It’s been a month of challenges – I worked until March 15th, when I went on vacation to Virginia to work on my property. I told my boss before I left that I was going to devote some serious thought to retirement while I was on vacation. He told me not to make a rash decision, which I guess is a compliment, after a fashion. But I’m going back to work on Tuesday with the decision: I’m retiring – how much advance notice would you like? I’m not going to retire just yet – I’m fervently hoping that I will be accepted by Haystack for a wood sculpture class that I signed up for in January. That would be the perfect transition into retirement for me. I will have to wait until April 23 for the yea/nay decision on that matter.
In the meantime, I’ve been devoting a lot of time to thinking about how to build the house of my dreams. I found this really cool house while searching on the term “zen wabi wabi” and I’d love to build something similar. I have a two books on Wabi-Sabi – Wabi Sabi Simple, by Richard Powell, and Wabi-Sabi: the Japanese Art of Impermanence. I should re-read them.
I have a couple of contractors that are going to do a few things for me in the next few months – hopefully, things will all come together in early June – the class starts June 9 and it would be a perfect way to start my retirement!
I really like that little house, Jeff. Though I do wonder where he puts all his stuff! I have little objects everywhere that are precious to me (like bird nests and feathers and windup toys and rocks and seashells and…), so I’d feel kind of bereft without my “stuff.” I think maybe it’s because I’ve lost so many of the people who were dearest to me…and all I’ve got left are memories and the things that remind me of them and even seem to hold their spirits.
I look forward to hearing about your house plans!