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So, our yard could probably be designated as a wildlife habitat, and natural ecosystem. A few years ago, we even had a toad living in it! Apparently that’s a good and fairly certain sign of a healthy ecosystem. However, the humans are important, too. The yard just isn’t working for us in some ways that’d we’d like it to.

I would love to add a bench or wooden swing (like a porch swing), and put it near a really good tree like a red maple or magnolia.

If you look at the large bright green mass slightly to the right of the little house (this is an OLD picture!) you are seeing a veritable thicket. It has recently become outlined in tall itchy weeds, which we have to brush past if walking to the compost pile. We’ve been focused on other things; aside from general life stuff, there’s the little house to work on, and that has been pretty consuming.
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Anyway, today I spent an hour with a pitchfork and shovel and was able to clear a 4’x4′ section of those weeds (some Virginia creeper in there! good thing I got that out) and fill an industrial size trash bin. Needless to say, I am tired and well-deserving of rest (which all of us deserve anyway, regardless of how much we accomplish!!).

Oh, and there are new pictures coming soon! (As soon as I take them!) We’ve made a ton of progress on trim and siding!

~Serenity Woman

Today as I swept the steps leading down to the Little House, I meditated.

I breathed in through my nose envisioning pure white light entering my body, I breathed out through my mouth envisioning black smoke leaving my body.

I noticed what muscles I was using. Sweeping uses many different muscles.

I noticed that I sweep any time I want to make progress with the House and its development. Seeing the clean steps gives the impression to the whole place ‘this place is cared-about’ and encourages additional care to come to it.

I put the holly leaves (pointy spines and all!) in the compost pile so they return to the soil and enrich it with the nutrients the tree created over the year.

Each time I sweep, there is something to sweep. Stewardship is an important task, so that all that accumulates will be diminished gradually. Stewardship helps prevent overwhelm, makes good things possible.

Wishing you the courage to be a Steward of the Earth and of your own life.

~Serenity Woman~

I believe there are two camps when it comes to cleaning and clearing.

There’s the “I’m only going to clean for 15 minutes” idea which works for some, as it focuses the attention and releases one from attachment to the result or expectation of perfection.

And there is the “I will put away (or get rid of) 10 things” camp which works best for me, because it provides the same blessings mentioned above as well as a simple and definite goal. I don’t have to break my neck trying to vacuum the whole house in 15 minutes or ‘have the place spotless’ by the end of my cleaning. I have the satisfaction of knowing I removed 10 things that had been standing in the way (and it doesn’t matter which ten) and am 10 new open spaces closer to my goal of cleanliness.

Serenity can be attained regardless of your surroundings, as it is entirely reliant upon one’s attitude and willingness to be happy.

Blessings and peace,

~*Serenity Woman!

Non-little house post today, for that project has been on hold for a while. Today’s feature is an ongoing project to organize, clean, and aesthetically-revolutionize my own chamber.

 

This is what things looked like about a year ago in my room….

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So Dad and I have been putting in headers on the Little House. Headers are what the new windows will hang from. Here are some photos.

The outside view: you can see that much has been done.

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The headers on the front side of the house

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Using wood from the wood pile….

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….to keep warm by a nice fire on these cold days.

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Making more progress, headers on the wall of windows overlooking ‘the pit’.

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And a little-seen view of the house; this corner used to be filled with stuff! (currently that stuff is piled in a different corner)

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The outside corner; some of the wood you see here will be removed to make space for the windows.

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Ta-da! Well how did you like that?

Tranquility- Under Construction.

~*Serenity Woman!

Say the title five times fast! Come on, I dare you….

it’s a tongue twister 😉 It’s also something I’m considering currently. The fire pit has had its first fire, complete with S’mores! It was a roaring, sizzling success. When I got it going (with no liter fluid nor starter log! those are not my style), smoke and steam billowed out from under the edge of the bowl, which was somewhat unnerving! My guess is that it was due to evaporation of water between the lip of the bowl and the frame it rests in.

The newest development is that around the fire pit little weeds have been ‘planted’ by birds passing overhead. This was not a problem when the ground-cover was comprised of leaves and sticks… and it’s making me consider whether mulch is not a bad idea after all.

I don’t know what some of the ‘volunteer’ plants are, but some are pokeweed, which is Very invasive and nearly impossible to get rid of.

the horribly-invasive and poisonous pokeweed… I am so sick of this plant!

These plants are worse than roaches. They Must be dug out with a shovel, making sure you get the ENTIRE root. Otherwise, a bit of the root stays and you’ll be picking pokeweed from the exact same spot each week, and it will return again the following year. They get really tall…. at least 8 feet. Their berries not only fall right under the plant, so that you’ve got tons more in the same area, but birds are quite fond of them, too and spread them by eating them and then flying over. Pokeweed grows really fast, using up lots of nutrients from the soil, and the entire plant is poisonous to humans.

Ready to help me eradicate pokeweed? 😉 Kidding, but I hope these tips prove helpful if you, too, are dealing with this plant overtaking your lovely yard.

Blessings and Peace~

Serenity Woman

Only a week or so ago, I got back out in the yard. The weather was lovely and I could smell someone burning wood a few yards away. I opened the door of the Little House to air it out.

Giant spider was hanging from one wall. I cleansed the top portion of the camper (which I’ve been told is broken) using pine sol in water. Sometimes I’m not as eco-friendly as I’d like to be, but that thing was disgusting!

So today we’re on our way to Lowe’s to attempt to acquire a fire pit. Wish us luck! I will post pictures when it’s firmly rooted in place.

Blessings and Serenity

~SW

So, not long ago (only several months…) I drew a second plan drawing and accompanying task list.

The drawing.

The text.

I’ve removed the Formica table to the trash (check!), photographed and removed the walnut table to my uncle’s house (check!), worked on painting the coffee table, moved the hoses outside the house temporarily, stacked the wood, picked up the nails and screws and put them in a container, grouped the gutter pipe and fittings, and done some clearing in the outer area to even out the turf- so that we can put in a fire pit.

What’s next? Well…. I’ll have to make a new task list! 🙂

Peace and Light~*

Serenity Woman

Nothing stops Serenity-Woman!

A couple of sneezes from my sweeping of the dust, yick, and cobwebs cannot stand in my way, and that’s for sure.

I don’t have pictures today, because really what would you want to see? The dust? The dead vines that had wormed their way in through the walls? The pail of nails I picked out from among the ‘yick’ (my affectionate term for the generalized mess mice create)?

I doubt anyone wants to see that.

The left-hand front-corner of the house is looking much clearer, though part of that is a ruse! I moved the wheelbarrow to behind the door, temporarily, so I can sweep and clean. The length of hose has been shifted outside, also temporarily, and I’m hoping for a permanent new location for it (but it’s not mine to discard). The heap of planks, I neatly piled near the door on top of the shingles. Those will have to be moved again to clean.

I began to develop a feeling that I was done with my tasks out there for the day. I respect my feelings, especially when it comes to feeling ‘done’. I strongly encourage that. Feeling stuck or not knowing where to start is an entirely different feeling, though they may be confused for the same. ‘Done’ is a combination of satisfaction that I’ve completed a task, and a willingness to move on to the next good thing to do.

Until next time~ Blessed be.

Serenity Woman

I have done a lot of work removing invasive plants, lately. The Rose of Sharon spawns a lot of fast-growing new plants… Whew. Hundreds, at least. Be warned, should you ever decide to put one in your yard. And then there’s ivy which reaches over from ‘the pit’.

Here’s photos of clear steps, a clearer ‘future-fire-pit’ area, and the side of the house which was entirely covered with vines at one point. Also, the (cleaner) lock from the table, and my gourd plant!

We’re on our way to a cozy fire-pit and a clear and easy path to the Little House. So Mote It Be.

~Serenity Woman.