I've been living in the cabin for over a week now. It has been a fun and challenging experience so far. There are several things that I absolutely love about being here. I love the rustic sense of purpose to the day, water to be fetched, heat to be thought about. My parents have also put me in charge of the well being of the property until the new tenants in the ranch house next door move in. I've cleared a lot of brush and tamed the lawn. There is still more to do on that front though. I love how close to nature this cabin is, there is a stream across the lawn, and wildlife everywhere. For being just a few minutes outside of Waterbury it feels much further than that. I enjoy how much time I get to sit and think, and read, and play board games with my girlfriend. I miss the Internet, but at the same time I am very appreciative of the time I am getting without it.
There are however, many other things that are a little unpleasant that need to be dealt with everyday. The outhouse, oh what a fun experience it is. At first there wasn't even a toilet seat in there. Sitting on rough wood is not my idea of a good time. I have since installed a toilet seat, hooray! Another problem is the lack of heat. They have hooked me up with an electric space heater that is inefficient and its controls can be problem-matic. Then we get to the smell, that I have almost conquered. The space had not been occupied by humans for quite some time. Mice and other rodent had however made a playground of the interior. The smell of damp and rot is slowly getting driven from this place. I think there are a few areas where I should replace the insulation to get rid of spots that have been wet. The last object that irks me where I am, is the leaks in the roof. I still need to clamber up there with some roof tar and patch a few spots that have loosened up over the years.
I am loving this experience and have the improvements I would like to make prioritized. Now to just get my mom and step father onto the same page as I am. My mug of tea is almost finished so I figure I should end this entry at the length of one standard mug of tea. Thank you for reading. I would like to thank my girlfriend Ally who has been extremely supportive during this process and loves me no matter how crazy or rustic this experience gets.