betty white · furbabies · Grief · Life is short · Mindfulness · pets

When A Hibiscus Makes You Cry

I (Shannon) came home from work today, changed into my "outside clothes", took Betty White out for a stroll, and when we returned, she sat on the porch and watched me as I unraveled the hose to water the plants. It was a scorcher today, so it took longer than usual to quench all of… Continue reading When A Hibiscus Makes You Cry

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childfree · dinks · furbabies · Life is short · Mindfulness

It’s Okay to be a Dink

I (Shannon) was recently reading the book, "Southern Lady Code" by Helen Ellis, and a chapter resonated with me. It was a chapter called, "Free to be...you and me (and childfree)." It moved me so much, that I thought I should write about how it made me feel, as it may inspire others who are… Continue reading It’s Okay to be a Dink

faith · Mindfulness · tea

The Loveliness of Tea and Faith

It's National Tea Day, in addition to it being Easter, so this morning has been especially comforting. Tea, like my (Shannon) own personal faith, is like a warm blanket, though it hasn't always been that way. Let's start with tea--that road isn't as complicated. I never really appreciated tea until I went on a backpacking… Continue reading The Loveliness of Tea and Faith

Holidays · Tiny Living · Vegan

Tiny House Toaster Oven Cooking

The holidays are upon us, which means, there are a lot more cooking opportunities for us here, in the Arner Abode. In the spring and summer, especially living near the coast, we dine on a lot of salads, and grilling veggies and pizzas, so not a lot of indoor cooking. We do a great job… Continue reading Tiny House Toaster Oven Cooking