Okay, a little play on words here. Most of the time I am writing about Feng Shui, especially good Feng Shui chi and Feng Shui wealth, and green remodeling as well sustainable architecture and eco buildings. Since today is Halloween and several things happened this weekend that can be a play on words, I'm going to "trick or treat" you.
First it starts with what happened about 10 years ago. We were going to do a minor remodel to extend the living room five feet. We were also going to combine the kitchen and family room by removing part of the original wall between the garage and the kitchen. In order to do this, we needed to move my husband's office - housed in the family room - into a bedroom. That's where the challenge started.
In order to move his desk, we needed to remove the sheet rock from a couple of walls in the hallway, thus exposing an opening - originally the sliding doors to the master closet. If you've ever worked with sheet rock, you know it is a messy proposition to say the least. We covered all the doorways - even though they had doors on them - with large sheets of black plastic.
As the project started, it became apparent we were going to have to do more removal. The black plastic stayed up all winter long. Whenever any door or window was opened or whenever anyone walked down the hallway, the plastic would rustle. It was so spooky I called it the Halloween Hall.
Here in California this last weekend, we had wonderful warm weather, not too hot and not too cold. We had rain about a month ago where I noticed the gutters needed to be cleaned. We have been so busy with other things we hadn't had time to do that job. Seeing one of the neighbors cleaning their gutters, I volunteered.
I call our house "The House of Eight Gables" (not seven). The different roof configurations required three different type and size ladders be used. In climbing the ladders I discovered some of the gutters were filled to the max with dirt, rotted leaves and lots of cobwebs. The mixture would have put any "gut" to shame it was so bad. (I'm trying to keep this as "clean" as I can and still get the point across.)
The "trick" was on me! Cleaning it without getting too covered in muck all over me.
According to Feng Shui trainings, everything about our homes represents parts of our body. From one Feng Shui study, the gutters and down spouts literally are the "guts" of the home. When they are clogged, it's like the house is constipated.
You know how you feel when you are constipated? It's hard to think about putting anything more into your system? Well, this is the same thing. Also according to Feng Shui, water is associated with money and wealth. Henceforth, the house could not allow any more water, or money, to come in or be circulated.
You better believe I got to work on those gutters right away. I finished cleaning them today. Guess what? I received a large check, dated today, hand delivered.
What a "treat!" I love how Feng Shui shows up in my life.
What started out as a simple remodel over 8 years ago turned into a horrendous job. From "adding on to the living room and combining the family room/kitchen" we needed to do a major "gutting" of the house since we found mold.
The sheet rock we removed from the original master bedroom closet was the first. Every wall had to have the sheet rock removed. We were down to the studs.
Again, according to Feng Shui trainings, the studs are the bones of the house. Everywhere you looked another wall was involved. Tearing out sheetrock makes the whole house "rattle" and "creak" - sometimes "moaning" is a better way to describe it.
Are you beginning to get the picture? Our homes really are very much like us as humans. They definitely are an extension of who we are - reflecting much of our lives.
Back to this weekend - we were installing sheet rock in the master bedroom. Not the original master bedroom, but the one created before we purchased the home. Yes, the mold was in the bedroom. It, too, was "gutted" down to the studs on several walls. We covered the bed and furniture with sheets to keep as much of the dust and debris from getting all over and into everything. We only got one wall finished what with me getting up and down ladders cleaning the gutters.
So here we are back where we started - sheet rock!
One of the Disney movies has a song called, "The Circle of Life." (I think it's "The Lion King"). It's about life, death and newborn life. How appropriate the "circle of life" symbolism is for our home and probably yours as well.
We started with expanding our "family living" areas. What had worked at first gave way to new ideas. Pealing off the outer layer of the walls - gutting the house - shook us to our bones. Just as time heals all wounds, so too, the walls were eventually healed with a covering of new sheet rock. We've come full circle.
Our house seems to have a lot of symbolism around Halloween and this time of year. The TRICK with any remodeling is to know that "this too shall pass." Once again you will have a real TREAT - a home filled with sturdy bones, a hearth to warm body and spirit as well as plenty of "eye candy" to take care of the sweet tooth plus sweeten the senses.
I leave you with a quote from Starhawk - "To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form; to soar beyond sight; to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality."
Wishing you the Celtic Happy "All Hallow's Eve." In other words - Happy Halloween!