Originally, the plan was to move into town on October 1st, but the place I thought we'd be moving to fell through, so we're still out at the Sky Bus until this Tuesday. When I first realized we'd be out there an extra ten days, I have to admit I was really dreading it, as cold as it's been getting. I've been sleeping with a hat and two pairs of socks, inside a sleeping bag with a comforter and another blanket over it.
But today I am feeling honestly grateful that we were "forced" to be out there a bit longer. It's given me more time to get the bus and land ready for winter, and work on the trench. Yesterday, Graeme and I set up the woodstove that came with the bus. The day before, I had bought wood from a friend of mine, just enough to fill up the back of the Blazer. I figured that would be enough to get us through the next few days and have a little left over for when I want to escape to Serendipity over the winter.
The timing couldn't have been better, because it's predicted to go down to about 30 degrees tonight. And yesterday while we were setting up the stove, it actually started SNOWING.
The whole task was tedious, backbreaking, and took longer than I'd anticipated (of course! I should know better by now), but I had such a sense of accomplishment when it was done, and I built our first fire. I used to have a woodstove at the house where I lived for several years in another part of New Mexico, and since we moved from there, I've really missed having one. I love splitting wood and building a fire, then sitting in front of it, toasty and mesmerized. I love the sound and the smell of a good fire. I'd almost forgotten the satisfaction of all that.
This morning, it was cold and overcast, still wet from yesterday's rain and snow. I got up and unloaded all the wood out of the Blazer, and stacked it next to the bus. Then I disassembled the shower "stall," and used the tarp to cover the wood; I felt like a squirrel stashing acorns. It felt bittersweet to take apart the shower - a true acknowledgement of the change of seasons.
And that's the biggest reason I'm grateful to still be out there. I once had a boyfriend who believed you couldn't truly know someone until you'd gone through every season with them, and that applies completely to the relationship I'm developing with my land and bus. And even though I won't be living out there over the winter, I look forward to visiting from time to time so I can at least have a taste of winter deliciousness on the mesa.
|A last little view of summer. These guys are gone now; I'll miss them.|