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The stucco work is complete. Electrical and audio/visual before drywall are also complete. With four ceiling speakers in the great room and two more in the kitchen, we should be able to rock the hill pretty well. If they don’t do the trick, four more Polk speakers on the back porch are ready for deployment.

Preparation for metal roof installation is underway. It looks like some kind of vapor barrier is the first layer with a number of more layers to follow before the metal is installed. Solar panels are then attached to the roof as the final layer. The number of panels is still up for discussion at this time, pending final analysis by the solar guy (Mr. Sunshine??).

December is a wildcard right now. It’s the time of year when many workers in these parts head home to Mexico for the holidays to spend time with their families. We may have a few weeks of little progress at the house during December but cabinets will be under construction off site and hopefully the rainwater collection system will be completed by then.




…without a doubt. Sunday I plan to spend several hours riding through the areas of horse farms and National Forest to the north and west of where I live. Autumn is the perfect riding season in this region and what could be more contemplative than a long gallop over the river and through the woods on a fine cruiser.

Breathe deeply and smile. Namaste.

Massage therapist: “You can’t relax, can you?”
Me: “Nope.”

There once was a time when I would have been a puddle of goo at that point in a massage, barely able to utter any response at all. Not this time. I was still pretty well amped.

So I go home, download a new yoga session – not realizing at the time that it focused on a core workout – and settle in for a bit of stretch and breathe. That ought to be relaxing, right? Well, yoga chick comes on and proceeds to kick my butt. Down dog, leg-up and back, then knee to the belly, leg back up, then knee to the elbow. Now the other side! OK, now down to plank. Over now and into boat pose! Legs down now and hold them two inches off the floor for five, four, three, two…….Damn!

Off goes the computer and I go straight into shavasana (also known as corpse pose), lying flat on my back with arms to the side. What can be more relaxing than that? Until listitis sets in. You know, listitis? The mental compiling of lists of things that have to be done a) now b) before Monday morning or c) sometime during the next work week. Topics are arranged like cards in a deck, traded about between various categories, prioritized and then, finalized. Oh, yeah, I think. I was supposed to be conscious of my breathing through all of that. Mental note to self: Next time, remember to breathe!

With lists completed I roll up the yoga mat and noticed my dog stretched out on the floor across the room, snoozing away. He gets the occasional scratch behind the ear, a stroll around the block, a couple of cups of dry kibble a day and he’s as happy as a clam. “What’s your secret?”, I ask. He responds with a big, heaving sigh, never opening his eyes. Now that dude knows how to relax.