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.
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!
Dad has been working really hard and the results are beautiful!
Dad says ‘Well, it does look a little different!’ “Like” or comment on this post if you agree!!
So as you can see, three windows completely in! Aren’t they beautiful? The rest of the available light is coming from up here:
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:
Stay tuned for more window-related posts quite soon!!
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.
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.
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
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!
Now that the headers are fully built and nailed in, the spaces for the new windows have been sawed-out.
See how much light there will be?
Dad on the ladder, hard at work.
A view of the corner, filled with light and space.
Just picture sitting inside enjoying the sun and lovely green views, mosquito-free!
Wishing you Peace and Hope~*
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.
The headers on the front side of the house
Using wood from the wood pile….
….to keep warm by a nice fire on these cold days.
Making more progress, headers on the wall of windows overlooking ‘the pit’.
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)
The outside corner; some of the wood you see here will be removed to make space for the windows.
Ta-da! Well how did you like that?
Tranquility- Under Construction.