Since moving to Spur I've become hooked on sunsets. I've tried to attend every one. Many are about the same as the day before but the slightly cloudy ones are simply breathtaking. Still, each is like a New Year's Eve with thoughts of the day and ideas about tomorrow.
Moving my Hut Hut to Makerton was nerve wracking. We had just taken possession of the property a couple days before and no prep work could be done. Benjamin, Iain and myself were leaving on a two week trip with commitments and a tight schedule so the idea was to just get our houses on the property and worry about the details later. I'm a planner, I like covering all the bases and the whole thing made me uncomfortable and, frankly, crabby. I left on the trip unsettled. My Hut Hut was grossly out of level, it was still packed for the move and I could not get the door to lock properly. Still, one day into the trip, I had forgotten all about it, had an awesome time and got to know my neighbors really well. Getting to know one's neighbors on a trip is one thing. Getting to know them when you return home when you barely have a home is another. Tension? Of course, we were all adjusting. The interesting thing is that unintentionally leaving a disheveled mess to come back to was a great learning tool that taught us how to work together. We may have learned more about each other in the couple of days before the trip and a couple of days after the trip than we did during the trip. At this point, Benjamin and Iain are not just my neighbors, not even just friends. Maybe we're more like brothers. It's difficult to imagine but I look forward to having many more makers that I feel the same way about.
One of things that bothered me about moving the house on such short notice is that my Hut Hut was plunked down in a spot where it was near impossible to sit in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. A few days after we got back from the trip, I was still moaning about missing the sunset and climbed up to my roof just to see if it was any better up there. I sat there and witnessed the most spectacular sunset I've ever seen. I watched the colors change over Soldiers Mound with a rugged landscape in the foreground that reminded me of photos of Africa and I thought, "I would not have been able to plan this any better."