Friday, July 24, 2015
Katharine Fullerton Gerould ~
The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple.
If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else.
There is not time.
Every night I fall into bed and plan on reading a bit. But I can barely keep my eyes open. Most of the 30 minutes or so of my reading time is spent with the book dropping every few seconds as I keep falling asleep. I finally give up and turn out the light.
The next day, I plunge back into my busy and simple life. That is why this quote made me laugh when I saw it this morning. I enjoy finding ways to save money. I love baking my own bread from scratch. I feel so much satisfaction when I can and process my own foods. But it most certainly is time consuming.
This week alone I canned 10 quarts of dill pickle spears, 10 pints of dill pickle chips, 13 pints of bread and butter pickles, 7 pints of relish, and put up a bushel of corn in the freezer. Then on top of that, I ran around for my business, made meals, did laundry, cleaned bathrooms, practiced music for Sunday with my husband a number of times, and a host of other things.
I love my life. But I'm not sure simple is quite the way to describe it. Fulfilling might be a better word. And that brings me great satisfaction.
Here are some ways I saved this week:
$ My sister gave me about a half bushel of cucumbers for free.
$ I purchased another half bushel for $10 from a farm stand.
$ I purchased a bushel of corn for $18 which came to $ .30 an ear. The cheapest I've seen it in the store is $ .50 an ear.
$ I cut Dan & Nathan's hair.
$ Stephen broke his glasses and I reordered from Zenni Optical online and got them for $19 instead of $150.
$ When it came time to can, I went out to the shed and pulled out canning jars that I've used and saved for years.
$ I continue to live by the philosophy, "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without!"