A glorious fall day here in northern Michigan. I thank you for sharing these moments of your day and your life.
Many of you shared prayers and well wishes for my friend, Malvi, whom I mentioned was missing in the last update. I thank you and want to inform you that her body was found. Beautiful funeral and memorial services have been held. I invite you to continue to share wishes filled with loving-kindness for her, for yourself, and for all beings.
May I be happy, peaceful, free from suffering.
May you be happy. May you be peaceful. May you be free from all suffering.
May all beings in the air, the water, on land be happy, peaceful, safe, and free from suffering.
This month in particular, I feel a lot of us need to be receiving and sharing in a practice like this. It’s beautiful to be around kind and loving people...hopefully that can be face-to-face but they can also be found online (scroll down to Nov. 9 post at Riv Bike for some inspiration in post-Election days).
I felt fortunate to be around such good-hearted folks when Jon and I attended Crosshatch’s annual Garlic Auction event (yes, the garlic theme in this newsletter continues…). All the food featured garlic (yes, even the dessert…) and I got to meet some of the folks from As Local As Possible, a local group seeking to have “a more local impact and connectedness with our money.” About a month later, I saw many of the same folks again when I presented about our business, For Now Tiny Homes, to the As Local As Possible group. Sidebar-I’m happy to say I got our garlic planted between those two events!
Our tiny house business was mentioned in The Ticker and on Tiny House Swoon. While we don’t currently consider ourselves an affordable housing solution, we are interested in being a part of the solution in the coming years. So far, three local non-profits have reached out to us about possibilities of partnering in that arena. Construction of the next tiny, The Journey, is now schedule for early spring of 2017. We welcome inquiries, emails, phone calls, and visits!
Last month, I said I would share some of the story about our current tiny house, Ms. Mighty. It is also a story of interconnectedness. Remember that Garlic Auction we went to? Well, it was held in the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall, which was built in 1883. In 2012, they replaced the old hardwood floors. My dad was volunteering with them and they let him take some of the flooring home. For the tiny, we had bought an overage of birch flooring from Odom’s Reusable Building Materials (Bruce Odom is one of the founders of the As Local As Possible group), knowing it wasn’t enough for the entire tiny but not sure what we would do for the remaining floor (Note: this was Lisa’s decision and not Jon’s). The quantity wasn’t enough for the entire tiny house so we floored the entryway with the100+ year old birch flooring from the Town Hall. I love the natural transition it created from the entryway to the main room of the tiny.
Speaking of natural transitions, check out this functional piece of art Jon made (photo below). May just look like a simple basket but many hours of love and learning are in it. Jon taught himself how to make this basket from a dead ash tree from our land. He stripped the tree, pounded out the wood splits by hand and wove this. I hope to be collecting next year’s chestnuts with something like this. We hope to add this basket to our “store” so if anyone wants one in time for the holidays, let us know very soon!
May you be happy and peaceful.
Lisa & Jon