Monday, August 24, 2015

A Tremulous Return there anybody out there?

It's been some long years since I dusted this blog off.  I've been living in a purgatory of material, spiritual, and physical woes.  But!  I'm back.  I've donned the tall gloves of someone who means business.  If you are willing to be patient with me I'd like to bring you along as I get my feet wet once more.

Blessings to all! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Minimal Update

Life has gotten in the way a bit and I apologize to my readers.  With summer coming on I'll hopefully have more time to dedicate to writing this blog.

In the mean time our friend Miss Minimalist has much exciting news on her blog  I can't wait to see how her new minimalist philosophy develops!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Equinox! 

My fingernails are stained
Red clay earth moist and cool
Welcome Persephone.

Today is the Spring Equinox.  This is a time of renewal and rebirth.  Take the time to get dirty today-whether in the garden, the garage, or sweeping the corners of your mind and soul.

This year we will be attempting to homestead again.  Last year was jointly successful and daunting.  The learning curve was steeper than we expected.  Give us credit, though.  I grew up in the land of concrete and my husband grew up on the beach.  Farming is not exactly in our genes.  There will be tomatoes, peppers, and maybe a couple of root veggies.  Pictures to follow once the boxes are repaired and ready :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Minimal Weekend
Minimalism isn't all about sorting and removing items. Sometimes our schedules and hectic lives need weeding too. I happen to have a weekend to myself to reevaluate what I include in my life.

For me socialization is important. I'm a very social animal and I get kind of nutty if allowed to be on my own too long. As such plotting out my social engagements while including enough family time is the planned activity of the weekend.

We have cut out tv and that has freed up time for me to do more studying and socializing during the week. That allows weekends to be used for family outings, date nights, and relaxed hanging out at home.

What are some things you would like to make time for? What can you cut to free up that time?

Monday, January 30, 2012

The not so little things

My husband, saint that he is, gave me an amazing gift for the holidays. Are you holding on to your seat? We rented....a dumpster. Yes, you read that correctly a dumpster. Into this large receptacle we have removed all the broken, unwanted (even by charity shops), and non-recyclable items from our home. The dumpster is being picked up this morning and taken away. In its wake it leaves a basement I forgot we even processed, space for a second car in our garage, and a laundry room. It is astounding how much one little dumpster can hold! So, if like me, you are looking about your house and asking where all your space has gone-get a dumpster and let it show you all the clutter you have been storing in that precious space.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Repair and Care

The minimalist battle cry seems to be "When in doubt throw it out."  I agree with that statement for most things, but exceptions are bound to happen.  A recent example (as I happily discovered) is shoe repair.  You may have no idea that the bits of leather and rubber you have on your feet can be restitched or glued.  I didn't know until I found myself in the need.  I own a pair of expensive name brand shoes, they were prescribed to me by my doctor for feet problems, and they broke Saturday.  I was devastated.  I have only had them for a two years.  I expected them to last forever based on price and craftsmanship.  I knew if I could not fix them I'd have to throw them out and start again and I did not want to do that.  My husband informed me that their good quality meant I could have them repaired for a fraction of the cost of a new pair!  What luck!  I rushed them to the local shoe repair shop.  It turned out the little man behind the counter did not have all the materials he needed so I am currently on a hunt for the matching buttons.    Five dollar buttons and an hour or two of labor are far more agreeable than two hundred for a new pair of the same shoes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Loss does not follow the rules of minimalism
In the words of Nick Hornby (voiced by the glamorous Catherine Zeta-Jones) I'm in the middle of a "what does it all mean thing."  Perhaps it's the weather (cold and raining) or perhaps its the afterglow of Thanksgiving wearing off.  I think it is probably related to the death of one of our students.  She died of brain trauma, but the trauma was caused by open heart surgery to fix her split aorta.  This stopped me and caused me to spent quite a bit of time thinking.

A child dying stops pretty much anyone in their tracks.  She was eleven maybe twelve.  She was active and feisty.  But above all she was too young.  Then I started thinking about her family.  They had planned on her always being around.  Now those plans, and dreams and things will have to be reevaluated.

I worry about the hurt I'll leave behind when I go.  I am trying very hard to shed extras and leave behind only a few fine things.  I don't want my loved ones mired down in my belongings, but I wouldn't mind if they got mired down in good memories.  Our stuff can take a lifetime to accumulate.  I am hoping it will not take a life time to declutter as well.