Sunday, March 1, 2009

Taking A Break

I'm taking a bit of a break from blogging for the next two weeks.
As a matter of fact, I'm taking a bit of a break from the computer as well!

I've been researching different aspects of sustainable living recently and have come across many exciting ideas that can allow you to become more self sufficient, even in a big city.

My mind has been whirling, trying to figure out how I can put some of these ideas to work in our home. (and in our neighbourhood.)
I've started with the obvious ones, like turning down the furnace, keeping the lights off whenever possible ( I had already switched to compact fluorescent), recycling and so on.
I've also been working hard in the kitchen trying to cook and bake our meals and snacks from scratch, something I did when the kids were small, but which became more difficult as I began to drive full time and started spending a lot of time volunteering.
I'm also working out how to add more room for food gardening in my small space this year, and making plans for preserving the harvest come fall.

What does all this have to do with taking a break from blogging or the computer?

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm finding that the computer is eating up more and more time in my day.
I have to check my e-mails first thing in the morning.
After I walk Jada, I spend time visiting everyone on my favorites list.
Of course, off and on all day I check back to see if there is any mail, or if anyone has posted anything new.
Then it's time to work on my own blog, which generally means some time spent editing pictures and so on, first.
Before you know it, the day is over and large blocks of time were just frittered away.

So. . .

I have come up with a plan.

The computer will stay off all day and won't go on until after the supper dishes are finished.
I will take a quick peek at my e-mails, drop into a few blogs, do any research I might need and then turn off the computer.

It's a radical notion I know but. . .

I want to live life fully and make deliberate choices about how and why I do things.
I want to slow down and take joy in the small things.
I want to just be.

The computer's going off.
The only news I'm going to watch is the local news.
As a matter of fact, for the most part the T.V. will be off as well (for me at least!)

I'll check back with you in two weeks and let you know how things have been going.
If anything exciting or interesting comes up before then I may 'cheat' a bit and drop in to share it with you.

Happy March to you all!


Nola @ the Alamo said...

Enjoy your time away!

Marian said...

Rosa I think that is a very wise idea! I might try it myself; a lot of times the day is done and I have spent most of it on the computer!

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh bummer! What if I turn the temperature down in the greenhouse by 1 degree.....that would save a tone of energy so that you could plug back in? :)

CurtissAnn said...

I will miss you, but you will likely greatly enjoy a break from the computer. I know I did! I returned with a much better handle on using the computer, not letting it use me. :)


Nancy-Mom said...

Eeks Rosa, now I'll have to resort back to reading a book rather than your blog :o( Okay

Enjoy your time away !

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your newly reorganized life. I've come to the same realization that you have...the computer is eating my life away and I don't blog. I just read them. Also, I just got into face book. And, I love Pogo games...I can play for hours at a if I actually have time to waste like that! Good for you! Now, I need to come to the same conclusion as you have and give the thing up. A friend has given it up for Lent! Incredible. Okay...I'm giving it some serious thought! Thanks for the example! Vicky in East Texas

Linda Lou said...

I just found your blog, and I really agree with you and the computer thing, I am addicted to this blogging thing, I have lots of free time, now that I am not working, so I am constantly checking blogs! I am cooking more and more at home which I really enjoy but I need to GET A LIFE!!!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Lovely photos, Rosa! I don't blame you. I don't usually turn the tv on at all except for the evening news. I have to see what's going on in the national news! I can get the weather and such from the internet. I find the house more serene without the blare of it when I'm home alone.

Carla said...

Good for you! I'm currently rewarding myself with computer time too:) Have fun living life (and if you get time, let us know what it is like:)!

Tamara Jansen said...

Sorry I didn't call before I left but it was ridiculously stressfull trying to get our business visa's for this trip.......even had to get new passports in under a couple of hours.

Oh, I need my TUMS!

Rhea said...

Enjoy your break! I always think too much of anything is too much.

Jenny said...

Gorgeous flowers!

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