Winter is finally ending but as it is quite typical here in Ontario, it drags its feet!
All the signs are here: the snow has mostly melted, geese and herons are back and we have had some nice sunny days where we could shed our jackets for a couple of hours early in the afternoon. But good old winter is saying: “Don’t count me out just yet!”. Lake Wilcox is still mostly frozen, and we still have some snow packs here around the house and this early May morning it was -10C with a cold and biting wind.
Welcome to our favorite Canadian activity: complaining about the weather!
What stood out in the first quarter for me:
· Some good cross-country skiing. It has been the kind of winter where I had to grab the opportunities as the unsettled weather created them. It has been a mix of skiing alone and a few good outings with friends.
· Some hibernating; that was the time when I decided: “I have had it with this winter and from now on I will wait for spring!” I fell into that one in early March at the first nice sunny day and only got out two weeks later when I reversed my earlier decision and took my skis out again!
· Some good music playing: The open-mike Friday evenings at “Big Daddy’s”; sharing music with the members of our little musical community. This meant breaking down some new personal barriers, taking some risks to go out and play and sing in front of other musicians.
· Some good thinking and reading. I must say that I found reading Wayne Dyer’s to be just what I needed coming to the end of this period. As always, when I find myself un-inspired, he is a big source of inspiration that helps me immensely to reconnect with Spirit.
· Generating change: As the quarter comes to an end, the thinking slowly mutated into action as we started aligning ourselves toward new directions and initiating some of the changes that had been kept on the back burner. Intentionally I use the form “we” because the biggest change is of course concerning the relationship between my wife and I. I do not want to expand too much on this publicly except to say that I think that we both we are spiritually in a good place to affront and complete the changes that we must do with courage, love and respect. I think we’ll be alright!
And of course, everyone ask me: How about my project? Is the house started? Am I working on it? Anything new on the ground? Sorry to disappoint you, nothing happened on the ground this winter and deers have been the only regular visitors up there! I have to wait until the snow is gone to go and do anything up there. But something important has happened: I took this time to reflect on the project while Justin completed the design.
· Built a table clearly describing my goals & objectives for this project and the decisions stemming from these. I posted it on the web site in mid-March.
· Refined my electrical power requirement analysis. This is still work in process and I will try to complete that in the coming months.
· Drew a scale model of the house and placed it on the land chart that I drew last fall to try and identify more precisely where and how the house will sit. I posted a picture of it on the web site as well. This will be formalized when we start preparing the levelling the building area.
· With the milder weather arriving, I finally got my generator fuelled up and started. I had to follow my instinct rather than the confusing documentation of the starter position and eventually got it running. I also finished putting shingles on the generator shed’s roof. Now I am ready for the last snow to melt in Bancroft.
· Justin emailed me the final plans and I was excited to see some of the detailed design for the roof in particular. I just talked to him this morning and he is waiting to hear from the city engineer to find out whether he will accept the plans as they are.
The next steps:
1. Complete the initial engineering contract with Justin
2. Go install my generator and shed and thoroughly clean up my camper.
3. Obtain a building permit from city of Bancroft
4. Arrange to have a bulldozer come and level the building site and bring in fill as needed.
5. Build a large shed so I can store tools and equipment safely.