Quote of the Day – Falling Apart

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.”

~Marianne Williamson

 

Photo Credit: Deviant Art Mashup

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Inside Timbuktu – Country House Tour

WooHoo! We finally made it to Timbuktu and slowwwwly but surely we’re adjusting to the pace of country life.

In case you missed my original post about our move to the country you can read it here. It includes pictures of the house, outbuildings, and property. But, as promised, it’s time for the insider’s tour!

Let’s start in the room that stole my heart…

Living room (2)

The great room – that stone fireplace!

Love the high post and beam ceiling

Country Kitchen

More country kitchen

Yes, plywood cabinets are a thing in a country kitchen. Not my thing, but as hubby says, “they’re functional”. I foresee a DIY project in my future – dare I paint them?

Breakfast bar

So, what’s that under the breakfast bar, you ask? Good question. I thought it was a dishwasher. No such luck. It’s an oven. Where is the dishwasher? Yer looking at her! As for the stovetop, well…

Five burner gas stove top.

Aint it fancy-nancy? That stainless steel backsplash doubles as a vanity mirror! Deep sigh. Backsplash DIY added to the list!

I will say, the guest bedroom on the second floor is my fave, followed by the loft.

Guest bedroom

The Loft – my study

View from the loft

Our first fire – it’s June and 33 degrees this morning!

Oh, did I mention there’s a spa room off the downstairs bathroom? Yeah, a hot tub and a  bathtub in a cedar paneled room with a skylight. I love a warm bubble bath, but lordy. More DIY??

Double tub spa room ??

Guest bathroom with door to the spa room

Master bedroom on lower level

Oh, I almost forgot the secret room…

The antique door in the guest room – what’s behind it?

Awesome brass door thingy – needs a glass knob.

Ah-ha! Originally a sewing room, soon to be my crafting room.

A spiral staircase is hidden behind a door in the craft room

Leads to a room we’ve named “the tower”

Hubby is thinking of making the tower his media room. For now, it’s gonna double as another guest bedroom – some incredible views of the property from those windows!

But, here is the reason my husband and I wanted this place – space and privacy.  At 76 acres, it’s much more land than we were looking for, but look at that view!

View of our property from behind the house.

Hubby tells me I gotta include his secret find (for the men-folk who read my blog). An old hunter’s cabin down by the creek. I’m not sure girls are allowed LOL.

Old hunter’s cabin

Inside the cabin – spooky!

The door of the cabin with a good luck horseshoe

Hubby’s new hideout!

To say we feel blessed is an understatement, but our good fortune is somewhat overwhelming both of us. This is the first “old house” we’ve lived in during our 32 years of marriage and we have a long list of DIY projects. That said, I love the house. It feels welcoming –  like it’s been waiting for us to arrive!

As for country living, it’s forcing me to slow down. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do slow. But in my heart, I know this is a good thing. I need to practice what I preach on this blog about living in the hear and now. My husband is really good at that – he’s very zen. My form of zen includes levitation and multi-tasking in multiple realms, LOL.

But I’m excited about this new adventure and hope you’ll join me as I explore the country life.

Yours under the Aspen Grove,~Sue

POETRY ~ Time and Space PART II

To read, Time and Space – Part I, click here.

After the loss of time
came the realization
that there was no time left
to fill space.

The illusion revealed,
reality was disrupted as chaos reigned in the void.
Humanity slept.

Unshackled by space and time
dreamers
gave birth to new worlds
creating their own reality.

The dreamers woke as
artists, writers, poets,
philosophers, creators, and alchemists.

The sleepers declared them mad.

Poetry ~ Time and Space PART I

“We blur the world
to focus on it
and blind ourselves
to see.”
Carlo Rovelli, Physicist, on the nature of time

Once upon a time on this day in history
there was a dimension called time
time flowed on the horizon from
the past to the future
but then came the end of time
and humanity was freed from
this time
the next time
the last time
the first time
and of all time,
and lived happily ever after
in the here and now.
Until…
they ran out of space
to be continued, another time.

 

In the meantime, enjoy this time in a bottle, dedicated to my loving husband.

Poetry ~ Sashay (Friday Funnies)

There are clever ways of talkin’

and fancy ways of walkin’

but it’s more fun to sashay 

into a room!

There are sexy ways of huggin’

and sexier ways of lovin’

but I rather like sashaying

at high noon!

There are mystical poets and writers

with names they use for hiding

be bold and use a sashayed

nom de plume!

And when you’re feeling lonesome 

depressed or even woe-some

find something bright to wear,

toss up your hair

and sashay-away your gloom!

We found Shangri-La in Timbuktu

My husband and I found our Shangri-La in eastern Washington.  The homestead sits on 76-acres of rolling meadowlands with a creek, aspen grove, pine forests and plenty of room to breathe.  A friend suggested we call the homestead Timbuktu because it’s in a remote area – although only ten miles from town. We make the big move next week!

Honestly, I’m excited and scared at the same time! It’s a big shift from suburban life to country life.  But while hubby fell in love with the land and shop, I fell in love with the house. It’s a  45-year-old custom build with a wrap around deck that overlooks the land and a mountain range in the distance.

View of the house from the meadow

View of the house from the hill behind the garage/shop.

My husband’s new “man cave”

After 30 plus years of living in the suburbs and commuting to the city for work, we’re finally going to have room to spread our wings!

View of our homestead from google earth. The large white building is the shop/garage. The house is nestled in the trees.

The hay barn

Another outbuilding. I don’t even know what this is. The Troll barn?? LOL

One of the great amenities of the area are all the lakes.  The largest is seven miles long, stocked with all kinds of fish and only a few miles from the homestead.

You can see the large lake stretching across the landscape in this google image. Our homestead is just a few miles from the lake (marked with the red arrow).

We’ve spent the last 15 years vacationing in the area. My husband enjoys fishing and hunting and we both love hiking and spending time in nature.

What was once a railroad trestle through town and across the lake, is now part of a “rails to trail” system. The nature trail begins in town and crosses the lake over the trestle and continues 20 miles to the Canadian border.  We plan to dust off our hiking boots and explore!

Our new hometown.

There are no stoplights in our new hometown! But it has all the amenities we need, a community hospital, library, restaurants, drug store, grocery store and even an artist co-op! The town is also the county seat so the courthouse and government buildings are all located within a few blocks.

We feel so blessed to retire early and hope to spend many years enjoying the country life.  We plan to be active in our new community and find a way to serve and give back.  I’ll also be looking for a writer/poetry group in town and if there isn’t one I may just start one!

We’re starting the next chapter of our lives and are excited for the adventures ahead! Don’t ever let anyone tell you dreams don’t come true!! We’re living our dream in Timbuktu!

Next post  – a tour of the inside of the house. It has some surprises and a secret room! The artist in me is all aflutter with possibilities! Until then …

♥Happy trails♥

Poetry ~ The Madness of Monsters and Men

It all began with a thunderous chorus
of howling monsters and men
beating their drums, fanning their flames
plotting a bloodthirsty revenge

blinded by the darkness of their own delusion
monsters and men made war their solution

millennia lapsed as time grew old
stories of monsters and men were told

children laugh in a future age
where darkness is revered and difference embraced

lessons learned from the monsters of history
coexistence is the truest form of victory

art via Pinterest