I can feel autumn in the air. We had an unusually cool summer and didn’t end up doing much of the usual summer swimming and popsicle eating but now the city is bustling with students on their way back to school. I feel the urge to stock up on school supplies, despite having graduated from college nearly a decade ago.
Will and I intend to use that going-back-to-school energy to wrap up a couple green living projects this fall before winter sets in. Our top priority is the roof. It could probably last another year but we want to replace it with a metal roof, add a bunch of attic insulation, and finally install the solartube we purchased months ago to add light to our kitchen. We’d also like to build a passive solar air heater and get it installed but that one we’d have to do ourselves, which feels a bit more challenging. Despite having completed a few construction projects around the house, I still feel like my carpentry skills are limited and am nervous about putting holes through our wall…
The project I’m most excited about is adding in some more edible landscaping features. We finally created a reasonably accurate map of the yard (look for a post next week) so we can figure out where new plantings can be added. Our friends at Brambleberry Farm have a number of fruit trees and bushes that they suggest we could plant this fall to get a head start for next year. I’m also contemplating putting in a mediation labyrinth of flower bulbs but that one might have to wait until next year.
And, of course, we also intend to return to our regular twice weekly blogging schedule. Sometimes posting to the blog can seem like one more chore to deal with but it’s also a great way for us to constantly evaluate our progress and keep living well. We’ve done a lot since we started this blog, including some big life steps like getting married, buying a house, and adopting a dog. It’s exciting to find new ways of greening our lives and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Blogging is just one little way to share our stories and to motivate ourselves to keep improving.