Well, hello there again family and friends!
I started writing a post on how our experiment into the simple life went. After a few days of sitting on it and realizing how negative it sounded (still may post it), I decided to first come back with a pictorial spread of the simple pleasures we enjoyed without technology at our beck and call. Some of these things we may have ended up doing anyway, but I truly believe most of them were realized because of the time that opened up when sacrificing keeping up with the technological Jones’!
These pictures sum up the beauty and success of the experiment for me!
247) The kids using their imaginations.
248) peace and quiet in the house.
249) my music: the birds outside, children laughing in the yard
250) journaling…by hand!
252) new apple blossoms (already gone as I type)
254) spring rains
255) walking in the rain!
256) making homemade whipped cream…and enjoying it on french toast with the first in season strawberries…
257) and on my coffee!
258) freshly picked Lilacs from my mother-in-laws house perfuming my dining room
259) the time to read a new issue of Victoria magazine
260) time to finally organize and pair down the dishes (Does anyone else enjoy taking pictures of their cupboards? I must be crazy!)
261) making fresh buttermilk dressing
262) and enjoying it with the first chives of the garden!
263) making fresh baked bread every week again…
264) and slicing it for sandwich bread…no high fructose corn syrup here!
265) making and canning fresh strawberry jam
266) eating said jam on toast and PB&J’s and in yogurt and – sometimes – just by the spooonful!
267) learning how to make yogurt and succeeding (after many failed attempts)
268) making homemade sour cream
269) showing and making homemade peanut butter with the kids out of – get this! – JUST PEANUTS! Take that you partially hydrogenated oil and hidden sugar!
270) figuring out how to use my tortilla press and making scratch tortillas
271) reading a back issue of Mary Jane’s Farmgirl magazine and getting re-inspired with its recipes.
272) making my own Farmgirl Budget Mix!
273) rigging a clothesline between the apple trees
274) using wooden clothespin just like my mom used to
275) letting laundry become my new favorite chore
276) watching freshly clean diapers blowing in the breeze as I’m doing the dishes
277) the naturally starched (and extra sanitizing) job of the sun
278) finishing the garden
279) Lilah digging up the pumpkin seeds and bringing them into me all excited-like
280) replanting the pumpkin seeds
281) my bouquets of violets and “fire flowers” (what my kids call dandelions) that look absolutely stunning on the dinner table
282) hearing my sister retell how her daughter was disappointed to not get to pick dandelions for her mom because their lawn is chemically treated and feeling very thankful I turned down the chem-lawn man!