Living Large Takes a Rebel Heart

Maia aboard her family's sail­boat. Photo by Diane Selkirk


Thanks to all of you who have been patiently wait­ing and watch­ing for more posts here at Living Large.

I didn’t intend on tak­ing such a long break, but my favorite say­ing since mov­ing to Our Little House has been, “Life is some­thing that hap­pens while you’re busy mak­ing other plans.”

It was a long, cold win­ter here, as it was in much of the coun­try. It was the rough­est win­ter we’ve had since we moved here.

I’ll be post­ing more about that on Friday.

In the mean­time, I’ve watched with inter­est (and some­times shock) to the reac­tions to the story of Charlotte and Eric Kaufman, the sail­ing fam­ily that last week had to be res­cued from their founder­ing sail­boat, the Rebel Heart.

(If you haven’t heard the story, catch up here)

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Life is a Journey

A Holiday Dinner at Fred & Rae's


The winds have lit­er­ally been whip­ping over the plains and down to our Ozark Mountains in the past week, so I guess it’s appro­pri­ate that the fig­u­ra­tive winds of change are also blow­ing on our mountain.

Expected changes are afoot, such as the light lin­ger­ing longer before falling to shad­ows in the evening, but there are also some other changes in our lit­tle cor­ner of the world.

Our neigh­bors put their house on the mar­ket a cou­ple of months ago. When they told us before­hand, it was a quite unex­pected move since they had been work­ing on their Dream House for the past decade and expected to retire there.

They had looked for land for some time, as many do, after vaca­tion­ing here and began build­ing their home about ¾ of a mile down the road shortly after we fin­ished con­struc­tion on Our Little House.

Since we were all “week­enders” we had lit­tle inter­ac­tion with them until we moved here nearly seven years ago.

The biggest thing we had in com­mon was our home­town, we all moved here from Kansas City. It was good for us to have some­one near us who under­stood the cul­ture we had lived in all of our lives.

After we moved here, we enjoyed din­ners at each other’s homes, includ­ing many hol­i­days. I went down to let their dogs run when they wanted to take day trips, Rae taught me to can and we shopped in town together, par­tic­u­larly when my Baby Blazer was parked after my crash.

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A Rough Start to the New Year Makes Goal Setting a Bit Late

We need to organize


When I left my office On December 20 for the hol­i­days, I planned on tak­ing no more than a cou­ple of weeks off, return­ing on January 2, but the best laid plans.

It’s been a rough win­ter at Our Little House so far. We’ve had weather, lots of weather, with snow and ice and bru­tal cold.

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Grow More with Less Book Giveaway

Posted December 13th, 2013 by kerri and filed in small house living
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In the win­ter, most of us can­not gar­den, but we can read about gar­den­ing and that’s almost as good!

Today, Vincent Simeone, author of Grow More With Less gives Living Largers some tips on build­ing a sus­tain­able garden.

Simeone says that sus­tain­able gar­den­ing doesn’t have to lead to a mas­sive gar­den over­haul. In his book, he makes sus­tain­able gar­den­ing acces­si­ble to all. His the­ory is you should, “make your gar­den work for you. Make it give more than it takes.”

He sug­gests cre­at­ing big projects mixed with plenty of smaller projects that give big rewards.

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