Wilderness — A Meditation

Monday, October 13, 2008


Greetings from snowy Nordacotah!

We woke this morning to white, silent, lovely, four inches of snow cover, a fitting environment in which to pack our bagsbefore we drive south to Arizona where we will visit with family.

I know it has been a while since I have written. We have been cleaning and re-roofing our little house on Stoney Run so it can snuggle safely in this winter on the northern tier of amerika.

Weather has been perfect with only two days of rain and one of unbelievably high winds. The rest of the month has been perfect – autumn weather with one killing frost to turn leaves golden, red, and orange. Pheasants have been wandering in and out of the paddock, a bull moose trotted through the south pasture, and wild turkeys feasted on the pine cones in the front yard. Perfect in every view.

And so, tomorrow we head south with plans to return in May for the next installment of house renovating. The basement needs a new floor before we install the geothermal heating and cooling lines 120 feet in several directions from the house.

In the midst of three weeks of roofing and scrubbing out the remains of raccoon invasion, we also dreamed of structural changes needed. The stairway to the second story, our future bedroom, needs to be moved so that it will be far less steep. A huge bay window will be installed in the north end of the house so that we have a view of the lovely prairie and the northern lights as they play in the winter skies when we decide to be here year round.

A huge veranda needs to be added to the north end of the house and a new entry to the front door needs to be added. All in all, it is a lifetime of work, joyously keeping us productive in a small community far from the maddening crowd.

Catch you all in the southern environs very soon.