우리집은 2년전 여름에 인연을 맺어 이 집에서 세번째 여름을 보내고 있는겁니다.
신을수록 제 발 모양에 맞춰지는 신발처럼, 집도 미묘하게 변화하며 우리부부와 점점 닮아가는 것 같습니다.
예를 들어 안방 창가 모서리 공간은 같은 장소임에도 (제 눈에는)세번째 여름을 맞이하는 동안 조금씩 다르기 때문입니다.
햇살만 가득 찬 빈 공간, 의자하나만 두고 책을 읽고, 다이닝 룸이 되었다가, 계절의 흐름에 따라 변화되는 침실 모습이 담겨있습니다.
세번째 여름을 보내기까지 시간을 떠 올립니다.
처음 이 집에 들어설때의 떨리던 설레임.
#최소한의채움 으로 과욕을 비우려 노력했던 다짐.
인테리어가 거창하게 변화되지 않음에 아쉬워하기 보다는 오히려 인테리어에 대한 욕심을 #미니멀 하게 낮추고 평범한 집이기에 더 평안하다 느끼는 감사함.
집안의 여백이 곧 삶의 여유임을 알게 된 충만함.
단순함이 주는 무탈함에 대한 만족.
타인의 잣대보다는 우리의 줏대가 우선이라는 작은 믿음.
그렇기에 지금까지의 안방공간을 보면서 미니멀라이프를 하며 짐이 많이 늘지 않았음을 혹은 장식품이 없어도 가구이동만으로 #침실인테리어 는 충분했다는 뿌듯함도 좋지만, 그 안에 깃든 저희의 마음이 더 입체적으로 남길 바랍니다.
앞으로도 이 집에서 네번째 다섯번째...여름을 맞이할때 #미니멀라이프 로 유지되는 모습과 더불어, #미니멀 한 추억이라도 #라이프 가 주는 커다란 축복으로 간직하기를 말입니다.
안방창가 모서리 공간에 기대되는 것은 사진으로 만들어나갈 '인증' 이전에 일상으로 만들어나갈 '인생'이길 소망합니다. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today we picked cherries.
They were not organic but my kids ate them straight from the trees. They climbed trunks and tall ladders to pick the perfect ones. They have cherry stained clothes that I’ll probably never get clean, scraped legs and they were completely wiped by the midday sun but they have some new memories that will be worth more than any of the inconveniences.
Life is like that too, you know ... Life unscripted means my words are organic, derived from living matter. It’s real life and real life can only be planned so much.
Real life is messy. Like new dresses with cherry juice drips.
Real life means making the effort to get the best opportunities. Like little feet facing big fears to climb higher for the sun ripened fruit they wanted.
Real life hurts but shouldn’t stop you, kind of like skinned legs, its part of living.
Real life leaves you exhausted some days, like 98° weather and mid day sun but when you’re exhausted take time to rest ... not quit.
The sunset at 2nd beach at the Quileute Indian Reservation was unreal. We almost didn't make it there and would have had no idea what we missed. Awesome spot for a night of tent camping and kind of reminded us of that movie "The Beach" - almost too beautiful.
On the half mile or so hike off the beach, through the woods, back to 1st beach we actually came up with the plot to a short story/horror movie involving the fear of non-existent (maybe) native American spirits that drive campers and natives to kill to save themselves from an eternity of damnation. Not sure if it was genius or horrible.
☀️Summer = pool and floaties. Unfortunately, pool floats/rafts etc are made of type 3 plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC). A 2008 Swedish study found that plasticized PVC and polyurethane all leach toxic chemicals into water. 😕 In addition, Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), a plastic softener for PVC, has shown an association with asthma in children (https://bit.ly/2gaitGh). Where else is this type of plastic found? In shower curtains, plastic food wrap, children’s toys, fencing, pipes and artificial leather, oh my!..of all the plastics, type 3 is one of the most detrimental to human health. Take a peek. Phthalates linked to: endocrine disruption, fetal development, breast or testicular cancers, autism. Vinyl chloride linked to: cancer, liver/lung/kidney damage, brain/lung/blood cancers, ground and water pollution. Dioxins linked to: reproductive issues, developmental problems, hormone disruption, immune impairment, known human carcinogen. So, keep an eye out and try to avoid #3 !
Do you see Alex? Alex experienced the first Geasey family bonfire/get together last night
The reason this one came about is because Luke and I really want to start weekly or bi-weekly get togethers as we have been inspired by our Colorado Geasey Family where we met with them on a weekly basis. We also aren’t planning on being here for too long so we want to utilize the opportunity to reconnect with those we love dearly. Also Alex gets lots of attention and love as people want to check out our bus!
The second reason for the bonfire/get together is that Luke’s father is home from the hospital! He came him Friday and so far the prognosis is good. His leukemia is gone and everything is as it’s supposed to be so far. He goes back in for a check-up in about 3 1/2 weeks to see how he is doing. After him being in the hospital for a month everyone is transitioning with his return, along with our family settling in so lots happening around here at the Geasey household. In this picture is Luke’s dad and his dear friend Ryan. We all had so much fun last night and are so grateful for those who came out!
My '5 Questions For..' interview is back! And this time it's with @thehealthnutnomad's Amanda. 😃
Amanda's blog shows you how to stay happy, healthy and fit whilst travelling. Check out the interview to learn more about her via my profile link 💚
Garden progression. Lasted night we snipped a bit of lettuce and made caesar wraps. They were good, but better knowing where some of the food came from. And the winner of Friday’s slipper giveaway is @kadivillemson 🎉 congrats!! And thank you to those who entered. I’ll have another giveaway up on Friday:)
On one of the first evening walks we did with Max, we encountered a small dog bounding toward us with a distant voice yelling 'CHUUUPEEEE!' Max and this dog had already greeted one another by the time the owner caught up. It was an older lady and long time local. 'Chupi' was one of her rescue dogs.
With the ice broken, conversation led to Max and his former stray status. 'I thought I'd recognised him! I'd seen him around the supermarket for months. We used to feed him when we could.' This lovely lady had been giving Max kindness months before we even contemplated moving to Belgrade.
She was a friend to Max before we even set eyes on our boy.
It turns out that Beba helps stray dogs whenever she can. She volunteers at a local rescue, she donates beds, blankets and food to them. She knows all the local strays and keeps tabs on them. She is a kind soul.
So thank you Beba. Thank you for extending generosity to Max when he needed it most. Thank you for showing him love. We are grateful for you. 🌺
#minimallife 의 중요한 수단은 #비움 이겠죠.
덧붙여 #미니멀라이프 를 할수록 가지게 되는 소망은 최소한의 비움으로 유지되는 #심플한삶 이에요.
#비우기 와 #소비 를 반복하는 것은 외관상은 #미니멀 해 보일지 몰라도, 변덕부리듯 물건을 교체하던 이전의 저와 다를게 없으니까요. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
그래서 자연스럽게 비우지 않고 오래오래 잘 사용할수 있는 물건과의 인연을 소망하게 되네요.
하지만 안목이 부족하고 취향이 여물지 않은 저는 섣부른 인연을 맺는 오류가 여전히 흔하죠. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
그럴때 종종 엄마에게 도움을 청해요.
엄마보다 취향이 세련되었다 말하는 철없는 딸이지만 어린시절부터 본 엄마의 물건은 여전히 빛을 발하고 있는 아이템이 많기에 엄마가 지니신 높은 안목에 감탄하기 때문이에요. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
그런 엄마의 레전드 아이템 중 하나가 #휘슬러냄비 죠.
솔직히 #신혼살림 을 처음 장만할때, 엄마가 #휘슬러 를 넌지시 권해주셨지만, 그때에는 #하얀살림 에만 관심이 컸던지라
독일 삼색기 원형패턴의 빨강노랑이 조금은 올드해보였거든요. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
그러던 차 결혼 2년차가 넘어가면서 집밥내공이 미비하게나마 커지면서(?) 새 냄비의 필요성을 느끼게 되었죠.
어떤 냄비와 제가 잘 맞을까 고심하던 중 엄마 주방에 언제나 있던 휘슬러가 떠올랐어요. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
너무 익숙했기에 특별하게 안 보였는데, 다시 찬찬히 들여다보니 좋은 물건이겠다 싶은 믿음이 생겼죠. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
그런 스토리로 저희집에 드디어 엄마와 커플템이 될 #휘슬러솔라임 냄비가 안착했어요.
(사진2) 엄마가 해 주던 정겨운 냄비가 떠오르는 휘슬러의 클래식한 문양
(사진3) 열보존력에 뛰어난 엠보싱 바닥
(사진4-동영상) 요리가 완성되어 끓으면 사운드로 알려주는 뚜껑의 #휘슬러사운드 버튼 (끓으면 알아서 소리가 나니 요리 중 다른 일을 보게 해 주는 기특하고 귀여운 옵션같아요) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
초복에 엄마와아빠가 저희집에 오시는데, 휘슬러 냄비로 좋아하시는 백숙을 드리고 싶어 지난 주말에 시험삼아 해 봤어요.
한식요리에 최적화되었다는 기술력 덕분인지 요리허당임에도 놀랄정도로 맛난 백숙을 만들어주었죠.
(마지막 사진) 이전에 저희집에 있던 냄비들과 잘 지내길 바라며 단체인증샷을 찍고, 주방 반장안에 수납했어요.
엄마가 오랜세월동안 제게 따뜻하고 건강한 음식을 해 주셨던 사랑을 잊지않고 싶죠.
그저 비우지 않고 잘 사용하는 물건에 머무르지 않고, 저도 엄마처럼 가족에게 건강과 사랑을 전달하는 물건으로 만들고 싶어요.
제가 미니멀라이프를 하면서 오래오래 잘 쓰는 물건과의 인연을 소망했다 했던가요?
감히 조금 더 바라본다면 오래오래 제 주변 소중한 사람들을 위해 물건을 활용하는 삶이 되기를요.
초복에 부모님이 오시면 휘슬러냄비에 백숙을 잘 부탁해보려고요.
이번 초복은 그 어느때보다 마치 음식이 다 완성되면 울리는 휘슬러 냄비의 하모니카 소리처럼, 웃음소리가 집안에 그득해질것 같아요. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thoroughly stoked over her new two piece and how much fun we had together at the lake. It was definitely our highlight of the day.
Most of the day was less exciting and more whiny. Do you ever have those days where you just feel off?
I think we all managed to have an off day on the same day. Yay us 🙄
We always pack Sundays full of fun to get the “most” out of Casey’s time with us but it just felt forced. We were all a little (or a lot) grumpy, to be honest. BUT at the end of every day, no matter how good or bad, we list 3 of our thankfuls. It’s a wonderful way to force your mind to acknowledge the good since it’s so much easier to shift toward the negative thoughts.
Tonight Casey was thankful for 1. His wife (that’s me!) 2. His girls 3. His day off
I was thankful for 1. Family time 2. Casey having the day off 3. Tattoos ... but in hindsight I wish I would have listed something more substantial like our time at the lake (I thought about writing that and omitting my lame real answer for the night but I’ve always promised to keep it exceptionally real.)
Taylan was thankful for, 1. A mom and a dad who love her 2. Her sisters 3. Daddy’s day off
Chole was thankful for, 1. Family 2. Food 3. and again for the sake of honesty I can’t remember her 3rd because she was being rude and whiny and not wanting to participate so #momlife
How was your Sunday?
P.s. I promise to post more than lake pictures all summer but it’s been legit H.O.T. so the lake is a daily and I’m loving some of the images!
For those of you that like to know the weird experiments I put into jars here are the recent four, (left to right): fridge pickled fennel fronds, fermented raddish tops & stems, raspberry mint shrub, and a fig shrub. The fronds are a weird juxtaposition of fennel and salt, I kind of like them but they are weird. The fermented radish tops I have yet to try so anyone’s guess, the raspberry mint shrub is so good even if the raspberries were from last season, the fig shrub is such a beautiful color but the fig got a bit lost in translation, next time I say more figs and better straining! Who are your favorite fermenters & kitchen experimenters you follow on IG? I need me some more inspiration. Fun note, everything except the figs are Manitoba grown. I feel truly spoiled & blessed to be eating so local.
Did you know that California produces some amazing wine?! Yep, it’s true, I’m going go make a bold statement here, and say that CA is responciblen for making some of the United States best wines. We are HUGE wine fans so being near the central coast is a big treat for us. 🍷🍷🍷
Are you a red or white fan?