First whales of the season today. Five or six Orcas. Cruising slow. Pffft. Pffft. Pffft. Neat. Always nice to see ’em.
Friend called last night. “Wanna do some millin’? I got some logs here and I heard that you want some cedar. Wanna help work ’em into lumber? I’ll give ya some cedar?”
“Sure. Do we have to do it in the rain? Can we do it when it’s convenient? Will your wife make us tea and cookies?”
“Never mind. I’ll do it myself!”
“What about the cookies?”
Another friend called later. Some bad news. Cancer. I hate that. I just hate that. I just really, really hate that. I suppose I would hate hearing any kind of bad news about anyone I care about but it just seems so awful when it happens to someone who lives life so fully as he does. He probably still will. They have it ‘in hand’ early. He’s a tough old bird. Fill ‘im full of chemicals, radiate the hell out of him and he will likely be good to go. I just hope he goes in the right direction. Same direction as the one I am planning on. We both wanna go forward a bit longer. I was kinda hoping that we could travel this mortal coil some more together….like 30 or so more years.
We’ll hafta see about that.
I have no intention of bumming you out. Lots of good stuff going on. I’ll get to it as the seasons unfold. But, right now, I am reminded once again of our fleeting-ness. Our brevity of being.
I’ve lost a few friends these past few years. Inevitable, I guess. Life. Getting to 67 means lasting longer than some. Can’t complain about something you know is a fact. We all have to go. Sometime. No, the point is NOT about death (I really expect him to make it a lot longer. I really expect ME to make it a lot longer, too) it is about life.
Both Sal and I have been struck recently by how fast it is passing. Like a blink, actually. So, don’t wait for it to happen. Get on with it. Follow a dream. Chase a rainbow. Don’t let TV or too much dull work take any more of your time.
OMG, am I glad Sal and I have done stuff. Even the stupid stuff. ESPECIALLY the stupid stuff! And I really intend to do more of it, stupid or otherwise. And I am especially glad we didn’t wait to do it. We didn’t wait til we were supposed to retire. We didn’t wait til 65. We didn’t wait until we were ‘secure’ financially or otherwise. We are wingin’ it on a prayer! (well, to some extent, anyway…no sense in being too silly)
I have no idea what the point of it all is but I can assure you that it is NOT about watching TV or punching a clock. Or shopping! Or RRSPs! Whatever it is, we both feel that we are closer to it living out here doing this than we have ever been.
The key word in the phrase living off the grid is L-I-V-I-N-G.
This is good. Really good. It is ALL good. Did I mention the whales? The cookies? And my plans to do some millin’? It really does NOT get any better!