The Coin Toss Law

I read about something called the “Coin Toss Law” in Cashing In on the American Dream by Paul Terhorst. Paul says, “Simplify your life by having only the things you need or want. Consume less to enjoy life more. Living with this new state of mind...

Frugal living myths

There are a lot of myths that go along with the idea of frugal living. The biggest one, I think, is that frugal living is somehow a sacrifice. But think of frugality in terms of not being wasteful, and your perspective will probably change. Take the little things....

Garden progress & plans

We have been harvesting snap peas over the last few weeks, and it looks like there are still more to come. (There are plenty ripening on the plants now, and new blooms as well.) It’s really gratifying to be able to grow food we can eat. (As a former black thumb,...

Living More with Less

I finished up Living More with Less recently. It’s an older book (from 1980) written by Doris Janzen Longacre, who was a Mennonite. I really enjoyed it and found lots of thought-provoking information in it. It’s written in a format that explains the...

Venturing into composting

We finally ventured into composting the other day. It was simpler than I thought — we just went down to the hardware store and bought a solid-colored plastic bin with with a lid, drilled some holes in the lid, and set the bin in (one of the few) shady spots in...

The art of being perfectly content

A couple in North Dakota unexpectedly became millionaires when oil was found on their property. Their reaction? “We got enough now to buy new stuff,” Lorene said, “but we like our old stuff.” I love that. We like our old stuff. I like MY old...

Everything you need (and want)

“Oh, I have everything I need.” That’s a statement older people often make. Ever tried to buy a grandparent in their 80s a gift, and asked them what they wanted? Chances are that’s exactly what you heard, probably followed by “so...

Gardening results

My gardening experiment went better than I expected, but not nearly as well as I had hoped. Here’s what happened: I started out by planting two Roma tomato plants, one potato (which I didn’t even think to cut up), probably a dozen carrot seeds, some corn...

This is what’s wrong with America

“$500 a month, free gas to drive a billboard”. So goes the headline from this recent article on CNN.com. Jobing.com pays its employees to have their cars wrapped with ads for the company. It’s a great idea that’s a win-win for both parties....

The clueless gardener

Just call me the clueless gardener. (Although I hope to change that.) As you can see above, our corn is doing well. It’s been so great to see it progress from tiny sprouts to where it is today. I hope it continues to shoot up. Our tomato plants are doing pretty...