This week I finally moved into my little house, and woah does it feel good to finally be making it HOME! It is not totally done but it is livable, especially as the temperatures are, for the most part, warming up (although it has been an unusually chilly spring!).
How to capture what this week has been like….
Monday, May 16th I spent my first night in Mayu (which means cocoon in Japanese). I had spent much of the weekend moving my belongings out of where I had been in ecovillage and into Mayu, but had yet to spend a night there.
It was a chilly night, but I slept pretty well. On Sunday Parker and I had found a nest of baby bunnies in the field right outside my door and we had put some bales around it to protect them from the cold and our walkings about. We had found the nest after finding two baby bunnies that had passed into the dream world, it seemed from the unusually cold temperatures.
I lit a candle to honor this first night in this creation that I have given birth to and is still growing and forming.
Being in Mayu meant figuring out how exactly I was going to brush my teeth and keep my fridge cool and go to the bathroom and all those little details. These were not big scary challenges but more just trying out and putting to the test systems I had thought about. I was still waiting on my futon that I had ordered and so I slept that first night on my camping mat which I put on top of my tatami mats in my loft and that worked fine! I took my first poop in my compost toilet bucket, and I washed my hands with some soap in a pretty glass bowl I had gotten from salvation army. After a few days this systems evolved…
And now, this is my hand washing station in my bathroom:
And I am very pleased with it! The tap on this glass water dispenser releases water somewhat slowly, which I found a pain for filling up a glass to drink from, but perfect for washing my hands without wasting excessive water. And when the bowl starts to get full I dump it outside on my plants.
Zooming out a little bit here is a view into the bathroom from the door. Of course, it continues to evolve… Like now I have a pretty cloth on top of the water jug to keep dust and other things from falling in. And the shells and other ornaments have moved around a little bit. But it all functions quite nicely and I am loving the way it is all looking.
The mermaid above the door was a house warming gift given to me by my sweet partner, Parker, and I think adds a beautiful touch. It seems that my friends and I are in agreement that my little house has a boat like quality. I like this boat theme!
Here is Parker wandering around before I had moved any of my stuff in:
Things have evolved some since then. Take a look!
On Day four (Thursday 5/19) we put in our well pump and had water on site for the first time! This was a huge moment as the idea of carrying in water for all my washing, cooking, and drinking needs was not something I was looking forward to.
That evening, as I drove to my friend Nicolette’s house to get my little cabinet which is now in my bathroom I came across a baby fox that looked like it had just been hit on the road. As sad as it was to see this little creature whose life had been taken so soon I also felt there was a lesson in this little fox and the baby bunnies I had found earlier in the week about the cycles of life and death of the natural world. I brought the fox with me and after some thought with two of my closest sisters, Danielle and Rena, we decided to bury these little creature on John’s land where my house is.
Wow, what a day it had been. And all this under an almost full moon.
That night,Thursday, 5/19, I got to sleep on my new futon, And slept like a baby.
I was overcome with gratitude as I lay there in bed. Grateful for water, the land, the food that comes from the land, the birds, the fox and the hare, and other animals, my house, and the people who have come into my life… I feel like words and images can’t quite capture it. And it is all evolving so quickly that some of these photos are already outdated, like a new born baby who already a week after birth look so different! But I hope that I have captured some of it. Perhaps I will close with a poem …
Yes, finally I feel ready to cocoon myself inside you,
Like new lovers too entranced with each other to let go.
Engaging, bonding, nurturing, caring, struggling together
Water falls onto my hands as I wash in a crystal bowl
Shells placed with care, from tiny to tiniest, like little paw prints in the sand.
Clothes folded carefully
Each one I ask, “Do I need you?”
And all those kitchen items
Bags of strange white, brown, and yellow powders
Seeds and grains and nuts
The leftovers from cooking in many kitchens not mine
Finally I can put you into glass jars, label you and know
That you will be mine.
Mine to use and refill, and smell and taste, and enjoy
Finally, I know what I have!
Checking thrift stores and yard sales I slowly stock my kitchen
With the tools of the home that till now I have not needed.
This bowl feels good in my hands
This mug makes me smile
A ladle is a must in any kitchen
And a little red pot with a chip on the handle.
You, little pot, can have a home in my kitchen
Even in my makeshift kitchen,
with just one burner and no stove,
I feel my creativity alight.
Food tastes so good!
As aromas fill the little space!
Sitting on my front stairs I look out
At the beginning of gardens.
Gardens that I can watch grow
Not just this season but next, and next, and next
Gardens where I plant not just annual vegetables
But a tree!
And I may actually see it bear fruit
I watch my sweet beloved cut the grass with a scythe
And we lay in the hammock,
Hung lovingly by John
Taking in the heavenly bodies
Of the wide open sky…
Jupiter, Mars, Venus
Each day is a new day
Each day a great day
Full of possibilities