Looking Ahead

I simply had to assume that I'd be able to finish my home someday; otherwise, one may as well have declared me dead. So I continued to plan ahead, even though the future was always a moving target. It was a struggle.


At one time I had elaborate plans for landscaping. I'd thought of filling the space where the camper is parked now with stands of white paper birch—my favorite tree. The property in New Hampshire where I'd spent 20-odd summers was called Birch Knoll for good reason: the cabin was surrounded by hundreds of white birch. It was a stunning sight.

This I fear would no longer be affordable. However, nature dealt a cruel blow the winter of 2018 when the ice storm in March trashed several mountain laurel bushes, along with a couple of small trees, right along the line of sight between my house and the neighbors to the south.

Consequently I'll need to do something, so I think I'll plant a whole bunch of forsythia and let it grow wild. It would be especially nice to have that splash of color in the spring.

Battery Backup

Since the elaborate—and expensive—electrical system I built for the camper was now just dead weight, I'd been thinking about using it as a battery backup for the refrigerator, which is the only thing in the house I'd really need to keep running during a power outage. There's more than enough room under the wall oven in the kitchen to stow the gear. Or, I might do something else with the equipment, but in any case I'd still retrieve it from the camper and put it to use.

Passive Solar Water Heater

I'd been chewing on the notion of building a passive solar water heater for some time. It would prove most useful in the winter, when heat was most needed, and sunlight was most plentiful. They're not that difficult to assemble, and it might put a dent in the electric bill, especially since electric water heaters are energy pigs.

Getting Rid of the Eyesores

More than almost anything, I simply cannot wait to get rid of the camper. It's not merely an eyesore; it's a constant reminder of how very badly things can go. During the long wait for the closing, I'd even been tempted to build a temporary shelter for the cats just so I could see it gone, except that it would have consumed valuable capital, only to be torn down once the house was finished.

The other eyesore is the storage container:

"Always in motion is the future," said Yoda. He was so right.


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