Simple Green Living Isn’t Always So Simple, But It’s Satisfying

It isn’t simpler to grow your own veggies and have to be home to be sure the plants get watered. It isn’t simpler to have a flock of chickens and need to arrange for a friend or neighbor to come by and take care of them if you go away on vacation. It isn’t simpler to cook from scratch, mend your clothes, or do any of a myriad of things that go along with a simple, green lifestyle.

But if it often isn’t simpler, there are many satisfactions in this kind of life. All these activities have their own rewards. Where are you going to get such fresh, delicious tomatoes or salad greens if not from your own garden? Well, now there are more places, like Farmers’ Markets, but still, I love wandering into the greenhouse or garden–depending on the season–and filling a colander with goodies for the next meal. I love it that some of my favorite clothing is over twenty years old, kept alive by an occasional judicious bit of mending. I love it that our home has passive solar features that keep it toasty in the winter.

Would you like to be living a life with more balance and equilibrium?

We and many others are finding that as we live more simply and ecologically, we feel better personally. The organizing principles of  simplicity and sustainability help us to make good choices for ourselves and for the larger world. There are so many approaches that people have come up with… things like voluntary simplicity and minimalism.

I hope that this site will help you to “live simply that others may simply live.”

I love inspiring quotes. When I read one on Pinterest, or Facebook, or anywhere else, I love the quick little moment of uplift that I get. Sometimes the humor is stronger than the uplift, but that’s fine with me too. Here on this page I’ll put some of my favorites. You may also enjoy reading…

 

Here’s how I make the pins I put up on Pinterest. Maybe this will be helpful to you. There are a lot of different ways to do it, of course, but since I’ve had Photoshop Elements for years, I use it. Some notes on the steps: 1.  I like to use 600 pixels wide, 800 tall,…

 

When I fell in love with Kelly Hart, he was living in a 30′ school bus he had converted to a home. It even had a piano in it! I fell in love with his lifestyle as well as with him. Well, now, many years later, we have actually lived in houses much of the time,…

 

We had a spring snow recently, right after we bought a 32-year-old Tioga motorhome. Over an inch of snow sat on the roof of the rig, and it was a perfect test of the roof. What we discovered was water dripping down, over the kitchen sink and the sofa.  My husband Kelly wasn’t too bothered.  “I…

 

Raw organic apple cider vinegar is one of my favorite vinegars, and not just for its strong flavor. Because it helps to alkalinize our bodies, numerous health benefits are claimed for it. I’ve just embarked  on a project of drinking one or more glasses of water daily, each with a teaspoon or two of ACV…

 

Recently we had our first broody hen. As you can see in the picture, she is flattened down in one of our nesting boxes. She refused to move, and complained when we went near her, though she did get out of the box once or twice a day to eat, drink, and poop. Her hormones…

 

Our 8 hens are laying more eggs than we can eat. This may not go on forever… one of the girls is broody now. So I decided to try freezing whole eggs in our freezer, for use in the coming months, even up to a year. I read books and websites, and people agree that…

 

Green living is becoming more essential and more widespread, according to an article I came across recently. I was pleased to see that it’s appealing to all segments of society, no matter what politics or religion people espouse. The article made a distinction between environmental activism and green living. The first has to do with…

 

Recently I’ve been wandering through the streets of New York City, thanks to a remarkable website called I’m Just Walkin’. A fellow named Matt, who previously walked across the U.S., is now walking in New York, and as he says on the site, “By the time I finish walking every block of every street in…

 

I have just been looking around for ideas for sewing dog toys, and I’ve found so many good ideas that I am going to make a list here of the articles, with my comments. A couple of them are on how to make dog toys without any sewing. My results? Well, less than stellar so…