• Simplicity

    A New Gadget

    I am not a fan of single purpose gadgets. In my opinion, it is better in most cases to spend a little more money for a device that will serve many purposes than to have a collection of single-purpose devices laying about. However, there are times when a single purpose device makes sense. For instance, it can be prohibitively expensive…

  • Minimalism

    Recharging

    Between work, volunteering at the local animal rescue, helping my friend get sorted, and the myriad other things I’ve been doing lately my batteries ran down. I felt myself growing less and less energetic as the days wore on. When the kid woke me up on my day off to spend time with me before she went to work and…

  • Housing,  Simplicity,  Writing

    A Quiet Solution

    My friend and her family (I mentioned them in an earlier post) have finally moved down from Michigan. Until they find a place they are camped out in my tiny house. As a result, privacy is virtually impossible to come by at home and the quiet time I need in order to write is completely nonexistent. I could gripe and…

  • Minimalism,  Uncategorized

    Maintaining Balance

    Back to school season is always a bit hectic around here. A local church hosts a free yard sale that is packed with donations and yard sale discards that would normally end up in the trash while the local clothing closet has a yard sale where you can purchase bags filled with the clothing of your choice for a dollar…

  • Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Seven Truths About Minimalism

    Modern minimalism is misunderstood by many in this modern age. It is believed that if you can’t fit all of your possessions in a backpack then you are not a minimalist. The truth about minimalism is far different. I have practiced minimalism for close to a decade now—I didn’t even learn that I was a minimalist until several years after…

  • Housing,  Simplicity

    Crowded House

    The other day my friend from Michigan moved her family to this area. Until they get situated with employment and housing they are all staying here. I must confess that I was concerned about this. Five adults (since Katie is almost 18), two dogs, and two cats living in a 500 square foot one-bedroom house means that we are stacked…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    To The Simple Living Haters

    Over the years I have had so many people tell me that I am insane for keeping my bills low and living such a simple life. They have told me that I’m cruel to my daughter by forcing her to live in a small one-bedroom house (despite the fact that she gets the bedroom), and that I am depriving both…

  • Simplicity

    Constant Connectivity

    The other day I found myself thinking of the days of dial-up Internet connections. You went online, did your thing, and then went offline to go on with your day. As a result of the intermittent connection you didn’t have the constant interruptions. Your email wasn’t constantly pinging, your Facebook contacts weren’t constantly demanding your attention…when you were online, you…

  • Food,  Simplicity

    Simple Indoor Hobbies for Everyday Happiness

    Written by Zak Andrews.    Living a simpler life means you have to see the beauty in everyday things and activities. But in the midst of a hectic lifestyle, it’s sometimes hard to have spare time to sit back and relax. People are so busy with work and some even have extra jobs on the side. Others have businesses that require almost…

  • Books,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    The Shoestring Book is now in Print

    Amazingly, CreateSpace worked really fast; my book is already available for sale in print! You can find it on Amazon and CreateSpace. Katie and I are working as fast as we can on the ebook; I made a newbie mistake when I was creating it that has forced me to completely reformat it so that it will look right. Right…

  • Books,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    The New Shoestring Girl Book is Almost Ready!

    Hello Everybody! I am exhausted. I’ve been working at this non-stop since I last posted. In the end I had to get Katie to help because for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to do some things with the formatting and I needed fresh eyes and a healthy mind to help review this 400 page monster. But…

  • Simplicity

    Remember this as you pursue a simpler life

    This was originally posted on my blog back in May of 2010. The image is a new addition. While you are pursuing simplicity there is one thing you must never lose sight of. This one thing is simple yet complicated at the same time.  I can’t take credit for it however, Shakespeare said it best: “This above all, to thine…

  • Simplicity

    Mental Peace

    This post was originally published September 26, 2009. ~~~###~~~ In our pursuit of simplicity, we will meet a lot of people who live and think a lot different than we do. These people may even try to convince us that we are wrong in wanting to pursue a simpler more peaceful existence. We may watch others doing this or that…

  • Car-Free

    Public Transportation

    Today my daughter and I decided to explore the public transportation available locally. Translation: We rode the bus to the Mall. I calculated the cost of the trip for myself and my daughter round-trip we would have used at least a gallon of gas in my van, not including wear and tear on the vehicle. The round trip cost us…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Thoughts and Memories

    As the mountain of boxes grows higher in the staging area, Katie and I both are considering the merits of Greg Johnson’s life diet. Perhaps we should start putting OUR life on a diet. A serious diet. Greg started by putting almost everything in storage, then getting things out as he needed. The things he ended up not needing, he…

  • Decluttering,  Housing,  Minimalism

    Downsizing

    In anticipation of the move I have downsized some of our possessions. Meaning, I have sold several pieces of furniture too large for me to move single-handedly in my van. As a result, my queen-sized bed is no more, along with a heavy solid wood desk, a matching nightstand and shelf, both with glass shelving. Beautiful pieces, all. Beautiful. But…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Downsizing

    Good Morning! I hope all of you slept well.  We closed some windows, and added an extra blanket to our beds, and slept like babies while the temperature dipped into the forties last night! After reading the book on small houses last night, I am considering the benefits of downsizing even more than I have in the past.  While I…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    I Love My Mower!

    It is pretty, the grass is high, time to mow. I don’t have the perfect yard but in order to save money I use a reel mower instead of a gas or an electric one.  It was not only cheaper to purchase, but I don’t have to pay every time I operate it.  If the grass gets too high it…

  • Simplicity

    Television, Movies, Family and Stuff

    Yesterday ended up being an uneventful day as we lazed around the house and watched movies online.  My daughter enjoys Webkins and Funbrain, while I enjoy seeing if I can locate and watch new releases online. Found a good one online yesterday, though at times I end up watching whatever when my searches don’t pan out, but sometimes I get…