January 31, 2012

The Conversation of Life

This past weekend Mr.Fix-it and I went up to the little bungalow that we are renovating and putting on the market this spring. It's a waterfront property on beautiful Pleasant Lake in Deerfield, NH, just over an hour's drive from our home. A disgusting mess when we bought it eighteen months ago, it is now a gem, which I will be very sad to see it go when it sells.

Saturday evening greeted us with a star-speckled sky and after a night of camping out in the middle of our construction site, we awoke on Sunday to another sparkling January day. While Mr. Fix-it got right to work on installing the kitchen, I headed off to my favorite new breakfast spot called the Northwood Diner, just five miles down the road. The folks who own it and work there are so chilled-out and friendly that it made me consider moving to this neck of the woods.

Back at the house I busied myself upstairs with filling nail holes with putty, and scraping old paint and gunk off the windows with a razor blade. What is it about mindless, repetitive tasks that I like so much? I remember hearing actress Jodie Foster comment on this years ago- about how such tasks are so satisfying to her. Somehow I find such peace when I am doing home renovations. It's kind of like knitting is for me, actually.  I find it gratifying and rewarding to fix, or produce, something physical.

I realize, however, that it certainly isn't this way for everyone!

As I worked away, I got to thinking about what else I really love. Thankfully we get clearer on this the older we grow. I think that discovering what we really love is a big part of what life is all about, actually.  Zeroing in on what really rings our bell.

The other thing that I thought about was how much I love conversations about life. I think this is why I like reading blogs so much. I'm curious, and feel enriched to hear people's thoughts about life, and daily living. About making the pieces come together. About creating happiness around us. Sometimes it's the really small stuff- like what neat combination of ingredients went into a burrito- to the much broader, and bigger, and deeper conversations about figuring ourselves out, and the world that surrounds us.

So that's my weekend in a nutshell. I'm sure I'll have more updates as the project winds down and comes to a close.

Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life. ~Marcus Aurelius


  1. What a beautiful location! There is nothing more lovely than being by the water. And I agree that repetitive projects are comforting....therapy.

  2. I loved seeing your project and reading about Tom. What an incredible place. Wish you didn't have to sell it. I'm kind of jealous that you have a Mr. Fix It. People call me a handy ma'am because of my home renovations. I dream about meeting someone that I could do projects with. Have you seen my other blog, Redoing the Undone?

  3. Thank you Jane, Repetitive projects are like therapy for me!

    Handy ma'am, I am going to take a peek at Redoing the Undone. I didn't know this about you!

  4. What a beautiful place! Love, Lian