This has been a crazy week with school starting, including sending a kindergartner!
I've been reading and visiting websites and blogs and thinking I need to post something! There were so many things that I wanted to post that I decided to do a random items post.
I've mentioned The Polishing Stone before. I received an urgent request today seeking help to keep them going. I love this publication and really want them to succeed. It is a wonderful resource for those searching for inspiration to live a more sustainable life. They offer online, paperless subscriptions for a very good price!
I found Three Beautiful Things through Patty at Morning Ramble . I just love this idea. I know myself well enough to know that I won't post every day, but I am going to try journaling three beautiful things each day. My three beautiful things for today are:
2. Seeing my kids running for home from the bus this afternoon just happy to be HOME.
3. The deer I saw crossing the road on the way home from dinner.
I was searching around for cottage home plans on the web and became reacquainted with Country Plans. They have some really livable floor plans, but my favorite thing is the owner/builder forum. I am simply in awe of the people who are taking these great, simple plans and self-building homes for their families. There are some great pictures in the Gallery.
In searching around on the Country Plans forum I found StrawbaleRedux
the weblog of a couple building their own strawbale home in an HOA neighborhood in Arizona. Again, I'm just amazed at anyone who endeavors to build their own home!
From the above mentioned blog I clicked on a link to Terrain.org: A Journal of Built and Natural Environments. I haven't looked in depth at this one yet, but there is a wealth of information dealing with Place; how our environments either work or don't work. What I find most interesting is that they deal with this subject both artistically and technically. There are poems existing next to an article examining how baby boomers are, once again, having a profound impact on the built environment as they age and demand access to continuing care facilities.
And finally some great quotes I found in the book "The Pantry: It's History and Modern Uses" by Catherine Seiberling Pond. Oh, and I discovered that the author has a blog!! In the Pantry.
“She led me to her kitchen, flung wide the pantry door, and there on the lower shelf lay an open book with a long ribbon marker. ‘That part of the shelf is dedicated to my book,’ she explained. ‘Once I had a teacher who said, “Dorothy, if you love life, you’ll never squander your time, for time is the stuff that life is made of.”’…I’ve always remembered this teacher’s words. There are so many things I want to know, and so little time from the baking, scrubbing and other daily tasks. Yet during my day there are many spare minutes. Whenever I can, I use them in reading my book on the pantry shelf. In all these years I haven’t served many burned dishes.”
Beatrice Wilson, “The Book on the Pantry Shelf,” Farmer’s Wife
“We need rooms which hold out warm, inviting arms, rooms into which we can go and feel the atmosphere wrap us around with soothing and content. There must be rooms which cool for us the fevered strain of life, or by some flash of beauty mingled with the walls and chairs stir us to be more than what we were when we entered that room…”
Lydia Lion Roberts