Thursday, June 26, 2014


"Believe the Bird" 

   {What lies ahead for you is a road of gains and losses, between which you will make your home. This making of a home will most likely be the most creative and individual act of your lives. Why creative? Because there is not really any kind of guidance for it other than your own, so you must use your intuition, intention, and practice.  John J. Audubon, in the preface to his guide to birds in America, reminds us that “If the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird.”  Use your own inner light to shine your way, to stand straight, to stand right up, and stand light and firm on the ground you’re claiming for yourself, the self you are becoming. Take IN the whole scene of your life, as it unfolds. And, “I urge you” said the writer Kurt Vonnegut, “to please notice when you are happy.” Which means, to actually notice when all is well for the moment, when the air is clear.}

-- An excerpt from a speech by the extraordinary visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber

This particular excerpt of her speech spoke to me (for obvious reasons) that I just had to post it here so I could easily read it many times to remind me of what I already know but sometimes forget.  And, maybe someone out there needed to be reminded too.  

Friday, June 13, 2014


The foundation walls are done!  Today we installed the rigid foam insulation along the outer walls, but I foolishly didn't wear gloves, now my hands are covered with the nasty adhesive that nothing yet has been able to remove!   TomorrowChris Rawlings  will back-fill.  Then very soon it will be the moment that will make us feel we've reached a major turning point-- the SLAB!  

pulling the little winkies off the concrete walls
before we install the exterior insulation
We feel very fortunate to have a team of fabulous local contractors that are willing to swing by at a moments notice, give advise or explain the next steps, and let us know what things we can do to keep labor costs down.   There's an interesting mix of personalities and styles in these guys, but so far it's all going great.   And, thank goodness for technology- through email and texting we can keep things moving and stay on top of things!  Love it!

Another great fortune is that our neighbor and friend invited us to stay with her during this project. We can waltz over to our house with our morning coffee in hand to check on things.  And better yet, the big bonus we didn't anticipate, we can go to our house to work while Stella stays back doing her own thing, and walk over to see us whenever she wants.