Winter Time Gumption

Winter Time Gumption and A Positive Attitude

It’s cold and wet outside, so cold and so wet. So wet that, really, it’s ice. Everywhere.  Maya and I both slipped in the parking lot and fell while trying to run errands today. I so want to be in the house and hibernate: make soup and bread and read a book by a warm, cozy fire.  It’s hard to keep the gumption and good attitude to get this project done and keep my body healthy and get fresh air, when all I want to do is cozy-up! I did manage some yoga today, though.

And then there is Isaac. On the go, fast and hard, from the time he pops out of bed at 5:30 till after dinner.  He finally poops out around 7:00, but not before a 3 mile run and an hour or so jamming on his guitar. He serenades me while I make dinner. At least that’s what I think of it as now. I used to get really bugged because it’s nice but . . . . loud? Trying to think and talk with the kids is difficult. One day, complaining to my girlfriend about this, she said ingeniously, “He probably thinks he’s serenading you and you’re loving it.” That changed my whole attitude! Now I would totally miss it if he were to no longer play for me while I make dinner!

This man’s gumption is enough for the both of us! He and the boys poured our concrete slab for our building 36’x48′. A huge job that was made easier by his cousin, who helped so much. And his cousin-in-law. All day on New Year’s Eve they worked. And I cooked a lot of food. That’s my big job these days.

Our building is going to be part workshop and part living area. The living area will have a little kitchen, bathroom, woodstove and then our RV for me, Isaac and Maya and the boys’ Job Shack, turned bedroom. Interesting, I know. But DEBT FREE! We’ll own it all!

Now that we are done with the concrete, we are ready to finish our micro-hydro system and then start framing! We are getting closer to our dream! My estimate (sshh, Izee doesn’t like me to put dates in my head – the pressure of it all, I guess) is six weeks.

Enjoy these pictures of our foundation pouring day.


The cousin-helper

The cousin-helper

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Working late into the night

Working late into the night


About carishumaker

We are trying to live The Good Life with our 3 kids out in the woods. We strive to be as self reliant as possible, with a great amount of leisure time to Live The Good Life as best as we can. We work hard so we can play hard and want to teach our kids to love life and love people and love learning. This is our journey.
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