At the end of six months…

So yesterday was the solstice and half a year since the first wall went up on our house.  I had hoped it would be finished by now, but just too many delays from Topsider.  Randy sent me a few pictures last night of where the house is now.

It looks like all the windows are in….but maybe not yet the front door.  Siding is up and Michael, my caretaker has been making plans to paint it.

I have heard that they finished the sheetrock and Michael is also making plans to prime that.  I look forward to seeing some pictures of  the finished drywall.  I just heard from the company from whom I ordered the kitchen appliances and they will be delivered right after we arrive.  I am speaking to the kitchen designer who has been storing the cabinets for us and perhaps they will also be installed while we are there.

We are at the Damanhur Community in the foothills of northern Italy…a spiritual ecovillage intentional community that we have participated with for close to two decades and have been members of the “spiritual people” for most of that time.  The times of solstices and equinoxes are quite important in their world view and we enjoyed a solstice ritual this week, and tomorrow we will attend the monthly full moon ritual as well as planning on the special event that happens in the temple on New Year’s Eve.  Being here is definitely different that most of the rest of our life which is focused on political activism and the environment.  These issues are also important here, but there is a very large spiritual component, too.  Most of it, we do not participate with as it is what would be called a Mystery School and we are not initiates.  A large part of their spirituality includes an emphasis on art and energy work and their underground Temple of Humankind is quite incredible…some have called it the eighth wonder of the world.

As soon as we can arrange a flight after New Year’s Eve, we will be heading back to WA for a few weeks.  I am looking forward to seeing the house, and expect to be doing some painting as well as other projects.

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Catching up….

It has been about a month since we left Dragonbelly Farm.  Since that time, I went to the Green Party of the Americas meeting in the Dominican Republic, went back to San Mateo for a week, though during that time, we ended up going to Lake Tahoe for a long weekend and then we headed for Paris for the COP 21.  We left Paris yesterday morning and are now at the Damanhur community in N Italy.

Right after we left, the dry wall crew began their job.  They said it would take them three weeks, so I would think they would be done by now, but I have not heard from them.  I know I will eventually for final payment.  At the end of the first weekend, pictures were sent to me of the process.

There are pictures of the prep as well as what it looks like with the wall board hung in two of the bedrooms, the living room, and up to the cupola.

Shortly, after they began, we heard from Randy that the windows had finally arrived.  They began installing them, and with windows in, they were finally able to put up siding, as well as the trim around the windows. I also received pictures of that window and door trim while trying to figure out the color scheme.

Because of not knowing the schedule from Topsider….since the windows were promised over and over before they finally arrived, Randy had to accept other jobs so was not consistently at our job site.  I don’t know if they have finished yet, either. If they are able to finish this week, construction will have taken exactly six months from the summer solstice to the winter solstice.

We hope to be here in Italy until just after the new year and then head back to WA for a few weeks before returning to San Mateo until the spring.  When we get there, we need to think about what it will take to do finish plumbing and electric, put up the cement board for tile in the bathrooms, get fixtures, and install the kitchen.  (The kitchen cabinets are waiting for us in Seattle and the appliances have already been order and are expected….after several delays, next month.)