Monday, December 31, 2012

The Little Things

“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.”   -HDT

Everyone has a running to-do list, and now and then there's an item on that list that justs hangs around for weeks and weeks. It's something that won't take much time, but does require some effort...there never seems to be quite the right time to get it done.  And so there it sits, nagging you. Whispering all the negative possibilities that linger, the longer you wait.  Now imagine the sheer delight that the completion of this task inevitably brings. That was us this weekend when we FINALLY got our trailer up on blocks for the winter. Leaving the trailer on the ground would have been bad for the tires, causing them to warp and crack under the persisent weight.

We visited one of our favorite spots, the railroad tracks by the industrial area. That's where we got our free bricks earlier this year. We grabbed 15 cinderblocks from the same area and hauled them back to the truck in 3 trips. We also grabbed a pallet to use the wood as "shims" if need be.

We headed to my Dad's and discussed how exactly we were going to accomplish this. We didn't have heavy duty jacks at our disposal. We realized we could make use of the jack that existed at the head of our trailer (we're beginning to realize just how awesome this trailor is). We cranked it downward first causing the back end to lift up. Adam and Dan placed the blocks just behind the wheel wells and cranked the jack back up. By continuing to crank upward the front of the trailer lifted and they put another set of blocks in front of the wheel wells. We then lowered the jack down and voila! The wheels were off the ground. We finished just as the snow began to fall.

Thanks, guys!

Jack up trailer- CHECK!

Feeling especially accomplished, relieved, and cheerful, we decided to have a bonfire with my Dad and brother. To show our thanks to Dad and Adam for the help, we went and grabbed some booze to share around the fire.  It turned out to be a relaxing day with only a few simple things happening, but both brought me great happiness. Even as a child I enjoyed the simple things, no small delight went unnoticed, and I feel it's been one of the most important qualities I possess. Not to mention how fitting it seems given what this whole adventure blog thing is about: living tiny.

Happy New Year!

Take the time to enjoy the little things in life that bring you any kind of joy. Slow down, look around, and really take in the people and places of your life. Finding many many small joys every day is what makes life beautiful.
Just something to think about in the new year....

I wish you the happiest of New Years, readers!

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