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House Blessing – Blessing new construction

House Blessing

House blessings exist in some form in every culture. For some it is simply placing a good luck charm into their home, vehicles, and/or on their person. Others perform extensive rituals to bless their space.

Let me start by saying that there is no wrong way to bless your home. I repeat. There is no wrong way to do a blessing. Just go with what feels right at the time.

These blessings are all about setting an intention and what we are focusing on while doing them. Those things that we are concentrating on are being drilled into our own subconscious during this process. It is my belief that I’m setting myself onto this path by this method as I’lll subconsciously continue to take steps to meet those intentions.

What makes this an Extreme House Blessing?

I’ve dubbed it the extreme house blessing. Why? Because we are embedding the blessing kit into the very foundation of our home, and creating a permanent grid in the house made up of focal objects to help manifest the intention that we’re setting. It sounds a little hokey, but it can’t hurt.
So, what do you need for an extreme house blessing? A sigil, some stones, trinkets, & candles. If you’d like to place a sigil in the center of your home like I did, you can watch this video on how I created an intention for anyone who will ever live in the home.

Sigil after House Blessing
The intention placed in the center of the home just before we buried it.

Candles

Your candles are going to be placed in the 4 corners of the home, as well as the heart of the home next to your sigil/intention if you’re using one. At this point, you will light your candles to begin the blessing. In our case, we are using the green candles at the 4 corners and a blue at the center of the home. Mostly this is done due to lack of candles, but at the time it seemed to be the thing to do.

  • Green – Earth, Growth, Money, Fertility (in new ventures, not just babies)
  • Blue – Peace – Protection

Smudging

For this blessing, we’re also going to sage. While this is not a necessary step for brand new construction, we are deciding that it can’t possibly hurt the process.

In existing spaces sage is used to purify the space and to clear out unwanted energy or leftover emotions. It’s good to use sage if your space is feeling “icky” or if you begin to start feeling stuck.

Cedar is perfect for new spaces, and new ventures in life, and sweetgrass will bring positive energy into the space.

When you are smudging your home, make sure that you get the smoke up into the corners of the space. Again, you’re thinking very hard about your intention.

If your space is feeling like it’s filled with “icky” energy or you’re feeling stuck, then focus hard on chasing all unwanted energy out of the house. You can start in the back corner of the home, make your way across the house towards the front, and then take the smoke out the front door.

Salt

While we are smudging the space, we are also dropping salt at each of the columns. Again, this step isn’t necessary on brand new construction, but we feel as if it can’t hurt. The salt is used to purify a space and is often used to close a circle in many types of rituals and castings. It is also traditionally used for healing and blessing. In this case we are using epsom salt, and we are placing the salt at the base of the columns while we are smudging, and before we place the stones and trinkets. In an existing home, you can get one of those aluminum pie or loaf tins, place a small handful of blessing salt in the center, cover with rubbing alcohol, and set fire to it. Let it burn until the alcohol has burned off. In the past I have placed the tin on a cookie sheet or cement block for extra insulation. Always keep the proper fire extinguisher handy.

Stones

You should place the stones in your foundation. In our case, we have a post and pier foundation with many columns. In a traditional foundation slab or basement I would place the items in a grid pattern at even intervals. In an existing home, I will be placing the stones in the 4 corners of my home on each level. I will likely be purchasing more stones and placing them in each floor in the corresponding spot to the columns. You know, just to be extra.

  • Clear Quartz – clears away negative and unwanted energy, allowing focus and stability
  • Citrine – positive, healing energy that also promotes psychic awareness, clarity and creativity. Carry the energy of prosperity, opportunity & wealth
  • Rose Quartz – Love, friendship, peace, happiness and fidelity in established relationships. Also helps with grief, heartache, loss.
  • Amethyst – peace, happiness and love, promotes courage. Carries the energy of protection and psychic ability
  • Aventurine – good luck stone that attracts money, peace, healing and happiness, and carry the energy of abundance
  • Howlite – absorbs stress and tension and fosters creativity
  • Snowflake Obsidian – calming and soothing. peace and strong protection against negativity. It is often used to sort out jumbled thoughts and calm the subconscious mind.
  • Tigers Eye – wealth, good luck, and strength, & carries the energy of health and wellness
  • Sodalite – logic, truth and inner peace. It is a meditative stone that heals emotional related diseases, nervousness and stress.
  • Peacock Ore – happiness and joy, it is said to turn you in positive directions, and help channel happiness to others; generally a stone of uplifting your spirits.
  • Fluorite – “helping” stone that clears jumbled thoughts to gain a better perspective, and strengthens the powers of other stones it is worn with.
  • Jasper – keeps us more present in our own physical bodies and attuned to nature, as well as brings protection and good fortune to the wearer

Trinkets

Trinkets are going to be placed in the foundation along with your stones. You should be carry them around in your pocket for a day or two in order for them to become attuned to your energy.

If there’s more than one person living in the home, then divide up your trinkets between everyone and take turns carrying each set of trinkets.

In an existing home, I would be placing those trinkets over the main entrance to my home.

  • Shark Tooth – Protection of the home and those who dwell there. Pick up the shark tooth and direct your positive feelings toward the tooth. Meditate briefly on how you will feel with secure and stable life.
  • Bean – wishes for the future. growth. Pick up the wishing bean and direct your positive feelings toward the bean. Meditate briefly on how you will feel with a life full of love and then make a wish.
  • Butterfly – Pick up the butterfly and direct your positive feelings of good health in the body, spirit and mind toward the butterfly object. (we used butterfly beads)
  • Heart – Represents Ali and what she is bringing to the blessing and intention. What symbol most represents you?
  • Skull – Represents Mike and what he is bringing to the blessing and intention. What symbols appear in your life or have special meaning for you?
  • Feather – representing all of the animals that make their home throughout the land.
  • Pinecone – representing all of the flora throughout the land.

Links. Get your own extreme house blessing on!

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Episode 100 – Building an Arched Cabin in Colorado. A Look Back and Looking to the Future.

Episode 100?!?!?! I can’t believe that we are already on episode 100! I first started this channel in 2017, but didn’t really start making regular videos until mid to late 2018. I started this channel purely to keep myself busy, and it’s grown and changed as much as I have. Thank you so much for you love and support over the past 2 years while I work through a whole bunch of things. #archedcabin #episode100 #100 #lazy #housekit #colorado
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Beginning the Build

It is rumored that we are going to begin the foundation this week. Realistically, I suspect it will happen maybe next week. Either way, we are on the precipice of some major changes, and of course my anxiety is skyrocketing. Interestingly though, I am aware of it, and also aware of something I heard at that class I attended recently. “What if your anxiety is excitement?”

I don’t have the best track record with follow through in the face of anxiety. I have a tendency to get in my own way and self sabotage what I’ve got happening, and I no longer wish to do that. So it’s something I’ve been working really hard on especially over the past year and a half or so. So with the exciting news, I’m mentally kind of freaking out, but instead of letting it overwhelm me, I’ve taken the day to do some light reading. Ponder the immediate needs, and not try to manage ALL of the things in this exact moment. I had a moment of realization over the past couple of days that it’s not all or nothing all of the time. Everything is about balance, and if I worked for an hour this morning, it doesn’t mean that I can’t take part of the day to sort out my thoughts or take time for myself if that is my immediate need. So when I’m feeling less anxious, then I’ll make that phone call to see what the wait time is for the inspection. When I’m less likely to feel stressed, I’ll look up what I need to know to calculate the concrete required or to ponder how we’ll connect the sonotubes to the footer molds with the different sized holes. Now is the time to gain some clarity and to approach the upcoming surge of activity with a clear head and some focus.


We are excited to launch ourselves into this next journey of our lives, and I’m grateful and pleased that we have so many wonderful souls with us on this journey.

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Dog Food (Recipe & Video)

Tank Girl and Jet Girl are super picky eaters. It got to the point that they refused to eat pretty much any commercial dog food. I started making various versions of homemade stuff to mix in with commercial food, and now they wolf it down. I mix 1 cup dry dog food with 3/4 cup of the homemade stuff. They are no longer skin and bones, their coats look wonderful, and they are way more energetic and happier than they had been for awhile. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. If you’re enjoying our content, please consider subscribing, and give our videos a thumbs up!

Recipe

3 lbs Ground Turkey
2 cups Brown Rice
5-6 Carrots
4-5 Celery Stalks
2-3 Sprigs of Rosemary
1 Sweet Potato
1 Cucumber
1 Zucchini
3/4 – 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (too much upsets the girls’ tummies)
3 cups water

Combine rice, water, & chicken broth in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed. (about 20 minutes or so)

Brown ground turkey and set aside.
Chop up all vegetables and put into a pot with about 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes and carrots are tender.
Add brown rice and ground turkey to the pot of veggies and mix all together. Allow to cool completely. Serve to ridiculously happy poopy dogs.

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Bonus Video of the Week!

I’ve uploaded a little video about the furry critters out here on the ranch.

Our regularly scheduled video will be out on Friday 7PM Mountain Time. 

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Lazy A-Hole Neighbor

So I promised you a story yesterday of how we acquired our amazing new neighbor.  I don’t feel too bad about leaving you hanging because anyone who is reading this at this point in our journey likely already knows the story.

So one random day in January, we leave the house to go run some errands. It was a pretty dark period of time for us, so I was searching for a sign. Any kind of sign that things were going to be even remotely okay.  So we are driving down our street, we get to the end of our property, and I see this woman banging in a for sale sign on the property next door. So I turn to Mike, and I say something about the need to be able to choose your neighbors, and then I said that this was our opportunity to have family next door like we’ve always wanted. So I texted Mike’s mom and his “BFF” in case his mom thought we were insane. I took a photo of the sign, and she had called the realtor before we even got back from the store.
It never even went officially on the market.
So on Valentine’s Day, Mike’s mom became our neighbor. She is also building a home at the exact same time as we are. We are currently coordinating so that Bob the Builder (I mean excavator Bob) can work on both projects at the same time and save everyone a little money since it costs to have equipment hauled up there each day.  So we combine the projects and save some cash, and that also makes his scheduling easier since 2 projects are next door to one another.

So since she purchased the property back in February, she has visited a couple of times to work on her project. She hired a local builder, and her last visit was in July where we wandered all over Colorado Springs to pick out materials for her build as well as a lot of the finishing touches. It was an awesome opportunity for us to bond, and as an added bonus I got to see some of the materials that are out there to work with, and to learn from people in the industry what the pros and cons of each material was from a bystander point of view. It’s given us a lot to think about as far as finishings go. I had one view in my head of how things will be, and it’s already quite different than what I’d envisioned.

So after some excellent timing, a lot of coordinating, and a bit of magic in the universe, we have this amazing new neighbor. I look forward to taking turns having dinner on our front porches and enjoying sunsets together. We always dreamed of having our family around us, and we’re so blessed to have that become a reality with the addition of his mom in our neighborhood.

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A special thanks to Mom, and a special thanks to my Dad as well. We couldn’t have done any of this without either of you. We love you.