Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Living the simple life......

   I've tried so hard in the last few years to live a more simple life.  It's almost become a game with me to find areas where I can cut back or make do with something that I thought was a throw-away.  It's amazing what I've been able to do in my own backyard.  First of all, I hang as much laundry out as I can (no underwear....ever) but my sheets and bedding always.  I even hang most of my clothes now including jeans, t-shirts, p.j.'s, linen outfits and all my vintage linens that I take to the shop.  Lots of the time, I don't even need to iron them.  The electric dryer is seldom used.  I've noticed a big difference in my electricity bill this summer.
My garden which isn't that large gives me so much.  Not only do I get my veggies but I also have lots of garlic, basil, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme, arugula (just found out it's an herb), mint & oregano.  This summer I've been drying my herbs and putting them in bottles to use this winter.  I'm loving them and I know where they come from and that they're totally organic.

I cut more lavender today and will dry it.  My plan is to make little lavender pillows to put on your bed.  It's supposed to help you have a more peaceful sleep.  My sweet annie is growing like crazy and soon I'll be able to harvest it and sell at Leola's.  The hydrangeas have already been dried and hung in bunches at the shop.  All these things basically pay for my garden.....what a deal!
I've almost completely stopped eating fast food (sometimes I can't help myself) and have noticed a change in the way I feel.  The biggest change is making my own bread.  All I have to do is have a sandwich made with store-bought bread to realize that it has a terrible effect on my stomach.  It saves because I make smaller loaves and have very little waste.  Besides that, it's yummy!
Anyway, I'm continually looking for ways to simplify.  My lifestyle definitely isn't for everyone but it works for me and I love it.

Here are a few projects I've been working on.  These are some quilts that I bought at the great auction last weekend.  Thinking I might use some that are not in great shape and make stockings for Christmas.  Not certain what I'll do with the rest but love the way they all look together.
These are some of the wooden utensils I bought.  They were all dried out so I put oil on all and what a difference.  
The weather is incredible today and has been a good day to get things done on the back porch.  So nice to have these little breaks during the summer.  Also, the garden loves it.

Better get the laundry off the line.....looks like rain!


Danavee said...

I cackled out loud at the no underwear comment!

dulcy said...

Gorgeous photos Jan!


Carolyn Langston said...

You and I seem to be on the same path, Jan. I unplugged my dryer a few weeks ago and only use the AC when it's absolutely necessary. I'm making plans to have raised beds in my little backyard next year so I can "grow my own." I also want a zinnia bed because they just speak to me in a way no other flower does. Probably because Mom always grew them along the backyard fence. I haven't started making bread yet but could certainly use a good recipe, if you're willing to share. I love all your photos and your "finds." Blessings to you and yours on this gorgeous day!

The Cinnamon Stick said...

So happy I found your is wonderful!!(also laughed at the underwear comment)!! Wishing I could be more like you - maybe someday. Now I am going to see if I can find pictures of your store...sounds like a place I would love to visit...Judy

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Jan

Love the photos and like you, been busy too with local harvests and friends' harvests. Currently fermenting two crocks of sauerkraut (would have LOVED those crocks at that auction!) and roasting tomatoes right now. Making homemade cheese from the very good cows' milk from local farms and slicing up peaches to freeze for cobbler in the winter. (did preserves last year). I am very much liking your simpler life, as my barber husband and I tend to lean that way as well.

Thanks for sharing and big hugs