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Stress Less – Puzzle More!

February 12th, 2015

One of the things we like to do around here is puzzles. We find them to the perfect stress reducing activity. Last night we finished up Escort to Oshkosh puzzle, which was a great puzzle.
plane puzzle
Maine Puzzle 1 (1)
Now we’re moving on to a Piatnik puzzle, a brand we haven’t tried before. We found this Starry Night puzzle at a local art museum. I’m always happy to find a puzzle featuring classic art, I have the Japanese Bridge by Monet Ravensburger Puzzle and it’s fantastic. One of my favorite, we do it every
van gogh puzzle
Our collection of puzzles is growing quite nicely. Perhaps next we’ll pull out an old favorite. So far I think we’ve tried just about every brand of puzzle, some are better than others. It’s always nice to spend a few minutes in the morning working on the puzzle while I enjoy my coffee. It’s great to start the day with a stress reducing activity.

Do you have any great puzzles to recommend?

Quote of the Day: Jim Goodwin

June 8th, 2014

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. 

~Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris
Even when there are a thousand things to do in the garden, I try take a minute to pull out my lawn chair and sit in the garden each day. Sometimes I need to remind myself that it’s not a race, it’s a journey and I need to make sure I enjoy it!

Do have a spot where you can sit and enjoy your garden?

Friday Unfavorite: Writer’s Block

March 8th, 2013

Every now and then it hits, writer’s block, photography block, gardening block, cooking block. I have all kinds of new photos, many beautiful ones from my trip to South America, and yet, I find myself staring at my computer screen in the evening feeling like I have nothing to say.
long winters nap
The same can happen in the garden, we can feel unmotivated to weed, plant or even harvest vegetables. There are also days when we’re hungry and nothing sounds good. It happens to everyone at times, no one is immune. Typically, I stop, sit back, make a cup of tea and read a good book. It seems that helps inspire me once again. Generally, it means that I need to take time away from my work and relax, it has been a long work week so far. I guess I should try to take a few hours off this weekend to regroup.

How do you deal with lack of creativity and motivation in life?

Just Breathe

August 21st, 2012

We’ve been up at 6 am every morning to start work on the upstairs and falling into bed later than usual.  Last night, I sat down at 10:30 to write this post and decided it just wasn’t going to happen! So a day off from writing a blog post it is.
As usual, on my “days off” I’ll leave you with a photo of Dexter, who has the art of relaxation down to a science!

I love how Dexter is so flat in this photo. He certainly knows how to relax! My ideal relaxing moment is a cup of coffee and a good book.

What’s your favorite relaxing activity?

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?

Reading & Watching

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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.