So, let’s talk about all the things we do have and that are free!! I just went through my list of online things I pay for and canceled all of it. The Netflix, Gaia.com, Masterclass.com, ABCMouse.com, and 365 Microsoft. I have a few months until some of it expires but there are free alternatives. They may not be the same but I’ve gotten used to the free goodies.
When we moved here the antenna didn’t work at all so I splurged and purchased a cheap Roku TV. What a fantastic thing it has become (once I figured out how to add channels). I have comedy, classics, yoga, cooking, kids channels, PBS, movies, sitcoms, and that is only the beginning. Why pay?
I’ve listened to all the lectures I desired from writers on Masterclass so I’m done with that, it was fun. But you can find lectures on YouTube or order books from authors on how to write. Gaia.com is interesting and I will listen to all the lectures I can before the month is up but I find great stuff on YouTube.
YouTube, a Roku TV, and then you have the blogs, the library…it feels like there isn’t enough time for all of it! I want to watch and read all day. But, alas, I have chores.
gDonna.com is a delightful blog about an older couple that lives more old fashioned and simply. They have a small lot but grow all sorts of food. Legacy of Home is Mrs. Sharon Whites blog and I find it helps me slow down and embrace homemaking in a more ritualistic form. Down to Earth with Rhonda Hetzel teaches old fashioned and sustainable homemaking and frugality.
Books I’m reading right now are the Depression Era books I shared already and The Complete Tightwad Gazette, along with some books on being present by Zen monks.
Then we have How To Cook Your Life on VUDU and Peaceful Warrior, also on VUDU. This is for therapy. The book I’m working from is When Things Fall Apart; Heart Advice For Difficult Times by Pema Chodron. This is a book you take small bites of and ponder over tea and a chat with a friend or yourself. Perfect for this day and age.
For movies; Something’s Gotta Give, Titanic, Billy Elliot, Brides Maids, Julie & Julia…oh heck, I could go on forever, here is the 150 best feel goods. Sorry, classics aren’t listed so maybe you all could list a few of your favorites not on this list.
Here is my Goodreads list for some ideas, it dates back 6 years.
Today I added a pile of classic TV and movie channels to my Roku and I can’t wait to see what it has to offer. They used to have Warner Archives but ended that a couple years back. Cindi has mentioned many good movies in her replies, maybe she’ll give us a list or put one on her blog?
Another blog I enjoy is If You Do Stuff, Stuff Gets Done. On the side of her blog she has list and list of other homemaking, homesteading, and frugal blogs…it’s like finding this wonderful library.
Today we took the boys and dogs for a walk in the nearby mini forest. I became aware that the lighting was rather bright and sunny. I looked up to be surprised and delighted by blue skies and real, white, fluffy clouds! It’s been so thick with smoke that it creeps down the street like fog. I just stopped looking at the sky. There was no wind or breeze…I have no idea when this happened?! I even had breakfast on the porch but had gotten so used to smoke that I just checked out I suppose.
And now it’s nice and cool so we can get back to long walks and having meals on the porch.
Please share books, movies, documentaries, blogs, channels and links of good stuff for all of us to enjoy.
Oh, almost forgot. Pro Home Cooks, great cooking channel. Used to be Brothers Green Eats.