Less is More

January 11, 2012

winter light, christmas day 2011

happy wednesday!

so far we have received no snow this winter in north central illinois. in fact the last couple of days have been spring-like!  spending time outdoors yesterday, i remember thinking ‘this is how i feel in the spring’ you know what i mean? spring fever? the last 2 nights, richard and i have taken moonlight hikes. last night, we ventured a little ways into the nature reserve; it was easy to see the path under the moon’s silvery light. thanks mr.moon!

i wonder what it would be like to be able to see at night like a nocturnal creature?



here is a list of items i’ve been living without for a while now:


cell phone

my blog!

i really don’t miss tv, but i tend to get too isolated without some sort of news source. right now my main source of news is public radio and our local newspaper.

i do not miss my cell phone at all. it was too intrusive. not just intrusive for me, i’m sure i’ve been intrusive to others too.

what i have missed is my blog.  also, i lost touch with photography. it’s a new and unusual change for me to me not to want to get out with the camera. i’m hoping to take more photos of people. as for nature, there is a huge opportunity here for some very scenic photos. it will be a big moment for me is when i get my first eagle photo.



living with less plastic:

ok, i know that sometimes a plastic bag comes in handy. instead of buying those horrible zip lock bags packaged in a paper box (recyclable), try reusing plastic bags that other food items have come in. there are produce bags in a variety of different sizes; all the way from 5 or 10 lb. potato bag down to a radish bag. bread bags are great! i’ve managed to collect a nice assortment of bags that can be used multiple times. just wash them out in some soapy water and dry or hang to dry.

look around your kitchen and see what items can be reused or repurposed.

better yet, leave a comment about how you recycle or repurpose or  (best of all) do without.

good luck!




3 Responses to “Less is More”

  1. Laura Says:

    Wonderful post about the moonlight walk. Since I’m a little new to your blog, I may have missed something about why you’ve been living without your camera or tending your blog; except now you’re obviously writing and plan to continue photography…
    I heartily agree with ‘doing more with less’. Cell phones are definitely over-rated, and the process for obtaining rare earth / “conflict” minerals for electronics is obviously a huge consideration here, but will you actually stop your blog to get away from 21st century technology?
    Anyway, I’m just trying to get caught up with your thinking here. =^)
    I really enjoy reading your blog.
    PS I thought I was serious about recycling when I started buying the large containers of yogurt instead of the individuals and I got a Soda Stream a year and a half ago so we didn’t use so many cans or two liter bottles… HA! Hardly going without! (I’ll get more determined.)

  2. Laura Says:

    Oh, and I also switched to BRITA pitchers for all the household drinking water, using stainless water bottles for portability and stopped buying plastic water bottles about 4 years ago.

    • julayne Says:

      hi laura,

      great comments.

      yes, i’m catching up on the blog after being away for a while. the move to illinois has totally distracted me.

      congrats for being aware! plastic bottles (especially water) are a tough one, nicely done. think of all of the plastic you have kept out of the landfill!



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