Back from August hiatus. Stumbling into September, the awesome month of transformation, tipping into shadow with the equinox, the long slow in-breath of the coming winter.
I took a survey from my power company this morning. Would I be willing to spend $x to save $y? If only all of life's equations were that simple. We are in coal-burning country here. Lawmakers are beholden. Workers are beholden. Hell, we're all beholden.
Yes, I'd like to use less energy. Yes, I'd like a programmable thermostat that will display my cost-per-kilowatt. Yes, I'd like to have clean air and halt the progress of climate change. But the only number that will assure a no-emission future is zero. Everything else is just rearranging deck chairs.
Don't the umbrella tables look nice by the railing?
In the better-late-than-never department, I finally turned my garage into my art studio. It only took 18 months of procrastination and three days of "damn, there's a lot of junk in here."
What is it about getting started that is so difficult? Yes, yes, it's all in the physics. Overcoming inertia.
And mosquitoes. (Helpful tip: a garage fan works amazingly well.)
Reader, it's been a buggy month. Tiny mosquitoes everywhere. The little swallows that live in the apartment-on-a-pole by the river are pinwheeling about at sunset. They are a joy to watch. And they're eating well.
So there's that.
Speaking of September, there's a new unschooling carnival up at The Expanding Life. It's the Not-Back-to-School Edition. Good carnival. Good blog. Good life.