Today is my daughter-in-laws birthday, a day I have spent with her every year for the last ten. Today I won’t be spending that day with her as the weather is simply too bad to consider trying to wait outside for a bus. I feel badly but will talk to her over the phone. I had anticipated this and sent a gift to her. My son Skyped me this evening to let me watch her open her gift. My granddaughter kept taking the phone to tell me she pooed on the potty. :-) It will be nice to have one child out of diapers before the second is born.
I have finally had an afternoon to finish the cloth napkins I was making. The above is the only fabric that didn’t come from the bag I bought for $3. My daughter-in-law bought it at a yard sale thinking I would like it. Once she got it home she loved it so much she asked if I would share it with her and make her a set of napkins from it. Promise kept.
Well, it’s Friday so I won’t keep you from my favorites collected this week.
Welcome to all the new readers who have visited or joined this past week.
- EmmaSouthLondon shared a simple, so easy it feels wrong, Marmalade Muffin recipe. It’s not vegan as it contains eggs and butter and has a bit of sugar in it but oh it sounds so good.
- Jules Frusher, share her opinion on the power of imagination and how that makes her rich.
- This is the winter that just won’t end. While I may be getting very close to cabin fever, I found a lovely post at Larglea Confidential on the beauty of winter. Larglea Confidential is a blog about living on the south-west coast of Scotland if you want to browse around a bit while you are there.
- Melissa and a Mug is a blog about Melissa’s Christian faith and her cups of coffee (or tea). In this post Melissa talks about her plans to simplify her life as a way to” to change the way things are on the outside to better reflect who I am on the inside.”
Thoughts on home and family
- I spotted an interesting article which tries to connect the practice of having large families as being green and having a smaller ecological footprint. See what you think. My opinion? I think there were a lot of things glossed over to make this point.
- When my oldest son was a teen I felt as if we had outgrown our 846 sq ft home. But when he left for a week with a friend’s family I realized it wasn’t the home it was his energy which drained the energy making the home feel small. During that one week my youngest son and I wandered through the house feeling that we were living in a mansion. It was too big for us. I didn’t understand it at first. Gone were the toys having been replaced with computer and musical instruments. So it’s no surprise that I found this post on outgrowing a home interesting.
- The one thing most fear when winter is at its coldest( -8) is a power outage, but Floyd seemed to enjoy his twelve hours without power.
- Want to know how the size of your home compares to those in other countries? I have to say this short list surprised me, no not the average size of the homes in my country as I am well aware of those, but just how small the average home is in comparison.
- Why are we, as a society, materialistic? Are American’s the only ones to use retail therapy? You might be surprised by some of the studies cited in this article. While I found this very informative, I couldn’t help thinking how weird I must be to hate shopping.
- Yes, I watched the Super Bowl with my family but after years of ridiculous commercials we didn’t bother to pay attention to them. On Becoming Minimalist, you can find the 7 Life Inaccuracies portrayed by the Super Bowl ads. Did you know these companies spent upwards of $4 million per 30 second ad? If they have that kind of money to spend on one commercial spot just think of the profits they must be making. Think they could afford to pay medical for their employees?
- When I was young, we had a local restaurant which was the hang out. We bought a cup of coffee (in my case tea) and sat there most of the evening on cold nights. We would take up a couple of tables and while not being disruptive in any way would spend a few hours there. It was our home away from home. No, I didn’t stay hours sitting there, but the coming and going of people did cover the span of several hours. Those who enjoyed coffee had free refills too. This story of an older couple who have had the police called on them repeatedly for taking up space beyond the restaurant’s 20 minute rule when only buying a coffee really bothered me. Where are the spaces we are allowed to visit without a clock watching us?
- I stumbled upon the Fancy Eco blog purely by accident but once I read why the blog was created I wanted to read more. Fancy eco “differs from other eco blogs quite widely: I wont guilt you to buy a Prius, in fact I would say that if you are really eco driven it is the last thing you should do! I will rant about Greenpeace shitty eco-terrorism and the kind of activism I really don’t admire.” This is a new blog and if this article is any indication of what I will find here I want more.
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout