Friday, October 31, 2014

The Uncomplicated Life

This afternoon a friend of mine was complaining about her heating system not working, and I sure understand that.  Its going to be cold here tonight and the thought of no heat on the first cold night of the season, is not a pleasant thought at all.   She was telling me that things seem to break in three's for them.  Last month it was the dishwasher and right before that, the garbage disposal.   I felt her pain but then got to thinking, well, actually Emery and I starting talking about our rather uncomplicated lifestyle.  You see, we don't have a heating system to break down.  We heat with wood, so our investment would be the wood stove, and they outlast most people and our wood comes from downed trees, which in this area, there seems to be an abundant supply.  People are always contacting us to see if we want to haul away their already cut down trees.    Our air conditioning system consists of two window units, not some fancy system that one service call can cost more than one of our units.   No dishwasher to break down, we don't have one.  No garbage disposal to break down, we don't have one.  We have a compost pile and chickens that love food scraps. We do have a washing machine but no dryer to break down, we have two poles and 4 lines.  
We don't have much that could break down and cause us to pull out our hair with worry or reach deep into our pockets.   There are no expensive clothes to take to the dry cleaners or worry about ruining.  Its quite a relief to not be faced with all the "what if's" of home ownership.  Our house is simple, and there isn't much Emery cannot fix himself.  We even own an older car, so that he can work on it easily.  The simple life, or what I have come to refer to now, is our uncomplicated life, is just that.   We aren't even worried about our electricity going out during a storm.  We are set with candles and kerosene lamps.  We can even cook on the wood stove if need be.   Most of the year, something is growing in the garden and the chickens are good layers.  So we could always eat, even if the stores were closed.  No debts, we own what we have.  It makes life easier.    So today, on this cool autumn day, I am thankful for a life that is easily lived with joy and contentment.  Uncomplicated by owning lost of stuff.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apples and More Apples

Things have been pretty busy around the homestead.   Now that my knee is starting to feel better, we are getting things done that need to be done before cold weather sets in.   In the last couple days, I have peeled, cored and sliced 100 lbs of apples for canned apple pie filling and for applesauce.   At the end of the day, my hands were red from holding the peeler and then the knife, but there is a remarkable sense of accomplishment in getting such things done.   Next on the agenda, pumpkin butter and Amish Peanut butter Marshmallow spread.  
Today, we are cleaning out the wood stove and I will be "blackening" it this afternoon so we can have a fire tomorrow while we can still have the windows open.  Sometimes the first fire after getting the stove looking like new, can smell a bit.  Having the windows open is a real plus.   The cover for the sofa and chairs are on the line, all nice and clean.  (Ikea furniture sure makes life easy for you by having so many things washable). 
We are having fun getting things ready for cooler temps.  New cover on the down comforter. Curtains taken down so they will stay clean during wood stove season.  A nice supply of wood stacked on the south porch.  Houseplants coming in the house once again and afghan and quilts finding their way to the back of the chairs, for those chilly mornings.  
This is a fun time of the year for us.  We love the cool mornings after the long hot summer.
Life is abundantly good.  We feel so blessed.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Its been just a bit over 3 weeks since my knee surgery and I am recovering great according to my Doctor, but in my eyes, it seems like its been a very slow and painful process.   He had a lot of work to do in there so, its taking a while for it to all heal.  Today I managed a nice walk around our little homestead to enjoy the sights and sounds and the cool morning !
The Elderberries are growing well, the ducks are happy, and some very ambitious woodpeckers have made some rather large holes in the cotton wood tree.  The woodshed is full for the winter, the pecans are falling from the trees and still the flowers bloom.   What joy it is to be outside and off the couch.   I am not much for just sitting around so of course the knitting needles and crochet hooks have been busy.  Hats for winter, an afghan, a cowl, and a sweater are completed thanks to all this time off my knee.   Life is good and there is much to be grateful for around each corner.  The simple life has grown richer with the retirement of my husband.  We get to enjoy all of this together.

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