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!
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!!
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!
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.