“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” ~Elise Boulding

had to borrow this wonderful quote from Mia

We So Cal folks aren’t used to weather.  Yep, word is that we are spoiled and we haven’t a clue what to do when weather happens.   But for us weather is good, weather forces us to change routines, get creative and perhaps tackle projects that have been on the “to do list” for ages.

Jammin in the kitchen

Blood orange marmalade

Sunshine in a jar

Fixer up. Tackling the middle bedroom / craft room

Thrift store score Two cute little cabinets

Free, "found on the side of the road shutters." Jordanne's using them to build a "closet" in our bedroom

Keeping the house tidy

Enjoying home life

As the year comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on steps taken and look forward to future journey’s that are just around the bend.

I am hoping during this down town between holidays to FINALLY post pics of our family’s trip to New Zealand back in early summer of this year.  We traveled to “Middle Earth”  to attend a film festival for a showing of Homegrown Revolution and while there took a road trip back to see the old homestead were I was born!

Oh, for those of you who are visiting relatives in the area and are emailing and calling inquiring about stopping by.  Yes, the front porch stand is open Sun-Fri (close Sat) from 10 am – 5 pm.

We love meeting new people and we do personally see to each and every customer.

Thank you to our readers who sent us cards, email and a box of chocolates.  It’s so nice to receive letters and gifts, they really make our day.

Blessings and happy holidays to you all.


  1. Ginger says:

    We didn’t get to take our planned trip out there. Wahhh. Your marmalade is teasing me, but maybe it’s for the best. Can’t eat sugar anymore…..I love all your innovative ideas and how lovely and frugally you decorate. Happy Sun Day hopefully soon. Seattle is my next stop, where we won’t see the sun for weeks and weeks. No worries…I’ve all sort of projects planned and am going to grow greens indoors still.

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