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May 6th, 2013

Mr. Chiots here with a guest post. After an extremely busy week around the run we decided to take the day off so no podcast this week. I apologize. I know many of you will be disappointed. We will be back next week with our regularly scheduled program.

For the past three weeks we have been having some ‘technical difficulties’ with the podcast downloading in iTunes. The problem ended up being with Google’s Feed Burner, a feed service that we run everything through. At some point in the near future we are going to shift off of this system which may soon go the way of Google Reader according the chatter on the web.

The good news is that through the troubleshooting, we upgraded the host for our file storage. Shows should download very quickly and without trouble.

I love statistics and according to ours we just topped 180,000 downloads of the podcast. This week we will see the blog surpass 30,000 comments. We are one month away from the 5th anniversary of the blog. We want to thank you all for making the show and the blog a huge success. The community that surrounds Chiot’s Run is pretty amazing and we are constantly encouraged. Many of you know more about what is going on in our lives than some of our family members. We refer to those of you that we have never met as our friends. Thank you all.

If you have not had a chance to listen to the older episodes of Cultivate Simple, I would encourage you to do so. Thank you again and see you next week.

What topic you would like to hear on the show?

A Day of Nothing – Work Related at Least

November 9th, 2012

Mr Chiots and I both work from home, which has it’s benefits and drawbacks. We really love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it’s difficult to take time off. If we’re home, we’re usually working. When we go out, we usually have work related errands that we tack on to whatever we’re doing. It’s extremely rare for us to take an entire day and do nothing work related. Yesterday we finally had…

…work related at least. We did work a bit in the morning, but at 9:30 am we headed south to Portland to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie at an iMax theatre. If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know my love for 007. If you are my friend on facebook you know how much I’ve been anticipating this new movie. After the movie we went out to Flatbread for a late lunch/early dinner, then we stopped at Portland Architectural Salvage to look around. A night out is not complete for Mr Chiots if there’s no ice cream, so we stopped for that as well.

While we were at dinner we were talking about how weird it was to not be working. Normally we would have had a meeting scheduled or something else work related. I didn’t even take my camera (hence the word images above). Even though my blog is a hobby, it can be like work sometimes. The day was perfect, exactly what we needed.

When was the last time you had a day just to yourself? What did you do?

Taking a Bit of a Breather

April 16th, 2012

The forecast is quite nice for this week, it looks like I’ll be able to get a lot of garden chores checked off my list. Which is good because the list was getting quite long. In order to find the time, I’ll be take a bit of a break from the Non-Toxic Cleaning Series so I can spend a little less time writing and a little more time in the garden (series will be back next week). I also have a few new cleaning recipes that I’m trying out. The backlog of garden topics is getting long, and I want to get out of the way so I don’t forget. I also have a few great giveaways this week and next.

As always, Dexter is the star of the Taking a Day Off post. He certainly knows how to stop and smell the roses, or enjoy an open window in this case.

On my to-do list this week: finish building rock wall in front of tulip garden, harvest compost, sow beets, mulch garlic and flowerbeds with chopped leaves, plant ranunculus, seed hanging baskets & containers with nasturtium in basement, etc.

What garden chores are on your to-do list this week?

Taking a Day Off

February 4th, 2012

Things have been a bit crazy around here lately with working on the house, starting seeds, and taking 4 days this week to head up to Maine to go house shopping (we arrived home LATE last night). I was too busy to write much this week, you’ll hear all about the houses/trip next week I promise. I decided to take the day off from writing a blog post (except for this one of course). Never fear, as with all my other days off, I’ll leave you with a photo of our cats, who are experts at taking time off to rest.

This is Soafie (gray) and Samson (orange). They were rescued 8 years ago in Cincinnati and are brother and sister. My mom also has one of their brothers.

As always – thanks so much for stopping by to read & comment. Enjoy your day and hopefully you can get a bit of rest too!

Oh No, I have NO Internet

August 24th, 2010

Our internet connection has been intermittent since Sunday, which is why my post was late yesterday. We’re supposed to get it fixed this morning, hopefully they can figure out the problem. It sure makes blogging difficult, not just because I can’t post, but I also use the internet as a research tool. I’m constantly searching for tips on gardening and other things that I talk about here. I get a lot of questions through e-mail about different gardening topics and if I don’t know the answer I usually spend some time on the internet researching. As I read I also like to search for books that are mentioned and information and history about specific topics. Not having the internet sure makes it difficult. I’ve got a list of things to look up when it is working once again. I guess it will allow for some good work time without any distractions and it looks like I’ll have extra time to work in the garden and to can up all those tomatoes sitting on my table.

As a result I’m taking the day off, hopefully I can get this posted before the connection goes down again.

How much do you rely on the internet for your job and enterainment?

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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 moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.