Spent much of my day at my new apartment. I love it, absolutely love the challenge of taking this blank slate and making it into a home. It's so clean, and white, and new, and everything seems to be falling right into place. Remember how I mentioned I had no counter space? Well, the super realized that what I had was not enough, so now, I am getting a new sink with a brown specked formica counter top with room for my microwave, coffee pot, and chopping. I will be set on top of 'new' wooden cabinets. That saves me from spending a small fortune to buy some counter space, but I will still need something to fill up the opposite side of the room. Perhaps a nice utility cart would be nice.
Today, I blessed my home. Simple is better for me. It's already spotless, but I gave it a good sweeping to begin. Then, I realized that I didn't have anything for a smudging, but I DO have sea salt (an ancient symbol of purification), a white candle, and Holy Water from the Jordan River, a gift that I have treasured for many years. I love working with the Angels and wanted them to feel welcome, so my house blessing began with the following:
Angels of Hearth and Home,
Bring blessings, ceilings to floors,
Spread your Angelic light,
For only joy behind these doors.
That was followed by a sprinkling some of the sea salt and Holy Water in the four corners of every room, to bless and purify them, while saying: 'With water and salt I bless this house.'
Lastly, I lit the candle:
I dedicate this candle
as a blessing for the space.
Let its light and warmth and pleasant fragrance
extend to every corner of this place.
And, of course, on the way over, I asked hubby to stop at the store to buy a new mop, dustpan and broom. One thing my grandma taught me was ....Never bring your old house-hold broom with you when you move.
Later we stopped to buy the curtains. I chose to get earth tones...browns, beige, and orange. My kitchen curtains are of sunflowers. The bath, for now, will be done in olive green. I was pleasantly surprised that 5 sets of curtains, plus rods, plus shower set and bath curtain, rugs, came to less than $100. Tomorrow I hope to get back over there to start the 'real' work.