Who am I kidding? I live in a track home development where there is literally one house in between our house and one that looks exactly the same (yes even the same color scheme). The detailing “trim” or “bump outs” is undoubtedly styrofoam with stucco and paint on top. While it is my dream to someday live more out in the “country” in a home I’ve designed and decorated, here I am for now! But one thing I’ve found is that with certain intentional decisions about how we live, life can feel (at least a little) quaint.
I attended college in a small town that at the time, had no cell service. We also had no satellite TV, the boys still called the girls on their “room phones” (hardwire phones in the dorms). I think this experience helped me get in the “quaint” mindset so many years ago.
I’ve found that with daily small intentional choices, I can live quaintly, while living in a track development.
#1: Limit TV watching. Start reading. Or just hang out after dinner instead of watching TV all evening.
#2: Go on a walk
#3: Start a garden. Even if it is small, there is such a joy one gets from watching something grow (above are pictures I took after I discovered our artichoke plant had FINALLY produced a “flower”). If you are new to gardening sunflowers and pumpkins are super easy.
#4: Go outside. Even if its just for a few minutes on patio
Here’s a quote to exercise your brain.:
“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
Oh my! Are we keeping other people from simply living by complicating our own lives? I think this is a possibility. Look at how stress manifests while driving, people exhibiting road rage because they are running late, tired, trying to do too much.. But I am getting off topic.
Here’s to living quaintly! :)