The sun is shining down on me this Ash Wednesday, literally and metaphorically. Sunlight is flooding the courtyard outside and look what I found here (thanks to Port2Port). Letterpress galore! Johnny better hide the check card or else we may be living in one of these houses instead of our upcoming casa. I did purchase a birthday card for my brother, but since I also ordered this book today, one card needs to suffice.
Jokes about diminutive houses aside, I admit to watching Oprah yesterday which was inspiring (for once) since she featured how to decorate small spaces and live simply. The man who founded the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company was actually enlightening. He seemed completely content and serene. I do not believe I am strong enough to live daily with a compost toilet and so few bookshelves, but I was reminded that the simpler our spaces and souls, more joyful we will be.
And so I am trying today, this first day of Lent, to be simple. To look past our paint-chipped walls, ancient apartment appliances, loud renovations in the works outside (again), and look out the window to sunshine. Revel in the waiting: for a house, for children, and of Lent. Listen to the wind chime. Thank God (again) for the opportunity to write at home vs. customer service. Enjoy my new desk arrangement a la Jenni-fun-shui (pictures soon) and black-framed bulletin board on which I just hung a necklace. Swim in God's mercy. Drink more Chamomile Citrus tea and partake of one more shortbread cookie. Kiss both cats' fragrant fur while they are blinking, groggy from sleep, and listen to Lucinda.
The XS-House model (with the cedar siding option, not metal) could be a fun vacation home tacked to our Honda Element for a trip to mountains, or a writing refuge if we had a big backyard. There is something quite charming and peaceful about those little houses.
Posted by jenni at 4:15 PM