Keeping your health and sanity in the new normal.
Changing direction without a viable compass...
If you're like me, you are stressed, tired, and overwhelmed - finding it a challenge to maintain the simple lifestyle you crave
The past two weekends have been a bit different than usual. My husband and daughter were both sick and I spent a lot of time trying to get some things done while caring for them. Just making sure they had what they needed. Lots of fluids, something they were able to eat, and some medicine to … Continue reading What Makes Life Simple?
Having arrived home after a long talk with a distraught friend, I was feeling very blessed by my own humble home and surroundings. I sat down on the front stoop and the sight of my perennial gardens gave me the sense of relaxed peace that my friend was so desiring. I truly wanted to share with her … Continue reading The Unforced Rhythms of Grace
My daughter and I were on the lookout for local honey. Recently a sweet friend of mine had mentioned (in the middle of one of my particularly nasty hay fever attacks) that if I began taking a daily dose of the most local honey I could find, then I would build up an immunity to … Continue reading Local Summer Honey
Sometimes things are easier said than done. Some things seem far too simple to be effective or too darned difficult to even start. There are many ways one can begin to simplify their life, but doing so doesn't only mean downsizing, buying less, having everything in its place, or clearing your schedule of a lot of … Continue reading Five Easy Ways To Simplify Your Life
I have to confess. Mine is a slow work in progress. We moved into our home two years ago (hard to believe, already!) and our shame-inducing secret is: we downsized but brought it all with us! (Hanging my head in shame). There it is. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief. I am in … Continue reading Clutter
These last remaining days of summer have been bitter-sweet. School has started, the visiting relatives from across the country have gone, our daughter fractured her arm on the playground, and I am busy harvesting Red Potatoes and Yukon Golds from the garden with the last of my green onions. The pears are ripe and sweet, … Continue reading A Time to Reset
Our humble brick ranch, in Pennsylvania, used to be part of Jackson's farm before houses were built here in the 1960's. It was constructed by my husband Danny's Great Uncle Huck and his wife Dot and was lived in by the couple along with two of his siblings, Danny's Great Uncle John and his grandmother - … Continue reading The Ties That Bind