very cool new platform called Udemy.  The course is called Language Learning 101 and I’ll begin shooting the lectures next week.

On top of that we’ve begun packing in order to vacate the home we’ve been able to live in for the last six months and preparing to move into a new home at the end of the month.  We are excited to get to a place we can call home for a while.

We ordered seeds for a garden and my wife and kids are talking seriously about raising some chickens for eggs in the back yard.  I’m dreaming up ways to build that home office I’ve been thinking about for the last eight months.  (after a chicken coop perhaps)

I’d like to build it completely (mostly completely) with second hand or natural materials.  Strawbale has always been a dream of mine, but I’ve recently come across a new idea that excites me to no end.  Building with shipping pallets.


A small guest house built with pallets.
A small guest house built with pallets. Image Credit

Malachi is pretty insistent on whatever structure I build having a living roof.  Better insulation, cost savings and another place to grow strawberries are all part of his reasoning – and I agree.

A living roof.
A living roof. Image Credit

I am going to create an email reminder to put a little more emphasis on writing more regularly – namely each Sunday if I can.  Once a week, just for fun and a change of pace from all the language writing I do.  We’ll see how it goes.


4 thoughts on “The Latest News

  1. Aaron, thanks for sharing the journey here. I love the idea of a pallet shed with a living roof. One more thing you may want to check in to is “dunnage” from lumber yards. I was able to score a huge bundle of wood from a large lumber supplier that was basically crooked boards and other damaged material. Tons of long 2 x 6es and a ton of other great building materials. Plenty for any small scale projects I can ever dream up in the next 6 months.

    1. Jake,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve subscribed to your blog as well and was telling my wife, I feel like our families are on somewhat parallel journeys. You seem to have a little more momentum at the moment while we are still trying to figure a few things out (like where we should live?). Anyway, I’ll check into dunnage.

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