These are the things currently occupying my attention in no particular order…
- As I write this, we are at our family cabin (well, it is Bethany’s family cabin really, built by her Great Grandfather in 1902). I’m looking out a peaceful lake. Less fishing boats on it as it is Sunday and many folks are prepping to head home. Beatrix brought her best friend up with her — a first for her — and seeing the sheer joy, camaraderie, and, dare I say, love between them has been a blessing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her laugh so much over such a long period of time. It is just what my heart needed.
I continue to spend 20-30 hours a week on The Hague House. Currently, we are rebuilding/restoring the porch. The original railings and spindles are in good condition, having been covered up by siding a wainscot for gosh knows how many years. Those will be saved and restored as close to original as we can. Also, aside from the main frame (in new, green treated, wood) we are using the still good wood that was removed/replaced from other parts of the house for the rest of the porch here. The porch joists are a combo of what was there originally and the salvageable joists from the mudroom. The porch floor will be good parts of the original kitchen floor.
Reading: I’m kind of stuck right now. Unsure/unmotivated about what to read next. So, I’ve been reading through my Instapaper queue (I sort it by longest article first knowing those are the ones I otherwise put off). Will likely get back to a book sometime this week.
Inspired by Derek Sivers.