Friday Faves, August 30th

The little ones were so excited to harvest their lettuce and dig up the potatoes they hardly slept last night.  By the end of the afternoon, very dirty children gave me huge hugs and told this was “a very good day”.  To think all a child needs is a healthy meal and an opportunity to play in dirt to be happy is simplicity at its best.


It’s been a crazy week with guests in and out of here for 3 days, in addition to family.  This week’s Friday Faves will be a little shorter than usual as I just haven’t had the time to be online but I think you will enjoy what I have found.

Not giving up until the last potato has been found.

Not giving up until the last potato has been found.

Welcome Time

  1. Change isn’t always easy.  We don’t realize the things we take for granted until they are gone, in the past.  Alynia finds she misses a part of life that is now behind her.
  2. Have you ever thought about the atmosphere in some of our most popular establishments?  Take Starbucks, for an example, what’s with the names of the drinks, what are we trying to say about ourselves when we visit Starbucks? With a blog title of Bite Me I Dare You, you know nothing will be held back.
  3. Charron’s Chatter  is written by a  talented writer, on her site you will find much that will make you stop and think, 4th Rock gave me a dose of realism we all need to think about.
  4. Penny has a lot to say, in Who will we throw away tomorrow she takes a good hard look at what a throw away society is and where we draw the lines on who or what is disposable.
  5. Since deciding to give up my car it feels as if my world has expanded.  So many things I missed, they were always there but needed a slower speed to enjoy.   But what if you live in Vegas, is it just boring flat land?  Not at all, see what beautiful views you could find right around the corner from your home.
  6. When I see a new follower or commenter I try my best to stop by and visit their blog, I am so glad i did in this case because I found a kindred soul when it comes to saving good items from the landfills.  See why Treading My Own Path is on a mission.
Collecting the lettuce he grew for our meal.

Collecting the lettuce he grew for our meal.


It’s All in How We Decide to View It

  1. Breast Cancer runs in my family and many other families. Treatment may include a mastectomy, or removal of one or both of the breasts.   Suzanne Sommer’s had her breasts regrown using her own stem cells, is this because she felt less womanly without her breasts?  In One Man’s Perspective, I found myself tearing up at the recounting of Nelson’s story of growing up with a mother who had had a double mastectomy.
  2. As you know I have day when I despair that not enough is changing to save the environment, but a reminder from time to time helps to keep things in perspective.  Bike sharing is a relatively new practice in the US, but it’s growing each year.  This is good news, word is getting out and communities are responding.
  3. When I began blogging I was experiencing a lot of negativity.  What I had done, downsizing, seemed to rub others the wrong way.  Only this week did I find another blogger who found this same attitude in their friends.
  4. What is simple? A small fish tank sounds like a simple investment, but even a small investment comes with lessons learned.


A simple dish even a child can assemble.  Lettuce from their garden, precooked black beans and drained mandarin oranges.

A simple dish even a child can assemble. Lettuce from their garden, precooked black beans and drained mandarin oranges.


Upcycling and DIY

  1. I recently found an amazing upcycling blog.  Mamie Jane’s.  Some of the projects use antique or vintage finds but even if you don’t have antiques in your attic you can be inspired by the projects you will find there.
  2. I acquire plenty of paint cans that I need to repurpose, I have given some away for storing small toys like Legos or cars, I have used them plain as planters and so many other ideas.  But adding one element can transform a old paint can into a unique planter.
Digging for potatoes is child's play

Digging for potatoes is child’s play


  1. Now that the little one’s have planted their own garden, ignoring any suggestions offered on where to plant the seeds, opting for an artistic placement instead, I have found an idea that should help them handle the tiniest seeds….the answer is a diy seed bomb.
  2. This would also make a great gift idea.

  3. Have you heard about Hugelkultur?  See how you can restore a bare hill using natural materials found right on your property.
"It was a very good day"

“It was a very good day”


Have a fantastic weekend!




39 thoughts on “Friday Faves, August 30th

  1. Hi Lois and once again, thanks for the time it takes to go through these blogs for us :)

    “I think children at play is the perfect example of freedom and simplicity.” – I really love what you said there and I try to live my life with that exact sentiment, much to the chagrin of others it would seem! Oh well…more fun for me!

    Take care and thanks again. My best to all.



    • Lyle, little children haven’t been conditioned yet to worry about the things we as adults have to contend with, their life is about having fun and using their imagination. I have a friend I’ve known for many, many years, she doesn’t believe in playing with children I can’t imagine not allowing myself to get caught up in their excitement and fun. I’m glad you are enjoying the Friday Faves post,


  2. Even though our lifestyles are somewhat different, I appreciate your take on things. You have so much to offer and I so much to learn. We don’t have to be the same to agree on many things. I too want to do my best to be kind to my planet and waste little. I appreciate everything you do to help teach the next generation (your grandchildren and those they influence). Don’t let the naysayers get you down. We may all take a different path, lets just hope we all come to the same place in saving our planet.


    • Marlene, well said. There is more than one way to make the journey, as long as we are all making our choices with deliberation we will do just fine. There are days the job seems too big, but not doing anything would make me feel worse. I’ve always followed my own path and it was usually different from the majority, why stop now? :-)


  3. As always, Lois, love your reflections and pictures of the kids, showing us the simply ways to happiness. It seems with the hint of fall in the air, a lot of us are reflecting on this summer and what lies ahead with the change of seasons at hand.


      • Being at 8,500′ and living in the mountain is a little challenging for us in growing vegetables with cooler nights and shorter growing season. If it’s not the deer and bunnies grazing on top, it’s the voles from underneath. We had our best luck in well tubs on our deck but not as much room. We haven’t done that in a couple of years but looking forward to doing it again. There are only the 2 of us and even with the little we planted in deck tubs, the harvest was plentiful to share with neighbors. There truly is a science to it and having a green thumb helps a lot.


        • Pat, the highest elevation I have lived in was 7,000 when living in New Mexico, it took a while to get used to cooking even with the altitude I can only imagine the difficulties you have there. This year I have planted so many things I never dared to try before, not all were successful, but I learned a great deal and am anxious to try again next year with even more varieties. It’s wonderful that you were able to share with your neighbors. Have you thought about working with your neighbors to each grow something different to share so you can all have more choices to put up?


          • Yes, Lois, it is challenging but rewarding at the same time, like you said. Our one neighbor shared a different type of lettuce she tried this year. She didn’t know the name of it but it had a tangy zest to it. My husband didn’t care for it too much. But, that’s all part of it. Trying new things.


          • Exactly, Pat. I am so happy the little ones are trying fresh food even if they don’t like it all. I wasn’t particularly found of this variety of lettuce, it did need a sweetness added to it to be enjoyed for me. I do have some romaine growing right now that the kids will love so at least they will see how their favorite lettuce grows.


  4. Hi, Lois! I’m a little late to the game, but I’ve been enjoying your links, as always! I appreciated that post of Rachel’s blog–during July I missed lot from everybody, as we were busy with the house. I can totally relate to the negativity you and Rachel experienced. I found that once I started writing about it, friends and family could better see my reasons WHY, and became much more supportive.


    • Bethany, that’s probably part of the problem. No one I knew was interested enough to want to read the blog either. They just ignored it, the same as my new home as the wrong thing to do. That’s okay I found a new community and am happier than I was before, if someone can’t accept that my lifestyle isn’t something I am asking them to do and continue to accept me as I am they don’t need to be a part of my life.


  5. Hi Lois, I haven’t seen your blog before, but I noticed a few visits to my blog from yours, and I found that you linked to me, thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. You have quite a collection of links here, I’ll be back next week to see what else you’ve found. Cheers, Liz


    • I’m glad you enjoyed Mamie Jane’s site. She is so talented I included it a a way to bookmark it for myself as well so I can return to visit when I have time to look through everything she has for inspiration.

      That last picture was taken as she was heading home for the day. She was still glowing from what she felt was the perfect day. I just had to share it.


    • I believe that’s how the children see it too. Today she had fun filling another bed with peat moss for next spring. I turned around at one point and found her sitting in the new bed and burying herself with the dirt.


  6. A wonderful post here, as are all of yours. Thank you for mentioning my post! It’s a true message, I believe. You and your family know this and live in a way that I am very envious of. Very. I applaud your words and your life style. Keep on keeping on! You’re doing good things with you and your family’s lives and passing it on here for others to read and appreciate – change happens, sometimes slower than we wish – but it does! Thank you, so very much for being who you are and caring to make a difference! Penny, xx


    • Penny, thank you for your kind words, but please don’t be envious of me, I am simply trying to enjoy life. I spent much of my 20s and 30s struggling, trying to stay afloat as a single mother. The worry at times that the furnace would give out and I wouldn’t have enough or an unexpected medical bill would need paid. I knew there was no one to turn to who could help if I failed, which scared me. I haven’t changed from who I was then, only have the relief from stress and the time now to choose how to spend my days.

      Change is happening slower than I would like but I stumble on stories often that remind me that while it may seem as if nothing is changing around me, in the overall world much is happening. You too are making your difference.


    • Alex, they really were. They knew on Tuesday that they would be coming over to harvest their lettuce and make a meal from it, that had them excited. But Wednesday night my neighbor, recalling how much fun my granddaughter had helping last year, told me if the little ones wanted to pull up the potatoes that was fine with her. I told my daughter-in-law, who for some reason told them before bed. She said they were up late, smiling and talking about how they couldn’t wait for morning, not able to fall asleep. It is wonderful to see experiences like this are what they look forward to, that and the beach or playgrounds here. They have no interest in TV preferring to be outdoors.


  7. I hope my girls are as happy when we tell them we are digging up some of the 6 rows of potatoes this weekend. :)

    They have been great help in the garden this year too. Im happy that they are learning what real food tastes like and how its grown. Last winter they complained when our own potatoes ran out and we had to buy them from the store – they said the taste was too different.

    Loved the links, again.


    • Heidi, I think the fun lasts as long as it’s their idea and a novelty to them, but hopefully your girls won’t grumble too much about it. Just remind them of their love of potatoes in the winter. The little ones here will be 5 next month, and even they can tell the difference between store bought, organic store bought and fresh from the garden. It’s a shame we can’t get larger varieties of good organic foods at the stores and at prices a family can afford.

      It’s wonderful that your family pitches in, especially the girls as you have been struggling so this year.


  8. I really like this post! Was scrolling down and then I saw… you mention my little blog! Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to check out all the others you recommend.

    Oh, and I love digging up potatoes with my hands too! I love the way the soil feels after potatoes have grown there, and it feels like digging up gold! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. I hope not!


    • You are welcome, hope you enjoy the links this week. As for playing in dirt, I too never outgrew it. I love the feel of it, the smell of the fresh earth….it just feels like where I belong. I can’t put how I feel about it into words only that my body knows it needs a connection to nature and the earth itself, indoor environments feel artificial.


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