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Quote of the Day: Snow

February 1st, 2015

“To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

We’ve been getting nailed with snow recently, a couple feed on Tuesday and another foot yesterday. There are HUGE piles of snow everywhere and it’s fantastic. I’ve been heading out with my snowshoes in the afternoons for hikes. There really is nothing better than a sunny winter day!
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One of the best things about a big snowstorm is when the sun comes out afterwards. The skies clear up and the sunset is always amazing that evening. I love the stark difference between the coolness of the blue snow and the warmness of the yellow sunset. We’re supposed to get another big storm this week – looks like we’ll be trying to figure out where to put even more of that fluffy white stuff.

Have you been getting any big snow this winter?

Quote of the Day: Albert Camus

January 18th, 2015

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

~ Albert Camus

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This is how I certainly feel in winter, summer is such a busy time, winter gives me time to think, to reflect. One of my favorite times to do this is while snowshoeing. There’s just something wonderful about being in the woods on a cold sunny winter day. I find having a hobby like this makes me get out on these beautiful days, it is too easy to sit inside by the warm fire.
Yesterday was the perfect day to be out and about. I followed moose, coyote, and fox tracks through the woods. I sat on the little bridge in the back and watched the water gurgle up through a few thawed spots in the creek.
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It was quiet, it was peaceful, you can’t help but think, reflect, and meditate in such an environment. It’s the perfect flip side to summer, just and wonderful in a completely different way. Less doing, more being, which is when you can find the invisible spirit you’ll need throughout the coming seasons.

What’s your favorite winter time activity?

Quote of the Day: Charles de Secondat

January 11th, 2015

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.

~Charles de Secondat

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I mentioned that Mr Chiots got me a Kindle for Christmas. I signed up for their Kindle unlimited program and have been reading away. Since January 1st I’ve managed to read: The Garden Plot, The Red Book of Primrose House: A Potting Shed Mystery, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, Giver Quartet (4 Book Series), The Ladies’ Room, and I’m working on Number the Stars right now. They’re not my usual style of book, which is biographies or older novels, but they’re quite nice for a change of pace. I don’t often read quick paperbacks, but I’m enjoying the speed at which you can read through them and move on to something else. I like that you don’t have to spend too much time thinking while reading. They’re rather like watching a sitcom on TV, great for quick entertainment.

What books are you enjoying right now? 

Quote of the Day: Brett L. Markham

December 14th, 2014

“Home food production is an important proficiency that contributes positively to the physical and financial health of the family. Along with this, it provides and important physiological and spiritual boost by reaffirming our connection with nature and nature’s laws, reconnecting us with our ancestral roots, and providing the feeling of competence that comes from ensuring the supply of a basic necessity – food.”

Brett L. Markham (Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre)

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Today is the day for our piggos to go to Iceland. It’s a somber day, not a day we look forward to and a day that is difficult to talk about. In fact it takes a week or two of preparing yourself mentally for what happens on this day. It’s not easy, but we feel like it best honors our pigs and the lives we tried to let them live. It brings us peace knowing that they don’t have to take a trailer ride or spend the night in a strange place. They can have a peaceful end in the place they feel at home. Peaceful for them, not peaceful for us.
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We are happy knowing that they led happy piggy lives, rooting and wallowing, running and eating, snorting and being with another of their kind. It was especially nice that the last week has been warm so they could spend their last days happily rooting in the woods, exactly what pigs relish doing.

Quote of the Day: John Steinbeck

November 23rd, 2014

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” 

John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley in Search of America)

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Yesterday we spent a lot of time outside preparing for winter. It was cold, but it was good. I don’t mind being cold if there’s a fire to warm up by somewhere close. Today will be more of the same, stock tank heaters need to go into the duck ponds, pigs need extra hay for bedding, the last of the potted planted need to be moved into the garage, firewood needs moved and stacked, the roses need mulching along with so many other things. I certainly enjoy doing these chores when it’s cold outside and I enjoy coming back inside for a nice cup of hot chocolate afterwards!
If you have never read Travels with Charlie you should. Better yet, get the audiobook version and listen to it on your next road trip. You won’t be disappointed!

What’s on your getting ready for winter chore list?

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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.