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Not looking at my feet...

I recently made the comment to someone that we all tend to look at our feet at times which only allows us to see things that are down so to speak.

And after saying that (it was late at night) I went outside. And looked up at the stars.

And I suddenly realized that I have not been taking my own advice.

So I stood there in my bare feet in the grass and looked up at the stars and said:

"Goddess, I've been remiss. I've been looking at my feet all this time and taking no part in what I need to get done here. This house and land are mine and this family is mine. They are both in my care and I have not been as responsible for them as I could. I'm sorry. That changes now."

So I went inside and made a list of things to get done (a short list for the moment) and the next day or two I managed to get almost all that list done. (0)

I'm hoping to keep looking up from here on. It's not easy - the ground calls to me and it's really really easy and comfortable to look down - but I'll keep trying.

For now though it's simple things. Dishes, groceries, laundry, weeds, maintenance, etc. And of course my writing and other creative stuff. Prepping the garden for next year. Stuff like that.

Off to clean...

(0) One cunning and devious plan I got done yesterday with my dad's help was to re-wire the thermostat in the crawl space so that we can run the furnace fan without the heat.

Then we installed the larger (12.4k BTU) A/C unit into the living room window. The living room has the cold air return in it so now we're circulating cool air all around the house and the house is holding at a fairly nice 74 degrees Fahrenheit and the A/C units actually shut off from time to time instead of run constantly.

The added bonus of all this is that the A/C unit that came out (a 9k BTU) is going out to the garage for me to cool that space so I can work in it. That hopefully will help motivate me to spend time out there and get stuff taken care of. (I have BIG reasons for doing so that I will publicly post later provided it all comes together.)

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Aug. 7th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
*nod* Indeed it does.

I'm moving a bit slowly today because I was crawling around under the house yesterday and lifting the big A/C unit but I _did_ get my in-laws to agree to watch my wife and child on Wednesday after her doctor's appointment so I can work on the garage/workshop space.

That's the big thing because I have two computer training things out there that I need to be able to access. Not to mention a good writing/study space as well as the other creative stuff.
Aug. 7th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Balance says: "Keep your eyes on the start, but mind where you tread lest you fall ingloriously on your nose." =P

But I get your meaning, friend.
Aug. 8th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Aug. 8th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
When I stop and look up at the stars, it sometimes takes quite an effort to look anywhere else...

That's very clever, what you did with the A/C and the circulating fan. If this house had forced-air anything, that's what I'd do, too. Except that the heating is hot-water baseboard that warms the air purely by convection... and the cooling is hopelessly inadequate (there's only so much a barely-big-enough window A/C can do when the outdoor temperature is in the mid to upper 90s and a pitiless sun is beating down on a black-shingled roof with no insulation).
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
hot water cooling.
My boss, who was a shop teacher for many years, is toying with the idea of running cold water through his hot water pipes to cool the house, perhaps that can be a solution to the heat wave. "Courage, we will only have a couple of more weeks of this, September is soon. The Native Americans say that Orion is the winter man, and in the spring, the children were encouraged to shoot arrows into the sky to "kill" old man winter, but Orion is making his appearance in the morning sky here in the north land, so cool weather is on it's way.
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