Sunday, May 17, 2009

To all things there is a season...

Rainwater collection in Spring

Air-drying clothes in Summer

Apple harvest in Autumn

Nature's beauty in Winter

  • To all things there is a season, and I think that my blogging days are finally over.
  • Along with all the things offline that are calling my name, we are unexpectedly losing our internet connection and email in this move (at least for now), so I will soon be using the library as a means to access the web, if & when I do. Recently I joined an online forum for entertainment purposes and am presently uploading an album of photos to share from our years spent living here and creating the "Wildside" mini-homestead.
  • If you'd like to join in some nonsense and fun, sign up and then you'll be able to see it there!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Just discovered and had to share:

While I'm away, taking that supposed big ol' blogging break (and learning to live without our cable TV!), here's some videos from P. Allen Smith's "Garden Home" show we might all might enjoy:

(and there's many more!)

*"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed

"Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls
and looks like work."

--Thomas A. Edison

*"Opportunity is missed by most people * *because it is dressed

"Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls
and looks like work."
--Thomas A. Edison

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Taking a look back:

Here I am three years ago, working to replace our failed sewerline which ran through the middle of our garden. This tragedy, combined with other signs, was the final straw for my little garden biz. So, I decided it was a strong indication to step back and take another path. A long-term break from trying so hard to please others and relying on situations outside myself. Time to try and put my silly pride away and focus instead on quietly practicing some gratefulness and frugality to see how far these could take me with what can be freely done from home. Not perfect at all in this, mind you; there always is much room for improvement and a ways to go -- but that's what can keep it fun.

In my attempts on our 1/10 acre in town, there have been many failures and successes . Fortunately, success (or mostly failure redefined!) always out-weighed the rest.

When anxiety and doubt creep in and create a sort of unsettling impatience, we often need to remember that a relaxed pace -- slow and steady -- wins the race in the end.

Like the sewer-line work, we can get some major things done if we do them inch by inch -- and then time will pass, things grow in thick and tall, other distractions befall, until we fairly nearly forget what came before...

So it is good to pause every once in awhile and take a look back and see how far we'e come. This blog was meant to help with that and with getting things done. Not quite sure how that all worked! Mostly I've just enjoyed your company in the comments because it helped to keep from feeling so all alone on this odd little path. So many thanks to each of you!

Despite my fears of falling to the abyss, will be taking a break now, unplugging, and immersing myself in all things offline. That's the next test. To see if that is even possible. As Nature is out there calling my name!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Are you feeling the effects of the recession?"

Looking for a little more interaction than this blog can provide, I recently tried out an online forum and the above question was posed. Cutting and clipping from follow-up posts there, here's more:

"With the shakey situation of employment these days we should all be talking and making plans for how we will cope and reduce our spending before jobs are altered or cut. That way we feel more in control of the situation and less powerless if (and when) the axe does fall.

None of these things would cause us any great hardship when all said and done. We could do much more before hardship would start to pinch. Actually just writing this tonight makes me realise there is no good reason not to start doing many of these things right now. We'd still be happy and fulfilled and probably even more so! I don't see any reason why comfort and joy cannot be synonymous with living even more simply and's all about the balance, and finding it for ourselves - in our own situation."

Very thought provoking, isn't it?!

Trying to come up with a related question to post to start a discussion here as well, and I suppose it could simply be this:

"What small things can we be doing today to ensure a more secure tomorrow?" (And with that, how do we go about about staying within happy balance, making sure not to exclude both comfort & joy?)

Feel free to comment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bread sampler

After reading today's find (article in below post below this one), am thinking I ought to make some bread again, but we're in-between houses, some stuff here, some stuff there -- making the entire process kind of difficult! So am putting up some pictures of past efforts instead.