Friday, February 15, 2008


Hi my name is Marjorie, and I am an English teacher. [Hi Marjorie...]

Sometimes, I don't post, not because I don't have a lot to write about, but because I am afraid I cannot come up with a coherent and well-written post. You can take the composition teacher out of the classroom, but you can't take the red pen out of her head. Or something goofy like that.

So... here, in random order, with no attention to coherence, flow or style, and with no revision or polishing, are a bunch of things that are going on in my life.

1) We are getting ready to move in less than a month. This move is a huge step forward for our family. We will be giving up the house that is too expensive for us and a burden to maintain, and moving to something we can afford. We will be living where I have my garden, which will mean that our lives will be simpler, and that the whole family can be more involved together in producing our own food.

Of course, I have a lot of anxieties and frustrations about the preparations for moving. Part of it is the crazy trap of thinking all of our stuff must be pared down and organized perfectly before we go. I have been alternating between procrastinating, and worrying, and then Freecycling like crazy. Starting tomorrow, I think I'll cut out the procrastinating and worrying and cut straight to the Freecycling and donating and packing.

2) We have been making some huge changes in our financial lives. Maybe, just maybe, we're ready to start living consciously and creatively in this regard, instead of acting like victims.

3) We are taking a Nonviolent Communication parenting class. You may hear a lot more about that in future posts. Right now, we are all struggling to live together in peace and harmony. But I'm beginning to believe that maybe, just maybe, it won't be a struggle forever.


pixywinks said...

Good for you! Simple is good. Just like food. A garden sounds great. I'm sure you will love your new place and the new freedom it brings.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good move to me. Just remember what doesn't get done today can get done tomorrow or the next day or the next day......

Enjoy the beginning of a new chapter in your life and do not add stress by expecting perfection of yourself or anyone else. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

Big Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hey Marjorie!

Oh my goodness--you have a lot going on! The move does sound like a good thing, but I know how stressful moving can be...good luck! Try to just take it one day at a time, and remember, you are doing the best you can, and that is what matters!


Greenmama said...

Thanks for the good wishes ladies.

My family and I are thrilled about our upcoming "move in the right direction"!


Banana Blossom said...

Congratulations on your move. We did that two years ago, and while it is an adjustment at first it will make you feel free. Check out my blog and see pictures of our home. 4 people living in 1000 sq ft.

Greenmama said...

Hi Banana Blossom,

Thanks for sharing your blog. Love the pictures.


Lannette said...


I've never posted before but enjoy reading your blog. It does sound like you have a lot going on but it also sounds like a very exciting time for you and your family.

My husband and I are also downsizing. Not by moving though. We're taking a part of our home for use in our upcoming Massage Therapy business.

"Sometimes good enough is good enough." I love that saying. So very true


Sarah said...

I'm excited for you and your family. This all sounds positive and fun. Thanks for sharing an update on what's happening.


P.S. I enjoy your posts and I don't carry around a red pen in my head, so share what's happening anytime :)

Greenmama said...

Thanks for visiting, Lannette. I checked out your blog and your business.

Sarah, I always love hearing from you, and it's good to know you're not grading my compositions. :)


Lannette said...

Hey Marjorie,

I hope you didn't think I was trying to sell you anything. I just wanted to say hello as I felt rude just lurking.


Sarah said...

Good to hear from you, Marjorie! Keep us all updated on the move and thank you for sharing as always!

Stacy said...

I have so often thought of moving. We're so sick of a huge mortgage and too much crap. I have so much wanted to downsize, exactly like what you're doing. In fact. You've inspired me so much today I'm gonna get OFFLINE and go sort through something.

I'm still in the fitness challenge, but only "just" at times! (But my pushups are up to 40 in one set -- whoo hoo!)

Thanks, dear! It's nice to catch up on your blog.