Blue Rock Station Diary February 28, 2012
24 F outdoors 66 F indoors
TODAY’S HAPPINESS FACTOR: 8 OUT OF 10
In the night, as I listened to the noises of the house, I was thinking about how much everything in life is about to change. And those changes are going to be at every single level in our lives.
The most fundamental change will be that we aren’t parents of a child anymore. Our Miss America is going off into the world this year. On most days I am fine with the concept of her growing up, but on some days I wonder how my role as nobody’s mother will play out in my own grown-up life.
New chicks, new baby goats, and more adventures with the critters that live here with us. Spring is such a rich time for new life. There will be goats and roosters that get sent away, and new ones with new names that will add richness to the barnyard. This is the time of year that makes me the most anxious, and the most deliriously content.
Next will be the changes as the season’s rotate. The spring will bring a new roof, solar generated electricity, and new interns. No more leaks in the roof – I can predict that for the future – whoopee! No more electric grid unless we want to partake. The new faces we’ll see will bring young energy and passion for the life we lead. While I can’t know what experiences we’ll share, I know that I am quite hopeful that the summer will be a good one.
We’ll make new friends, and make time for the old ones. Lots of new visitors will arrive for workshops and tours. Out of those groups there will be one or two that we will connect with, and find opportunities to share time. Jay’s birthday and Miss America’s high school graduation (she will have completed her freshman year of college and doesn’t plan on attending the graduation ceremony) will be big events with a grand weekend planned of celebrating life and our journey together with old and dear friends. I’m thinking about a trip to Blannerhassett Island on the ferry, a grand Victorian picnic, and lots of story telling.
A new house – as the year grows older we’ll be talking a lot more (and dreaming) of the new place we hope to build – a “nest” for ourselves so that the Earthship can become more of an office and guest house. The idea has been growing for a while, along with the new pond, which has now become a plan to fix the old one. I’m dreaming of a building the size of our current living room and kitchen with a deck that looks out over the tiny pond, and the forest below it. This will be a place to sleep, to read, to sip tea, and to contemplate.
There are more books to be written before the year is over. We’re under contract to re-vamp the green technology book, and WHEN THE BIOMASS HITS THE WIND TURBINE will be out in print soon. Before December we’ll have the GIVING THANKS FOR NOTHING book written and hot off of the press in time for another January of using no resources. We hope that lots of folks will sign up to join us in some form or fashion.
Then there is the new routine we’ll begin to establish to visit Miss America wherever she plants herself. Our four-day getaway in August is still hanging in the balance until we know more about her summer location.
A new president – given the choices, I hope there isn’t a different president. This one just needs to be able to point more powerful folks in a better direction with a new plan, and a new message.
As spring unfolds it is clear that the Happiness Factor is high at Blue Rock Station, and the workload is heavy. I don’t plan to get ahead of myself though by pushing this day away. It’s just good to look into the future and see that there is hope and opportunity.