Living naturally, most of the time.

Getting my kids at home outside

“It takes me a while to get to stuff” would be an appropriate opening for at least a dozen blog posts I could write. One of them has to do with getting on the ball about making my kids at home in the outdoors and also getting at home in the garden. When we set out to renovate this house four years ago, it had no yard. The Space Behind The House was just The Forest. Baby oaks were growing everywhere, and more...

My Experience Wish-List

On my yoga mat this morning, I had that feeling you get when you are addicted to exercising and you have just gotten a hit of the drug. I had just spent 22 minutes on the elliptical, which I’ve done (or exceeded) nearly every day of late, except yesterday. It’s been regularly followed by yoga, and it feels good. This is a new thing, at least since my daughter was born five years ago. I haven’t been able to run...

What life smells like this fall

It smells like leaves. Leaves warming in the sun, leaves rotting in the rain. They are are plentiful in the woods, but not enough have fallen in our yard to put that much energy into raking, not compared to what is to come. It’s about time to sweep the deck and the walkway, though. The sidewalks are slippery in the mornings and after rain. The stroll home from the bus stop has us head-down, our eyes scanning...

The art and joy of saying no

Sometimes it’s important to celebrate the fact that we didn’t do something. I don’t mean harmful or negative stuff, though, yes, it’s good to give yourself a pat on the back when you choose the high road. What I mean is the things I chose not to do because I chose calm instead. Long ago, I earned myself the reputation of trying to do too many things. It’s been an issue at least since high school. It’s not like I...

What life sounds like now

There’s definitely a soundtrack around my house right now that I want to document. That, and today the kids were off school so I’ve had no time to write but am determined not to skip a day of #NaBloPoMo15! So here’s one of the shorter posts I wanted to be sure to write, to peg this time in our lives, because I’m always surprised how much more fluid things are than I give them credit for, and...

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