Life has been pretty busy, so today you get a quick post about swimming insects and a remodeling update.
Butterflies Can’t Swim
I was working outside a couple of days ago when I heard Younger Daughter (YD) yelling;
THERE’S A BUTTERFLY IN THE POOL!!!!
One of YD’s favorite pastimes is rescuing wayward insects from drowning. Here’s a bee recovering with sugar water after going for a swim:
This time, a butterfly decided to cool off with a dip in the pool. The only problem is that butterflies can’t swim.
YD retrieved him from the pool. After about 15 minutes of wing flapping/drying, the butterfly took to the sky. I watched with trepidation as he flew over the pool. Fortunately, he passed on a second swim.
Butterflies can’t swim, but they can sure can soar.
You know when you’re starving and you go to a restaurant and order too much food? You sit down and order an appetizer along with the big-ass, combo chicken/steak fajita platter? And then halfway through, you realize you made a big mistake?
** BURP!! **
That’s how I am, but with houses and remodeling.
Mindy and I bought our current primary home back in fall of 2019 and got to work almost immediately. I have since finished the basement including adding a bathroom, built a deck/pergola, remodeled the kitchen, remodeled a bathroom, updated the electrical panel, added solar panels, replaced all of the windows and sliding doors, replaced every square inch of flooring, xeriscaped the yard, built a shed, painted the walls, installed a whole house fan, added insulation, and more. COVID set my plans back (home schooling hell!) and here I am, 4 years into it and still not done. And just for fun, we bought/remodeled another home to rent out last year.
We shouldn’t have bought either house. Our primary house, while almost done now, was a massive project. I like the neighborhood and I still would have bought a home here, but one that needed less work. We shouldn’t have bought the rental because that was a huge project as well that set back our timelines of work on the primary home. Both were great financial decisions, but at this point in life, I need time more than money.
In any case, here’s an update on our primary place:
Life Stages And Colon Commercials
You know you’re getting old when you’re watching TV and an ad for a colon cancer test comes on TV and you pay close attention. Sigh… But here I am.
Colon cancer test kits aside, I have nothing to complain about. As I approach 50, I feel great. Nothing hurts. Everything works. I have good family and friends. Life is good.
I’m ready to dial it back a bit. Really this time.
When this house is mostly done (hopefully November), I’m going to sit back, meditate a little, read a lot, watch Starlink satellites, go for lots of walks in the woods, and maybe rescue some insects from the pool.
More 1500 Days!!!
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