After waiting so long for the weather to allow for the yurt site to be graded, the project is coming together quickly. In part that is oddly due to the Covid 19 virus. While the virus has caused many problems for small businesses (including mine), it has given me access to two top-notch carpenters until their employers can get them back to work. It’s hard to see it as a truly positive thing and yet I find myself grateful for the accelerated build with the extra help. Truthfully, if I had relied on my original plan for using family and friends and holding a “yurt raising party”, we would likely still be back at the platform building stage. Of course, the budget I had planned did not include this amount of labor costs either. “One man’s ceiling is the other man’s floor” is a song that comes to mind. But I’m choosing, daily, to appreciate the progress and the process.
I will leave you with this view from the top of the yurt. The next steps are to build out the interior and then the porches at the doors. I may need to adjust my plans as my funds dwindle, but having lived in one room in my daughter and son-in-law’s house for nine months now has changed my definition of what is essential. I am looking forward to my own space, small though it may be, and that makes me thankful in a way that may not have been without our “forced togetherness”.