Miscellaneous

The Joy of Human Scale Restraint

I’ve read three books more or less concurrently recently, which are all connected across the themes of human scale living, restraint and appropriate technology usage. These are powerful themes I’ve embarked on studying personally this year, and which I’ve started to explore in posts on Technological Overload, Getting Kinetic, Honoring Our Seasons, and Digital Editing. Questions such… Continue reading The Joy of Human Scale Restraint

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Fair Planning 2018

School for the kids is out, we went from 40 to 80 seemingly overnight and all of the trees have leafed out, which can only mean one thing – summer has finally arrived in Illisconsin. And with the arrival of summer, we find ourselves close on the heels of country living’s biggest event, and fair… Continue reading Fair Planning 2018

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The Luxury of Hot Water

Yes, hot water is a luxury. It’s perfectly possible to get along without hot water on demand, without sacrificing sanitation or comfort. Granted, I’ve only had to do it for a few days, but it is possible. We have an aging water heater, and the lower heating element finally bit the dust. We’re reasonably confident… Continue reading The Luxury of Hot Water

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Digital Editing

My quest for connection and meaning continues. I waste so much – so much – online time on meaningless pursuits. When I get onto Facebook or exchange communication (chat, email, etc.) with someone I want it to be engaging, personalized and mutually beneficial. But so often, what little interaction I have is none of those things. I… Continue reading Digital Editing

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The End of the Crockpot

I have long loved my crockpot. It’s so versatile – I use it all the time to make home made stock (both chicken and beef, and if you call it “bone broth”, we’re talking about the same thing), one pot dinners like corned beef with cabbage, beef stew, whole ‘roasted’ chickens, and so much more.… Continue reading The End of the Crockpot

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Honoring Our Seasons

I spend too much time swirling. To do lists, activities, deadlines – and all this while I try to be judicious in how I allot my time and attention. I suppose this state of affairs is to be expected in some ways – between work, school for both myself and my son, 4H, teaching preserving,… Continue reading Honoring Our Seasons