🌱 Casa Serenidad 2024

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🌱 Casa Serenidad 2024

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Since I finally logged onto the forum I might as well go with the flow. . .

Lots going on around me these days even as I stand rather centered in stillness, all the while feeling the currents pulling me in multiple directions at the same time. Takes some nifty balance to not get swept away. It is looking like I am going to be able to construct another building on the property, been working on the design for a few days now. It's going to be built on a song and a prayer. I will be the architect, contractor, and overseer—part of me is super excited but the other part is thinking; omg! Are you actually going to do this again??

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Casa Bella - Guest House: Two bedroom, one bath, with an open living area and wrap around porch.

I haven't measured the chosen plot yet but think I am in range. I stubbornly refuse to take down any native trees or cactus so am designing around them. I don't even like pruning which I seriously need to get over. I did top the two olive trees since they were looking especially scraggly, can tell they appreciated the care.

Meanwhile through the dreary winter months I have been doing a few gardening projects, they seem to take forever since I only have Jaime one day a week for seven hours. He certainly doesn't balk at hard work but I have to make sure I am checking or working with him. Here are a few recent photos from life at Casa Serenidad.

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Front porch looking through the corner windows, potted plants from cuttings

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Jaime taking down a dead tree, we pulled it over with his four wheeler after he hacked out the roots.

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Back to glorious weather.The acacia tree went in the ground along with a willow.

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Grey water pond, needed because the water outflow was water logging some trees—like the one that died.

It literally took months to design the pond, source the material, dig the hole, fill it in and plant the papyrus with the horsetail. Even so there must be a leak somewhere because the ground downhill is still wet. In the end it turns out for the good because I decided to plant a few trees that love wet ground all year round. That balance thing, go with the flow so that even mistakes turn out favorably.

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Closing shot of the sunset a few nights ago.

The sun it out and the garden calls— water us please my new seedling call.
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It's Sunday afternoon and I have come back indoors as the sun is high overhead. The plants are in need of extra watering and care this year since we've had weird weather and non-stop chem trailing for about two months. I am not alone in noting that whatever they are spraying is literally sucking the moisture out of the ground and plants. Even people, there is a prevalent feeling of being constantly dehydrated along with heat radiating from the bodies core. Of course the challenge will be met and overcome.

Meanwhile I thought I would share some recent photos because in spite of the challenges the garden is looking beautiful.

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The Papyrus and Horsetail are loving the grey water pond.

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The little patch of lawn is starting to come back, the house from the side to the back patio.The carved stone is part of a tiered water fountain that I hope to have running next weekend.

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The small Plum tree that bore six fruit last year is full of plums this year.

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First year my peach tree is bearing fruit, can't wait until they ripen.

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I got thirteen girls in the ground, fingers are crossed that I got all the males out before they could pollinate. I love this plant even though I don't partake and from my last year's crop people have told me how good the smoke is... just so full of seeds that it wasn't top quality.

They sprayed heavy again today and as I look out my window the sky is now a dull silver grey, it took a couple of hours for the trails to spread out. We are called to be dauntless warriors in times like these. I fuel myself with laughter, good friends, the beauty of nature and a profound knowing that this will pass. Maybe not in my lifetime, that remains to be seen but on the opposite end of the spectrum there are a growing number of people waking to their spiritual being and working harmoniously with others. Love you all. ❤️‍🔥

Before I run off ... Maxine and Angel doing their doggie thing. Best friends ever!

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I know it's been this hot here before though I don't recall such a long spell. One slowly becomes accustomed to the intensity and I don't have the luxury to not get outside, plants need watering and the little projects go on. Yesterday Jaime laid a walkway from the lawn—what is left of it after so much heat and dogs who like to play and find a cool place to lay.

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Jaime is a wonderful stone worker, he seems to take great pleasure in this work.

There is also the sense of accomplishment that comes from staying with an idea or inspiration long enough to see it take form. A few mornings back while waking to the dawning morning, still not completely awake a little movie played in my head, the shop, the land, the house, and the garden showed me just how much I had brought into manifestation—what struck me was that I had done this all on my own, it seemed rather miraculous. Of course I have had the help of others, from the workers to the beautiful friends who support me in more ways than I can enumerate. There is so much to be grateful for and I am.

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This morning the fountain and newly planted lantana and other plants, it's like having a canvas to paint on in real life. The plums are so heavy on the branches that I had to prop them up with bamboo.


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The Dude looking out the window, he's still wary of Maxine so exercises feline caution before leaping.


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Maxine is now allowed inside on occasion though her instincts still drive her to case the cats from time to time. A cool corner on a hot afternoon.


All day long the sky was a grey tinged silver haze so I didn't expect to see the natural clouds at sunset. Just before I hit the submit button I remembered I had to shut off a water faucet so dashed outside to see this glory in the sky.

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Those who read my latest blog will realize that Cristian came for a month long visit. Today I feel like sharing a few photos from his time here. The whole month we had really hot dry weather, something we learned to melt into since it wasn't abating. The ground was bone dry and watering was a daily chore. I've lived in this area for decades and the heat wave was like nothing I had ever experienced, in some ways it felt unnatural and many others talked about this too. For sure there was a lot of trails criss-crossing the sky daily and a fairly dense feeling along with the heat. I tend to notice but not focus on these antics though they are hard to miss.

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Angel with his harness on and me on the couch, he goes absolutely crazy when I put his "fancy pants" on because walks are even better than chasing his ball

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Maxine so quickly fell in love with Cristian and he with her, she's been missing him ever since he left.

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Our shadows follow us down the road riding on ZaZoom, who sits waiting for someone to come back and drive her again.

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The simple things that are appreciated, broken (messed up by a supposed plumber) hot water heater was repaired, painted and turned into a little art piece. So grateful.

Some of my friends will remember Bella our beloved calico cat—can't remember now if I wrote about her on the forum. A month before I moved to Casa Serenidad she was hit by a car and I found her in the street out my front door. There was something so dignified and beautiful about her even in death that while I grieved I also had the certainty that she was meant to pass over, it was her time.

A few days before Cristian was scheduled to leave I opened Facebook to see that a friend had rescued a young calico cat from the street. She was begging for someone to adopt her since she's got so many rescued cats and dogs that she couldn't take in another one. Within one minute I found myself writing her that I would take her, no hesitation because her energy so reminded me of Bella's. By the evening she was here at the house and within the hour had established her dominance (petite cat, big energy field) with not only the other cats but the dogs. She settled right in because she was home. Is she Bella returned? In so many ways I would say she is as there is the same superior energy around her, so we named her Bella.

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Bella looking regal, she's already grown and is absolutely fearless in her explorations outside.

And then the rains came a few days after Cristian departed, I knew they would. It's been several weeks now and thankfully they haven't stopped. The folks in the country have planted their corn and beans—for us it was inconvenient to have such a long dry spell, for them rain is essential to have a harvest.

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Storm clouds incoming, I love the drama of thunderstorms.

Life keeps me busy and sometimes with things I rather not have to deal with. I had promised to walk the dogs often and did my best but controlling two dogs who equal me in weight was a bit of a challenge, especially if we encountered other ranch dogs running loose. Angel especially, he's two years old now and not a puppy any longer, so was exercising his male aggression and with Maxine the wild dinga I had a couple of close encounters and had to wrestle them out of fights.

Also Max likes to run free so takes an opportunity to do so, when I crack open the gate so I can drive the Jeep in I am super careful to grab her collar so I can leash her to the trailer. I let Angel out because he always jumps into the car. Well it didn't go so well a few weeks ago. I saw the wild glint in Max's eye as she made her break out the gate and then Angel jumped out of the car and they were both out of sight before I could even call their names. I wasn't too worried since they've been on "outings" before so I leave the gate cracked open and know they will return for dinner. I went inside to prepare my supper while listening to the neighborhood dogs barking so I knew they were close by. My one neighbor has a pack of eight dogs we call the nemesis dogs, he recently repaired all his fences because they were getting out and had killed a couple of sheep. In a flash something intuitively moved me to go to the gate, the barking was a little too loud. Just as I got to the gate I heard a horrible yelping cry so I ran to find that Maxine had stuck her head through a small square opening in the neighbor's gate, the dogs were viciously upon her. I screamed which startled them and Max somehow was able to flip her body and pull out of the trap she had stupidly put herself into.

She was clearly shaken and at first I didn't think too badly damaged. She calmed down and fifteen minutes later I was able to inspect her neck to find one inch and half deep gash across her neck, too deep for home first aid so off to the vet as it was getting dark and fortunately a friend called so they waited for me. Once her neck was shaved it was apparent how many puncture wounds and other rips in flesh there were... almost an hour to stitch her up. What a lucky dog that they didn't get an artery or major vein. She's fine now, stitches are out and she's as wild as ever.

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Max right after she freed herself from the jaws of death. Did she learn? Somehow I don't think so.

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The beauty of life continues to show itself in an early morning rainbow a few days ago.

It's still a piece of heaven here but we all miss the extra joy that Cristian brings. 💛
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