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.”

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…

 

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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…

 

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