BE-COMING HOME: a year to the day

However, as a guarantee of its renewed youth, the symbolical phoenix never reappeared before the eyes of the world without having consumed solemnly the remains and evidences of its previous life.
[Transcendental Magic; Its Doctrine and Ritual, Éliphas Lévi]

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End of October, beginning of November, the front entrance took serious shape – just in time to usher Summer out the door and graciously welcome Winter.

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The top deck off the master bedroom got a nifty waterproof coating,

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and Sasha was hard at work on the electrics, as well.

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By Sunday 7 November (Samhain – Summer’s End, the Celtic New Year ), the plate for the portico lantern was in place and wired.

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The day was also marked by the appearance of the frames for the double pocket doors between the den and living room.

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Since November is always my craziest, busiest, most intense and stressful month at work, naturally it was also a crazy-busy, intense and often stressful time in the house-process.  We’d contracted with Hanlon’s Complete Cabinet Service back in June, and I’d done my best to get a jump on cabinet design and organization throughout September and October.  Despite my best efforts, it was here in November the cabinet-biz really got going.  And, sad to say, the communications side of the biz didn’t always go well.

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While we sorted out the cabinet issues in the interior, the exterior got forms for the curve off the driveway and into the carport,

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and for the front steps.

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On 19 November – the 12th night of Samhain-tide – we went up the steps fer-reals!

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It was a year to the day since the fire.  We’d gone from this,

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to this.

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A true phoenix rising.


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