Day 1: The Reality of It

Day one of my current purge has come and gone. At first, I was a bit saddened when it began to dawn on me that the five days I have set aside for this mission are not going to result in the incredibly simplified, organized home that I envision when I close my eyes and … Continue reading Day 1: The Reality of It

What Makes Life Simple?

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?

Forest Nursery: Waldkindergarten

  Early today while lingering in bed over my morning coffee, I came across a wonderful, brief article highlighting Waldkindergarten or Forest Nursery, which originated in Germany. These outdoor schools for little ones bring kids to nature and allow them to freely explore and learn through play. Climbing trees, wading in creeks, turning over rocks … Continue reading Forest Nursery: Waldkindergarten

A Time to Reset

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

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

I've worked in the same small town outside of Pittsburgh for 15 years. Many lunch breaks I've spent strolling the sidewalks for some exercise and stress relief, a welcome  break from my computer. Three-story Victorians line the streets, with their brightly-colored trim and decorative screen doors. American flags hang patriotically, displayed from front porches, and seasonal … Continue reading A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Ties That Bind

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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

A Neighborly Shout Across the Fence

Hello all! Hoping you'll choose to join me on this journey to simplicity of living. Getting back to nature, doing things you love, spending time with family, friends and neighbors and just plain slowing down the pace of life when you can. We all know there are crazy, hectic times when you feel like the … Continue reading A Neighborly Shout Across the Fence