200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, November 23, 2009
This is a Terrible Picture
I took a quick shot this morning to illustrate something. We'll get to that in a minute. But first I want to talk about how terrible this picture is. I was standing near the dining room table looking east-ish when I took the shot. You can clearly see the dowel that's holding the upper window closed and the crack in the storm window from falling down (because the tracks are loose). You can see less clearly the reflection from the west windows (yes, there is a view clear through the house east-to-west), and you can see even less clearly the view through the window, because you're looking through 2 layers of plastic and 2 layers of glass.
This terrible shot shows something I've been thinking about lately. I'm terribly proud that I'm living in this ancient, crooked house in the woods, more or less successfully. But I'll never be able to clean it up enough to make a city boy comfortable. It's a loose, dusty place with far too many ladybugs, and his discomfort makes me uncomfortable. Years ago it would have been me with the look of distaste in my eyes, but now I see the look in other eyes, and I find it terrible. Enough with the word "terrible" for today! You know how when you look at a word too long, it starts to look funny and wierd? We're there with this word.
Let's get to what I wanted to illustrate.
I'm practicing a trick I learned when I lived in South Carolina. Parking the truck in the yard, that is. When I first noticed that South Carolinians park in their yards (at least where I lived they did), I was (terribly) put off. It grew on me though, and before too long I was parking in the yard like a pro.
There's something else I learned in South Carolina that I sometimes practice. It's how to use the word "shortly." South Carolinians use the word "shortly" to mean any time in the future when they don't want to specify a time. As a transplanted northerner, I thought the word "shortly" meant the same as "soon." It doesn't necessarily mean that, but it may. See how much freedom "shortly" provides? Practice it often, cricket. It's a very useful word.