Hello everyone. I am in a good mood today, in spite of the computer giving me problems. We reached a high of 46 today! Well above freezing for only the second time since some time back in November which left me with a pain-free day. :-) It wasn’t all rosy as it rained, but it’s a move in the right direction. We even had some thunder and lightning which was fun. I remarked to the little ones that it had been a long time since we had a thunderstorm, to which they then thought the storm was the best thing since sliced bread. We sat by the open door for a bit while the children found interesting objects in the dirty snow. There was a turtle and even a dinosaur skull. I’ve never looked at the black clumps of ice from the plows like this before.
Hopefully tomorrow which could reach a high of 50 won’t rain all day and I can get out and enjoy some fresh air. The snow is melting fast with the rain and many areas are starting to flood. I would love to stroll by the streams and see how they look.
- The Fearse Family wrote about a subject dear to me, our trash. In Ten Easy Ways to Reduce Your Trash you will find some interesting ideas. Such as did you know you can sell your empty toilet rolls on ebay for cash? i knew there were plenty of uses for them but didn’t know one could make money from the rolls.
- From Dom Charisma, I found a completely different view of letting go of our possessions than I felt in letting go of mine.
- Gael puts the history of advertising and how we are swayed by it in the clearest terms I’ve read. He also has a solution for the mass marketing we receive almost constantly throughout our days.
- Jo Ann in her mid life (yet much younger than I am) heard a special message on life from her mother that came from, of all places, the pantry.
- David contemplates why minimalists do what they do. He walks us through the reason behind discontent.
- John gives us a Lesson in Simplicity in his interview with Abigail, now in her 80s as she looks back on how her generation was green.
Doing it YOurself
- I am looking forward to summer, even though I am quite busy during the summer months. Wendy’s pictures show just what I can’t wait to see. While you are there you might want to write down her simple recipe for Drunken Plums
- I receive frequent questions on how I do certain areas of my furniture restoring. One remark I hear often is “I’m not talented enough”. I taught myself through necessity and feel my work has gotten better over the years. So to give you all encouragement to just try what it is you have brewing in the back of your mine, I had to share Ashley’s post on her journey. The beginning was really bad. :-)
- I had to include this interview with Joanna Macy, and Eco-Buddhist titled Living for the future. I was inspired by her thoughts to look at this time in our lives differently.
Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.