Toward the end of our stay in Rovinj I announced one morning that I missed teaching. Kind of out of the blue. When I checked my e-mail later in the day – this is true – my colleague Thomas from the Rolf Institute had sent me a note saying, “Are you sure you won’t assist in August?” It felt like it was meant to be and so I said yes.
Also, during the course of the winter as R and I talked about our long term plans we both realized that our northern farm was probably due for some serious rehab after 6 years of being a rental property. The two events have come together to help us form plan b and there is nothing I like better than a plan. With notes, estimates, files and a todo list.
While this trip – it will be nearly a year long – has been great, I realized that I really want a home base, a place where we can drop our bags and not have to start all over again. And of course, you can’t leave a house empty for long – especially when you have winters like this.
I’ll be leaving Dresden for Madison on July 30th, where I’ll be until August 15th or so when I’ll make my way to Boulder to begin teaching until mid-October. R leaves on the same day for Dubai, where he’ll visit with Michelle until I pick him up at O’Hare on my way back from teaching. We’ll move back up to the farm and begin working the farm house plan. In there some where is a new free standing garage with an apartment on the second floor – that would be home base.
The farm house is in pretty good shape. We finished the second floor bathroom and the deck off of the upstairs before we left.The outdoor wood furnace keeps the house wonderfully warm. Our hope is that friends and family will come to visit while we are in the process – maybe even set up a few home trades – you at the farm for a weekend, week or month – us at your place – where ever that may be. Our goal is to get the house ready to rent again while creating a separate space for us to live when we are back home. That’s plan b.