Welcome To Living Simply Free

Welcome, to my online home where I share with you my life in my 300 sq ft apartment living and my goal of saving my corner of the world one day at a time.  As New Year’s is a time of change,  Living Simply Free needed a bit of a new course as well.  I hope to provide a bit more structure while leaving a little room for flexibility.

  • Monday’s I will share with you some good news I heard concerning the natural world and the environment
  • Wednesdays, I will continue in the challenges of Change the World Wednesday with Reduce Footprints.
  • Fridays you will find my Friday Faves containing link to the  articles I found most interesting or thought-provoking.
  • Saturdays you may find an occasional guest post.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are a bit of a pot luck where the subject may be anything from upcycling items to natural cleaning or holistic health all with the goal of living lighter on the earth.

I would like to start a new feature sharing your projects.  You can send me pictures of your organic gardens, a green DIY, or even pictures and stories of life with a small footprint and you don’t have to be a blogger to join in.

Thanks for stopping by, please grab a cup of coffee or tea and stay awhile. I love to hear from each of you, let’s share ideas and make 2014 the year we end the waste and make a difference in the world.

Change the World Wednesday; Bees

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Yesterday was Earth Day. I know I was pretty silent, I wasn’t sure what to say that I haven’t already said or wasn’t being said by others.   Did I celebrate in any special way? Not really. The day was rainy but warm enough I could crack the door to listen to the birds. I didn’t shop, or use much electricity and kept the thermostat off until bedtime when the temperatures suddenly seemed to fall close to freezing.  It was a typical day from a green point of view.

signs of spring

signs of spring

I began a new practice in the apartment to monitor my electrical usage this week.  With the exception of lighting and my freezer I don’t plug much in but have chosen one outlet for all my daily needs.  Now if I need to plug in my notebook or my phone I have to choose which one. This has made me more aware of how much I am using both gadgets with my goal to use that one outlet as little as possible.

Now on to the main subject of the week. … BEES

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Good News Monday

I’m a bit late getting this week’s good news to you as it’s almost Tuesday.  I hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed Easter Sunday.

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We had a beautiful day Sunday (and Monday) temperatures were in the 70s.  Rather than have a traditional Easter dinner sitting inside we took to the outdoors.  We took sandwiches outside and soaked up the sun in the field.  I had been missing Zakk, my son’s family’s dog so they surprised me by bringing Zakk with them.  Poor thing, I think he missed me as much as I missed him as he refused to leave my side.   He, too, enjoys the field because we can let him off his leash to run around.

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I showed you a picture of the crocheted dress I made for my youngest granddaughter.  She loved it, had to have it on before she would even open her card. :-)

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After a long weekend how about some good news for the week?

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Friday Faves, A Good Soul

Just a few members of a volunteer group that formed in my area that help others with any kind of work. Here they are rebuilding the garden beds with my neighbor.  Community Action at work

Just a few members of a volunteer group that formed in my area that help others with any kind of work. Here they are rebuilding the garden beds with my neighbor. Community Action at work

This week I was saddened to learn of the suicide of Michael C. Ruppert.  Michael tried to live his life by his own moral standards.   In his later years he became outspoken on the issue of peak oil and dedicated his life to trying to educate the public on the dangers we face.  One statistic he often shared stands out today for me which is that seven gallons of oil are used in the making of each tire for our vehicles.  He often asked of himself “Who am I?  and “Why am I here?”

Why am I here, blogging away?  It’s because I hope to make a difference and at the same time I know I still have much to learn, from you.  So today here are my favorite links from blog land. As always it is my hope one will touch you and make a difference in your day.

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$7 Easter Present for a Princess

Both of my granddaughters are obsessed with princesses and as a result love to wear dresses. Every day, every where. They are that perfect mix of tomboy and princess. :-) What else could I give to a little one for Easter than a crocheted dress? How about one that can grow with her?

I’ll prove first that this child loves her dresses.

Relaxing day at home.

Relaxing day at home as an ogre princess

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Change the World Wednesday, My Most Serious Health Issue

Today I came across two posts on the same subject, the first was disappointing in that it left out the most valuable piece of information which has helped me but it contained some wonderful recipes, the other was this week’s challenge at Reduce Footprints.

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While many of you already know I was born with Muscular Dystrophy, but what you may not know is that I was also born with one kidney which doesn’t work. The Dystrophy was no problem compared to the kidney issues I endured. This led to many hospitalizations, tests and medications in my youth.  When I say it doesn’t work, it doesn’t.  This kidney does allow things to pass through it but doesn’t process anything.  Certain foods and beverages will not move through the kidney in a timely enough manner to prevent infections from setting in, which resulted in years of experimenting rather than agree to have the kidney removed.

This brings me to this week’s challenge:

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Building Healthy Garden Soil

This weekend if  you lived near me you would have thought summer had arrived completely skipping spring.  I was itching to get into the garden and had to satisfy myself with cleaning up the beds and checking how the sections I buried my compost turned out.

The first flowers found and picked for me this year.

The first flowers found and picked for me this year.

There are a lot of so-called rules for composting.  Getting the right mix of brown and green, what can be composted and what cannot.  These rules have scared many off from trying to make their own.  I don’t follow too many rules in my compost and what rules I use are a combination of my own thoughts and safety measures I’ve learned. I never worry about the right mix of brown and green, for example.  What I have is what goes in.

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Good News Monday

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This weekend while on a walk with my granddaughter she started a conversation about what was healthy to drink and not drink.  She informed me that soda isn’t good because “it gives us sugar”.  Growing up I had several relatives who had lost a limb (amputation) as a result of diabetes, but they called it sugar, as in “He lost his leg to sugar.” Today we are disconnected from our food in more ways than just the terminology we use, but there are signs that this is changing for the better.  This Monday’s Good News starts with ways we are taking back our food.

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