Browsing category: Simply Personal

I’m So Glad Today Is Friday

I woke up this morning with the immediate thought of how happy I was that today is Friday. We’ve had a rough week around here. Actually, most of this month has been rough… my husband was seriously ill for the first nearly three weeks…


Childhood Memories

I had intended to take photographs of the rhododendrons. All of them were especially lush and beautiful this year, but the largest… a nearly six foot high bush near the back porch… was just spectacular.


The Beginning of the End of This Temporary Chaos

Our house is a little disorganized right now. The dining room table and three chairs are in the living room. The rest of the chairs are lined up against the wall in the hall.


A Logical Explanation?

Have you ever had anything really weird happen that didn’t seem to have a logical explanation? I had an experience like that last summer.


We Are Stranded

People around here are accustomed to coping with mud season and the muddy roads and deep ruts that are a part of every spring. Usually mud season is just an expected springtime inconvenience… but this year it has suddenly become much more unpleasant.


All Things Confusion

The weather people insist that we’ve received the usual amount of snow this winter, and possibly even a bit more than usual, but the temperatures have been so warm each snowfall has melted within hours or days, and we’ve gone through much of this winter with bare ground…


Some Things My Statistics Tell Me About You

Some things my statistics tell me about you… You visited Choosing Voluntary Simplicity from 166 countries all over the world… from Riga, Latvia to Chisinau, Moldova to Sao Paulo, Brazil to Reykjavik, Iceland to Pretoria, South Africa.


I’m Hoping They’re Wrong

It snowed last night. And if this morning’s severe weather alerts are correct, there’s a good-sized nor’easter coming our way.


Upgrades, Databases, Error Messages & Murphy’s Law

Choosing Voluntary Simplicity has always run under WordPress with a version 4 MySQL database… unfortunately, all the newer upgrades to WordPress require a version 5 MySQL database.


For One of Us It Is a Totally Relaxing Experience

This is our brown Nigerian dwarf goat. It’s very difficult to get pictures of her because she always wants to come too close to the person holding the camera. She is a “people goat,” you see, and very affectionate. She thinks she is a lap dog.