Roses and Good Conversation ! #100HappyDays Challenge Post #4

Beautiful Roses

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Walking with my children is something I try to do on a regular basis. Not really walking for exercise, per say, but just to get outside. breath the fresh air and maybe have some good talks. My children, especially my 19 year old, seem to open up more when we are on a walk around the neighborhood. He is usually very quiet and keeps to himself, but this morning we had a really good conversation. It is interesting to hear him talk about politics and what is going on in the world. His perspective is very different from mine, and we like to “argue” our points. While on our walk I took a picture of some roses which have recently started blooming, they are so pretty and I just love the smell of roses! It was a peaceful morning. Tomorrow is back to the craziness of work. Have a great day!

#100 HappyDays Challenge Post #2

“Oh happiness, there is grace enough for us and the whole human race”. Oh Happiness! by David Crowder really makes me happy!

“Oh, Happiness”

[Chorus]
Oh, happiness
There is grace enough for us
And the whole human race

[Verse 1]
From the full streams
Of Your care
All who come
Begin again

Hard or friend
Rich or poor
All who need
Need fear no more

Such a thing to give away

[Verse 2]
All regrets
Let go, forget
There’s something that
Mends all of that

Such a thing to give away

[Bridge]
Sound the church bells
Let ’em ring
Let ’em ring
For everything can be redeemed
We can be redeemed
All of us

Weekly Inspiration #43

The Practical Mystic

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“Come and sit by me,” I say, patting the pillow beside me on the padded window seat. If you look outside, the view is lush in an autumnal way – the grass and the evergreens are verdant, but the deciduous trees – the pomegranate and the crepe myrtle – are changing colours. There is a decided nip in the air as well, especially in the mornings and evenings – and you’ll notice different smells coming from my kitchen too: there is a spicy chai bubbling away on the stove, filling the air with notes of cinnamon and cardamon that blend with the harmonic notes rising gently from my music player. There may also be the half prepared ingredients for a chicken soup on the bench; there is plenty of time for that though – for the moment, let’s have a cup of that sweet and spicy chai that smells so…

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Teeny Tiny House

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The sign read, “Tulsa’s First Tiny House”, how could I resist. I have been reading and watching videos about the tiny house movement for over a year now, and I was dying to step inside one for myself. The tiny house movement focuses on sustainability and living simply. I have down sized significantly over the last few years, partly out of needing to fit into a smaller space due to finances, and have learned to let go of a things I really didn’t need. I find that my 2 children and I live quiet comfortably in an 800 square foot house. Would the tiny home be a good solution when my oldest, who is 19 moves out? The home was built by a local company that also builds sheds. The home I viewed was fully furnished, and solidly made of wood. It smelled wonderful! There was a lot of cabinets and storage spaces. The home featured a living room, kitchen, loft and a downstairs bedroom, a full size bathroom (no tub, just shower), and a large storage closet. I loved the living room’s gas fireplace and the screened in porch. The cost was about 60,000, which seemed a bit high, but it did have a lot of added features. I am not sure of the square footage, but it looked under 400 square feet, not counting the porch. Of course you would have to put in on rural land, use it as a mother in law type house in a yard or maybe in a trailer park. The zoning laws for this type of dwelling are still unclear in a lot of states. I plan on visiting with more questions soon.

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9 Things I Learned In New York City

This rings true, take it from a New Yorker!

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain

They say that travel broadens the mind but I think you have to open that mind up first. No amount of travel is going to change your perspective if you arrive expecting (or even demanding) it to conform to familiar territory.

New York City was not my pick. It wasn’t even anywhere on my bucket list after a bad experience in my youth. (It was a much scarier place back then.) I agreed to it because it was what the Husband wanted and these are the kinds of things you do in a marriage.

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Bring back the Monarchs

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Image source: http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/

While at the Oxley Nature Center today I noticed a Monarch Way Station. According to Monarch Watch,  “The goals of this program are to restore 20 milkweed species, used by monarch caterpillars as food, to their native ranges throughout the United States and to encourage the planting of nectar-producing native flowers that support adult monarchs and other pollinators”. The monarch butterfly population has been steadily declining in recent years due to a variety of factors such as use of pesticides on roadsides and in yards which kills the plants on which the monarchs feed. The lawns in our local overly manicured neighborhood are devoid of any plant except Bermuda grass! The site offers information on how to start a Monarch Way Station, and I am hoping to start one in our yard. We also enjoyed viewing a very busy beehive. It was a great day to learn about pollinators.

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My Deschooling Journey

A great post about trusting yourself and your child!

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It has been eight months since my 11 year old daughter, hereafter named Faith, left primary school at the end of Year 6 and we embarked on our deschooling journey towards an unschooling, or life learning, life. Here is my deschooling journey in writing.

I have deliberately (and reluctantly, because there is a lot to say) left out details about Faith herself and what she has been doing and her own deschooling journey, to respect her privacy – this article is purely about myself and my own thought processes.

I have included links to relevant articles, blog posts, books or videos at the bottom of each section, and at the very end a list of further links. I fully recommend, especially if you are embarking on your own deschooling journey, that you check them all out. They all put into far better words than I the concepts I’ve tried to…

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