Blogger Recognition Award

I am both honored and overwhelmed at the support I have been shown recently.  First the Liebster Award nomination, and a few days later, the Blogger Recognition Award nomination. I don’t post nearly as much as I want to, but have so much to say.  I spend my evenings going through posts, reading what you … Continue reading Blogger Recognition Award


Liebster Award: My Nominations

I have been going back and forth for almost a year on whether or not to start blogging, analyzing if I really had the time for it.  I finally took the plunge and piece by piece started writing.  Writing is my outlet and how I express myself.  Sometimes it’s hard to put it all out … Continue reading Liebster Award: My Nominations

That Was TOO Close

The last week of my daughter’s summer camp, the school year is officially days away, and Wednesday was just another first. Let’s start by saying my daughter’s school doubles as a summer camp.  I got beyond lucky with this school because it’s a private school that does before and after school care and has … Continue reading That Was TOO Close


Rethinking sustainability…leaving the farm

Simple living...with kids

Early this year, I sold a small organic farm on the outskirts of our city, and moved back into the suburbs.

Our farmhouse in the morning. It was idyllic, beautiful…and not sustainable.

I didn’t really have a choice, to be honest. I was divorcing, and the place needed to be sold for financial reasons anyway.

But prior to that, being on the farm for nearly a decade had made me rethink what sustainability means, and how we can move forward in a world that seems intent on, well, not moving forward much at all.

Petrol…the fly in the ointment

We were extremely car-dependent at the farm. There was no public transport. The nearest supermarket, bank, school – all of it was a drive away. There were no buses or trains. This was a huge hurdle to sustainability.

I was routinely spending $100 a week on petrol, and my partner…

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A Mom’s Back to School Blues

Do you get excited at the thought of the school year starting again; or are you one of the parents that dread it?  Dread, yes, that’s what I said.  I deal with the latter, utter dread.   As parents, we have to keep our kids, especially younger ones, on some kind of schedule.  We’re all … Continue reading A Mom’s Back to School Blues


The Night I Shared Your Fear

Note: In cases of writing involving other people, I only use initials.  These are my perspectives and feelings on situations that happen, and privacy is always maintained.   On evenings when there is nice weather, after dinner has been eaten and my daughter put to bed, J and I usually sit outside for a while … Continue reading The Night I Shared Your Fear


Meet the Family

Welcome, please come meet our blended, working-class family.  We reside in northern Virginia and live in a teeny-tiny cramped house.