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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

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Dad has been working really hard and the results are beautiful!

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Dad says ‘Well, it does look a little different!’ “Like” or comment on this post if you agree!!

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~

So I have more pictures! Yay!

They aren’t exactly new, but we’ve been taking a break since it began snowing, so these are still the latest progress. Enjoy them!

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Now that the headers are fully built and nailed in, the spaces for the new windows have been sawed-out.

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See how much light there will be?

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Dad on the ladder, hard at work.

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A view of the corner, filled with light and space.

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Just picture sitting inside enjoying the sun and lovely green views, mosquito-free!

Wishing you Peace and Hope~*

Serenity Woman

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!

So, while most people were annoyed with the whole ‘government furlough’ thing I was focused on the silver living of the clouds…

My dad has been working on the little house with his time-off from work! Fantastic, no?

Looking for windows, we investigated a local salvaged-items store and found it rather pricey. As the French might say, trop chere! Who knew you could make that much money selling other people’s trash?

Since then, dad has been removing and replacing rotten boards of the little house. He has corroborated my theory that there is termite damage (though my opinion has become that the damage is perhaps too extensive to be worth fixing the house…. I didn’t want to say so, but that is my honest opinion). He plans to have a termite specialist take care of it in the spring. Wish us luck!

Wait a minute…. Spring?!?! Looks like it’s time for me to practice patience and acceptance.

Meanwhile, back to work they go. Blessings government employees, have a good week!

~Serenity Woman

So when I said I would post photos of the new fire pit, I wasn’t expecting to have a cool story to go along with them!

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We made our way to Lowe’s this past Saturday and looked around. Dad saw a fire pit and said if there was a larger one that was exactly the same, he would buy it. There weren’t any on the ‘floor’ so we thought we might be going home. We asked for help and were shown a larger one, exactly what we were looking for!

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We strapped the box to the roof-rack with twine and checked that it was solidly on there.

Halfway home, a convertible pulls up next to us, its college-age passengers shouting. We could see that they were holding the fire pit box! I was in disbelief- after all, we didn’t hear it fall- did they catch it as it flew off the roof? How could that be possible?

We rolled down the window and heard “We got the same one you did!” (whew!) and asked

“Where did you get yours?” It turns out that they went to a different hardware store, and paid $60 more than we did. Whew. They were nice. And I’m really glad our box was still strapped to the roof!

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So I set it up, and was reminded of the phrase ‘simple, but not easy’. I held the supporting ring and legs while twisting twelve bolts into place (could have used a hand!) and then stacked the elements one on top of the other. It looks great, and it came with a cover that has a drawstring… with all the crazy storms we’ve had lately, that drawstring is essential.

It rained the night after I set it up! Good thing I put on the tarp...

It rained the night after I set it up! Good thing I put on the tarp…

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Rock on. Time to get down with a campfire!!

 

~Peace, Serenity Woman

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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, it’s cold here! I haven’t been doing much outdoors. I decided yesterday it was high time to get some sun. Believe me, that decision was worth it! I went out into surprising 60 degree weather! Woohoo.

I raked leaves. I harvested a volunteer ivy (with an intriguing purple-red hue) and repotted it as a shrub. I walked into the little house, which smells much better right now. I turned the compost heap inside-out.

Productivity.

I also sat and listened. I let my eyes float from tree to leaf to bird. I felt the cool solidity of the stone underneath me. I breathed.

Peace.

Blessed be.

~Serenity Woman

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