I had a lovely visit with my son and his family this week. Wednesday was a perfect autumn day with 70 degree temperatures, but with the winds felt cooler yet still comfortable. I loaded my oldest son’s vehicle up with the furniture I had restored and was saving to take down. I decided it would be good to take one of the older children down to visit as well. Since my grandson has been unable to join us several times I decided to take him. We took a care package of Halloween gifts to the little one. This included a small book, a page from a coloring book her older cousin colored for her, a wand the older cousin decided she didn’t need any more, two handmade cards from the older cousins, and because the weather is turning cold so early I included the hat I crocheted for her. She loved them all.
Living in an area that is basically a series of hills, my son’s home is no different from the rest of the neighborhoods, steep hills to reach his back yard. He wanted me to join the little ones in the back yard, which is huge by the areas standards, but my traveling wheelchair was not about to take on the hills no matter how hard he tried. I love my son, not wanting me to feel left out he brought my cell phone outside and then called me on Skype and turned the phone around to follow the antics of the children. I truly am lucky to have such loving family members.
The youngest granddaughter finally received her vanity and chair I restored. She knew exactly what it was as she’s been using her mother’s vanity for months now. Mom is thrilled to have her vanity back, finally. Knowing the size of their vehicle I knew they wouldn’t be able to transport everything they would receive when they come up for Christmas, I decided to also give my daughter-in-law one of her gifts early, I took down her 1770s table which now complements the rest of her bedroom furnishings. In return I was sent home with the two books in he Hunger Games trilogy I have yet to read and are hard to get from the library.
These visits always feel too short, but I know I will see them again later this month for Thanksgiving. As promised I am back in time to give you another installment of Friday Faves.
- Marcus’ Corner has a wonderful article on self-sufficient behaviors. While some of the article covers prepping (also known as preparing for the apocalypse for some) there is a fantastic story of a 4 day power outage during the winter and how to survive quite comfortably while being able to stay in your home, including how to use a car battery to run some small electrical items.
- I believe a childhood lived indoors is harmful in a child’s upbringing. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone one that I have selected this post called The Right to a Nature-Rich Childhood as important to share.
- With all the concern over the nuclear reactors in Japan this article on how to reduce the waste from nuclear reactors by up to 90% caught my attention. Could this be the answer for the short-term until our governments phase out nuclear energy?
- I would love to see a day when everything we have would be re-purposed and reused. I found an office building made completely from old appliances: dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and even garbage compactors While you are there why not look through the rest of the slide show and see the other ideas creative people are coming up with to reduce trash.
Random Acts of Kindness
November 13th is World Kindness Day.(although it was celebrated in different months this year) It doesn’t take much to show kindness, whether it be a smile directed to a stranger, delivering your excess blankets to the homeless, or a donation to a worthy charity, I hope you will do one random act of kindness on this day, or stretch yourself and celebrate kindness all week.
- I spotted this on Facebook shared by Dale, these 20 acts of kindness give me hope in humanity that we can and will pull together and survive anything that may befall us.
- Need a few ideas for World Kindness day check this out.
- At a Project for Kindness this year’s World Kindness day was celebrated the week of February 11th. You can read what the daily acts from each day here.
- I found a two-part post of Hints, Tips, and Suggestions to Help You Save money, you can read part 1 which helps you define what you want your life to look like and part 2 which defines frugal living and gives you plenty to think about and consider implementing in your life. This is perfect for those who are looking for ways to cut costs, but I think we all can learn a new thing or two.
- There are many challenges open to bloggers on the internet,some we ignore, some we take part in, and some we create for ourselves. One family, known as Team Pugh, created their own challenge, to live one year without shopping in a supermarket. Their year-long experiment ended last week. and Team Pugh decided to recap what they learned along the way. I don’t know about Team Pugh, but after two years of shopping only the Farmer’s Market each summer it’s always a shock to enter an actual grocery store. The experience is very much a let down and I long for the return of the market of wonderful people.
- Even living simply we face constant challenges and opportunities that challenge our decisions to live as we do. In Adapting in Place, Jenn, contemplates the pros and cons of moving to a new home and how it might change her intention to live simply.
- Do you have clear-cut lines in what you feel are wasted moments? Maybe things that are a waste of money? I am guilty of this as much as the next person. As I read this article by Freedom, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “what are you thinking blowing this much money on something so obviously wasteful”. Imagine my surprise to find the moral of the story would smack me in the face with my bias.
- Life has many twisting turns, but one thing most of us don’t know is when it will end. What if you knew your life was about to be cut short, how would you react? What would be your mood? In this strangely titled post Lessons from Zombies and Pop Music you can see how one man chose to face the news.
I want to leave you with two quotes from a young man who after 3 years playing in the NFL decided the game was hard work and dangerous. He chose to walk away from a team expected to win the Super Bowl and the potential to earn $1 million plus in the next year. here are my two favorite quotes from Moffitt on his decision to leave the game:
“I just want to be happy, and I find that people that have the least in life are sometimes the happiest. And I don’t have the least in life. I have enough in life. And I won’t sacrifice my health for that.” ~ John Moffit
” I’ve saved enough. It’s not like I’m sitting here and I’m a millionaire. That’s what I kind of realized. I’m sitting here and I got to this point and I was like, what is the number that you need? How much do you really need? What do you want in life? And I decided that I don’t really need to be a millionaire” ~~ John Moffitt
Have a wonderful weekend