Posts by nikkivandecar

Grandma & Me & Some Kitchen Curtains

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Crafts, Sewing | 0 comments

When I was growing up, my grandmother’s house here in Volcano had curtains under her sink, instead of shelves or cabinet doors. I always thought it looked kinda neat–it was funky and cottage-y and homemade. It was so much my grandmother. And, of course, I have very positive associations with that kitchen, as that’s where my grandma made me butter and sugar sandwiches on white bread for lunch. Yum.

Grandma passed shortly after Maile was born. Those curtains are certainly long-since molded and tattered, and anyway nobody goes into that house anymore. It’s either rented out or vacant, but none of my very large family wants to live or visit there. Grandma believed in ghosts, so who knows?

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Arrival

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Life Strategy!, Thoughts | 0 comments

I feel like I haven’t had a moment, as if every minute of every day for the past few months was frantic, or stressful. And it wasn’t true–I had plenty of spare moments, but I spent them watching Reign. Pretty dresses and absurd plots can do a lot to allay stress and anxiety–or at least distract from it.

But now that I’ve completed that stage of my life–the moving stage–I feel like I have so many moments, even though I’m actually much busier than I was. I am up at 6 or 7 to start work, either working in the yard or on the house or running various errands or dealing with new house-related disasters (more on those later) through the afternoon, throwing together a dinner, and then pretty much falling dead asleep before starting it all over again.

 

But in between all of that, I have moment after moment, when I pause and listen to the birds, to the wind in the ironwood trees, to the distant moo or neigh coming from our neighbor’s pasture. When I close my eyes to feel the sun on my face, and when I look, almost in disbelief, at the beauty and peacefulness that surrounds me every moment of the day.

I live here. 

 

I wake up every morning excited to start my day (ok, maybe not at 6…), to get to work, to build, to create. I am grateful for my sore muscles and the blisters on my hands. I feel blessed and so incredibly happy.

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Major Life Change

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Life Strategy! | 0 comments

 

Things are very busy over here. A quarter of my furniture is gone, another quarter will vanish in two weeks, and I will follow after it a few weeks after that.

I’m moving home.

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