Given the chance, I do like to remind people hooked up to the grid just how incredibly cheap their hydro is. A brief mental calculation about how much power an appliance requires for its operation, multiplied by the current cost of electricity, usually reveals it to only be pennies per use. Strangely, I have never … Read more
Is it work if you enjoy it so much?
It’s hard to define exactly why we are doing what we are doing. Our motivations and expectations can change from month to month and year to year. I’m not sure if this is true for everyone, but I suspect it is part of the human condition. As far as being in nature, and close to … Read more
This has been quite a Christmas and New Year’s period here on the homestead. Just before we were to leave for the sunny south, we realized that not only were the drain lines in the sauna frozen, so too were the water line from the well, as well as the drain line in the cabin. … Read more
So on Monday after compiling my woes, I did make a small effort to count my blessings. I moaned about having to purchase firewood now that I can’t drive the tractor back into the bush. You can only imagine the wash of feelings that came over me when I returned to the yurts last night … Read more
As we go through our belongings and decide what to pack for the move and what to give away, I’m looking at our books with a new focus, asking: Will I read this book before we move? (Trying to be realistic about the limited time left here.) Do I want to pack and move this … Read more
I was talking to a neighbour the other day, and they related how they had recently left a job that they really needed and enjoyed, because their boss was making sexist and insulting comments directly to them. I really admired their ability to take a stand for both themself, and humanity in general. … Read more
I’ve recently been discussing my friend’s upbeat mood and outlook in the face of recent adversity. One of the nice things about our friendship is that while we can be apart on how we philosophize about the world as it is, and as it may be, we still get along famously. (At least, I believe … Read more