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Gail Butler
Heartsease Cottage
As a childhood mud-eater (I don't remeber this, but my Mom tells me it was so), I've spent most of my life digging in the dirt - rockhounding, gold prospecting, gardening - and am happiest with my hands in the soil communing with its mysteries.
Interests: Anything "dirt" oriented and writing.
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I have always liked the idea of hearing the clock strike twelve on the last night of the old year.... wakeful to welcome the new year's angel when the old one has winged his flight from us, bearing with him the record of our inner years, its sins and sorrows.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Wishing Everyone all the warmth and joy of the Season! Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Is there such a thing as an eggless eggnog? Should there be? Why not? Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This festive tabbouli is delicious and nutritious! Due to the fact that my several weeks long camping trip was dogged by wind, blizzard, and cold, and few photos were taken, I'll share the high points as an appendage to this blog. The rest consisted of driving, a few hotel stays,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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. In the desert-like area around Yakima, Washington this campground is an oasis of trees and animals, and a quiet, calm spot for people to camp and relax. This large leaf may be from the "big leaf maple" native to Washington State - Acer macrophyllum I've just returned from a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Like a breath of fresh air and the scent of sun-dried sheets, whites and neutrals used as the main colors for your decor create an atmosphere of calm and tranquility. I remember hearing about a decorator who worked with color all day long for her clients. Yet, her own home... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Easy Elegance is all about thinking outside the box - the Big Box store! Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Decluttering is hard work. Time for a break to sip a "Dande-Frappa-Cinno"! I don't drink coffee so I've had to invent a satisfying beverage that I enjoy. I call it a "dande-frappa-cinno". I like frappucinnos, but don't like the caffeine. So..... To make this satisfying sip for one, you'll need:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Can any sacrifice be a loss if what we gain is life enriching and freeing? Instead of a loss, that sacrifice becomes an offering, an oblation, an atonement leading to new and richer, more joyous life. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Simple Graces are usually things and experiences that have little monetary value but constitute blessings and boons that lift one's spirits, delight one's eyes, and warm the heart. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Easy Elegance is simple, minimal, achievable, uncluttered and, well, easy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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A lovely nearby National Park campground was my camping "shakedown" destination. It's been far too many decades (35-years) since I've gone car camping. My last car camping venture was in my Suzuki Samurai for a mapping and mileage gathering trip for my first book, Rockhounding California (formerly Rockhound's Guide To... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Living on a boat is another strategy some have adopted to live un-ordinary lives and thrive within their means. For the non-landlubbers among us, living on a boat is another strategy. Power boats, sail boats, house boats, canal boats (very popular in Europe)...as big or small as your budget and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Motorized minimalism at its most pared down is living in one's car. What?!!! Are you kidding me? No, I'm not kidding. There are happy, content nomads out there that have chosen to live in their sedans and SUV's. Who would do this on purpose?! The answer is both surprising and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Cats on the other hand, are both person- and place-oriented. They love their human/s, but need the security of "place", as well. However, that place can be a mobile one! Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This small schoolie (school bus) makes a nice mobile abode for one or two people. There's likely not a vehicle that cannot be used as a home and is used as such. All that's required are some modifications and eliminating stuff. Of necessity the nomadic lifestyle is minimalist. Yet, that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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A home on wheels. When most of us think of RVing or "fulltiming" we envision an older, retired couple in a motorhome, trailer, or fifth wheel chasing the seasons (snowbirding) from desert to mountain camping sites. There's more to it than that, and the lifestyle is not confined to retirees.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Elective Frugality is the genteel recognition of having acquired enough, and that authentic abundance and real wealth are not money- or thing-based but are instead, Soul-founded. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Automobiles evoke in us feelings and emotions that are aided and abetted by marketers. An automobile is truly more than just transportation! Our vehicles can make us feel good or bad. Invincible or vulnerable. Powerful or humble. Rich or destitute, or that perhaps others are admiring and envious of us.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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It's time to "cross the road", dodge those "debt-potholes", and "jump the curb" to a more sustainable life strategy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This sign used to hang over the walk-in pantry of my old Folk-Victorian farmhouse named, "Heartsease* Cottage". It now hangs as the sole focal point on the entry hall of my condo I've named, "Heartsease Haven". My "simplify" sign is a reminder to maintain simplicity in all I do whether... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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This plaque hangs near my front door as a reminder of two of the elements of an abundant life. By "plenty" I don't mean lots of needless stuff or endless acquisition. For me the concept of "plenty" extends beyond just physical items and possessions. Of course, Elective Frugality means having... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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Elective Frugality is about peace of mind, time to be, and having the luxury of some spare cash! Now there's a novel idea... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at A New Heartsease...
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My Oregon Sugar Pod II peas have grown a lot since they were plants a few weeks ago. This photo of my peas was taken in mid-April when they were mere sprouts. The bare root strawberries now have leaves. Last month my bare root Tribute strawberries from Stark Bros. Nursery... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at A New Heartsease...