Simply FREE doesn't always work!

 Good morning  Does accepting gifts or taking things that come to you for free does this always work well.  In my years of living basically low income consciously and aiming for a simple and minimalistic lifestyle I have learned that things that are free do not always work.  For example I recently was gifted five hens I thought this might be a great way to have fresh healthy eggs while I'm on my property. Turns out that didn't work out so well the person did not know what breed of hens these were and when I did some research I learned that these hens lay very few eggs each year and that they're one of the most difficult breeds to raise because they are very wild birds. At first I thought this might be okay and it turned out it wasn't they roosted in the trees they didn't mind foraging for their own food in fact they prefer that. But they started to try to roost on the roof of my studio or tiny house and they were attempting to fly in the windows and I could imagine

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Minimalist Decision Making

Oh my, I have been moving some of my things into my as yet unfinished off grid Studio or cottage. As I  do that I am evaluating,  yet again,  the importance and/ or usefulness of each item. Because of my specialized diet, which is primarily whole foods, I'm talking mostly about kitchen items. Over the years, I have used and collected many things trying to make my life and food more "normal", whatever that is.  Today, I finished installing a few shelves in the unfinished studio's kitchen corner. As I have been placing items on the shelves, I find that I am asking myself if i still use or need the item,  have I bought something to replace it,  have I experienced any discomfort or problems with the item that I would like to improve... boy, my answers. I love my Moka coffee pots so they bring me joy and get to stay. I love my coffee and spice/flaxseed grinder - also joy, it gets to stay.i have a couple favorite coffee mugs, and a red enamel tea kettle that I bought for us

Keep it Simple - huh?

 Good morning friends,  I'm so often talking about keeping it simple and every once in a while in my own life I realize that I've gotten beyond Simple and made things too complicated in everyday life. Sometimes it looks like the way that I choose to make coffee one day or the items that I decide I want to bring into my life and then I have to reevaluate and maybe let some things go. Sometimes they simply just find myself a little settled a little bored almost and I hunt for ways to make everything better. I find it amazing the few times in my life when I've realized I have everything I need I have enough I don't need a bigger income I don't need another kitchen item I don't need a new shirt I don't need a different new food in my diet. There's a satisfaction that comes with realizing that I have enough I am enough I have a stable life and stable friendships but even if some of them are silly ones I have a balance of helping others and self-care. sure the

Simply 2021 travel life

So much has changed in our world this past year. I feel a little settling down in my own life as well as exporing the places and the why for's and how comes of choices of my own past.  As I travel this winter, I find myself recalling faces and campfire conversations and "aw darn" moments when someone had camped in one of my ole familiar campsites. I've been traveing in the Southwest during the winter for 10 years now. I have enjoyed and been annoyed over the years with the weather, vehicles, friends or aquaintences or public persona encounters of the (oh my what have I done to myself becoming so public with my life) and with locations and campsites that I find myself re-visiting this winter.  I am learning to accept the person that I have been without so much shame and with being less self critical. I can't be perfect. I can't be everythng others want me to be. AND I am rediscovering some of my own direction and possibly personality that I had when I was much

Simply Endings and Beginings!

  2020 is Ending - whew what a year! and 2021 it's hard to believe that its about to turn the year into 2021!  Life has changed so much for us all. Now, mask wearing is what we all do, when a short year ago most of us hardly thought about face masks. Many of us have stopped listening to the commercial news as it once was, and have gotten off social media or curbed its influence in our lives tremendously. I have grown a lot this year - I let go of toxic and unhealthy things much quicker than I once did, I embrace my tendencies for a self sufficent lifestyle easier, I practice the old school skills that I have learned over the years and I decided that building infastructure on my rural off-grid property was vitally important. I became a volunteer member of the which has become a big online support for me and has given me purpose helping others. I let go of my expectation to be "perfect" - it never worked anyway! (grin)  I have liked transparency and now I s

Simply Freedom!

 Today I feel so free! Letting go sometimes is a challenge because how do we let go? AND what are we letting go of - a thought, a habit an item?  I recently let go of a thought and a habit that were one thing. You see years ago I had a difficult break up from a relationship with a musician. Following that relationship music was so emotionally loaded for me that I could be happy or sad or angry or confused at the drop of a hat. I could feel so many different emotions so quickly when I would hear music. In the last month I decided to endure a fellow rvers music a little longer than normal and to my surprise and amazement within less than 2 days I realized that music was no longer loaded for me and I now enjoy music again.  I feel so free today. Partially because I allowed myself to give up an item that I no longer was using. now I could have sold this item. And yet after I made the decision to let the item go I slept with the idea. A day or so later I realized that I had gotten my money&