Farm Animals, Simple Living

The scoop on the coop: A Busy May Update

We have a lot going on this month, school is almost out for the summer and will be out for good for my husband’s daughter Kaitlyn. It really seems like she was just five years old and now she’s graduating high school! We have both kids awards days to attend along with a shower and wedding which I’m not sure we will be able to make it to. Oh and graduation dinner! Either way it’s way more on my plate than I’m use to event wise. So I’m squeezing in an update here because I don’t think I will get much else accomplished this month. 

The scoop on the coop: 

Our chickens have been outside for a few days now. At first I felt all worried like I was their mother hen or something. But they are doing so great and I’ve found that their favorite snacks are wild strawberries! My two favorites are the barred rocks they are very sweet birds. And the two brown which I believe are Rhode Island Reds are really mean and peck a lot! I hope they will calm down as they mature. 

 I’m not 100% sure on the sexes but it does seem like we have one rooster which I’ve named Elvis. If he turns out to be a girl it will surprise me since he has the largest comb and wattle!

This is Elvis right before we moved them outside. 

Here are a few pics of our temporary coop!

Household Chores, Simple Living

My Kind of Day

To most people lack of sunshine is a real downer, but being a true introvert I absolutely love a cool, overcast, rainy day! I mean unless it’s a bad storm or something. I’m just talking about a calm rain with some thunder and the best part that nice cool breeze. You know the breeze we wish we had in the sweltering summer months! I would say nothing is better, but me and my husband both love the Fall most of all and even though it’s kind of the same weather it’s always better in the OCT!☔🎃🍃 Either way a spring rain is something very beautiful and is almost always followed by sunshine which then glistens off of everything around. 

Just laying around sounds great on a day like this but I love when the air comes in while I’m washing the dishes. Which definitely helps me a lot since this is not one of my favorite household chores. I’d much rather be doing laundry on most days. But at the same time I’d never want to own a dishwasher. I know weird right!? But to me dishwashers just don’t fall into my idea of simple living and it’s just another expensive thing that would cost way too much to replace or have fixed. 

Other than rain there isn’t much going on here today, I’m just thankful it isn’t one of the rough Monday’s that like to roll over into Monday number two aka: Tuesday!!  Today is relaxing and tomorrow is back to business and most likely grocery shopping.

 Fun Fun Fun. 

 I pray that you all are having as good of a Monday as I am… We Just gotta learn to be content with little and be glad we are alive to enjoy the simple things. Like laying in bed with the window open listening to the rain.

 Little Blessings Count, God is Good Always

    

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Saving & Reusing Containers & Jars

I always feel like I should keep just about everything that could be reused, even if I have no idea what I would do with it. Some things are good to use as planters while others can make great storage bins. Some plastic items will make great treasure collecting toys for kids to use while exploring outside. Like this peanut butter jar…

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I also made this dish soap dispenser from a steak sauce bottle and hand soap pump.

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Others I’m not so good with finding good uses for like these…

 

Yet I’m still tempted to keep them anyway. We also sometimes keep butter bowls for leftover food storage. What are some things that you like to keep and what do you use them for?

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What is simple living to you?

I have seen groups and posts about simple living, but most of them are either about homesteading/farming or minimalism so it became obvious that the subject means something different to everyone. I wouldn’t at all call myself a minimalist. That just isn’t one of my goals in life, and I don’t like the cold feeling of having little in possessions and the modern furnishings you see in their posts. That doesn’t mean that some of their ideas aren’t inspiring to me just that I wouldn’t take it as far as they do. Simple living for me is to be content where you are with what you have, enjoying things that most people take for granted in life. Living in the moment which is still one of the hardest things for me to be present and not thinking of what’s to come or what has past. Basically to enjoy life and be thankful to God for each day.
My New Years’ resolution this year was to SLOW down!
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I don’t feel that we have an overly fast pace lifestyle, to begin with BUT what I really feel like I wanted here was to slow my mind and thought process down… having too much on the table of our minds can really bring you down and make you feel like life is out of control and not good. It doesn’t have to be this way yet sometimes we can get stuck in the rut of taking in too much information that isn’t even necessary for living. People get wrapped up in politics and demanding rights and all of these things you see on social media today, and it gets to be too much thrown in your face. I’ve recently taken the time as I said in a previous post, to clean up my FB account and it has made a major difference. Not only that but I’m using the site less now. which is giving my mind some much-needed rest.
 Being the list maker that I am, here is a list of a few goals I have for living a more simple life.
  1. Prayer over worry:  Worrying about everything gets us nowhere, while prayer places things into the hands of our God.
  2. Enjoy the little things: Flowers gifted by little hands, birds singing in the morning, a light breeze in the evening… a beautiful sunset.
  3. Be more frugal: Try to buy things that will last longer such as bar soap over liquid, this also includes simple meals and keeping waste to a minimum.
  4. Read the bible every day: Whether it is one verse or a whole chapter/book. Just read something out of the bible every day.
  5. Spend more time outside: I am a homebody but once I quit being stubborn and get outside I always end up feeling better.
  6. Have more family time: We are a really close family but I think sometimes we could do more with our kids instead of doing things that are by habit.
  7. Kick clutter out: This is a tough one for most people because it’s an ongoing process that never ends. Deal with clutter right away.
  8. Live in the moment: I have always been a daydreamer so for me being present is not an easy task, but look how much is missed when we aren’t.
  9. Work on gardening: The idea of gardening is awesome, but my brown thumb gets in the way every time. Practice makes perfect, right?
  10. Be thankful and content: Don’t say I’ll be happy when… or I’d be happy IF…. JUST be happy, thankful and content today no and ifs or buts. ~
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This is what simple living is to me, what are some things that you would like to work towards in your life?
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Just a Simple Day ~

All this beautiful sunshine is making me want to head for the lawn and garden store, but instead, I refilled my bird feeders and enjoyed having all the windows open while spending time with the family and doing laundry. I’ve had extra this week because of bringing our spring clothes out of storage. I need to get a few vacuum storage bags for our winter blankets because we have way too many, Mama Bear loves her blankets, though!! {Grin}
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Simplicity with Technology 

Can simple living include technology? … I say yes {BUT} in moderation, especially when using social media sites which tend to throw a ton of different information in your face as you scroll through your feeds. This can be draining and you may not even realize it’s effect. I know my mind loves information but taking in too much at once is not helpful or productive. These sites need a good cleaning up just as much as our homes do physically. Mental clutter can even lead to a physical mess. (Believe me, I know) … So my challenge to you is to make time today to do a little social media clean-up! The easiest way to do this is to unfollow groups and only to follow your absolute favorite pages. Only keep what you love or is needed, while being mindful to visit your favorites when you like, not just out of habit but because you want to!
A few things I want to work on:

1.  Not using social media first thing in the morning.

2. The mindless scrolling habit.

3. Having things in my feed that aren’t loved or helpful in any way.
The internet is the most complicated form of technology in our homes today, but things like television and phones can cause stress too. Just last night I realized how much phone ringing drives me nuts!! Not only the phone rings but the base is also set to ring as well. So I decided to change things up a bit. I set the base ringer to silent and changed the phone to the least annoying tone available, what a difference it has made!Our phone is now quiet!”

My nerves are no longer frazzled by loud obnoxious ringing! The new tone kind of reminds me of a quiet office space not much going on and a simple call comes through. May sound boring to some but it’s peace to my introvert mind. As for the t.v. I could take it or leave it, this isn’t a problem area for me but if it is for you, my advice would be to keep a guide either bookmarked online or by using an app and watch television with intent not just having it on as background noise, leaving it off when nothing is on will allow your mind to rest and you’ll be able to focus other (more important) things. Good luck if this is one of your bad habits. I know they can be hard to break sometimes but so worth it in the end, just think of all you’ll accomplish.
Please let me know how it goes if you’ve accepted my challenge.  I’d love to know what difference it has made.

~Marie

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A Warm Welcome

Hello everyone, happy first day of SPRING! Well, it’s not so warm here yet but, I wanted to do an introduction to my little space on the web today. I’m praying this blog will bless others but also allow me to keep my thoughts and dreams and life in order. I started blogging in 2009 on Blogger but have recently decided to switch over and start from scratch. So a little about my family, I live with my husband and our two sons in the coal fields of Appalachia and while life hasn’t always been so simple the dream has always been present in my heart. I hope you will join us and subscribe to A Simple Living Dream and also join us on Facebook. With a baby in the house I may be slow with posting at first but Lord willin we shall see how it goes.

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