Common Sense Home Good News Letter 11/5/22

“Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” – Socrates

(I still hear the Days of Our Lives soap opera theme in my head when I read the second sentence, even though I haven’t watched it for decades.)

It is crazy how fast the years go by. One minute you’re snuggling your new baby, and before you know it, you’re reaching up to give your adult kids a hug.

Today’s hyperconnected, high speed world makes the years feel like they’re passing even faster.

As we head towards winter (don’t forget to turn your clocks back if you’re in an area switching off daylight savings time), I’ve been thinking about how things have changed during my lifetime, and how much change is yet to come.

I grew up with a black rotary dial phone mounted on the wall, one TV channel on a black and white TV, discount bread at 10 cents a loaf, and penny candy that you could actually buy for a penny. Now things are a bit different. I imagine in another 50 years it’ll be very different again.

No matter how much the technology changes, some things stay the same, or at least recognizable. My brother said that the grape vines and blueberry bushes mom planted on the old homestead are still chugging along, though the grapes are headed up nearby trees because they haven’t been pruned in years. Hot drinks and a hot meal still feel good on a cold night, especially when you’ve been working out in the cold. Spending time with those you care about still adds meaning to any day.

What would you tell your future self, or children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren about the time we’re living in now? What future do you want to work towards? I invite you to take a few minutes to write down your thoughts on the subject before the end of the year.

All our best to you and yours,

Laurie (and August IV, August V, and Duncan)

Our sons hated their hair cuts, so we’re going to try for better photos once their hair grows out and they get it cut again, but I said “The heck with it” and had my friend snap a family photo last weekend. Gotta start somewhere.

This week’s featured articles…

I’ve never been a huge fan of regular coleslaw, but since my brother introduced me to coleslaw with sour cream dressing, I’ve been hooked.

sour cream coleslaw

Respiratory “yuck” is making the rounds already this fall, so take of yourself. These are some of our Favorite Home Remedies for Cough.

Home Remedies for Cough

Quick Tips for Ripening End of Season Green Tomatoes (and why you may want to pick them and bring them inside even before frost threatens)

ripening green tomatoes

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