Living Clutter

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

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Color Palette: Emerald, Sand, and Lichen

Dad took some time off to work on the Little House, so we went to the hardware store the other day and picked up 6 sheets of wood siding. He’s been measuring and cutting and fitting it to the outside (really a one person job).

Yesterday I began removing the copious nails and tacks driven into the inner side of the door, and using an orbital sander to sand both the outside and inside of the door. It still needs more work sanding and some wood filler before we can paint it. The plan for paint colors is (so far) as follows:

The outside of the house:

Door:

Inside of the house:

So sort of this same color palette:

Looking forward to painting! Though first we have to install the area that will be painted! Be here now…..

(Unlike usual, the photos used in this post are not my own)

Wrapping

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So as you can see, three windows completely in! Aren’t they beautiful? The rest of the available light is coming from up here:

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A window that Dad put in several years ago to improve the light in the Little House. Here’s another shot with the (I think lovely) ceiling:

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Stay tuned for more window-related posts quite soon!!

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~Serenity Woman

Sweeping, sweeping, sweeping

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~

15 minutes or 10 things?

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!