Welcome To Living Simply Free

Visit me at my new online home  The Eco-Grandma

Welcome, Living Simple Free was my first blog and my online home where I shared my life in my 300 sq ft apartment and my goal of sustainable living in my corner of the world.

Times change and it was time to move forward.  I’ve decided it was time to move on both online and in the real world.  My tiny apartment I hope will be a good new home for another person exploring tiny living as I become a homeowner in a new community.  With the changes in my personal life it was time to retire Living Simply Free.  You can find and follow me at The Eco-Grandma, I hope to meet you soon.

Here are just a few of the things you can expect to find at The Eco-Grandma

  • Good News Mondays, the best news concerning the natural world and the environment along with an occasional feel good story.
  • Wednesdays, I will continue the challenges of Change the World Wednesday with Reduce Footprints.
  • Fridays you will find my Friday Faves containing links to the  articles and posts I found most interesting or thought-provoking.
  • Saturdays you may find an occasional guest post.

The rest of the week you will find various posts on environmental stories, upcycling and before and after projects.  Purchasing a home that needs some TLC you can follow along as I restore my home in a sustainable manner (avoiding buying new) and convert my home to use renewable energy.


Education vs The Natural World

During this period of transferring the posts from this site to my new blog I will add a short notice here to let you know when I have new content to share.  I may be technically challenged when it comes to blogging, but there is a problem with WordPress which tells me I can’t export the content because “file not found”.  I am left with no option but to manually copy each post I want to save.  In an effort not to overwhelm you with notices of new posts on The Eco-Grandma site I thought this would be the best solution.

Today’s post brings up an important subject for all who are concerned with endangered species.

Education vs The Natural World


I hope you will stop by and share your thoughts on this subject.


My New Home

Thank you, each and every one of you, for all your thoughtful comments on my search for a new home.  Today I have some great news to share, I have a new home!!

My dream was to find a small home with land, or land I could build an energy efficient home on.  On my wish list was the ability to add solar, have a garden with collected rainwater for watering needs and so on.  I looked at many properties, from apartment complexes to flats and even an old mobile home.

I thought I had it narrowed down to two properties, one the mobile which I wasn’t sure I would be able to address the safety issues before winter and an apartment in the community I preferred. I finally told my son to turn in the application for the apartment in his town.  He decided to wait until today because he wanted to look at one more property for me.

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Friday Faves, All New

Welcome to the new edition of Friday Faves.  As you figured out I discontinued this series while posting links on Facebook, which didn’t work out well. I missed having my favorite articles in one post and hope you missed them too. If not feel free to let me know in the comments.


This week was saw the children returning to school, or in the case of my grand children, starting kindergarten.  I never looked forward to school when my boys were young as it seemed our lives became less focused on family as we found ourselves attempting to fit family around the demands of school work.  This year it is a bit different and I am glad to have more ME time.

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Peek Inside My Brain

For the last few days I was nearly sure I would go with the option to buy a mobile home.  I finally received the pictures today and knew instantly the home was very old.  The problem is that looking at each picture I could see the end result and it fit me perfectly.  I thought I would take you on a bit of a trip in my mind to see how my brain works when it comes to decorating.

First up the living room.

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Making a List, Checking it More than Twice

I made the decision to look for a new home closer to my youngest son and his family.  I thought that was the hard part. ;-)  I have narrowed down my choices to three completely different homes each with its pros and cons.

I made a list of what I needed and one of amenities I would like.  On the must have list were items that included items such as accessibility, close to public library and thrift stores. Size of the home is another consideration. I refuse to live in a home too large for my needs.   In addition my new home would have to be close enough to my son and not require freeway driving between our homes as his wife is still uncomfortable driving on them.

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Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Summer is coming to a close, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and yet I still feel as if I am waiting for summer to start.  This summer has been irregular, the best word I can come up with.   I only needed to use my fan twice and never did we have those hot muggy days where you get out of the shower and can’t seem to get dry.  The nights have been cold, often hovering between the 40s and low 50s.  It used to be that the minute June came around the windows were all open, day and night, except when it rained too hard.  This year people have put their heat on and most windows need to be closed more often than not.

The rain has been both a treat and a pest.  When I get sick of near constant rain I just remind myself that my organic garden is truly organic as I don’t have to water it with tap water from the hose.  To make this summer stand out, we’ve had so much rain that the garden never once needed watering.

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