Thursday, January 12, 2012


I have been struggling with what to do next. I don't know that it is a real attachment to stuff or just a lack of motivation on my part. I also tend to say "What if?" a lot. I have been talking to my wife and she has got on the band wagon. She has added a pile of clothes to the couch. We have also added a few books.

Saturday morning my wife decided to try to motivate me. She worked on the kitchen cabinet a little. I think our son took most of the extra cookware off to college with him. Which turned out to be a good thing since he has no roommates at the present moment.

I have thought about simplify and realized that we have also been simplifying our life by "downsizing" our activities. We try not to say we will be at three or four things all in the same day. Then you feel rushed all day long and don't enjoy any of the things you do. We try to really enjoy the people in our lives more than just the events also. I don't know if that makes since to some of you. We tend to go to a lot of stuff around town. We are big supporters of BUY LOCAL. In fact, I have a blog for that as well.

I hope to get some soil and start setting up to start seeds for my garden soon. I also hope to enjoy my garden more this year. I want my garden to help simplify my life, not add stress to it.
Most of my backyard garden.
My wife may kill me for this...

I am hoping to get a few friends together (a few times) this Summer and have dinners with nothing but things from our gardens (and maybe some local wine). Sorry, my grapes are still to young to produce enough for wine.

Every grape that grew this Summer is in this picture... 

We did a community garden plot last year. We didn't spend the kind of time there I had hoped. (I knew we wouldn't so we only planted corn). The few times we made it and got to visit with others, I really enjoyed it. I am hoping we do it again this year and get to enjoy it even more.
Starting our plot at the ISU Community Garden.

Our corn got taller than any other corn at the garden. To bad it didn't out produce the other corn.

The weeds did well in the hot, dry Summer.

Also, I am hoping to get some people interested in bike camping. We did it a few times last year. It is so much fun. Of course you have to like riding and camping. And it's a bonus for me because it allows for a good excuse to do a digital sabatical. Also, I can usually get some good pictures. Yes, I have a lot of hobbies.
Our camp site for the weekend, minus our tent.
 (it's off to the right of this picture)

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