Monday, November 24, 2014


This morning I got the first solid estimate from a carpenter willing to pick up the porch project in December.

It was...a lot.

After he left, I sort of reeled into the house.

At first I thought a little lie-down would be required, but then decided food might be enough. To bolster my strength, you know.

Not the pint of ice cream I probably would have eaten from the carton with a spoon if I was a weaker person.

Or if I happened to have a pint of ice cream. Which I didn't. Darn it.

No, all very healthy: two organic eggs (collected this morning, thank you hens!) gently fried in organic butter until barely set, then a dollop of leftover organic, steamed, winter squash (from my garden) added along with salt and pepper, and finally, the last slice of some respectably aged provolone.

Yes, food was enough. My left eyelid stopped twitching. There's one more carpenter I need an estimate from. Soon.

Weekend highlight:
Tsuga had a visitor on Saturday.
His name is Simon:

It was a short but enthusiastic social call.
Simon may be back in a few weeks
if Tsuga indicates that a second meeting would be helpful.
Meanwhile, optimism prevails.
Optimism and carrot pennies all around!
But especially carrot pennies for Tsuga.

It was raining earlier, and I had no excuse to further neglect routine indoor tasks. Is it strange that I'm feeling genuine satisfaction at being caught up on laundry? I suppose sometimes all it takes is the sense that one is In Control of Something. Or...maybe sometimes that's all it takes for me?

Now the rain has stopped.
A bright breeze is blowing, and the sky is showing pale bits of blue. 
In about 15 minutes, it will be dark.
Quick! Let's enjoy the blue!

And later tonight, after chores and giving Piper her supper,
and calling the other carpenter to nudge him toward a solid estimate,
and after topping off the woodbox and stoking the stove,
I will do a little bit of this:

Because, you know.
In Control.


  1. Ooh romance in the goat pen! Fingers crossed for a sweet baby.

  2. Oh yes, Quinn, I do understand needing to be in control. It happens so infrequently, around here anyway. I do hope you're able to find a carpenter who is Reasonably Priced. Hope the goats enjoy their sparking and little goatini's present themselves eventually.
    The wind was fierce here but rain has stopped. Unfortunately, the top of the spruce tree decided to come down. Fortunately, not on the house but on a section of fence. I just looked, took photos and came inside. It was already a full day...finished checking/topping fluids in all vehicles, finished mortaring the hand cut limestone house foundation and all this after talking to various folks on the telephone. Oh yes, I do love it when a company decides to change things around and let's me know after the fact. Curses on them all!

  3. I understand about being in control. When faced with upheaval I often get things in order in the house. Less chaos in the house makes for calming feelings for everyone. I hope better news comes from the next carpenter. Simon & Tsuga make a cute couple ;) Wendy x

  4. I wonder if you added organic sugar to your meal and froze it, if it would be like ice cream?
    Prayers for a low estimate from a good carpenter.
    New Moon gone by, must be control is out of balance. I'm not caught up on laundry, and spent half my quarters on a lottery tickets. Didn't win. Chocolate cupcakes with the white icing squiggles are a good substitute for ice cream.

  5. so sorry about the high estimate. Dang. Worst of living where the population of carpenters isn't so big.

    Now I'm wondering about coat colors for Tsuga's potential baby. What with the contrast and all. No doubt it will be a beauty, however.

  6. What a great post! I have the same problem finding a competent yet affordable carpenter... actually I haven't found one yet which is why my chicken coup is still not built! *sigh* I hope you have good luck with this last carpenter!!! Gosh, can't remember the last time ice cream was in the freezer! I keep yearning for it but so far I've been able to resist. My fingers are crossed for a new baby goat...!!! That's another thing I need, someone to build a fence and a small out building so I can have some goats... do wish I had one of those handy DH's but alas I fell in love with a city boy, lol!
    Hugs my sweet blogging sister,
    Beth P

    1. Are you planning on goats, Beth? Wahoo! :)

  7. So sorry about the estimate but your words describing your reaction made me giggle! A pint of ice cream would've been handy!

    I also loved the cryptic description of the "social call". You're a laugh a minute!


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