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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

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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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

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

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

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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

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.

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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

I washed the windows today, with water and vinegar. These are the windows which are leaving, by the way. My intention is to improve the light in the structure, which improves feng shui automatically. Better feng shui= better chance of success.

I also worked more on the coffee table. 🙂 I needed to do something to encourage myself. Clearing clutter can take a long time, it’s good to keep in positive spirits.

Better light, closer-to-complete art-table, and also: a clove garland! I tied cloves to a piece of yarn and strung them above the holly branches I put in a vase to deter mice. This addition marks THE first time anyone other than myself has walked in and commented *positively* about the smell.

Woohoo!

🙂 Serenity Woman