Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Homemade Hummingbird Food
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Trying to clear the vacation cobwebs from my brain in order to gather what I need to return to the island today is somewhat of a trial. Obviously I truly was on vacation....my organizational skills have been unused for 8 days and I'm foggy, to say the least!
Ah.....it will be so good to get back.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mike Burns has a great article on just this!
- Clutter has proven itself to be a nuisance in your life and you’re tired of it.
- You’re ready to do something about it. You want some breathing room.
- You’re tired of feeling overwhelmed with all of the “stuff” that piles up around you.
It can be tough to tackle. And when you do finally make some progress and get rid of it, it comes back! (resilient little annoyance)
So, what do you do?
- Do you keep on working toward focus and clarity?
- Or do you give in?
- Do you throw up your hands and say, “Forget it! Let the piles continue.”
You are not alone. It’s a common problem.
Here are 4 reasons why we surrender to clutter (and some ideas on resolving them):
1. We lose motivation.When the fight gets tough and the circumstances are unrelenting, we get tired. When we get tired, we lose our “go-get-it-ness.” The job looks harder. The mountain looks taller. The road looks longer.
When this happens, we have to reconnect with our “why.” We have to remember our reasons for decluttering in the first place. In those times, it does us good to do whatever it takes to jumpstart our battery-drained, blurry values.
We have to expose ourselves to those people/ songs/ videos/ walks in the park/ cups of tea/ blogs/ podcasts/ etc… that remind us of who we are and why we do what we do.
2. We have unrealistic expectations.Sometimes, we consider surrender because things aren’t working out like we thought they would. We had these grandiose plans, but they weren’t very realistic. Maybe we underestimated the challenge. Perhaps we assumed it wouldn’t reoccur after we dealt with it the first time.
Whatever the case, our expectations were not in alignment with our reality.
- If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed.
- If you expect everyone to be as excited as you are about your project, you will be disappointed.
- If you expect decluttering alone to bring joy to your life, you will be disappointed. (you have to fill that empty space with something meaningful, or it’s just empty space)
- If you expect your outcomes to be just like those people on those blogs, you will likely be disappointed.
3. We have faulty belief-filters.We all see life through lenses that we wear in front of our eyes. On those lenses are scripts. In those scripts are the operating guidelines and belief statements that we have decided were true.
And we see everything that we see through these filters.
As you can tell, these filters are pretty important, as they color every aspect of our lives. So, we have to pay attention to what’s written there, and make sure they are healthy scripts.
Our approach to our stuff is far more important than the number of things we possess or the presence of piles. Your relationship with your possessions is one that requires attention and occasional tweaking.
We sometimes surrender because we get the cart before the horse. We begin to feel like decluttering is the point. But it’s not. It’s only a tool.
4. We don’t know how to win.Fighting clutter is not ALL about tips, tricks and tools. But they are necessary. As I said before, your approach is more important that your techniques. However, you still need good techniques.
At risk of sounding too obvious, some people struggle simply because they don’t know how to declutter. They haven’t learned the shortcuts and maxims that have helped so many before them.
And that’s perfectly acceptable. There’s no shame in not knowing. Don’t feel bad about what you don’t know… because you can do something about it.
There are some great resources out there from people who have already walked where we’re walking. They’ve learned a few things about the path we’re on and they can help us know where the tricky parts are and what needs to happen to continue successfully.
I’m talking about people like Joshua Becker and Courtney Carver and Leo Babauta and others.
Some people are finding solutions. So can you!
I recently asked a bunch of you (my friends and readers) about your “burning questions” related to living well and finding focus. Several people responded with things like:
- “I need help with the HOW-TOs of decluttering.”
- “I have to get control of my physical stuff.”
- “I need help with staying motivated.”
- “I keep giving up and giving in.”
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
What Happens at the Equinox?
Far from being an arbitrary indicator of the changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2014, at precisely 12:57 P.M. EDT, the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.
Read more: Vernal (Spring) Equinox | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/riteofspring1.html#ixzz2wSr7haA2
Called Naw-Ruz – "new day" in Persian, the Baha'i New Year has its roots in Persia, where the Baha'i Faith originated in the mid-1800s.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. The world needs more people who have come alive.” From a bathroom stall in Vermont.
This quote alone is worth hours of pondering. But I invite you to read first the excerpt below from http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=5831, and if it inspires you as it did me, then allow yourself to read the entire article. It's powerful. (Emphasis mine on the underlined passages.)
All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days? As Annie Dillard reminds us, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.
This fall, in a toilet stall in Burlington, Vermont, I saw this scrawled on the wall:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. The world needs more people who have come alive.”
If you’re doing something you love, you won’t care what the world thinks, because you’ll love the process anyway. This is one of those truths that we know, but which we can’t seem to stop forgetting.
In America, success is a word we hear a lot. What does it mean? Is it money, power, fame, love? I like how Bob Dylan defines it: “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.
In the tradeoff between timeliness and timelessness, choose the latter. The zeitgeist rewards timeliness, but your soul rewards timelessness. Work on things that will last.
Inside each of us is a little ten-year-old child, curious and pure, acting on impulse, not yet caring what other people think. Remember what you were doing at ten, and try to get back to doing that thing, incorporating everything you’ve learned along the way.
When I was ten, I was writing words and drawing pictures.
Maybe that’s the path out of the stuckness.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Northwest Basket Weavers' mission and purpose: http://www.nwbasketweavers.org/
It's a great way to relax, weave as much as you want, visit with guild members, and take classes from talented teachers. Click here for the Brochure.Retreat webpage Check out some previous years' photos.
Each year a gallery is set up to showcase our members' work. The theme for 2014 Is "United We Weave," although you don't need to use the theme for your baskets. Members submit up to three baskets for the Gallery, and we encourage new members to bring their work, and not be shy! This gallery show is for everyone, and we love to see what everyone is doing.
On Friday night after dinner, we open the Gallery show with a Gala. All of the wonderful baskets are available for close-up viewing while snacking on fine chocolates and sparkling cider. Our members are diverse and talented, and it is always inspiring and amazing to see what they are doing. This is our chance to share - we especially encourage beginners to exhibit their work.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Living slower also may (should, could) include slow food I've been told. I've honestly been slow (yeah, pun intended) to embrace this part of slow living, mainly because of all of my allergies (yes, the thought does not elude me that my allergies may be aggravated by NOT eating slow food). So here we go, at least as a start. As I read the list below, I'm delighted to find that in fact I DO incorporate many of these ideas into my eating life, just perhaps not consciously or naming them as such.
Slow Food is…
a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
“Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.”
Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder and president.
was founded to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
So what does this look like? Per the website above:
Go Slow in your life
1. Buy whole ingredients. Cook them. Eat them.
2. Avoid processed stuff with long ingredient lists. Eat real food.
3. Grow some of your own food. Even if just on your windowsill.
4. Whenever possible, know the story behind the food you buy.
5. Buy local food; find out what is in season!
Go Slow in your community
1. Cook and eat with others – not just family and friends. Bring new people and perspectives to the table.
2. Join a community garden and grow food with others.
3. Connect with your local Slow Food chapter.
4. Shake the hand that feeds you. Meet the people who grow your food. Shop at a farmers market, visit a farm or buy shares from a farm that offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
5. Learn about your local or regional food history and cultural dishes
Saturday, March 8, 2014
So evidently all of the reasons we were taught over the years as to why Daylight Savings Time is a good idea have been debunked:
The farmers like it because we have more daylight. Hardly....same amount of daylight each day, no matter what the clock says.
It's safer for the children....not true...by the time they go to school, it's immaterial.
We'll save energy .....It has not been proven that a bit of energy has been saved over all of the years of changing our clocks.
The real reason?? Financial gain for retailers. It HAS been proven that with more daylight hours at the end of the day, we are out of the house more, and going to the stores more, and spending more money.
Just want to put a bit of reality into this whole insane process. Really, manipulating clocks (and time itself) is a bit crazy, if you really think about it!.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I was just reminded of the following Sufi saying about our words passing through three gates. In our glib world, full of so many words, there is much to ponder here.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
But yesterday and today the yard, trees, and feeder are full of red-winged blackbirds. They are beautiful, yes. But with so very many of them, pretty noisy!! To give you some idea...and multiply that by 20:
However, it's so ever much better than traffic noises, sirens, & car horns. We'll deal with it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I am in seventh heaven - not only is it raining, but I found a new word that means lover of rain!!!!
How have I, as a Washingtonian, enthralled with rain and embracing "webbed feet" my entire life, not known about this word? It was only serendipitous that I found it, too.
Ah, these simple pleasures.
Monday, March 3, 2014
On October 23, 2012, I posted about the shortage in our normal weaving materials in Rattan Shortage
Since then, it hasn't improved much, to which I can attest from just returning from teaching in Ohio and now preparing kits to teach in Port Orchard, Washington. I'm aghast at how much wastage I find in a pound of reed. We truly have been spoiled in the past with well-prepared, readily available, inexpensive materials.
Char Ciammaichella's March newsletter details some of these issues well. (Char's website is www.charsweavings.com.)
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sorry, I don't have all the answers. I'm just raising the question. Mike Burns actually asked it not long ago at http://theothersideofcomplexity.com/possessions-or-possession/?utm_source=The+Other+Side+of+Complexity+-+Blog+Updates&utm_campaign=f831c0d395-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74c4063970-f831c0d395-96885493
with an article titled Possessions or Possession? He also wrote about being possessed!
I'm just raising the question, as we try to simplify our lives, to think about our relationship to our things. It's neither bad nor good - just a question. If I start feeling resentment in a relationship, then I need to make a change of some sort.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.