Winter greetings to you!
Death Cleaning. Dostadning. A Swedish word for the process of cleaning your house before you die so that your loved ones don’t have to do it. When I was at yoga yesterday, a friend shared a recent article in the local paper sharing about death cleaning. I like this concept. Dostadning. Supposedly, it has benefits for anyone old enough to consider their own mortality. It seems to be more about living a better life now with what serves you than about doing something nice for your loved ones. The Scandinavians seem to have a thing or two figured out. You may recall my writing about “hygge”-the Danish “Obsession with Getting Cozy,” as The New Yorker titled a piece on the topic.
Hygge. Wood stoves and snow seem to help but even if you have neither, I still suggest trying to cultivate some. Luckily there are no current new episodes of the show I like streaming so I’m enjoying the time to watch winter blue jays and woodpeckers peck at their suet, paint watercolor cards, and put some pieces of a puzzle together. Jon’s been carving wooden utensils, mainly spoons and fine-tuning his ash splint basket art.
We are honored to offer Valentine’s art gift boxes again this year. We had so much fun sharing them last year and received awesome feedback so here we go again! The gift box features:
* a hand-carved wooden spoon-meant to be used! Finished with a food-grade finish and crafted from a Northern Michigan hardwood
*organically grown rose petals from our front yard for use as beautiful decoration or tea
*a watercolor card
* a love poem
*a personalized note and delivery within the U.S. with love to your loved one, best friend, grandmother, or whoever needs a little TLC this winter
$45 each. Check, PayPal, or Venmo. Reply with the delivery address, name of recipient, and personalized message. Also, makes a fun birthday or anniversary gift.
A season of quiet, reflection, slower pace of life. My dear friend in Portland, Oregon told me her husband wooed her over 12 years ago with delicious oatmeal. His trick? A delicate blend of flavor. A basic recipe includes:
Oatmeal, of course
Salt and Pepper
Lightly Sweetened with Maple Syrup
Sounds strange but quite lovely.
Dostadning and hygge go hand in hand with tiny house living, in my opinion. Do you disagree? Even if one doesn’t have a small house, I believe you can enjoy many of the fruits of small house living by being intentional. We enjoy sharing the joys…and challenges…of tiny living with you and look forward to hearing from you in 2018!
Lisa & Jon
A journey in living simple. An experiment for a wholesome life, good for others, oneself, and the environment.