|Re: Through the Looking Glass 8||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Denise Meier &/or Michael Jacob (dmmjncal.verio.com)|
|Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 15:33:50 -0600 (MDT)|
Patty Mara wrote: > I'm also waiting to hear from Two Acre Wood-folk as they move into their new > homes, Two Acre Wood report: About half the 14 households have moved as of today. As one of the last who will move in, I find that my initial excitement when the first family moved in has become a bit closer to envy, as i watch household after household take up residence on this piece of land which has occupied so much of my psychic and physical energy over the last 3 years.. Last night we had an impromptu potluck dinner in the woods; the food was great, the kids were running around on the plaza together, different adults playing with them in shifts; the long late-afternoon light made the new landscaping and the really beautiful architecture look even better...and I felt really happy, getting a very good reminder of why we put so much effort and angst and money into making this happen. There are many, many things still to sort out with the builder and the City, but i'm too weary of all of them to write much about it all. Perhaps later. One interesting thing that happened is this: all along we had planned to do "sweat equity" on the landscaping and install it ourselves. So recently the landscape committee emailed a notice that each adult needed to put in 4 days of work over the next 5 weekends. My immediate response was "Are you kidding!!!! I'm so busy as it is, plus I have to get ready to move, plus I'm putting in all this extra time dealing with the financial aspects of closing the sales - this is all I need!!!" Well, it turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed...time spent working together with my friends, with no complex decisions to be made, no controversy to hash out, work that accomplishes something concrete and that makes the place look beautiful. I realized that we have had only 2 work days in the last three years! Contrast that to hundreds of hours of meetings - no wonder our dynamics have gotten out of balance. So that's a brief report. Hope to be able to report from my new house soon. Denise Meier Two Acre Wood Sebastopol, CA
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