August 25, 2006

Sweat Equity = Rewards


We worked like a coupla mules today and accomplished much even if it doesn't show... we know! It's ten degrees cooler on the back deck facing the water, and moreso down by the water... the house sits well up the hill. In fact, we once had a phone ringer installed on the deck so we could hear it from down by the lake... and when it rang, I could actually make it up to the lower level by the fourth ring! I kid you not! Momentum is everything when you're going uphill... never stop to rest... I keep telling myself. I was in my mid forties at the time... my prime! We took out a lot of little weed trees and volunteer shrubs, sprayed the several dozen azaleas for lacebug, didn't remember I'd planted so many and now they are HUGE! Some are on the right in this photo. Pulled out lots of grape vine, honeysuckle, wisteria and other stuff... hopefully left the poison ivy alone. I got my worse case ever while we lived here... and did you know it's quite possible to have an orgasm with no sex involved at all? Serious itching and scratching on your arms and legs will do it. But you don't want to go there! Yes, a bit of work to be done on the steps... which J built 25 years ago... 25 years can do that any one of us, don't laugh!

Tomorrow we're off to look over a used Sunflower sail boat... identical to the one our kids learned to sail. I spent many hours tacking around this lake... hope to do it again. Here I am sailing away... different lake, but same attitude. Our g-kids are going to love this!

9 comments:

Steven LaRose said...

Holy shit.
You just made my month with this post.
Not only does sweat equity equal rewards, one should whistle why they work (on the thing they love). Sisyphus would be proud.

Walker said...

Karen - That's so bizarre that you have bought a lake house that you used to own and some of your things are still there!

Sounds like a lot of work with a big payoff. uhhh, an orgasm from scratching? hmmmmm Robin

Annette said...

Wel. that's a real glamour shot! Sorry you had to say it was an old photo. I was thinking you looked pretty good after all that work!
A

KJ said...

Steven, on reading back, I think the statement about momentum had the most relevance to art, or any goal setting for that matter.
Robin, I don't recommend the scratching thing... can you see hords of hormone heads giving it a try?
Annette, maybe I won't look like that again but I plan to get the attitude... heck, maybe from mid-lake you couldn't tell...

Steven LaRose said...

KJ-I read my comment this morning and laughed out loud when I realized that I wrote "whistle why they work" instead of "while". Momentum is key, but I am inspired by anyone who revels in the momentum as you seem to do. This post is a healthy balance of past, present and future. . . and scratching.

Tracy said...

Karen, It is so unbelievably cool that you have bought back your lake house. I have always dreamed of swooping into my old hometown, buying all of the crappy old apartment house I lived in as a child and fixing them up.

Your place looks beautiful. and I am truly impressed with your energy.

Tracy said...

Oops meant to say "houses", there were several!

harold hollingsworth said...

loved your comment on my blog, and love that you opened my eyes to the range that scratching can take!

Ed Maskevich said...

I'm scratching my arms and legs right now but nothing is happening.