Mission Accomplished!


Let’s hope I’m not as overly optimistic as George W. Bush was when he announced Mission Accomplished!

So what has been my/our mission? To get Andy back to working on his own projects up on the land. He’s really been happy and enthusiastic the past few mornings. At the moment he’s planning a solar hot water system so we can hook up the radiant heating in our floors up there, and he and Peter will work on getting the refrigerator to work once Peter finishes his current job. He also plans to plant a few fruit trees this spring.

For me the details of his projects don’t matter–what counts is he’s back to doing things he loves. After the fire demolished the place 19 months ago we had to decide whether to rebuild or to move elsewhere. I voted for staying because it would take us a couple of years of no projects for him if we looked elsewhere. No, rebuilding was the healthier choice this time around. Although if we get wiped out again we might decide the gods are trying to tell us something!

I, of course, have plenty of my own projects down here to work on, some of which were temporarily shelved while we had the house built and worked on the insurance. What about you? What “lights your fire”? What makes you feel enthusiastic and engaged in life?

Thanks to Mike, Rummuser, bikehikebabe, Cathy, Ursula and Evan for commenting on last week’s post.
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9 Responses to Mission Accomplished!

  1. bikehikebabe says:

    “What makes you feel enthusiastic and engaged in life?”

    Listening to my son & husband talk physics on the phone tonight. (Princeton & Yale doctorates). Suppose I’ll learn something? I’ve never had a physics course. But I did 2 hrs. exercise on my torture ;D machines.

  2. Rummuser says:

    Congratulations. I am delighted for both of you.

    “What makes you feel enthusiastic and engaged in life?” Just waking up every morning.

  3. Jean says:

    It doesn’t matter if you never know any physics. You’ve done just fine so far. :)

    It’s great that your husband and son have a good relationship. That doesn’t always happen.

    Yes, it sounds as if you’re having a great time. :)

  4. bikehikebabe says:

    Got ALL snow off the redbrick patio –below the windows I pass every few minuets. Happy sight :) Got ALL snow off the driveway whew! (1900 sq. ft.). Why didn’t I wait ’til the weather warmed up? I wanted to be MY accomplishment.

  5. bikehikebabe says:

    Well OK. The warmer weather did help–a little.

  6. Cathy in NZ says:

    Mostly I would answer “life”

    It never ceases to amaze me, particularly of late, how that is taking me along on my personal pathway…

    Sometimes when I’m on my way out to look/do something I wish I had someone else with me to share the trip but then it all seems okay to mingle with many others…

    On the way home, an elderly couple I see from time to time had some problems. Well she didn’t but he was so cold on the bus with the high air-con on…he finally had to move to lower reaches and we could both see the sun on his bald spot. Then somewhere along the way I noticed another friend (not seen for yonks) and then when the woman in the seat in front of me got off, she moved up and I tapped her on shoulder…

    By the time I get off the bus to amble home, I realise I didn’t really need anyone with me on my trip out :-)

  7. bikehikebabe says:

    I was on a plane & when the person in front of me got up, I saw it was Cynthia K, my long-ago best friend who has lived in Mexico City for the last 20 or so years.

  8. Cathy in NZ says:

    bhb: that is fantastic…

  9. Jean says:

    Thank you.

    That was a lot of work! And great exercise– you’re an inspiration. Your driveway is almost twice as big as our apartment.

    When was the incident with Cynthia K.? I think it’s great you’re still keeping in touch via email.

    I’m glad things are going well for you. I imagine having Internet friends helps too. I admire you!

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