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What I Like Most About Living Simply

Sunrise at Earthaven Eco-villageEven though this stage of our lives is only a little over a month old now I can honestly say that I do not miss any of the things we parted with and I do not miss anything we left behind. I’m finding living in community with the people here at Earthaven Ecovillage to be quite nice. In many ways it’s more like what I’ve felt living should feel like.  There is definitely  a sense of community. And even though each of us are unique personalities there is a kindred spirit. While making a life change like this might not be for everyone, it sure feels right for me.

Some things I’ve noticed so far that work well for me are walking out my front door and seeing my friendly neighbors every day. Listening to the sounds in the neighborhood; the lack of car and traffic noise, the Robins, Carolina Wrens and Eastern Phoebe’s singing at dawn, the wind blowing through the trees, the stillness of the winter air (when it’s still here it’s extremely still), the sound of footsteps of those passing by (people walk here!)… right now, it is so quiet I can hear Bandit breathing and Kitty’s little feet pattering across the floor.

The sound of wood crackling in the woodstove, the type of heat the woodstove produces. I also much prefer cooking my food over heat from wood, the energy of it feels more soul-healthy than other forms of cooking heat. Continue reading

Evelyn Vincent Evelyn Vincent

Native Plant Landscaper, Gardener, Labyrinth Design, Feng Shui Practitioner,  Aromatherapy / Essential Oils, Big Fan of Nature and Living Simply.

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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Silence

Ohiyesa - Dr. Charles Eastman- Santee SiouxSilence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence…

If you ask him: “What is silence?” he will answer “It is the Great Mystery. The holy silence is his voice.”

If you ask: “What are the fruits of silence?” he will say: “They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.”

Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Eastman)

1858 – 1939

Santee Sioux

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My Eco Oasis - the hub for what will be a network of many ecovillages.

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~Albert Einstein

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear

The Training of Children

Luther Standing BEarTraining began with children who were taught to sit still and enjoy it. They were taught to use their organs of smell, to look where there was apparently nothing to see and to listen intently when all was seemingly quiet.

Luther Standing Bear

(1868-1939)

Oglala Sioux Chief

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Curt SitersCurt Siters

Webmaster

Shoals Creek Village - a new build intentional community.

My Eco Oasis - the hub for what will be a network of many ecovillages.

Big fan of living simply

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~Albert Einstein

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear

Laundry – at least the drying thereof

Growing up I loved laundry day – not because I love doing laundry, but because in the summers mother would hang clothes out on the line to dry. The smell was fantastic and I loved climbing into bed at night because the sheets were so soft.

One of the great things about drying clothes on the line is that it costs nothing in the way of energy. It does take a bit of time on your part, but it is well worth the time spent.

This winter, in Western North Carolina, it has been a bit on the cold side which makes drying clothes on the line a bit harder, if not almost impossible. The water would freeze or the clothes would not dry during the short daylight. This prompted me to start experimenting on how to dry clothes on the line in cooler weather.

Here is what I have come up with:

  • If possible have 2 clothes lines – each perpendicular to two of the prevailing wind directions – but as close as possible to facing south as you can manage.
  • Have a washer that wrings/spins as much water as possible out of the clothes as can be managed – Bosch front loading washers do an incredible job.
  • When hanging the clothes, use a separate clothes pin for each sock.
  • With underwear, use 2 clothes pins if possible. If not use the pin to attach the waistband of the seat of the undies to the line with the front hanging open to the prevailing wind.
  • For shirts and jackets the open on the front, hang so that the opening faces the prevailing wind.
  • Pants need to be hung so the zipper opens to the prevailing wind and need to be hung with the waistband up.

I have not yet figured out a way to dry the armpits of long sleeve shirts without draping the arms over the line and taking up more room than needed.

These are just some simple tips for drying laundry on the line in cooler weather.

When clothes come of the line they may seem a little stiff, but a simple shake will soften them up quick!

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Curt SitersCurt Siters

Webmaster

Shoals Creek Village - a new build intentional community.

My Eco Oasis - the hub for what will be a network of many ecovillages.

Big fan of living simply

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~Albert Einstein

Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear

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