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Moments of Creativity

February 8th, 2017

I’ve always been a creative person, as a child I was constantly drawing, sewing, making things out of modeling clay, or doing various crafty things. As we get older, we can often drift away from our creative sides. While I still do a lot of creative things, I’m trying to add a little creativity into the every day.

My to-do list is a great place. I don’t doodle and draw nearly as much as I did when I was younger. Now I’m trying to make my to-do lists less rigid and add a few fun little drawings. I’ve heard of bullet journaling, but that seems like a little too much for me. For now, adding a few quick doodles while keeping my life organized is the perfect way to add a little creativity and fun into my everyday!

What things are you doing to add more creativity to your life?

YAY

February 7th, 2017

This time of year is when I notice that the days are getting longer. When I get up in the morning, the sun is starting to peek over the horizon, when Mr Chiots gets home from work there’s often a tiny bit of light left in the Western sky.

During the winter, I check my weather app daily to see how many hours of light we have. I watch it decline to below 9 hours and then steadily climb back up again. When we reach 10 hours a day I’m always happy as a clam, knowing that spring is truly on its way!

Do you have significant changes in number of daylight hours in your area?

Useful and Beautiful

February 6th, 2017

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

― William Morris

I have a friend that LOVES this quote and uses it whenever she’s bringing things into her home. When I collected eggs last week this quote came to mind.


The eggs were a beautiful array of colors from light blue to dark olive, exactly what I’ve been working towards over the past couple years. If you’re going to have chickens, you may as well have ones that lay beautifully colored eggs.

What’s your favorite useful and beautiful thing in your home?

Spicy not so micro Greens

January 26th, 2017

So my spicy microgreens are long “micro”. They’re on to the baby greens stage, which is fine by me. They’re just as tasty at this stage and add a lot of flavor to a salad. In fact, they have so much flavor they’re good on their own with just a bit of vinegar and oil.

If I want to eat them at the micro stage, starting a flat every 3-5 days is probably the best option. Though I like them at this stage so maybe two flats every 10 days would work as well. Either way, I love that I’m growing some of our vegetables in the middle of winter!

What’s on your plate from the garden?

Keeping in Going

January 19th, 2017

I mentioned last fall that I potted up some kennilworth ivy to bring indoors over the winter in case the stuff in my rock walls didn’t survive the winter. It started out as a small bit in a large pot and now it’s taking over the indoor garden area!
kennilworth ivy
I need to fill a cell flat with soil and put this pot beside it so that it will spill over and start growing out into the plugs. Then in early summer I’ll have nice little plugs of kennilworth ivy to put in the rock walls around the house.
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Even if it doesn’t survive the winter here in Maine, it’s easy enough to do this each year to have this wonderful little plant blooming in the rock walls all summer and into early winter.

What’s your favorite creeping plant? 

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.

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