One thing about us Americans, we are passionate about pursuing our dreams. We think we can do anything. Those who know me will testify that I have, on occasion, done some pretty crazy things. For example, during K and L's wedding reception, while chatting away and enjoying a glass of wine, I nearly caught the place on fire when I put my napkin too close to the candle on the table. Thank goodness someone noticed. As you can imagine, I've been teased endlessly about this and it is now referred to as the "napkin incident".
Now, there's another crazy tale. The one, where I proceeded to flood K and L's new house that we are in the process of renovating. While moving the ladder, I lost my grip and the latter tumbled forward hitting the main water line. Which, for some crazy reason, is located on the inside of the house! Needless to say, I learned a few new curse words in French last night during the excitement while we were all bailing water with dustpans into buckets. This little mishap required shutting off the main water supply to the entire village. The good news, L had the opportunity to meet the mayor of his new village who stopped by to see what was happening.
K and L have a tight move-in schedule and we need to get the house ready by the middle of December. We are not talking simply a coat or two of paint. I'm not kidding when I saying a "major renovation". We've been documenting the process and you can see the photos here. I think this renovation will go down in history as one of the quickest renovations of a 200 year-0ld house.
To say the least, this adventure is not for the faint of heart. It is really much more of a Frank McCourt/Lucille Ball type of adventure rather than Under the Tuscan Sun. Either way, I wouldn't change it for the world. When things get crazy, I head back in the kitchen and start cooking. There's a rabbit in the oven and I'm braising a pork roast and it's not even 7:00 am.
Here's to following your passion and enjoy the process along the way.