Thanks for popping in.
Back in England, and the sun is shining today.
So I won’t keep you long.
This Wednesday Blog is where I delve into the world of Mindfulness.
Staying in the Here and Now.
Not allowing our minds to drag us into dark, fruitless places.
I just want to take you back to last week’s mindful Wednesday, when we talked about the benefits of working with your hands and focussing on the actual job,
be it drilling pieces of stone,
or tying up twigs!
Obviously, this is a Craft blog,
and mostly I serve you with arty, crafty projects to get your creative juices flowing.
But every now and then, I think it is important to take a look into another person’s world, to see how they do things.
Today, I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Nancy.
She lives with her cat in the back of beyond, in New Mexico.
Now when we speak of using our hands, we think of stamping, painting, knitting, colouring, gardening perhaps.
Nancy built her house.
With her own bare hands.
It took many years, and she did it all by herself,
calling only on muscle when the beams and windows were too heavy to lift alone.
But Nancy’s house is no ordinary house.
It is made almost entirely (or should I say entyrely)
of tyres and empty coke cans.
Ready for this?
Here she is, telling my brother how it works.
She took photos as she went.
This book should be published.
But let’s take a closer look, because this is absolutely fascinating.
See the tyres round the back?
They are packed solid with sand.
And yes, Nancy filled every single one.
I think she told us there were something like 400 tyres used in the construction.
See the Coke Cans?
Here are a few, ready for the next project.
Check out the wall!
And here’s the inside of the garage wall, so you can see the construction properly.
What an undertaking.
Her kitchen is super cool, too.
And by the way, she is off the grid.
So no utility bills.
All her hot water and electricity is generated by solar panels.
because one thing they have a lot of in New Mexico is sunshine!
Check out the bath tub.
The inside never drops below 69ºF (20ºC)
even when it’s snowing a blizzard and -16º outside.
The reason being is that most of the house is built underground
at the back.
All I heard was NO BILLS!
Fantastic artistic touches everywhere you look.
She has been here for 21 years now,
and has never really stopped adding to and growing her home.
The energy, the atmosphere is magical.
She has no TV.
She is the most spiritual, well read woman I have ever met.
My brother asked her whether she got lonely.
“Only at Christmas” was the response.
So she started 21 years ago.
And she’s 68 now.
So she embarked on this project when she was 47.
What were you doing when you were 47?
Not packing old tyres with sand, that’s for certain!!!
She blows me away.
I have known her for 10 years,
and right up until a couple of years ago,
she was also running around doing massage therapy for a living.
So when it comes to using our hands
and living a mindful life, this lady throws a whole new light on the subject - literally.
I wish Nancy would put her reading to one side,
and start writing her own book.
$10,000 in materials + 21 years.
Coke cans free.
She could sit up in her lookout and write.
Take a closer look at the roof;
it’s an old satellite dish.
Greetings from a world within our world.
As we were driving away, Steve turned to me and said,
“What a lovely woman. Doesn’t she have an amazing aura?”
Oh yes. She sure does.
She even laughs at the rattle snakes!