Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pregnant ... with project

At the canyon by slampoud
At the canyon, a photo by slampoud on Flickr.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. “
– Patanjali (borrowed from Mayan Smith Gobat's blog)

So heart-full, and so much to catch up on, and how to put it in words?

A bit over a year ago a clock started ticking. I think of it as somewhat equivalent to some women's "biological clock": insistent, persistent, looming large. In my case the yearning was, simply, for a place of my own. And not just to own it, but to *own* it, to know every molecule, preferably to have been responsible for the location of most of the molecules! I am very fortunate to have a beautiful rented roof over my head, and my dream sailboat as my woman-cave. But I gluttonously craved a bit of outside, a dry spot under a big rock, a gazebo, a dilapidated cabin, a big hearty tree, *someplace* on dry land to call my own.

After about a year of searching, waiting, and hand-wringing, I finally took the leap. That's the spot in the photo. I knew it was the place the minute -- near sundown, in late winter -- I stepped out of the car and inhaled the view. My citicard's unreasonably high credit limit, and post-holiday 0% financing ("to pay for Christmas indiscretions") did the rest.

So this is my new obsession: a bit of dirt, and what to do with it. I've decided to build a "cabin" (a shed, really), and I've spent the last three weeks or so obsessing full time (though I've been obsessing part time since I bought the land).

So I know this blog is usually about climbing, but I think building a shed (close to one of the world's best climbing locations, the Needles, to boot) is also well within the "little did I know..." class of things for me. So in the next few days I'll be sharing some thoughts about how I picked the location (e.g. climbing considerations!), how I've been going about getting from 0 to 60 on the subject of sheds and building (with links), and other stuff along this vein.

And before I forget, an attribution for the quote: I was reading Mayan Smith Gobat's blog this morning, and she had this (and another quote by Leo Buscaglia, a favorite of mine!) on her "philosophy" page. It suits me very much at the moment!

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful view! (That does not look like Lake Cachuma.)

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    1. That's because it's not! It's Lake Isabella.

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  2. What a view!

    I'd be interested to read how you went about acquiring the land, as well.

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    1. Hmmm, I'm not sure the story of the acquisition is terribly interesting. I just wrote myself one of those 0% checks from my credit card (which, of course, are not really 0%, they're 3% fixed penalty immediately, and then revert to regular credit card APRs a year later...) and I worked with a realtor for the rest. Part of why I did this was to learn the property acquisition process in a low-stress way, i.e. not while trying to buy some half a million dollar primary residence. I like baby steps. Now I understand the offer, inspection and escrow process a bit better.

      Now if you were talking about the process of finding an inexpensive piece of land, I'll say a bit about that when I write about the search, which was fun. Long, of course, but fun :)

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