Wednesday, February 3, 2010

to live deliberately..

" I went to the woods because I wished
to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, to discover
that I had not lived."
-Henry David Thoreau-

My friend Melanie is the groundskeeper of a 300 acre ranch
up in Northern California, a bit north of San Francisco.
These photos are where she lives - isn't it beautiful!
I have known her and been amazed by her since I was a
teenage girl. She is just one of those amazing women
that has no fear - she lives each day with intention,
always learning and mainly learning by doing.
I lived with her for a short time up in the SF area,
when I was in my early twenties and one day she decided
to knock down a wall to make the living room larger.
She figured out what she needed to do and started
just doing it. She then installed a wood burning stove
after that was done. She has always been a fabulous
cook, sews by making her own patterns, her gifts
have always been handmade and just beautiful.
Talk about an inspiring woman - WOW!
She has come in and out of my life for the past 30+ years,
and it's always fascinating to see what she is up to now.
She has gone back to school, and works on this ranch.
Last week and the week before - they had some really
bad storms and it blew the roof off of her deck, and that
is what would normally keep the water out of her home
In no time at all, she was up on the roof assessing the damage
and her and her fiance got to working on fixing the damage.
And doing it with a wonderful attitude, like it was just
another thing to do in the day.
She has been such an inspiration in my life
and I am so proud to call her my friend.
(photos via Melanie Sereni-Basso)


Gigi said...

She sounds like an amazing woman. I love having women in my life who have such strength and creativity. That's what inspires me every day. Thanks so much for sharing her spirit with us, Cathi! xo

Angie Muresan said...

Cathi, what a beautiful tribute to a lovely friend!

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL place!

Michelle said...

I really love that quote by Thoreau.

Tracy said...

She seems like a really neat person. I always wanted to be like that. Haha! I love her place.


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