It is finally time to restart building my Earthship.
This project is like a little tree that went through a dormant period:
· It stayed for almost 6 long months in a freezer.
· I took it out of the freezer and let it thaw out on the window-sill for about a month or so ago.
· Last week it finally sprouted some timid little flowers and now I finally can see the leaves coming out.
· It is just beginning to remember what it feels like to be a tree with the wind blowing, the sun, the rain, the birds coming to rest on it, and even those pesky squirrels jumping around; and it feels good to be back to that life.
This is just how I feel. I am slowly getting back in the saddle and it feels good.
So what happened over the winter?
It is time to put closure to that long hard winter which has been quite eventful in good ways.
1. The main life-event has been that Joanne and I got and engaged and married all within a month or so. It was a beautiful event with our kids, family and friends, and everyone who knows us is truly thrilled and happy for us!
2. Another big event is that my baby has flown the coop after 28 years and is now living her own adventure on the other side of the world and I miss her!
3. We also had a magnificent Xmas vacation in France with my close family. We visited uncles aunts and cousins and we were always received in such a lovely manner.
4. We only had the opportunity to go X-country skiing a few times, but it was good.
5. I participated in a couple of swimming competitions which were fun and I am proud of the results.
6. On the less exciting side, I finally got rid of the old little compressor. However when the buyer finally came to look at it, it was in the worse cold period with minus 20 outside. The compressor, not happy to have spent such a nasty winter outdoors, did not accept to start in these conditions! So I ended up having to let it go at about a quarter of my expected price. Anyway, I am happy it is gone.
With winter behind us, we came up to Bancroft on April 11th to participate in the "Anything Goes Café" event at the Arlington. I interpreted 3 French songs and by the end I had the whole bar singing ‘L’important, c’est la rose’. It really was a lot of fun!
We also had the good surprise to find that the snow was already gone and that the site had weathered the winter without apparent damage.
We even kick started the tanning season on that day lying around in the sun and while I started relocating my tire stock around the site.
Week end May 9th & 10th
This is 'camper opening day' including:
· Uncovering and opening the camper (including evacuating the mice cadavers)
· Cleaning the fridge, restarting it
· Reconnecting the water pipe at the well and shocking the well and the water installation.
· Burying the temporary pipe from the well to the service shed.
. Starting to cut down the ash trees that are clearly dying to try and save the remaining healthy ones. · Continuing to relocate and sort my tire stock (a heavy and dirty job)
· Looking at the concrete mixer to confirm my design decisions. Identified which parts I will need to do the modifications I am planning to do.
· Making plans for building a new shower / change cabin
Week end May 16th, 17th & 18th
· During the week I had bought the parts to build the speed reducer for the concrete mixer, some more fittings for the compressor and a massive water hose reel. It seems like luxury, but I think that it is a worthy investment if it will help me extend the life of my water hoses and help me deploy them and put them away faster and in better condition.
· Saturday I go to buy wood for building the shower/change cabin and start assembling it in the afternoon.
· Sunday starts with a good kayak ride. I put my kayak in Lake Baptiste early in the morning and explore the north east branch, a part of the lake I did not know yet. I end up doing quite a paddle, the weather is gorgeous and the lake beautiful and not yet crowded.
· I come back to Detlor Rd by 2 pm and set out to finish the shower/change cabin. It turns out great and we now have a pretty fancy and comfortable cabin.
· Monday, I get my tools out and set out to work on the concrete mixer; Objective: reduce the speed down by nearly half. I install an intermediate shaft and pulleys on two pillow block, reposition the motor, drill all holes to accommodate this new set up and install and adjust the whole system. I measure all distances and diameters and this week I will buy two belts to finish the job. It's good to be back to my old mechanic trade.
· I also restart the compressor and check which other fittings I need to connect the hose so that I can buy these last parts this week and finish that job next weekend and finally try my tamper.
And of course, my thoughts during the week days are being largely refocused on the project, preparing my weekends, purchasing, planning and designing what I want to build. I also started this week keeping a formal log of all that I want to do for the project. It allows me to rate the importance, put some dates for every item and keep track of the progress (This is one of my good PM tools). This certainly helps me to focus and put some order in the multitude of things I have to do.
As I mentioned earlier, I am kicking into action after this long winter. It is slowly bringing fruits but I feel like that first step is larger than before. That is probably because everything related to us getting married was a series of mind and heart capturing events that really took me off track from the project.
In November, I was praying that this coming winter break would provide the necessary time and space for advancing my other life projects. As it turned out my prayers were answered, so once again, I can only be grateful for all these gifts from ‘heaven’ and strive to stay in a grateful feeling always.
It is now time to look at the future with peace in my heart. The big difference this year is that I am not alone on this project! I am really looking forward to walking that road with Joanne. I am sure that the road will be more interesting this way.
On the practical side, to help me focus on what needs to be done and not be overwhelmed, I am going down my action log and address all the listed actions starting with the most important ones and add new ones as they come up.