African Home Makeover Part II

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Down by the River, just past Naafa’s

After some decorating & 5 weeks later . . .

Front view...got lucky with the paint job and colors. Fell in love with the house last time when I would  pass it on my runs.
Front view…got lucky with the paint job and colors. Fell in love with the house last time when I would pass it running.
Front with Araphat
Front with Araphat
Behind the house...love these banana trees. If I could, I'd put a garden and sitting area in the center.
Behind the house…love these banana trees. If I could, I’d put a garden and sitting area in the center.
View of latrine and nursery bed behind the house.
View of latrine and nursery bed behind the house.
Cilantro, basil, chives, arugula, squash, watermelon...soon planting green pepper, tomatoes, okra and lettuce!
Cilantro, basil, chives, arugula, squash, watermelon…soon planting green pepper, tomatoes, okra and lettuce!
Through front door, sitting area and dining area in back.
Through front door, sitting area, dining area in back.
I've always wanted green walls, so citrus green it is! Most of the furniture Naffa let me use, bookcase made locally in village.
I’ve always wanted green walls, so citrus green it is! Most of the furniture Naffa let me use, bookcase was made in the village.
Bought the fabric for curtains at the Jinja Market, Mama Ben tailored them for 5,000 ugx (less than $2.00)
Bought the fabric for curtains at the Jinja Market, Mama Ben tailored them for 5,000 ugx (less than $2.00)
Can't ever to feel to far from home...
Won’t ever feel to far from home…
Frames made in Jinja...
Frames made in Jinja…
View from dining area
View from dining area
View from dining area
View from dining area
Kitchen w/paraffin stove and a touch from Mum
Kitchen w/paraffin stove and a touch from Mum 🙂
My room, painted walls but blue skirt was already there. In Uganda, they paint skirts to try and hide the red dirt that travels everywhere.
My room, painted walls but blue skirt was already there. In Uganda, they paint skirts to try and hide the red dirt that finds its way everywhere.
Brand new mattress...not sunken in yet...only a matter or time.
Brand new mattress…not sunken in yet…only a matter or time until it’s like sleeping in a bowl again.
Local art, bought last time.
Local art, bought last time.
Saw a similar design in Kampala...thought it was a pretty good job for a local carpenter.
Saw a similar design in Kampala…thought it was a pretty good job for a local carpenter.
Best addition to the house...loves shoes!
Best addition to the house…he loves shoes!
Best addition to the house...loves shoes!
Best addition to the house…he loves shoes!
Buja!
Buja!

There it is…Home Sweet Home! More to fix here and there but it feels unbelievably good to have a space of my own. There are also two unfinished rooms for visitors, so friends and family, come on down to Uganda! 🙂

I received this email recently and thought it was appropriate for this post and the last . . . it’s not about finishing the house, but enjoying the whole, sometimes laborious process.

 

Sending love from my sanctuary to yours!
Steph
. . . 
If you really want
to live in bliss,
then become devotional
in every action.
. . .
Whatever you are doing,
devote your attention
to that happening
instead of focusing
on the outcome.
. . .
Say you are walking
to get a glass of water:
Usually, the mind is focused
on the water, on quenching the thirst.
The walking itself is forgotten;
it is almost regarded as an obstacle.
. . .
In this, the mind will distract itself
during the walking thinking about
other things to just bypass the walking altogether.
. . .
And in this way life passes you by.
But if you become devotional
to that walking;
if you surrender your attention
into the walking itself
then your whole experience
will be entirely different.
I do not mean concentration.
Concentration implies a doing,
a focusing on a fixed object or action.
. . .
Rather, simply surrender your
involvement with thoughts.
Surrender all ideas of yourself
and immerse yourself fully in the walking.
You rest your full attention
in allowing the walking to happen
without involvement, without obstruction,
without resistance.
. . .
Your attention naturally
wants to rest in this moment.
. . .
In this you get to the essence
of what is walking
and that is divine.
You realize the divine in everything.
The same consciousness
is moving everything.
. . .
And in this devotion,
in lovingly giving your attention
to whatever you are doing,
you are immersed in the absolute,
you are immersed in and as consciousness itself.
. . .
You are alive in every moment.
. . .
Then you really live in love.
Life in this moment no longer
becomes an obstacle to what you want.
Rather this moment is fullness itself.
It is peace itself, love itself,
being, consciousness, bliss.
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5 thoughts on “African Home Makeover Part II

  1. The house looks fab! Simple and clean – lovely. Next you’ll have to post a calendar of availability, as I’m sure you’ll be flooded with friends wanting to visit. And with a place to stay, what’s to stop them?
    Now who wrote the poem at the end of your post? That is, like the house, simple and clean – a good reminder.
    Thanks for the updates. Always good to see your world.

  2. Thanks ya’ll…more than its aesthetics, I’m in love with actually having a space that’s all mine! Such a simple pleasure 🙂 Marty, what is your email and I will forward you the link for the poem and other writings. I get them once a week and they are always thought provoking…

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