Wearing Blinders

We often put blinders on horses to keep them from being distracted by anything not directly in front of them. We tell ourselves this is just for horses and neglect to see the blinders we wear in our daily lives.

 

Five years ago I gave up my car and found an entire world.  I realized that as I zipped along the roads in my car I was living with blinders on, missing the little things only slowing down will reveal. Within days of being car-free my memories of life before car ownership came back to me. Those memories were from more than thirty years prior but were as vivid as if they happened yesterday.

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Mother’s Day and a Crochet Dress

I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day.  I was able to spend my day with family and in the garden. Nothing better than that.

Three years ago I crocheted a dress for my youngest granddaughter.

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My Friend, Caterpillar

There is always work going on around the farmhouse but work has to be balanced with fun.  I’m currently working on updates to the kitchen. Here’s a sneak peak.

 

Yesterday afternoon that fun was provided by Little Guy.  While planting in the garden beds we had to stop and watch him play. Both his mother and I has as much fun watching as he did playing with his “friend” a caterpillar he found entering the yard.

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Salvaged Planters

One afternoon on a stroll I spotted two metal deck planters in someone’s trash. I picked them up and carried them home.  I cleaned the rust spots off with a wire brush then painted them.

They needed liners but those are expensive so I pulled out some fabric I had on hand, organic duck upholstery fabric, and used that instead.

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Fun and Excitement in Spite of the Rain

I woke to a dark room this morning. No, I didn’t wake before the sun rose, it was yet another day with clouds and rain.  Darkness, and a chilly room make it hard to get up and out of the warm bed but a message telling me my daughter-in-law and grandson were on their way to visit was the push I needed.

During the break in the rain Elsa, my grand-dog needed a trip outside.  My grandson took this opportunity to sit at the window with me and pretend we were visiting a zoo. Added to the normal animals one finds at the zoo we also had a volcano and because it was raining whales, dolphins and even sharks in our zoo.

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Riot for Austerity Challenge: Facing the Electric Bill

Last month I told you about the Riot for Austerity challenge to reduce our emissions to 1/10th of that which the average American uses. At the time I didn’t have the figures for my electric usage. Today I want to update you on how I am doing and how far I have to go to reach my goal.

Once I had my figures I needed something to compare them to.  I borrowed the following image from Shrink That Footprint, the article is well worth a read but if you are short on time this graph may open your eyes to the electric consumption in your country.

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Conscious Minimalism Helps the Environment

We’ve all heard people who lament the fact that they received a raise at work but don’t have any more money after paying their bills.  As a consumer society we are programmed to adjust our spending to match our ability to pay for goods and don’t realize where the extra money is going. We are anything but conscious consumers.

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Making a Home

I spotted this image and caption on Pinterest. My first thought was ‘this house has been neglected for way too long” then I saw the view through those windows and my heart ached for this poor house. From the inside looking out this house is just a structure with a great view, from the outside looking towards this house it is most-likely a blight on the otherwise lovely landscape begging someone to give it a life and soul again.

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Changes Afoot

There are changes happening all around me.  People are taking control and simplifying their lives.  I have three stories I’d like to share with you.

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Quick Update and I Need Your Input

You guys made some pretty persuasive arguments on whether or not to pull the plug on my home internet connection.  I hadn’t considered the fact that the library internet would not be secure as Marlene pointed out.  I’ve been hacked enough times for one tech challenged person I can’t risk it again. Cat, on the other hand, pointed out how the tech industry, Google and others, are switching to renewable energy. So maybe it won’t be much longer before those servers aren’t sucking up all our fossil fuels.

So with that I’ve decided to keep the internet.  What is the point of pulling the plug to try and convince myself that I wouldn’t be contributing to a technology that is unsustainable.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to import the contents I’ve been able to save from previous blog into this one and then do some major house cleaning.  I’ve imported the first batch which should be up within the next 24 hours. I don’t know how this works so I’m concerned that you will have a full inbox of notifications from me and am afraid to upload the rest.

Would you please let me know if your inbox is being overwhelmed. I’ll stop and see if there is a way I can prevent the rest of the material from doing that when it uploads.