The Shift to Thrift.

The Thrift of a Glass Jar. Nowadays I have a well stocked pantry and every time I open it I thank God for this blessing, however this has not always been the case. In another life I and my four flatmates- the now adult offspring- lived in a very small rented duplex that had one […]

The Shift to Thrift.

The 4 Week Meal Plan. My mother’s employment, occupation, profession and calling was to be a wife, mother and keeper of the home. Very early in their marriage my parents decided that my father would do the outside work on the farm and my mother would manage the home. For both of them it was […]

The Shift to Thrift.

Thrift at the Supermarket. As the old saying goes, There is more than one way to skin a cat, not that one would want to skin a cat, but still just as there is more than one way to approach any situation and achieve a successful result, there is more than one way to be […]

The Shift to Thrift.

The Thrift of a Plan. My way leads onto way life has taught me that very frequently life doesn’t comply with my plans. Whenever we make plans we need to leave room for the flexible factor; the plan B. To quote John Lennon, Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans and […]

The Shift to Thrift.

So today we are going to define what I mean by thrift. The word can be a little confusing to some as there are two similar words with opposite meanings. The Oxford dictionary defines thrift as a noun meaning: the quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. For example, “the values […]

The Shift to Thrift.

The inspiration for this series of blogs comes from the encouragement of my dear friend of over 4 decades who on several occasions has asked me to write about the way I endeavour to walk lightly on the globe. Thank you, David, for your encouragement and your friendship. And from my son who first encouraged […]

Pearls of Wisdom.

This is my final Pearls of Wisdom post and today it is all about chickens. #11: The Chickens Come Home To Roost. The idea of chickens coming home to roost goes as far back as Geoffrey Chaucer, born 1342/43- died October 25, 1400 (www.britannica.com/biography/Geoffrey-Chaucer) who in his work, The Parson’s Tale, 1390, writes that curses […]

Pearls of Wisdom

#10: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Well, this is another old proverb which has been around since the mid 1500s. Its original meaning is to juxtapose silk, something considered to be refined and superior, with a sow’s ear; the ear of a pig, which was considered unclean, definitely unrefined […]