Top Left: A recent ash splint basket by Jon. Fits a quart size mason jar to hold flowers beautifully.
Bottom Carving this black walnut spoon revealed a heart shape in the heartwood:)) Too bad Valentine's Day is already passed for this year.
Top Middle: Our "Kittie Boy," "Sage," "Daddy's Sweet Boy," "Turbo" in his very own ash splint basket. It was where I stored scrap paper to re-use in the printer...but whenever I needed paper he was there so had to find another place for the paper.
Top Right: The headboard in this tiny house finally is finished, complete with a local ash top.
Bare ground showing. Lightness in the air. Days don’t seem to be ending before they begin. Before we know it, I’ll be writing about the wild leeks…
This email update takes different twists and turns over the months and years. Seems to be more of a lifestyle blog than a “tiny house” blog (if you can even call it a blog!). I welcome you to continue on this journey with us.
Figuring and re-figuring a lifestyle might be this life’s work. Hopefully, moving more and more in the direction of greater harmony and joy. Moving in a more relaxed way. Carving wood and crafting functional art make Jon’s insides dance. Delightful it was to hear from some of you who are interested in the artisan ash splint baskets (and spoons) that Jon is crafting. And, yes, we are selling them. If you are interested, just let me know and I’ll send you a copy of our catalog.
I blush when I run into one of you that receives this email and you tell me you actually read it. I know your time is valuable so I value your sharing some of it with me….and hope you find this valuable to read.
For over two months, I’ve stayed away from sugar and for 6 weeks of that, away from nearly all carbohydrates except those coming from vegetables. That strict of a diet was what I needed on many levels and have seen some improvements to my gut health. I had been wanting to get to this point for a year or maybe even two so it feels really good to have gotten the mind in the right place. It is humbling to observe how much I look to food to change my mood. I still feel drawn to sugary treats but, if I am honest, the pull to them is less stressful than the feelings of having them and wanting more, more, more of them. On the whole, I think what I eat is taking less mental energy and I’m grateful for that. Since we are often times modifying what we are eating and why and how well we are doing what we want to be doing, I share this fully owning the fact that it will change and that will be just fine!
The sad news to report as a side-effect of my health journey is that I have some permanent hearing loss in my left ear. I woke up one morning with significant hearing loss in September of 2017 and saw my primary care practitioner about it. Was misdiagnosed twice and by the time I got to a specialist, was told the window for possible treatment of the condition had passed. I share this in case any of you or someone you know experiences sudden hearing loss-the key to successful treatment is prompt treatment of the appropriate kind. I feel a need to properly grieve this loss. I don’t want to spend the rest of life saddened every time I am acutely aware of missing my full hearing. Any ideas on healthy grieving?
How do you deal with health and lack thereof, your own or others? What does self-care look like for you? Do you feel rushed? Or relaxed? Do you feel guilty if you aren’t spread too thin?
“I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.” –from “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
After a phone call this past month with a dear friend, she shared the poem that the above quote comes from. That particular quote reminded me to take full advantage of having the house to myself for 12 days while Jon’s away on a meditation course. I’ve been trying to use the space to bring more attention to my daily routines. When it is time to eat, I typically grab for my phone or some newspaper. This week, I am putting the phone down and pushing the papers away, to practice just eating. When drinking my morning coffee, just drinking. It is actually quite difficult for me to do…..but also quite sweet…and I find I am liking my own company a fair bit more. I hope you are, too. Come visit us soon!
Happy spring! Happy Passover! Happy Easter! Happy Full Moon!
Lisa (& Jon, too)
For Now...Lifestyles, Ash Baskets, Spoons, & Tiny Houses
p.s. I started this update a month ago…and while in the woods yesterday, ate my first wild leek of the year!
Right: Black Walnut Hand-Carved Spoons by Jon. The light colored wood is the heartwood and the dark colored wood is the sapwood.
Middlet: This past month, we did a one-on-one session with Amalia Fernand of Amalia Fernand Leather Designs to learn how to do leather strapping on an ash pack basket. Hard to tell in this photo but this one is kid-sized:) We would be delighted to make you or a kid in your life their very own local ash splint pack basket.
Left: A baby black walnut spoon:) That's my hand and my wedding ring is also something Jon made (with his dad in his dad's awesome garage metal shop).
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a beautiful day!
A journey in living simple. An experiment for a wholesome life, good for others, oneself, and the environment.