Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sometimes My Feng Gets In My Shui, But I Just Work Around It.

 As usual, social infections like "Feng Shui" arrive late on the frontier. Like many pathogens, as they spread, they mutate and weaken, until sometimes they are reduced to nothing more than a minor irritation.

That's pretty much how my recent bout with FungShway went, a barely noticeable blip in my usual routine.
It started with the pump house project, in which all I had to do was put the roof on ... as it had been before the well repairs of June.
But no, wouldn't my head and the pump house rafters be much more harmonious if I raised the roof up a foot or so, thus avoiding unharmonious head bumps when inside the pump house?

And wouldn't a light metal roof instead of heavy plywood and shingles make a future well repair necessitated roof removal more harmoniously easy?

And a redo of that siding stain would harmonize the view from the kitchen bay window quite a bit.
(note this view is from the oak tree nearby)

I had to harmonize the oak's branches lately, you may remember that high altitude post.

The FS infection was spreading inside me and I didn't even know it in the beginning.
It all seems so clear now.
It even impacted my relationship with my JEEP.
She has had her own issues lately, ... not wanting to start, and I had successfully started her 3 times by rolling her down the hill and leaping in to pop the clutch and get her going.
Two days ago, as I went to do that one more time and drive her to the repair clinic, I both failed to start her and ran out of the slope needed to do this by myself.
That seemed so unharmonious to just accept failure after 3 successes ... that odd number 3 was bugging me.
So I used the "come-a-long" jack and some rope to crank her back up the slope for one more try.
And failed, unharmoniously.
The next day, she rode a wrecker into the shop, but the wrecker driver was both a JEEP guy and a Labrador Retriever guy, plus AAA picked up the tow cost, so I felt sort of harmonious after that.

Then there was this bit of disharmony.
The ancient outdoor shower faucet combo was tired and done.
The two faucets and one ball valve were all broken or about to go and the shower outlet had long ago been stuffed with plant matter by some critter.

At the bottom end of the shower setup, ferns had colonized the lowest foot or so of pipe by taking advantage of the slow leak from the ball valve.
(Actually, I found this quite harmonious, but practical?

This fern, in harmony with the green moss that had colonized the drip first, had thrived on the moss-created "soil" that surrounded the lower pipe like a sleeve.
Okay, this is pretty FS to me.
Just sayin'.

To balance the competing harmonies of a need for a working faucet at this location with the clever harmonizing by the moss and fern, I decided to keep the pipe, moss, fern complex intact after I cut it from the undergound pipes.
I then carried it out to the goldfish pond where the lime rock boulders lay around harmonizing with the pond.
I tucked the pipe,fern, moss unit under the shade of a sago palm there and wished it luck.

Where the ferny shower unit was ... harmony to come.

These pre-Thanksgiving days off have allowed me to knock off, or at least work on a zillion disharmonious little jobs that were not urgent, but needed.
Some actually are not "needed", not in the usual sense anyway.
I give you the Pollinator Bee House for example.

All I had to do to it yesterday was start stuffing its spaces with habitat material for our native bees and wasps who work harmoniously with my blueberry blossoms to ensure a good crop.
I THOUGHT I was going to just put log chunks in one section and bamboo in another, but then this mild Feng Shui infection flared up and the whole project took twice as long.
It all started when I used a piece of bamboo to prop up a log chunk on the log shelf.
"Hey, that's kind of harmonious", I said to the dogs, Fang and Shway.
(Well, no... that's not really their names, we all know they are Bear and Coquina, but wouldn't that have been harmonious names for them?)
Hindsight is harmoniously 20/20.
So, fever raging, I pulled everything out and started over, MIXING the bamboo with the logs in a harmonious pattern.
And I liked it.

Back in the shop, I furiously cut more 6 inch sections of bamboo using a precisely and yet harmoniously placed stop block to guarantee length harmony among the bamboo pieces.

My fever was reaching its peak now.

I think I'm over it now ... wait, is that log in the right place?

Feng Shui, Y'all.


robin andrea said...

Ah, the feng-shui connectedness of our houses and yards. One thing leads to another and another, and so on and so on. I love the bamboo in pollinator bee house. Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie Zickefoose said...

If I didn't know better I'd think this was a bit tongue in cheek. All about the feng shui here. Even if my phone keeps changing it to dengue.

threecollie said...

I like the way it looks, feng, or no feng. lol

R.Powers said...

Thanks Robin!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and the pirate both!

R.Powers said...

It's possible that I was poking fun at the whole concept.
I do like the looks of the bamboo,elm,cedar arrangement though.
A lot.

R.Powers said...

Let's hope the bees like it!

Pablo said...

Every morning when I wake up I ask myself, how can I be more like FC today. I've officially decided to give up. That goal is unattainable!

Marilyn Kircus said...

I love your pollinator hotel too. You are well on the way to be competition ready for Beyond the Hive Competition. See pictures at this link; . And it's all your fault that I just HAD to buy the book, The Bees in Your Backyard. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wally Jones said...

As suspected with many other worthwhile things in life, we may have evidence here that Feng Shui was really discovered by an ancient Cracker just fixin' up the homestead.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Greenbow said...

Whether you are funging or schwaying you are so funny. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Miz S said...

My funny, clever friend. I'm thankful I know you!

roger said...

everything is connected to everything. sometimes i just have to declare an arbitrary boundary. which always becomes fuzzy. you did harmonize quite a bit here.

R.Powers said...

And I, each day ask, How can I make even a partial runner transition in the manner of Pablo?

Thanks for that link. I'll bee checking it out.

Thanks Lisa, hope yours was a happy one too!

Miz S,
High praise from such a funny EXblogger. We miss you in the blogosphere.

roger, fuzzy boundaries are way more interesting than the nonfuzzy kind.

Pablo said...

Do you have success with the holes bored in the cedar? Isn't there some substance in cedar wood that makes it unsuitable litter for small animals like hamsters? Would that affect insects as well?

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Anonymous said...

Took me a minute to figure out that you fung shui'd yourself. It's what I call the law of projects; each time you think you have one simple project to finish, it turns into five or six additional projects.

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