It has taken me 60 years to learn to live within the skin I was given. For various reasons, I was never appreciative of what bits of beauty I had received from The Maker. One of the things I took for granted was glossy dark hair. For 30 years I have fought the scary, … More
It’s been a while since we talked. The internet connection out here in the pasture is just bad. They have been out once to fix it, in fact, informed us that they had readjusted everything, no good. They were due today for another shot at it-no one showed up. That’s just how it happens some … More
We have a favorite joke this summer, out here in the pasture: It’s only rained twice this summer-once for 45 days and once for 22 days…. It has been just a bit over 24 hours since the last shower-and guess what? It’s raining.. .
Look at the list of stuff to do:… More
Regardless of what I feel inside, I am old, and I am a Farm Wife now. And trying to live sustainably, we don’t turn the air conditioning on unless it climbs over 90 degrees. I sometimes ruminate over the fact that before we moved back to the Ohio country side-we … More
We are not professional photographers. I just need to say that right out front, because these pictures are not National Geographic contenders. But they are quite amazing to us.
As we are on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, we only see one variety of hummingbirds-the Ruby Throated.… More
Sgt. Piper, my husband of 41 years, is the silent partner in this blog. He is my IT guy, I always find you get the best customer service from someone who knows that you know where they sleep. When I list his best characteristics I always place “great father” at the top of the … More
Simplify and Retire. That phrase appears in the header to our blog, and it is time that we take that to heart everyday. We have chosen to simplify in order to afford retirement. We have chosen to live on a small fixed income.
I worry about that.
The Piper was offered a way back … More
How arrogant we were! We thought that we invented “Simplify and Retire”. It is an ongoing Quiet Revolution-worldwide…It is the concept of accepting a lower income and foregoing consumerism and garnering time and freedom to pursue what makes you happy.
Did you think it was a new concept? There were some pretty important … More
I was a child in the 60s. I turned 6 years old the year we welcomed that decade. The 1960s are portrayed as free wheeling, free loving and a wondrous drug fueled experience. For me, it was the decade I lived in the woods. Not the woods as I live in now, but … More
I was a Girl Scout and the Piper was a Boy Scout. We learned so many life skills in those few years! How to safely use a pocket knife, build a fire, follow a map, predict weather, offer respect, administer first aid, set a proper table, and wear a uniform. I was surprised to find … More