simple and quick

What’s the sound that Homer Simpson makes?


I had a simple and quick post yesterday for my birthday, and, for some reason, it didn’t get posted.

So…..that’s (for the folks who are keeping track) 3 posts out of over a thousand that I’ve missed.

A post a day can be kind of a ridiculous goal….but I do it to try and stay consistent.

It’s a house of cards in a windy room for me to stay consistent with any of this stuff.

So….a missed day because a button isn’t pushed….or because I didn’t watch the computer to it’s attempted conclusion….is kind of a drag.

To me.

It’s a drag to me.

I don’t think that anybody else notices.

I had a really nice birthday…..tacos and a chocolate cake with a boiled fudge frosting. (Boiled fudge! That’s not easy to do and is pretty delicious.)

I like the low key birthdays.

Even if it means missing a post.

“our first sail on our new yacht….”

It poured yesterday.


And, it was on the “coolish side”, probably in the 60’s, so ,when I got wet, I got chilly.


That’s what delivering the mail is all about…..snow and sleet and rain, etc.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say the phrase, “our first sail on our new yacht.”

That would be crazy to be able to say that.

When I’m in a cold Spring mail run day, I think it would be nice to be cruising out in the Caribbean.

Yesterday, I was just trying to push through to the end, but, this morning, I’m watching a video about sailing around and it all looks pretty good.

Where I am is good.

I have a great life with my family.

I think that it would be fun to do some sailing.

I’ll add that to my list.


manna unappreciated

If you’re going to be an Ebay seller of used merchandise, where are you going to get your stock?

Thrift stores, of course!


I hate that mentality.

We don’t buy to flip.

We buy to use…and, at this point, we only buy what we use.

We don’t always buy what we want, although we still do some of that if the opportunity is too good to pass up.

We buy what we use.

We find less of what we could use….use personally…..because we’re in “competition” with the people who are only buying for resale.

But, I guess that’s their business.

What we find we consider blessings.

We don’t stem the flow of “blessings” by attaching them to a business.

There is a big business in reselling what is found in thrift stores.

With smart phones and always available internet access, it’s easier than ever to instantly research a potential purchase.

It’s distasteful….only because it creates competition with people who have no intention of using an item personally.

Awwww….it’s just sour grapes on my part.

Selling used clothing is still more environmentally friendly than producing and selling new stuff.

It just bothers me that all these dealers are taking useful and affordable stuff and jacking up the price on Ebay.

Dealers are my nemesis.

Greedy dealers.

Filthy lucre.

11 Years in an Earthship…..

Here’s some folks who’ve spent 11 years living in an off-grid earthship.

From the YouTube description::

Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo ( have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows.

Pretty cool.

There are so many interesting ways to live.

There are so many interesting ways to live within the context of a traditional situation.

That’s something to remember….you can do it and still live in a way close to what people consider “normal”….flying under the radar.

Whatever you do… under the radar.

St. Maries Lavender Farm….

Here’s the Young Living Lavender Farm just up the road from some property that we own in Idaho.


It is so beautiful here.

It is so freaking amazing and beautiful out there….trout streams that are outrageous….big vistas….THE WEST!!!!

And…..a bunch of lavender.

How cool is that?

It’s a good thing to travel.

Hmmmmmm….it is really good, isn’t it?

Bill Nye (the science guy)….and climate change

How’d this get to be such a strangely politically divided issue?

Is it that we can’t find ourselves able to accept that we have an effect on our environment?

Or is something bigger at play?

Is there money involved?

Is changing some of our habits going to affect someone else’s profits?

It would be bad to get in the way of someone’s profits…..right?

Something big must be at stake.

Maybe something like….OUR WORLD?!!!!

Awwwwww, who cares, anyway?

I’ll just go to WalMart and buy another pair of short pants if it really hits the fan and starts trying to burn us all out.

I hate politics.