Browsing category: Simply Personal

I Hope She Didn’t Try To Eat Them…

My husband and I were clearing leaves and winter debris out of one of the hosta beds when we heard a car stop in the road just slightly past our house. A woman got out of the car and quickly walked to a flower garden we have created at the edge of our lawn.


This Month Started Without Me

I think having the flu must have affected my judgment, because for some reason yesterday I decided it would be a good time to do a general housecleaning of the site, make some format changes, upload more photographs, and take care of a lot of minor details I haven’t had time


A Very, Very Pasta Filled Day

I spent almost the entire day yesterday making pasta for the freezer. I started with four batches of extruded pasta using the fusilli die on my pasta extruder.


Reactions, Recalls, and a Red Fox Move

We took the youngest of our little dogs to the vet early last week for her routine distemper vaccination. This dog really dislikes the vet. When she was a tiny puppy, the vet had to perform a series of painful procedures that the vet says the dog has never forgotten.


But I Think an Intangible Something Has Been Lost

When I was a very young child, my parents “sugared” every spring. We spent many long hours wading through the deep snow to gather the sap, and even more long hours huddled around the fire waiting while the sap boiled. It was a lot of work…


It’s So Cold Out There!

Suddenly it feels like winter. After a relatively warm fall, we’re now into cold, windy days and temperatures that almost never rise above freezing. It’s great soup weather…


About This Blog (And About Me) FAQ

I sometimes think that Choosing Voluntary Simplicity started itself… beginning with the drastic lifestyle change my husband and I made nearly twenty years ago.


What Happened When The Town Clerk Made A Mistake

We finally have an inspection sticker on our new car.


Our Uninvited Midnight Visitor

Last night just after midnight we heard a terrific crash outside, followed by more sounds of wood breaking. The noise was coming from one side of the house, so we ran into the dining room and looked out the window on that side.


The Mystery Of Duck Duck Goose

The first time we ever saw Duck Duck Goose, it was late November and she was walking up the path to our house. This rather odd sight especially caught our attention because nobody for miles around had ducks and we knew she couldn’t have just wandered in.