Category Archives: Lifestyle

A mini lesson in patients

A mini lesson in patients

 As wonderfully delicious as it smells you can’t drink it before it cools or you get burned. This applies to our lives in many ways, you don’t always get physically burned but there are always consequences for impatience. For example if you lose your patience with you child you will have the consequence of a grumpy baby.  Have you ever tried to rush through baking? You end up with an underdone mess. The main issue here is to be patience and wait stop trying to rush though life and enjoy what each day brings like the cup of coffee in the morning it’s worth it.

Oh Bats!

Oh Bats!

We have a beautiful little Brown living in our garage. Whenever I go out there I look forward to seeing him (I don’t know its gender but I have been calling him a boy). After discovering him I decided to learn a little more about bats. Bats come out at night and hunt insects. They like aquatic insects which mean they eat mosquitoes. We have a small pond on our land which most likely attracted him here in the first place. Bats are the only mammals capable of flight. Some species of bats live up to 30 years.  Generally bats live in cave or other dark places so in this case our garage works out well for him.

Herbs

Today I picked some herbs from the garden to dry the winter. I cleaned them up and picked out any blemishes, I tied them into small bunches and strung ribbon through them and then I hung them upside down to dry.

Basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano hang from my light fixture in my kitchen to dry for use though out the winter.

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This is thyme hanging from a hook in my kitchen window to dry.

After a few weeks I took them down and crumbled them in to baby food jars.

Why I have a clothes line

Why I have a clothes line.

I didn’t grow up having a clothes line, my family lived in the country but the dryer was all I knew. My husband on the other hand grew up with his grandparents and mother hanging clothes on the line. When I moved in with them I didn’t want my clothes hung out. I have lots of allergies and I just knew it would drive me nuts with rashes so I didn’t even try it. 10 years a few apartments, one child and a move to the country later I have a clothes line of my own. Did my allergies just go away? Nope but I found a way around them. I decided to try a clothes line to save money, less electric. And found that it also is less wear on the clothes, ever wonder where dryer lint comes from? I found that I enjoy hanging laundry on the line, it gives me a little work out and I am always looking for ways to burn a few more calories. The clothes smell nice and the sun brightens my whites. I hang clothes out most days and let them dry completely on the line then I bring them in and put them in the dryer for 10 min, I found that is enough time to kill any allergens that the clothes collected while hanging outside.  Then just fold and put away. I have found that the clothes retain the nice smell even after being in the dryer for 10 min. And best of all I save money on electric and on clothes. I found that it is easier to spot stains and treat them before they are set in by the dryer because you handle each individual piece of laundry as you hang it up.

Television Revolt

Television Revolt

I’m not a purest, I own three TVs a VCR, DVD player and Blue ray player, I do not however have traditional TV; cable, satellite, or network TV shows. What about news you ask, well I listen to the radio and have a weather radio, I found that it is more than enough. If something big happens I hear it on the radio or read it in the newspaper or online.

You might be asking yourself why? Why would you not want traditional TV in your home? To that I say I have many reasons but the biggest is my daughter. When she was born my husband and I decided that we wasted too much time watching TV and we didn’t want that for her. We wanted her to learn to entertain herself and not be dependent on TV to keep her attention. We also thought it might be better for her education.  If she wasn’t programed to watch a show for 12 min and then get a break, this happens nowhere else in life so why teach her to expect it at such a young age? So I started to think about it and realized I used to spend 9 hours a day watching television. Sure I did other things while watching but that is a large portion of my day I used to waste. Those things I did while watching never got my full attention, therefor they were not done to the best of my abilities.

Not to say that we don’t watch movies or TV programs we just limit that amount of time spent in such activities. We like to watch a little TV at night before we fall asleep, so we put in a blue ray or DVD and enjoy our chosen program for approx. an hour. We also have educational videos for our daughter to watch such as the Your Baby can Read system and Sesame Street. She watches one video once a day unless my husband and I need some alone time then we will put in one of her videos and sneak off.

We have found that when you don’t watch TV you have so much more time to do other things. I enjoy reading and doing crafts. I have found more time to focus on cooking healthy meals for my family. I am no longer worried about missing my show at a certain time. I have the freedom to spend that day in the garden or playing games with my family. We have also found not having TV has been good for our waist lines; both my husband and I have lost weight since giving it up. My theory is that instead of sitting still for hours a day starring at the TV we are more active. We save money as well as time because we don’t pay for cable or satellite. That money can be spent on other things like magazine subscriptions or taking the family out. That money can also be saved to help pay off some bill and free us from debt. Once you get passed the adjustment period you realize that not watching TV gives you a sense of freedom; freedom of time, money and attention.

Am I saying that it was easy? No way, I get bored and sometimes wish I had the option, but then I find something else to do. Since giving up TV I have started reading lots more books and magazines. I got back into scrapbooking, embroidery and painting. I started gardening and playing board games. All of these activities bring me joy and a sense of accomplishment.  Things that TV couldn’t.