Browsing category: Simple Living
Don’t Confuse Playing at Frugality With Living Frugally
Extreme frugality is like a crash diet… it’s unhealthy and almost impossible to live with long-term… AND it will set up feelings of deprivation that will almost certainly end in a bout of spending…
Hanging Bags of Water… Do They Really Keep Flies Away?
In a book I was reading recently, one of the main characters was hosting an outdoor party… and his preparations for this party included matter-of-factly filling clear plastic bags with water and hanging them from low tree branches.
The Biggest Obstacle to a Simpler, Truly Fulfilling Life
“From your experience, what would you say is the biggest obstacle that people have to living a simpler, truly fulfilling life?” A reader asked me this question a few days ago, and I think my answer would have to be one word… “inertia.”
Yes, We Do Know It’s There
If you’d been driving past our house at the right time last night, you could have almost reached out your car window and shaken hands… with the bear that was trampling down the tall stand of day lilies and ferns at the edge of the road.
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…
How You Choose To Spend Your Time
Think about how often we all regretfully say that we don’t have the time to do “something” (you fill in the blank). What we’re actually saying is that whatever this “something” is, we aren’t giving it a top priority in our lives. Not enough time… or not a priority.
How Many Servings of Fruit and Vegetables Should Your Family Eat?
I was opening a bag of frozen organic broccoli last night when I noticed that the serving size listed on the bag was four florets… and that the two-pound bag supposedly contained twelve servings.
Except For Those Two Times When We Dug Up Something Else…
I am fairly certain that we have never dug a hole of any size here on this property without encountering at least one boulder-sized rock. It’s a given… we dig a hole, we dig up rocks. Except for those two times when we dug up something else…
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…