I took up the task of taking down my hosts' Christmas tree, which was in the living room. I'm not certain what kind of tree it is. It had about 20 branches total. I removed the branches individually from the base with a pair of pruning shears in order to make its removal easier.
Eventually, I cleared away the tree and boxed up the ornaments. I moved the furniture into a position that I think suits the room well and cleaned the surfaces.
The next day, Jeff called and said he forgot his passport and would need it for his travel plans. I brought it to his office and the secretary mailed it out to him.
Driving into town, I didn't see much that interested me.
I've been cooking every meal. They've got a handy egg-poacher here that I like to use. The chickens yield 2-3 eggs a day. Jeff said it is too early in the season to incubate the eggs, so I've been eating them.
I've been journaling quite a bit, jotting down dreams, intentions, affirmations, goals and personal reflection. It feels good to have a daily practice of checking in with myself and getting perspective in this way.
I'm listening to an audio recording of Eckhart Tolle reading his book "A New Earth" and I enjoy it very much.
I noticed that only one of the two speakers was working on the stereo, so I fixed it. The right speaker had come unplugged from the amplifier; now, it is working quite well.
The hot tub works well, too! I've been having a session every other evening. I consider myself very fortunate.
Another project I've begun is constructing a landscape stairway by the drive. It requires digging, making wooden stakes, and using a pile driver. The phone I'm using is serving as a level; although, I'm not sure it's very accurate.
It took some trial and experimentation, and eventually I ended up with a sort of rectangular design. I will continue to develop it tomorrow.