My last post was a bit of a debby-downer. Despite the tone I struck in that post, I do in fact remain overwhelmingly happy and curious. The second of these adjectives may sound a bit out of place, but really, I would say that – for me – curiosity is directly related to contentment. I’ve read many times that the happiest people are those that learn something new every day. There is much, and more, to learn here every day. A now familiar language, time with the kids in the house, the culture, and smaller projects.
With the rest of the project a little in flux, I’ve taken up some smaller projects, and have four in particular that I’ll be spending my time on. One of which is a wrought iron gate that I designed in Photoshop with Brendan, one of the other Fellows (Brendan Wenzel, he’s an illustrator for children’s books and creates amazing drawings with a Wacom Tablet on Photoshop). I traced around the contours of the “Tree of Life” in Photoshop and Brendan turned it all into a gate. Here are a couple photos.
Another project: Jamie and I will be building a cedar pergola on the roof of the house. We’re in bad need of a new solar system, with more panels, and we want to avoid taking up too much roof space. The solution: build a pergola (like the one I drew in SketchUp below), complete with planters, vines, and set of chairs, and mount our new solar panels on top.
I have a couple of other exciting projects that I’m just starting to work on, but they’re a little more involved, so I’ll save those for a future post. In the meantime, here are a few random photos/videos:
The following two videos are from destroying a corner sample that we made on our foundation. The corner came out almost perfectly, but I always knew we were going to destroy it, so I didn’t put any cement in the mix. Taking out the whole thing took almost 3 hours, and we can reuse all of the material because of the absence of any chemical stabilizer.
Last, and most importantly, my mother is here! Mom got here a little over a week ago, and will be here a total of about 4 weeks. She’s the perfect person for helping out here – almost 30 years experience teaching and working with children, tons of gardening experience, thousands of hours of sewing (for working with the women’s center), and an unstoppable thirst for adventure and seeing new things. I’m so, so lucky to have her here, and I’m excited to go on some adventures with her.