Browsing category: Simple Living

A Toad in the Hand

This time of year the ground is still pretty cold here, and it’s not unusual to find toads buried deep into the soil. If we have any digging to do, we dig very cautiously.


It’s Been a Long Time Coming…

It’s been a long time coming, but I THINK spring is finally here. The snow is completely gone… EVERYWHERE…


Why We Got Rid of Our Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

A couple of years ago we made the switch to compact fluorescent bulbs in all of the light fixtures in our house.


How Much Does It Cost to Feed YOUR Family? — Updated for 2016

How much does it cost to feed YOUR family compared to these 2016 government guidelines? The guidelines are given for four levels of spending… thrifty, low-cost, moderate, and liberal.


Coping with a Power Outage

Reader question… “We found ourselves in a situation without electrical power for two days last week after the ice storm downed power lines in our neighborhood. We had never experienced a power outage before and weren’t prepared. My question…”


Making Living Green a Habit

This list will keep growing because there will always be more we can do… but living green is a habit that gets easier and easier… We have installed ceiling fans in every room. They circulate the heat downward from the ceilings in winter and keep the rooms cool in summer.


Making the Most of Those Lifestyle Challenges

Most of you have seen and many have probably participated in some of the various lifestyle challenges that circulate through the Internet…


Do I Really Want Another Dishwasher?

Do I really want another dishwasher? I don’t know. We have had some miserable luck with our last three dishwashers, with each one being a “more trouble than it’s worth” situation.


We Should Have Wondered Where All Those Rocks Came From!

Although stone walls are not an unusual sight in New England, the extremely long expanses of stone walls that we have here should have made us wonder where all those rocks had come from.


The Wood-Burning Cook Stove In My Kitchen

The centerpiece of my kitchen is our wood-burning cook stove. It’s a big stove, standing over five feet high and almost three and a half feet wide. It has an oven, a warming oven, a solid copper water reservoir with a tap, and a large cook top surface with six lids.