About the title…
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Much to be thankful for.
Where do I start?
I took the lid off the hive yesterday to finish insulating the top and return two frames of honey I’d thought about keeping for myself until I remembered they were in the hive when I treated for mites back in September. The temperature yesterday was in the mid 20’s so I assumed the bees would be huddled down in the bowels of the hive trying to stay warm.
Hundreds of robust looking honeybees milling around the top frames on the hive. I find it fascinating and exhilarating to be able to approach a bee colony with tens of thousands of bees and work with them. I freely admit being a “new bee” when it comes to raising bees. The learning curve is crazy steep. I still feel like I really don’t have a clue. Fortunately for me, there are two new local bee keepers who have been willing to share with me their experiences, and the Internet.
I have been on this current project for 3 months. Should finish up tomorrow unless the home owner wants our help on insulating or trimming. Other than some help issues and a very rainy fall, it has been a treat to work on this project. 90% of the time it doesn’t feel like “work.” I love what I do and I don’t take that for granted. We took a 1120 square foot ranch, and turned it into a 2000 plus square foot home. Added a 3 stall garage, and new 4 seasons room.
Want to say something about work and attitude.
We stopped by my aunt’s this past Saturday for lunch. She mentioned in passing her son (my cousin) is planning on retiring after the first of the year. He is 4 years younger than I. He’s worked in a factory setting for 30 + years. Great union benefits. I heard that and found myself battling feelings of failure. That is not the first time this has happened. Rather than just be stuck in those negative, energy sucking thoughts, I decided to tell some friends that we get together with on a regular basis about it. Just as I’d suspected. Every last one of them (5) confessed to battling similar thoughts at one time or another.
“So what do I do about it?” I asked????
Be thankful. (And they proceeded to list off a plethora of things in my life I do have to be thankful for.) Just admitting those feelings of comparison and inferiority out loud to another human being, (and in this case to 5 people) then being thankful for a host of things removed the sting.
It really did.
Here are a few before and after pics of my current project…
Back of house:
In 2014 I wrote a series of posts on the financial stress I was feeling.
I sometimes think it word pictures in case you haven’t noticed. 🙂
The word picture I had at the time in my mind was this….
I felt like I was flying a loaded 747 and we 15 to 20 feet off the surface of the ocean. Yes I was still in the air, but the waves were licking @ the wings, the weight of financial stress was nonstop and I was getting tired. Credit card debt, car loan, medical bills..etc.
Then we stumbled across a book on personal finances that was a God-send.
Here’s a portion of the chart I put on the wall in front of my desk:
The chart showed where we were currently,as well as where I wanted to head.
Flash forward to today.
Our financial situation has changed. Same job, same basic income….
Credit card is paid off. Car loan is paid off. Medical bills are currently all paid off and there is a surplus in the medical checkbook. (Although that could change in a heartbeat).
Today there are two different word pictures in my head.
First, the one with the airplane… We have created distance between those waves and our plane. Today we are at 10,000 feet and climbing.
The second word picture in my head is that of a beehive.
Imagine that 🙂
I feel like a bee going into winter with multiple frames of honey stored up.
Well, I guess I need to wrap it up. If you’re reading this post, I would love to hear from you as well. If nothing else, tell me three things you have to be thankful for.