Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

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…


Seriously… Doesn’t That Look Like a Smile?

I want to show you the new frog in our pond. We’ve never seen him before this year but now he seems to be always nearby… usually basking in the sun on a big rock or in the grass at the edge of the pond. He’s easily recognizable because this is a smiling frog.


Visual Proof That Nothing Is Impossible

My husband was digging under yet another enormous tree stump and cutting roots. I was pulling out roots as he cut them, but one smallish root seemed to be unusually heavy and I was finding it very difficult to pull.


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…


How Many Days After the Last Snow Melt Should Gardeners Begin to Look for Hostas?

Reader question… “So one has hosta… and one has winter. My question is a bit more complex.”


What Living in the Moment Means To Me

The concepts of living in the moment and appreciating the uniqueness of now can sound too weirdly complicated to be a good fit in our aggressively busy world.


Note That This Journey is Uniquely Yours

“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own…”


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…”


I Think Contentment is Almost a Default Characteristic

I think contentment is almost a default characteristic. Think about how babies and small children are happy with very simple pleasures… they almost have to be taught over a period of years to want something bigger, better, “more fun.”