The last two weekends in August turned into long weekends. I am lucky to have vacation time that allows me to have leisure time. The old me would have over scheduled both weekends with nonsense. Ok maybe at the time it wouldn't have been nonsense, but looking back would I really remember going to the … Continue reading Current Obsession: AM Puppy Walks
Our oldest niece turned 15 in May and so the birthday planning began. Years ago, we started a tradition that we do things with her rather than buy presents. This year she is going to NYC. Yes, one of the most expensive cities in the world for a day trip during my year of no … Continue reading Minimalism with a Teenager (Birthdays) UPDATED
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words so here is my weekend summary. Getting his fur done! Hiking with the family! Eating ice cream at the local dairy farm and picking up farm fresh eggs! Snuggling on a rainy day! Reading books! Making meals from scratch! The journey to reach this point … Continue reading Minimalism Got me Here: Weekend Relaxation
When I first moved out, I moved into this small apartment above a garage behind my cousin's grandmother's lake house. It was fully furnished with all the glitz and glam of 1970s. If I walked down the driveway and across the road, I was sitting on the dock. Every day felt like a summer vacation. … Continue reading Home: Vacation or Burden
5 Stars for Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson! Not because I am willing and able to do 100% of Bea's suggestions, but because some of her suggestions were so simply that I could not resist. Can you refuse plastic bags at the store by bringing your own reusable bag? YES! Do you like rosy … Continue reading Book Review: Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Now that I have decluttered my stuff and life, I find that I do in fact have more time to say yes. Yes, I can meet you for a walk. Yes, let's watch a movie. Yes, let's go for a bike ride. Yes, to reading a book. Yes, to myself. Yes, to my family. Yes, … Continue reading Stop the Default Response of No
We live where we grew up. Then over the past 5 years my family all moved to another state. For some reason the law of less seemed to apply for all holidays. There are less in my family so we felt obliged to take time off from work, pack up the car, and travel. We … Continue reading What Happens When You Opt-Out of Family Expectations?