Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Since March

I posted my very first blog at the end of March. My, how things have changed. In that first post, I introduced myself and invited all of you along on my journey towards a healthier, simpler and more sustainable life. At the time, I had no idea what that would entail, nor did I realize that that kind of lifestyle is not a destination to be arrived at but truly an ongoing journey that will never really be finished and will always be evolving. A simple task that I completed last night made me stop and think "whoa!" Look how far I've come!

The aforementioned task was mending. Yes, mending. While on my 60 mile walk last month, I purchased some flannel pajama bottoms because a) the were super cute b) my Mom, Aunt and friend Marilyn all had a pair and they wanted me to match, and c) it was freakin' FREEZING and the sleepwear I had packed was not sufficient. I wore them on the walk, brought them home and washed them. When I went to hang them out, I noticed a large hole, right along the seam, like the serger they used to finish the hem wasn't threaded properly. I wasn't very happy. The pants were "charity priced" meaning outrageous, and I had only worn them twice! I pinned them on the line and stomped inside, cursing shoddily made garments and wasted cash.

As I was putting my laundry basket back in the laundry room and digging for a pair of scissors to make rags out of my ruined pajama pants, a light bulb went off in my head. I can fix them. Me. I know how to fix them! I had never mended anything before and the things I really wanted to save laid in wait until my Mom or my mother in law were visiting. But I know how to sew now (well, I use the phrase "know how to sew" loosely) and I could fix them. I threaded my machine, pinned up the hole, sewed it up and they were good as new.
The whole process took me less than five minutes. FIVE MINUTES. Before March, I would have cut them up for rags or thrown them away. The simple act of mending my own pants gave me more satisfaction than I can describe. Certainly more gratifying than going out and purchasing another pair. When I make my kids a sandwich with jelly that I made, or dress my kids in Mama made clothes, or treat my husband's cold with eucalyptus oil and honey, my heart soars. This is the life I want to live. Simple and sustainable. I'm not perfect. I still have a long way to go. But wow. Look how far I've come!


  1. I love it!! Thanks for sharing your journey - I love your blog!

  2. It's so true! I always give my kids new pjs on Christmas eve...this year I bought plain tops, which I will potato stamp to match the little flannel pants I sewed last week! I'm thrilled to be giving them (at least half)handmade pjs, like my mom used to give us. There is beauty and value in learning old skills that save money and the environment! Love following your journey.

  3. Inspiring! It is always fun to look at the small victories and realize just how quickly they add up to a whole new way of thinking.
    Keep it up!

  4. You sound like me lol,isn't the simple life,which isn't always so simple,the greatest life of all. Your blog is inspiring and I am sitting here knitting,which I learned yesterday and enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work. I will click on some ads for you:)