• Happiness,  Personal,  Simplicity

    How to Know That You Are Loved

    I stayed up until sometime after 1am to watch the water. Even with the crest prediction being lowered, I wanted to be cautious. I gave my auntie one last call to let her know that we were okay and headed to bed. BoomBoomBoomBoomBOOM! My whole house shook from the banging. I rolled off the bed, landed on the dog, and…

  • Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The Importance of Ingenuity

    As I repaired my mother’s quilt, it became obvious that I would have to re-quilt it. The thread she had used to quilt it initially had disintegrated in places; to skip that step would defeat the entire purpose of repairing it. I had a problem with completing that task. In order to quickly quilt it, I needed to use the…

  • Decorating,  Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The 40 Year Old Quilt

    I didn’t even know my mother was working on a quilt back then, but one day I arrived home from school to discover it upon my bed. It was her very first quilt, and she’d made it for me. I’ve cherished that quilt over the years. Even as it became tattered, I kept it. Eventually the holes from where I’d…

  • Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    Old Pants, New Tailor

    “Grandma, can I spend the night?” It has been ages since I’ve heard those words from my beloved grandson. Risk or no, I could not have refused to save my soul. I reasoned that since we’d both been at home (and not exposed to potential nastiness), that we should be okay. He was fascinated as he watched me sewing masks.…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    A Mother’s Work is Never Done

    My Katie managed to score a day off from work yesterday, so we had the rare treat of sipping coffee together as we started the day. The conversation turned to brainstorming, since a relative had called to request some masks for herself and her son; she wants to pay and I don’t feel that it’s proper to accept money from…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Shoe Patch

    A few years ago the kid bought this cute pair of “boat shoes.” I liked the shoes so I watched her enjoy them because I knew that, in time, she would get bored of them and pass them to me. One night I noticed she had tossed those shoes in the trash can, so I fished them out. “Why are…

  • Economy,  Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Supply Chain Concerns

    Okay, folks. At last count these are the situations we are dealing with in addition to the COVID-19 outbreak: Massive unemployment Strikes and walkouts Natural disasters Supply shortages Meat supply shortages On top of that, there also happens to be a Swine Flu outbreak that I’m watching that will affect our food chain as well as the fact that the…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism,  Simplicity

    Blast From the Past

    “Is it done yet?” Middle Daughter bounced in her toddler chair as she watched me sewing her latest dress. “Not yet, honey,” I repeated patiently. “It takes time to make a dress.” “Okay.” “Is it done yet NOW?” she asked a few minutes later. “If you don’t quit asking, I’m gonna quit!” I’d eventually warn her in frustration. The death…

  • Finances,  Minimalism

    This is Not the Time to Practice Minimalism

    We are currently experiencing an entirely new situation. Millions of people are now out of work, told to stay home in order to control the spread of Covid-19 because that is the one thing we can do to minimize the spread and loss of life. Businesses are closing their doors and they may not be able to re-open once this…

  • Inspiration,  Minimalism,  Writing

    Minimalism and Creativity

    In the book Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon writes: ” It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.” “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon, page 119, para. 1 While I have written about that in the past, about eliminating the unimportant to liberate your time…

  • Happiness,  Minimalism

    Sex, Celibacy, and Minimalism

    Minimalism is the art of eliminating the unimportant to make room for the important. It is the art of eliminating the excess to focus upon the essential. On the surface, these definitions tend to make us think about stuff. But minimalism can be applied to all aspects of our lives. Perhaps it is because there is still a taboo surrounding…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism

    The Television Adventure

    When I eliminated my television back in 2009, I had no intention of acquiring another. I was perfectly content using my computer to stream videos or watch DVDs, so I thought I would have no reason to bother. Katie disagreed. As everyone knows, my beloved daughter is not a minimalist. She works hard and shops with the same enthusiasm. I…

  • Simplicity

    Keep It Simple

    This world has gotten so complicated that it is hard to keep track of things. We have to own and maintain vehicles, remember when to pay our taxes, determine which of the endless list of tasks need to be done, all on top of figuring out ways to pay our bills. Hell, go into a store these days just to…

  • Business,  Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    A Private Revolution

    Sometimes the most horrible revelations can teach us. Yesterday I was presented with the reality of our world. The image of a man who was somebody’s dad, who reminded me of my dad burned its way into my soul as I read about the treatment he received from the nation I called home. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change…

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    Frugality,  Simplicity

    Washable Puppy Pads

    We live in an age where so much of what we use is disposable. We are expected to buy these items, use them once, then toss them away for new. When we do this, however, we not only contribute to the landfill problem, we also give our money to corporations that not only avoid paying taxes, but use those funds…

  • Minimalism,  Simplicity

    How to Find Out What’s Essential to You

    Beep! Beep! Beep! The alarm from the water treatment plant nearby alerted me that the river was up again. I know my days are numbered here. While flood waters have only entered this house once in the past, eventually it will happen again. I have already seen them lick the bottom of my floor joices. I would be foolish if…