Browsing category: Simple Living

Why the Extreme Cold and Snow Doesn’t Seem All That Important Any More

Several emails have come in over the last many days asking how we’re managing here with this winter’s extreme cold temperatures and excessive snow storms. Apparently the New England storms and subzero temperatures have become worldwide news.


How To Make Your Own Chili Powder

It’s as easy to make chili powder as it is to make the other spice mixes I have written about previously. Most of the commercial chili powders contain anti-caking agents or perhaps fillers… most of them also contain unnecessary salt.


Everyone Agreed It Was Past Time For a Rest

Our waking hours have been filled to the brim these last several months. There has been the usual garden and yard work, the usual housework and meals, and the usual number of hours spent on the work that brings in our income…


How We Removed an Enormous Tree Stump… or How We Saved $576

We lost several of our beautiful big pine trees during an ice storm when the weight of two days of freezing rain literally broke off the tops of the trees.


Discovering Your “Enough”

There are indeed many good reasons to purge. It makes sense to purge when an item breaks and repairing it isn’t possible or feasible. It makes sense to purge when clothing becomes too worn or faded or no longer fits.


Some Thoughts About Grocery Shopping & Sensible Frugality

Grocery shopping is one area where big savings are possible, but I don’t think that frugality should ever be the only consideration.


Trying To Keep Heating Costs Down This Winter

Here in the northeast, we’re being warned to expect exorbitant heating bills again this year. The pessimists out there think fuel costs for this area will top even the predicted average of more than three thousand dollars for the heating season.


And That Won’t Be Fun Either

We’ve just finished with four days and five nights of almost constant rain… and almost constant warnings of approaching severe thunderstorms. I don’t remember anything like this ever happening here before, and I hope it doesn’t happen again anytime soon. It was not fun.


Keeping a Photograph… Purging the Item

Reader question… “I read in a book about decluttering and purging that a photograph of an item is a good substitute for actually having the item in your possession.”


It’s Time To Plant the Potatoes

A few days ago we discovered that this year the feed store was selling seed potatoes. They had about fifteen types to choose from, and all were supposedly suited to growing well in this area.