Hello, Dear Readers
My writing on this blog has been sporadic in the past year and here is why, I quit my job.
After twenty-five years working as a children’s librarian and high school librarian, I needed a big change. Working in schools is mentally and physically exhausting. And I don’t mean the kids. My first stirrings of needing a change started back in 2003. I was staring out the window at an afternoon winter sky, watching the sun go down. I was in yet another endless committee meeting, that could have been summoned up in a short memo and emailed. As the sun sank, I watched time slip away never to return.
While looking out the window, the words of wisdom my grandfather, told me before he passed on to another existence in 2002, were swirling around my head. He said to me, “Always have a side business that the government doesn’t know about and your boss can’t touch”. And he and my grandmother did have their own side business when I was growing up. So in 2003, I started my own side gig as a home-based bookseller of hard-to-find, collectible, and out-of-print books. My grandfather was right. My side gig came in handy when I decided to leave my last job.
As I have shifted to a home-based life, I’ve changed the way I think and how I do things. I spend way less money, want a faction of the material things I did before, and I am much happier and more at peace. It hasn’t all been easy, but overall very good.
Greatly expanding my business, registering with the state, filling out forms, finding stock, and ten thousand other tasks is the main reason I haven’t posted very often, but, now I have the space and time to do so.
Cottage Garden Life
In looking over my blog, I realized there were some key topics I haven’t written about but want to soon. These topics explain why, as a friend said to me, “Such a small garden, but there is so much going on.” My garden is in a particular style commonly called, “Cottage Gardening”. My study of Cottage Gardening led me to gardening with native plants, which attracted bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, snakes, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a host of spiders, insects, fungi, etc., to my tiny Philadelphia garden. In the future there will be posts on cottage gardening, how these gardens relate to human history, the role native plants have always played in cottage gardening, and a philosophy I call, “Cottage Garden Life”.
In the Future
So, you will see a gentle expanding of the topics covered on this blog. I will continue to write about those things that leave me breathless such as a spider building a web or the role thunder plays in the cycle of life. I will still include the occasional recipe and plant lists. It will just expand a bit to include more topics about living in harmony and balance with the natural world.
I enjoy writing this blog and am very excited to see what I can do in the coming months and years. Thank you for reading.