Is Slow Living Bliss?

Heidi kumquat small

Heidi kumquat small, not Heidi@lightlycrunchy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 To say that Heidi @ lightlycrunchy is my favourite blogger would not be true. But she is in the upper tier of my favourites. I have never been one to have a best friend, but lots of best friends, as I never like to be exclusive. (Now whether these people feel the same about me may be a different story). Heidi is one of my best friends. Not just blog friends, as I think that is a good term, but one that categorizes people in a sort of arm’s length way. Nope, Heidi sent me a present after I admired something that she knit (a pretty Christmas-y dishcloth). No fuss, no bother—she just sent it. I have it tucked away in a drawer to bring out next Christmas to festively hand wash my dishes.

 I read every one of her posts as soon as they show up in my email, and I love her sense of humour – she turns a highly informative and useful blog into one that is enjoyable and funny. She never preaches, she just tells us what she does. She never criticizes and she is humble about her many accomplishments from cooking to sewing, knitting to growing a fantastic garden and then using the harvest in all manner of ways, to holding down a job and mothering her two girls, and bragging about her husband.

I admire her and I admire the fact that at the end of every month, no matter how busy she is she does a roundup of what the month held using terms she gleaned from Slow Living Essentials. Now when you go to her site and read her monthly round-ups, you will see that they are full of substantial entries, of things she and her family and friends and relatives did that month to fulfill the key subjects set out by Slow Living.

In my own way, I am going to attempt the same, but instead of month end, I am going to start this month of March with some goals set by using the subject titles: Nourish; Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Repair; Green; Grow; Create; Discover; Enhance; and Enjoy.

Nourish:

I am going to make a meal from a bona fide new recipe this month and not just recycle my tried and true off the cuff recipes. I am also going to continue my “If It Is Saturday, It Must Be Recipe Day” post.

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International Recycling Symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Repair:

I am going to get my blue and red boxes to the curb this week. After missing two pick-ups (which are every other week) – I have a mound of recyclables on my back porch. By finally getting this stuff out to the curb I will repurpose my back porch—as I will be able to find it again. I will repair the back pockets on a pair of my jeans and a pair of John’s jeans, and fix my son’s game carrier—the elastic strap is broken.

Green:

I am going to recycle my recyclables. I am perhaps going to use a hint or two from Heidi, but don’t hold your breath on this one.

Remember back in the ‘90’s when all the rage was to buy green products etc? I am going to restart my earlier enthusiasm for this, and try my hand at making some green products. My sister has given me a teeth whitening recipe of 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda—so perhaps I will give that a whirl.  She says to only use it once a week, with your regular toothpaste.

Grow:

This one is difficult, as I have a black thumb, and not from lovely luscious humus. I will start small—maybe a violet. I have been known to be able to keep these alive. Our back garden will probably come to life down the road, but it is too soon for that.

Create:

I call writing creating, so I will continue writing. But I am thinking of getting back into my cut and paste phase—I may make some cards (something I love to do) and get back into scrapbooking. I create a lot of messes, but I do not think this counts. I love to create little vignettes around the house—and since it is time to replace the snowmen with something a little less wintry—I will be doing a little interior decorating.

Discover (magazine)

Discover magazine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Discover:

This one is easy. I am a curious soul, so discovering is something I love to do. I am planning on spending an afternoon in my local library to write an article about it for my weekly newspaper column. I visit the library often, but do not spend a lot of time there in one sitting. I want to discover what goes on there and what I may be missing.

Enhance (Community):

As the municipal reporter for our local paper, I like to think I enhance the community by writing up articles that inform the residents of what is going on in the town and what they should be expecting.

Enjoy:

This can take in so many things—do not think I will make a prediction here.

So, at the end of the month, I will write up an end of the month round-up, and we will see what we will see. Thanks for the idea Heidi. Join me if you like.

Can slow living (my definition: mindful living) be the answer to our bliss?

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  1. I’m going to check Heidi out! Sounds like a wonderful blogger. I also love the idea of recycling, re-using and generally being conscious about our impact on this planet.

  2. I follow Heidi too.. she is awesome.
    Your ideas are awesome, too. If I weren’t on the edge of starting a major project in my home, I would join you. Maybe I will just pick a couple of them.
    Good luck. Looking forward to hearing all about your projects.

  3. It must be catching – I’ve missed recycling pick-up for the last two weeks too (shh..). I’ll make it this week, I’m certain. There will just be more bins for the guys to pick up, that’s all.

    I’d love to get back into scrapbooking too – for the first 6 years of the kid’s lives I made elaborate scrapbooks for them.. and then it stopped altogether. Hopefully they will be able to take pictures off of my blog someday. :) I should really start printing out some photos and putting them in books again – or at least printing them out as a book, as I’ve seen done (it’s probably cheaper).

    And thanks for the compliment! I was just watching Fried Green Tomatoes and there was a line near the end – “the most important thing in life is friends – best friends”. It’s true. I don’t have a lot of friends that live close by anymore, but I’m happy that the world is shrinking and that I have found friends like you through blogging.

    • we are going to be busy girls this week–I should start carrying the stuff out now…………
      nice of the world to shrink down and provide us with good friends through our blogging

  4. I couldn’t agree with you more about Heidi LouAnn…she’s awesome! I love that you are doing a version of her slow living. I’ve been inspired by it myself :) Two awesome bloggers in my opinion: LouAnn & Heidi. Thanks to you both.
    *anna

  5. Slow living sounds good to me. I’ve been green or doing my best to live a mindful life for awhile….but you have given me a few good ideas Lou.

    • thanks Peg — cannot imagine though what ideas I gave you, but that is good to hear

  6. I too follow Heidi and look forward to her posts. Heidi was actually my very first commenter on my blog so she holds a special place for encouraging me to keep on keeping on. I like the twist you have added to the slow living month by month process, I never realized just how busy life was until I took part last year.

    • I love reading your end of the month round up too and your Fridays, and well your in-betweens–if someone is lving the slow living (mindful) life it is you

  7. i subscribed to heidi after seeing her comments here on your site ~ i like the homey feel of her entries and am inspired to make things like vanilla salt scrub and take up knitting again!

  8. My smart mouth answer to your title is “I wouldn’t know.” But you’ve got some great ideas here.

    • I know what you mean–that is why I am going to give it a try as I think I have not been living as mindful as I should

  9. This is such an inspiring post… time to examine my own life and habits… thank you LouAnn

    • we do need to stop and look sometimes don’t we–I am a novice in this area

  10. Wonderful philosophy. I try to be mindful, often. In the simplest of times … i.e. just sitting with my husband in the evening watching some of his favorite detective shows…. those are the moments of life. I try to be mindful and appreciative. On my way to check out your blogging friend. :)

    • those are the moments that count….being mindful and appreciative–a good philosophy

  11. Writing is totally creating. No doubt about it.

  12. I’m a fan of Heidi and her slow living is an inspiration to me too. I keep meaning to emulate her and really should – for my own good and that of those around me! I’ll go back to her most recent summary and take down the headings again
    All the best to you :)

  13. Like you Heidi is one of my favourite people….The fact that she has M.S. and still manages to do all that she does amazes me…Hope your endeavors all come to fruition…you sound like you are really motivated…I’m sure they will…Diane

  14. great great post. inspirational as always.


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