Public opinion

I really like quotes. I have re dedicated myself to read the classics, when I have time, so I picked up Walden. It has been 3 days but I have made it to page 20. I know but I honestly don’t have the leisure time to sit and read. I have become more of a car schooler then a homeschooler with all the running around we do. But here is a quote I really enjoyed.

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man (or woman) thinks of himself (herself), that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his (her) fate.
Henry David Thoreau.

I really enjoyed it and wanted to share.

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Perspective, Passion and Pitfalls

I have not blogged in a while and that is because I didn’t have anything positive to say. I couldn’t bring myself to come on here and blog about the negative aspects of my life. But let me tell you a very wise lesson I learned yesterday.  Pick up an object you can easily hold in your hand such as a pencil or a penny. Actually a penny works best for this analogy.

Now close one of your eyes and bring that penny right up to in front of your still opened eye. Now try to focus on the penny. You can’t really because it is too close. But with that penny right in front of your eye try to focus on what is behind it. Again you can’t really the penny is blocking the view. So we  can’t really focus on the penny and we can’t really focus on what is behind the penny.

The Penny represents the trials we sometimes face in life and what can happen if we obsess and focus too much on one specific trial. Which is what I had been doing and it had been stopping me from blogging, writing in general, and basic things that bring me happiness.

That trial is my poverty. We are broker than broke. I am not asking for money just a sympathetic ear. We are too broke to have a budget because we never know how much income we are going to receive so we can’t budget and honestly the meagerness that we do have is ridiculous and gone right away. So that is just my trial, the one I have been focusing on. The Penny right in front of my eye.

What am I learning in this trial you ask? Well let me tell you.

1. I am learning that I have a bit of pride and find it hard to accept charity.

2. I am learning that my self-worth is tied up with being broke. I have no monetary value therefore I must have no personal value. (flawed I know)

3. That I am a creative person. I have learned to make things I would never have learned. Such as sewing, making yogurt, making a healing salve for cuts, bruises, bites, and general skin related first aid. Making homemade bread, homemade tortillas, and homemade meatballs. All not very hard but something I took for granted before.

I watched a  TED talk that I found inspiring. It is  12 minutes long I hope you enjoy it. 

He talks about ways to be happy and gives a 21 day program to turn your life around.  I think I will give it a try.

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Motivation and Timing

I often wonder why I can’t have the same kind of motivation at 2pm that I have at 2 am?

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Wonderbox Cooker

I made a wonderbox cooker. What is a wonderbox cooker you ask? Well it is an interesting thing that helps to finish cooking your food therefore using less energy and less fuel. You bring your food to a boil for a few minutes then place it in the Wonder box cooker to finish.

As you can see the pot fits in snugly, and the food is insulated for hours. I have used mine to make yogurt and oatmeal so far. I plan on using it for potatoes and rice in the future. One website said you can make bread in it. I wonder if I am that brave.

The lid goes on over the pot.

I would give you a fantastic tutorial on how I made one but honestly why reinvent the wheel? Here are a few Fantastic links of GREAT tutorials on how to make your own.

The great story of wonderbox cookers is that they were invented or thought of in South Africa in the 70’s to help women cook with little fuel by charity called Compassion.

Those sites also have links on where to buy one if you are a busy person or don’t feel you have the sewing skills necessary to make one. OR you could go here

They also keep food cold if you are going on a long trip or a day hike.

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“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Missing Summer

“In summer, the song sings itself.”  William Carlos Williams

The Weather is nice today. But I miss Summer.

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The Etsy Plunge

I did It I got an Etsy shop. Come visit me there.

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