It has been oppressively hot and humid for most of the past few weeks so I’ve been spending all my time inside. I’ve been working quite a bit on the basement and weeding out more stuff. I’m rapidly approaching my total of 1000 things to get rid of for the year and it’s only July!
I had a guest post over at Not So Formulaic. I hope you will hop over to Ginny’s site and read:
I completed two reviews I think you’ll find interesting:
We had a good conversation in the comments about minimalism in response to my post Why I Reject Minimalism and Embrace My Cozy Living History.
I wrote a post on 11 Lists of 11 Things from 11 Years of Motherhood.
I’ve been working on my Amazon recommendations, getting them organized to make them more helpful.
I made a new online friend! Dean Abbott is starting a new endeavor called The Quieter Life which he introduced with Turning Toward The Quieter Life (and said something very kind about what I do here at a time when I really needed the encouragement). I’m looking forward to reading more by him. If you are on Twitter, he has some excellent quotes in his feed such as these:
You will never reach a new level of maturity so long as your thinking is driven by the need to justify or protect yourself rather than by a desire to arrive at the truth.
Living a traditional life is not about what is past, but about what is eternal.
I feel like I am being moved away from writing so much about the culture and to begin writing more about virtue, relationships and the quiet life. This feels scary and like a big risk. I once would have assumed that meant I should avoid it, now I take it as a sign to move ahead.
The higher a person’s place in this hierarchy, the quieter and more sane his life will be. Therefore, the desire for a more sane, stable, quiet life is little more than a desire to move up the problem solving hierarchy through the acquisition of skills, discipline and knowledge.
Many people have been fooled into thinking the purpose of life is to pursue a big life of fame and adventure, but happiness comes from a small, focused, ordered life of steady growth.
A lot of being a mature man is knowing what not to care about.
Is it okay if I call a man a kindred spirit? Or is that just a girl thing?
I uploaded many new activities in my printables shop including these calendar activities.
I hope you will tell me a bit about your summer so far in the comments!
Thank you for the link and for the kind words, Sallie.
Hi Dean! You’re welcome! Glad to meet you and look forward to reading what you have to say in the days ahead.
My summer consists of hot and humid baseball, Baseball, and more BASEBALL.
Thankfully, I LOVE baseball. Not so much the heat and humidity.
This summer has been truly awful in the heat and humidity department. The past three weeks I have barely left the house. Maybe once a week to go to an appointment I have to keep. That’s it. You are a brave woman if you are going to baseball games in this weather!
We’re mid-winter here in New Zealand, and there have been some blue, crisps days. Glad to see you back! I have been reading your back-log of unschooling/homeschooling posts, and I have been so encouraged. Thank you!
Oh, I envy you being in the mid-winter right now. LOL! Soooo tired of the heat and humidity this summer. I’m so pleased you are enjoying the older posts and finding them encouraging. It always blesses me to hear that.
Thank you so much for your kind words and link to my blog! You made me smile!
I can imagine all the time and hard work you’re putting into The Cottage. The screenshot looks very attractive. I’ll watch out for the launch date!
You are very welcome! I’m enjoying working on The Cottage although I’m to the point I want to launch it and share it with others. Hopefully next week. I hope people will love it and find it helpful. I’m really pleased with what I’m creating.