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March 17th, 2014

Even though we’re self employed, we still have patterns to our lives. We have tried to develop a bit of a routine, not only for ourselves, but for our animals. Every morning, Lucy and I go on a walk. These days it’s been me with both dogs making a round of the back field.
Lucy Walking 1
In the evening, Tara gets a nice long walk on a trail that sets a big perimeter down in front of the house and the chicken coop. It comes up back behind the main garden in the back and ends up in the field that the dogs and I walk in the morning.
evening walk 2
With these two walks, we get a good perimeter walk every single day. It helps keep the predators away and it gives both the dogs and me some exercise. A walk in the morning and one in the evening is also a great way to start and end my day, bookends that help bring a little bit of order to our sometimes unordered life.

Do you have any routines you keep to bring a sense of order to your life?

The Daily Walk

January 22nd, 2014

Lately, I’ve been taking The Brown Chiots on a morning walk. We head down the driveway and then we come back up again, nothing too exciting, but it gives us a cleared place to walk. We have a longer driveway, around 1/3 of a mile in length. It’s downhill all the way down and uphill all the way back. This is the perfect walk for Lucy, especially the uphill part. It helps keep her old joints a little less stiff.
Lucy Walking 1
Lucy Walking 2
When we’re proactive about taking her on a short walk every day she definitely gets around much better.  Not to mention, she simply loves to be out and about. I also must say, it’s good for me as well!  Having her around makes me get out and walk, I probably wouldn’t be doing this in the morning if it weren’t for her.  It’s nice to breathe the crisp morning air, look for animals tracks through the woods and to watch the birds about their work.  I’d get physical exercise even if it wasn’t for this walk, but this walk is good for more than just my body!

Do you have a daily activity that’s physical to help keep you active?

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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.