unearthing our life: part two
My mom’s most recent email really touched a nerve:
“What I love most about reading about your adventures is how you take the time from the loads of work you have to do to enjoy your life in your new home, hanging paintings and gardening and foraging for pears. The work will surely wait for you, but the enjoyment of life may not. Good for you for realizing that while you’re still so young.”
I’m not so sure she realizes it yet,
but this is a lesson I have surely learned from her.
Yes, we are enjoying life;
even the stupid running around chasing paperwork days,
we will find some time for a bit of fun,
(for Marmalade’s sake and also our own),
but we especially the days where we get to be home,
working on our home. And working around our home.
Even today, while doing the laundry,
I was sitting out on the front porch,
enjoying the incredible weather and nice scenery.
And oh, I picked some arugula yesterday from our garden
(it was a leaf time), the first picking from our new garden.
The radishes have all sprouted, and some of the kale,
and I had planted a sprouting clove of garlic last weekend
(during the root time) and it has grown a lot since then,
maybe 3 or 4 inches so far.
We found the cement for our fireplace tiles this morning,
and finally got all the plywood up, so that will be this weekend’s project.
Oh, the place also sells the glass blocks I’d been looking for,
so I’ll measure and draw a plan this weekend to get those next week,
to build a nice wall to support the bathroom ceiling.
Otherwise, we are trying to buy a new used car.
Until they change the import laws (that they must change,
as someone from Germany took the government to court
about charging import taxes for cars from within the EU & won)
but haven’t changed the laws/fees yet.
Since the taxes are currently a few hundred euros per cubic centimeter of engine,
& “Bootsie” has a huge engine, (therefore about 6-10,000€ in taxes)
so it’s cheaper to buy another old car, at least until the laws change…
but finding something nice, affordable & nearby has been tricky.
& since our insurance from Austria is running out, our new top priority.
We also started Portuguese lessons this week,
as a group with a bunch of other foreigners
that are all at various beginner stages of learning.
It takes place at a Swiss-run teahouse/yoga studio in Odemira.
We’ll be happy when all the stressful crap about moving here is done,
(especially all the endless paperwork), because we really like it here.
And I want to be able to just work on the house,
and tend to the garden, and make dinner,
and catch up on piles of laundry,
and cut away the overgrown blackberries,
instead of all this running around.
But yes, we enjoy everyday.
We go to the beach whenever we are nearby.
We read lots of stories, do lots of coloring,
lots of running down the hills and looking at cool bugs,
but more on them later.