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So much progress has been made since these were taken but I will show you just ‘cuz I haven’t taken new ones yet!

This is NOT the final color of the exterior. It has since been painted and I can’t wait to show you what it looks like now.

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Taken before winter set in 🙂

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The latter two images are of the back of the house and back side corner, respectively. Love that wood there.

Enjoy!

~Serenity Woman

The other day I showed my dad this blog and told him how many views we’d gotten, and that there’d been a ton of ‘likes’, too! He wanted to see the comments…. and I had to tell him there aren’t any!

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Sit down and stay awhile!

Give me something new to say next time, please! I would love to tell him that we’d gotten some comments on how great the house is progressing. And if you’d like to share your own home improvement project with us, that would be awesome!!

In great gratitude,

~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!

Wow!! Let’s take a visit down memory lane, shall we?

Here is my intention for the space:

I’d like to create a peaceful space where Yoga can be practiced. I’d like it to be a beautiful non-distracting space with light, air, and cleanliness. This will be a space for serenity. So mote it be.

And here is the transformation process, photo by photo, beginning January 2, 2012.

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Now this is far from complete, but see the transformation? See the beautiful change from dark to light? I am loving it and feeling more peaceful every time I look at it.

~*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

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

So to some, this may appear to be backward progress, because there is More behind the door than there was last time! But notice… other than the wood crates it’s all new stuff, not anything that was previously in the shed (or my possession). What flows out makes room for new to flow in. I am happy and excited about my new projects.

The walnut table-top has found a new home with a wood-carver. The new furniture stash represents 4 new renovation projects, one of which is the white desk in the pictures. This desk is an antique school-desk. I removed the locking mechanism to clean the rust off of (and out of) it. Not sure yet what method I’ll be using to remove the old paint.

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Task list for the table:

remove old paint

secure the front legs

prime

paint

clean and polish the lock

refit the lock

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Soon I’ll be posting pictures of a lovingly hand-painted school-desk.

Blessed be~

Serenity Woman

Two years ago, I read a book called ‘Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui’ by Karen Kingston. One practical step she emphasized for clearing a space is using a broom to sweep the area. She writes that a contributing factor of the positive energy on the island of Bali is the practice of the people to rise with the sun and sweep out their homes and walkways every single day. They also have parades occasionally, and ring high-quality bells, making noise to drive stagnant energy out and infuse their island with positive energy and love.

I enjoy sweeping very much. In the spiritual sense, I like the idea that my space is becoming more pure. Mentally, I like the distraction from my own thoughts and the positive reinforcement that I am doing something to help my family and my self. Physically, the changing view from dirty and cluttered, to clean and ordered shows me the difference I have made, in a tangible way.

I have been sweeping the steps which lead to ‘The Little House’ as often as I remember to do so. This has spurred me to begin sweeping the area around my family’s house, down the walkway, and the street in front. Rather than sweeping to just shift the dust around, I gather the swept material in a dustbin and put it out with yard waste.

The steps, all rights reserved to M.E. 2012

I have also been collecting the dead flowers that fall on the ground in front of the little house, to save myself the future trouble of uprooting the shrubs they would create. I like the ‘Rose of Sharon’ shrub/tree we have down there, it’s just that when all of those seeds sprout, there is no path to walk to the house. Part of the essence of feng shui is a good clear path. Movement is good! Sweeping helps me see what the next step is, in more ways than one. It uncovers new tasks, and new footholds.

I am grateful for sweeping, today.

~Serenity Woman

You may be wondering why exactly the Walnut Table is in three pieces. I was wondering the same thing!

I looked it over, and it seems the legs are not simply removable, but broken off from the tabletop (that explains the hideous drips of dried glue which came off with polishing). Also, there are pieces missing (I found an ebay listing for a nearly-identical table, which has bracing pieces between the legs –missing from my table. According to the ebay listing, this table was made in the 1930s). I’ve given some thought to using the beautifully carved legs in a new design, a meshing of pieces to create something new…. stay tuned!

😀

Serenity Woman