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February 20, 2009

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Rosemary Carstens

Kathy: I am really looking forward to hearing more about your cabin adventures, how it works out, and how it changes you. I think it will--I think it's very brave that you took this step to capture your dream!

Page Lambert

Kathy, I love your sister's question: "Imagine your life without the cabin." And your answer, that you felt you would be stagnating or moving backwards. You've manifested your dream. That's wonderful!

Mandy

Allenspark is quite an idyllic little town and fiercely independent. Sounds like the cabin was meant for you. I hope everything goes smoothly with the closing.

Gail Storey

Kathy, I love your blog about your cabin. You write so well and with such affection and insight. Your cabin reminds me of my 500-square-foot 1940s beach cottage in a blue-collar waterfront community near Annapolis, MD. I was a young librarian, and spent every hour I wasn't working winterizing and repairing the cottage--insulating, refinishing the old pine floors, painting, replacing panes of glass--all of which I had to learn as I went along. It had a lot of problems--the first time I had the oil tank filled, it fell over and spilled a hundred gallons of oil. The heating ducts were in the crawl space under the house, and when it rained, they filled with water and I had no heat, once when I was snowbound for three days. I hand-bucketed water from under the house until the neighbors told me what a sump-pump was. When I landscaped and seeded the front lawn for the first time, unwitting relatives drove their Cadillac onto the seedlings and left enormous muddy tire grooves. I hope you don't have any problems with your cabin, but if you do, learning to solve them will make you love your cabin even more! I'm so happy for you, and know you'll find your cabin as much a heart-space as I did my beach cottage.
--Gail Storey

Lara Robinson

Isn't it funny when we're presented with what we've asked for, we go into a panic? We've gotten so used to wanting and craving that the act of accepting is difficult.

Lovely blog, my dear, I'm going to enjoy reading about your adventures!

Laurel Kallenbach

I love the advice about "imagine your life without the cabin"! As my husband and I have found, it's a great way to approach decisions when you're a bit ambiguous about what you want. If you imagine NOT having something and you find you're neutral, then you know it's probably something you can live without. However, if you find yourself saying, "No! I want that _____" then it's probably your heart's desire. And, I think it's pretty normal to have ambivalent feelings--even with regard to a heart's desire. I can be difficult to make a life change, especially if you're honest with yourself about the responsibilities and/or pitfalls that accompany it. (And there certainly ARE downsides to even the most wonderful things in life.)

Good luck going forward!

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