This summer I went to Spain and walked 500km of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It’s a pilgrim’s route and the idea is to walk the Way carrying your life on your back, much the same way generations of pilgrims have done before. I had budgeted about three weeks’ of walking and a pack … More Ever Forward on the Journey to Minimalism
The biggest lesson we’ve learned while upgrading our little cabin (which we’ve christened The Burrow after the Weasley’s wonky yet magical abode) is to be flexible in our expectations. We always start with a big picture but the end never ends up looking like what we had originally envisioned. Every step of the way needs … More And Even More Progress!
For the past year, I’ve felt that we’ve only been making baby steps forward in the ever-growing list of things that need to get done at the cabin. Things fell apart last spring when Soldier Boy and I couldn’t get well. I fell ill with everything and anything. He was still having problems with his … More Progress! Finally!
2016 wasn’t a very good year for me in a lot of ways but one really wonderful thing that happened was when I reconnected with a long-lost friend. We hadn’t spoken for over 8 years and over the past several months we have been getting reacquainted and catching up on lost time. We’d always had … More A Step Forward in Sewing
One big aspect of mindful consumption is food and eating mindfully. This includes being aware of what goes into our bodies, being aware of where it comes from and making sure that my eating practices don’t cause unreasonable harm to animals and the environment. (By “unreasonable”, I mean that I understand animals are killed for … More Mindful Eating
We got a new toy for the New Year!! Actually, we bought it in November and it lay idle, still in the box until January 1st. And now, Soldier Boy has gone completely dehydrator-crazy! There are a kabillion different dehydrators out there – ones that heat from the back, from the bottom, round ones, boxy … More The Dehydrator
Happy New Year! So the New Year is upon us and it’s the season for resolutions! Personally, I’m not very good at resolutions. They quickly peter out within the first month. But I’m really good at experiments. In 2013, I did The Photo-A-Day Project. In 2015, I did The Closet Project. And now 2017 is going … More 2017: The Year of Mindful Consumption
I’m going to tell you a secret. It’s not a secret that will destroy countries or tear apart families. But I’m not proud of it. But then again, I guess I’m not really ashamed of it either. It happened, through no fault of anyone’s, as it does to so many of us, just because of … More The Truth About 2016
Well, we’re not entirely without electricity at the cabin. We do have some electrical function through batteries. But we’re still off the grid which means we have a mere fraction of the electrical output that most people use on a regular basis when connected to major electrical companies. And it certainly has its challenges. But we … More Living Without Electricity
I had such big plans for this summer. But they all got pushed to the side in favour of swimming and lounging in the hammock and reading and playing guitar. We were going to rip everything out of the Third Room (which we did) and then insulate (we have the insulation in our possession) and … More The Patio