It seems every few months I go through a bit of a metamorphosis. Age related? Current political climate related? Who knows.
Last summer’s lobster season was not what we expected. A low catch, combined with a low price, equals a paring down of sorts. This situation, though alarming at first, was welcomed as a catalyst for change.
After realizing that the usual October Boost of lobsters was not happening, and the panic subsided, I remembered an article I read about a local family. This family had moved to a neighboring town, not far from me, from the suburbs of a large city. In the article the husband had said that they lived in a typical suburban house, a two income family, working all hours to pay for their stuff. After having their two sons, they suddenly looked at their situation and asked themselves what in the world were they doing. They worked and worked to pay for what? Their kids were in daycare, they were rarely together as a family. What was the point?
The wife began researching different “housing” ideas and stumbled on yurts. To make a long story short, they ended up buying land and building their own yurt which they live in year round. We’re in MAINE, remember? It’s COLD here in the winter, below 0 at times, and yet they live snugly in their yurt.
Anyway, something prompted me to find that article and re-read it. “We wanted to live deeply.” the wife had said… Live deeply…
Suddenly I got to thinking. What does “live deeply” mean? I pondered that thought for several days and then took a pencil and wrote down my thoughts in a list. Here is my list:
What does it mean to “live deeply”?
- Outside in nature every day – barefoot
- Hiking weekly or more
- Get rid of excess, essentially USELESS stuff
- Sourdough bread
- Planting and growing our own food
- Preserving harvest
- Sewing quilts, curtains, skirts, etc
- Crafting. Making instead of buying
- Shopping local – coop, farmsteads, etc
- paring down to necessities or as close to that as possible
- Read more
- Learn foraging
- Make Do or Do Without
I am still adding to this list as we go through the winter.
We had a mostly “homemade Christmas”. I sewed a skirt for Mary Anne out of 6 inch random squares and a pair of Steve’s old worn out jeans. Abigail received 3 patchwork “chicken” pillows for her bed, using the same fabrics from Mary Anne’s skirt. And I knitted Hannah a prayer shawl plus I made her a recipe book I entitled Home – its got family favorite recipes and how-to’s. She’s 18 and probably leaving The Nest within a few months…
We’re planning various “homestead” projects for the Spring, such as creating another garden bed and re-vamping the chicken coop. I’m also going to sew curtains for the kitchen out of an old quilt I found in my grandmother’s house many years ago. Some of the fabric has “given way” but I can fix that and then make valances and panels out of what’s there.
We’re also on a quest to unplug as much as possible. I know, I know…here I am BLOGGING. As in, ONLINE. I’m setting serious limits, however, on everyone in this house. Read more, get outside more, GET OFF the devices!!
I feel more at peace than I have in years.
What would you add to this list? What does “live deeply” mean to you? What comes to mind? Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say. <3