Preparing for winter ( see I dodged the oh so obvious “winter is coming” title) and a recipe for super great brown rice!

Winter is coming (ha ha so funny bordering hilarious) and we are preparing for it by  making sure our house is rain proof and leak proof, the pantry is full and the wood is waiting for the fire-place. (I don’t believe the wood is waiting for anything to say the truth, least of all to […]

Early retirement Jitters-dealing with my ego.

Early retirement has been my goal (and my dream) for a very long time now. I was “welcomed to the machine” as pink floyd say when I was 20, (during my university years) -that is if you don’t count temp jobs as a teenager.  That is a frightening number -30 years of labor. *Working from […]

Why (and how) I stopped wearing any makeup-and a frugal tip!

I celebrated my 50th birthday at a vipassana course. read here why and how: The birthday presents I gave myself-part 1. Quite naturally , so to speak, I wore no make up during the 10 day course, and this was a big deal for me, I must admit. Up untill then, I wore make up every […]

How I encourage myself to drink more water -and it has nothing to do with any apps!

Water is basic stuff. I mean we all know it- we cannot survive without it- but since daily life for most of us offers so many other thirst quenching options, there needs to be a reminder from time to time of this wonderful green, organic, healthy, frugal substance. I’ve seen people where I work that […]

yoga! yoga? what the **** is crow pose???

This is a crow. I mean- fine. so he is standing on his 2 feet and looking at you. There I was, doing really good on my (great!) down dog yoga app ( My 7 days a week exercize routine- all for 30$ a month (!?)). moving up the ladder from beginner 2 to intermediate […]

Living in a (fairly )small house and how I upgraded my toilet for (almost) 0$

We live in a fairly small home. 117 square meters. we have a nice big garden that we had no intention of destroying in order to build more rooms so we can accumulate more stuff. We have 3 children we raised for most of their lives in this small house. 2 of them are now […]

Can you always be prepared?

I am a control freak. Plain and simple. ok maybe it’s not that simple but there it is. *I am also an introvert, which in my experience complicates things even more, since I rely only on myself to help myself-and have a great deal of trouble asking anyone for help. (I can prove I am […]