Nearly a month has passed and so much has been going on. The property that surrounds us is being logged and we have been fighting the good fight. We have met some marvelous neighbors who are concerned about their wells, the beach erosion, loss of habitat and such. We have met with some wonderful Forestry and Fish and Game state experts as we all try to protect what we can.
The frog population has grown by leaps and bounds and I wonder from whence they came and where they should be. Obviously, the dirt around our building site has been moved, pushed, trampled on, heaped and then moved again. The frogs resiliency befuddles me. There are masses of small frogs around the foundation of our house. As Spring marches on, the dirt around the house is drying out. Where will these frogs breed? After a bit of research and days of thinking, I gathered up a bucket of frogs and relocated them to the wetlands on our property. At least they have a chance to complete their cycle of life. A day or so later, I gathered another bucket of frogs and took them to the stream. As I set them loose, I watched as they swam across the shallow water, landed on a bit of wood and just sat and took it all in. It was mesmerizing.
There is an owl who traverses through the property twice a day. He hoots and stays for a bit and then travels on. Well, his territory has been ravished. It has been cut and plundered. He came by the day it was happening, flew to our side of the trees, stayed a moment and left. He did not return for a day. Then he came back. I have not heard or seen him for the past two days. How many other birds, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, and frogs have been affected. We watched as one Raven flew in completely unaware of the destruction. He absolutely stopped mid-flight. Stunned. It was heart-breaking.
Am I guilt-free? Absolutely not. We cleared a little over an acre to build this house. There was already a cleared meadow area and we added to that. I was only here to see one tree come down and it broke my heart. Tree-hugger – oh yeah. Big time. There are 3 or 4 trees we could take down to up the ante on the solar panels – well, it is not going to happen on my watch. We left 9 1/2 acres untouched.
I wish I had the money to hire an interior decorator. I know what I like, but I have no clear plan on how to make it all work. And isn’t that just nonsense in the bigger picture?
I want the garage to be a massive art studio/work room. That needs to happen soon. I need to hammer and bend and dye and create.
Speaking of creation – My darling made some fabulous cedar planters for the deck. They are filling up quickly. Flowers, tomatoes and herbs and slugs! Ha – the slug war is on. And I wonder what creatures I need to encourage to eat the slugs? So much new stuff to learn.
The heat pump noise will be interesting to deal with in the summer. We both enjoy a cool house and especially a quiet house. We turn off the heater in the evening’s and that solves the noise problem, but how efficient is that? Beats me. We are also dealing with putting in a water softener. The water is good, good, good, but it leaves a yellow ring and my better half has skin issues. Where is that headed? We’ll see. This is the never-ending-story.
Has anyone ever owned a house that was done and done? How boring would that be?