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Damn Maine! This evening hour light…. Our departure tomorrow is early, and even though our time here was short, itโ€™s hard not to feel the echoes of something bigger reflecting back on us. No doubt weโ€™ll be doing the same, in kind, on the long drive home.

The light in our home... for better or worse... ๐Ÿกโค๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ธ Our piggies combined....

๐Ÿ“ธ Thoroughly enjoyed this break from the heat (and the ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ hammock we got on our 20th).

๐Ÿ“ธ I love it when I am out walking and shots just magically come together.

Durham is always filled with these kinds of encounters. And when the afternoon storms are rolling in like they are here? I turn down whatever is coming through my earbuds, center myself into the present, and pay close attention. I donโ€™t have to capture it every time, but whenever I do, itโ€™s a treat.

Those evenings… storms coming in… right before you decide to cut the back deck lights on.

Finished off the back deck repair job we started a few weeks ago!

Had some tricky cuts to make at the very end but, all in all? We think it came out great! It’s finally up to code, safe, and structurally very sound.

Now we just have attempt the rest of the back deck which is easily as rotted out as the top level replaced. ๐Ÿ˜… All in good time.

Old houses man, I tell ya!

old rotten joists that need to be replacedold rotten joists that need to be replaced, and more of the back decknew sleeves, joists, and deck planks installed!!another look from a different angle at the new sleeves, joists, and deck planks we installedTad bravely holding a power drill standing in the top deck space area, shortly after it had been completely dismantled.picture of the top deck area, construction completed!

We all have latent ambition on the daily. Every once and a while though, that bites you back.๐Ÿ˜ฌ this deck is gonna involve way more TLC than we originally anticipated.

๐Ÿ“ธ Found this photo in an old archive folder from a long gone MacBook Proโ€ฆ

It was taken right around when we moved to Durham, NC. My first piece of writing was just accepted to be published. That was also the first time my words provided any kind of payment.

I was just starting Conduit and work was coming in.

So much has changed since then. Durhamโ€™s not the same - that green wall has been replaced by a towering condo complex.

I’m certainly not the same either. There was a lot of joy, a lot of mistakes to learn from, a lot of anxiety and hope generated from all of the above… life basically.

This photo brought all of that back, as well as immense amounts gratitude.

Chain link sunset ๐ŸŒ…

Spent the afternoon inoculating logs! ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„

Been trying to get more afternoon naps in lately… ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ด

Spring has sprung! ๐ŸŽช

Love it when the trees explode this time of year! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒผ Almost tricks me into believing that next week wonโ€™t be back down in the 30โ€™s again. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฅถ

๐Ÿ“ธ Another year, another Nevermore Film Festival here in Durham! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€โ˜ ๏ธ

Iโ€™ve been attending this horror film festival for well over a decade and itโ€™s been a pleasure supporting it over the years at the beautiful Carolina Theatre. 20 years! Just amazing!

๐Ÿ“ธ Got some thoroughly needed time away in the woods with this one. ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฒ

These little breaks away from Durham have been so, so good for us and our individual wellbeing.

Weโ€™ve been trying to make more space for times like these, and each time we do, it consistently gives back tenfold. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ซ

๐Ÿ“ธBack home after a LONG road trip...

… filled with hours of unexpected construction delays from my homeland (New England, NH & VT). Decompression and reflection necessitates much needed time with ๐Ÿต in front of the ๐Ÿ”ฅ back at the ๐Ÿ  …

๐Ÿ“ธ Da BubbinSpoonful keeps getting biggoh!!๐Ÿถ

My brother’s doggo, Ginger, is officially full grown. I am glad I can still hold her!

๐Ÿ“ธIts nice to have a reminder of how beautiful the winters can be up north.

Itโ€™s one thing where my memory has intentionally run short after moving south. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

๐Ÿ“ธThatโ€™s some beautiful evening-walk-home light you got going on there Durham โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚