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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Please Come Introduce Yourself!

Posted by Melinda Briana Epler, One Green Generation


Hi everyone. I thought it was high time we all had a little fun and learned a bit about one another. Shall we try it?

Come, introduce yourself in the comments.

I'll start....

I'm Melinda, I live in Seattle, WA, where I grew up. I've an artist in New York, a documentary filmmaker in Los Angeles, and I've had a whole slew of other careers in between. I also lived on a rural vineyard in Northern California for a year, trying to live self-sufficiently.

A few months ago I started my own business with 7 other people with very different backgrounds but one goal of making the world a better place. We've recently taken on our first client, a large mission-driven microfinance company that gives small loans to people in the developing world so they can lift themselves out of poverty.

My husband and I on our wedding day

My husband and I live in a small apartment in a dense area of the city, with a dog we rescued from a Los Angeles animal shelter and a cat we rescued from the vineyards. We do our best to live sustainably. Some days we falter, but we're forever getting better.

Please Introduce Yourself!

Ok - I would love to know about you now. Please join the conversation! Don't be shy - if you've never commented before, now is a great time to start!!


Rachel B said...

Hi. I'm Rachel. Wife, mother of 3. Christian. Catholic. College student. Poor. Always interested in living sustainably, because as a Christian I believe in good stewardship of the Earth God created, and because I like to be prepared. Trying to be green in practical, easy ways that fit into my insane life. Only one on my street that recycles. Love using cloth diapers and cloth personal products, and gardening.

Kimberly said...

Hello there! I'm Kimberly. I am a wife to the most amazing man, and mother of two little boys. Since I've come home to raise my boys after years of teaching, I've learned the value of a more simple life.
Now, I'm a suburban mom trying to live a natural life right where I'm at in the Denver suburbs. While I'd love to live out in the country, this is where I am. We are just trying to make it our own kind of wonderful. I figure that this is my place for this time and I can encourage others right where I'm at.
In the last year and a half, we've made a concerted effort to change how we live. I cook almost everything from scratch--from breads and crackers to veggies from our garden. We've switched to more organic food and are eliminating almost all unnatural chemicals and preservatives.
I've switched to all natural and mostly homemade cleaners. I've recently begun to make body butters, lipbalms and healing salves.
I love this life! I feel more in touch with the seasons and see more of the beauty and wonder of God's creation. I've slowed down to enjoy and savor each day. I'm striving to be a better steward of all He's blessed me with in this life and learning to serve others more.
I also love all things to do with tea and adore flowers and lace and beauty. I love to read and play and just be still. It is an amazing world, isn't it?

attachlings said...

I'm Mary.
I have 3 children, boys who are 9 & 5 and a wee girlie who is 2.
We live in the greater Wash DC area, in beautiful West Virginia. We just moved here very recently but are loving every moment & day.
We have worked to be very aware of our environmental footprint, both for ecological reasons as well as for frugality and for the mission of teaching our children a non-consumptive path.
DH (that's Chris) works at an environmentally-focused non-profit organization.
We homeschool, and always have.
We did cloth diapering and baby wearing and all of that, before weeist girlie was done with diapers at least.
For more on us (potentially ad nauseum) see my blog.

Kate said...

Hi I'm Kate! I'm from New England but am currently living in Philly. I am a student, a writer, I live in the past and embrace the future. I write two blogs; Organically Yours, where I post articles and journal style entries about my slow transition to a healthy green lifestyle, and 1001 Days, which is more a notebook about my progress in completing 101 goals in 1001 days.

I am very glad to meet all of you :)

risa said...

Hmm, we did this before at your other place; hostessing comes naturally to some, I see ... ;)

I'm Risa and I just passed my 60th birthday. In one of my past lives I did mostly silvicultural forestry and forest fire suppression; now I work in a library, nearing retirement.

live with my beloved on one+ acre in an empy-nest house and we have gardened (and sometimes homesteaded) for 33 years together.

Kate said...

Hi, I'm (another) Kate. I live in small town Pennsylvania, very near where I grew up, though I spent twenty years away from this area. A large chunk of that time was spent in a university town where I pursued a terribly, terribly cerebral and utterly impractical degree in an arcane subject. At heart I always longed for a place in the country, but I guess I had to get the academic thing out of my system. I also squeezed in time at a culinary school and a few years of cooking professionally, so I have fairly serious chops as a cook. In the last few years I've switched from a life of the mind to a life of physical labor, and I like it.

I'm married, and child-free by mutual choice. We're down to one fourteen-year-old cat now and three three-year-old hens. I spend most of my time gardening and housekeeping as frugally as possible, and trying to prepare for a future that will be very different from the world I passed my childhood in. I teach cooking classes occasionally, volunteer, and do a little writing now and then. More and more it seems I'm transitioning our home to a homestead. It's a path that feels deeply right for me, though the workload is simply daunting.

Ducky said...

Hi. I'm Renee, a mom of 3 girls, heading rapidly toward an empty nest. I live in the NW and working on my sustainable skills, selling my current home and eventually hoping to buy a small farm.

Marie said...

Hi, I'm Marie. I'm a graphic-designer/folk singer, married to a phlebotomist/song-writer in Billerica, MA (a northern suburb of Boston) We live with our two 13-year-old cats and high hopes for our soon to be family through domestic infant adoption.

We transitioned to eating pretty much all whole foods a year ago and haven't looked back. We cook everything from scratch and try to limit our meat consumption to sustainably and locally raised. We are working towards growing all of our produce and for now grow some and belong to a local CSA.

When we bought our house two years ago, we immediately turned our large front lawn and side yard into multiple raised beds for growing food, flowers and herbs.

Our neighbors don't always seem to know what to do with us, but they are watching with respect and interest as we slowly turn our home into a homestead and haven.

Chicken raising, cloth-diapering, soap-making, food preservation are all on the near horizon as we continue our work with building community, mindful living, local eating, organic cooking and frugal living. Stop by my blog if you want to know more about us!

Thanks for asking!

Shawna said...

hi! i'm shawna, also in seattle. my daughter is one now and we're trying harder every day to live a bit greener. inch by inch, though we're far from green. this is our first year gardening so i've got lots to learn. i'm getting lots of great ideas, thanks to this co op!

HeatherMM said...

Hello all, My name is Heather. I live with my boyfriend and my twins who are 7 years old is a small town north of Olympia WA, in Shelton. We have an old home on half an acre, it's our little homestead in the city and we try to be as sustainable as possible, it's an ever growing goal. I find a lot of excitement in being frugal, whether it's frugal eating, clothes, shopping, etc, it's the challenge that's involved in seeing how little resources we can actually live on that excites me. I also eat RAW, use clothe products, use baking soda for everything including shampoo and toothpaste, craft, garden, raise animals, homeschool (although they were in public school this year because of my work schedule, but hopefully that's the only year). I used to suffer from fibromyalgia and couldn't even walk for awhile. I blog for my friends and family at

Allison said...

Hi I'm Allison. Wife to a wonderful man and mom to four kids under 8. We live in Vancouver, WA and are trying our best to live a simple life. We dream of a piece of land in the country but for now are settled in the suburbs. We have chickens and a garden. I love baking, sewing, and finding new things to do that are healthier for us and the earth.

Dakrish said...

Hi, I'm Sanna. I live in Sweden with my Husband and two cats, in an apartment. I'm always looking for tips to live cheaper and for housekeeping inspiration. We're hoping to make the transition to a house within ten years or so, but for us it's very important that we buy the house completely without loans.

I dream of growing vegs and raising chicks for eggs and meat, but for now I settle with trying to make my hubby *eat* veggies. It'll do no good to grow the stuff if it isn't eaten!

We have no children and plan to never have any.

henna73 said...

Hi I live in SE Wisconsin in a single family home with my husband. We have been trying for children for quite a few years now, but I don't know if it will ever happen.

We try to live an earth friendly life and manage to recycle, compost, garden, reuse and reduce.

Brandy said...

Hi! I'm Brandy ... just recently came across this blog a little more than a week ago. I'm a wife of almost 7yrs and mommy to 2 lil' girls. We homeschool, always have (oldest is 5 doing 1st grade work and could do 2nd grade in a few areas). We just moved from Vermont to Wyoming last month -- talk about an adventure!

We've been interested in living more 'green' for a few years now. No plastic (in the kitchen at least), less plastic toys and more wooden ones, cloth diapers (though had to go back to disposables until we get a washer of our own), natural bathroom and cleaning products ... and we've got a TON of other things we'd LOVE to do.

Whoops ... gotta go. Lil one (who's almost 8 months) is letting me know she's ready to nurse to sleep!

Wendy said...

Hi! I am Wendy. I live in Ontario, Canada. I have three adult children who are on their own now. I have three grandchildren and one more on the way in September.

I have started a blog to document all the small steps that I am making to gain a simpler and more peaceful way of living. I have met many wonderful people along the way and have learned a lot.

Drop by and say hello!


homeschool mamma said...

Hi, I'm Bev. Wife, mother and homeschooler to 3, parttime RN. We've made drastic changes this past year with raising chickens, using natural cleaners and laundry detergent, planting huge gardens in our efforts to become more self sustaining. Next year, our barn will be put to use with milking goats. My connection with my family and with our earth has changed trememdously. Join me at my blog.

Live Simply Love Strongly said...

Working towards a more natural, healthy and sustainable lifestyle. I am a teacher by trade, who is currently staying home to raise my daughter. We are a culturally mixed, bilingual family. We speak Spanish at home, and English when we are out and about. Trying to cook more from scratch, garden, use more cloth stuff, and learn more about knitting/sewing.

Daffy said...

Hi All! What a lovely idea Bel, thanks for making us all come out of the woodwork :)

I'm Jenni, 29, living on the edge of a city in the middle of England with my partner, and a rather pokey garden.

I'm doing a full time PhD, and working at least two days a week, and finding it all rather difficult. But I've planned ahead and have no intention of working ful time when the studying's done :) :)

Green-wise... I've always recycled. and only recently learned to drive (not sure how that happened...). We cook pretty much everything from scratch, and I'm trying to grow some of our own things this year - mostly perpetual spinach so far... :) In the past few months I've learned to make yogurt, soap, cheese, jam, all sorts of things! Hooray!

I'm on a mission to hand make ALL of my presents this year :) Doing well so far! I'm also washing my (rather long) hair with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, and have knitted a few dish cloths. We wash up with either home made soap or washing soda, and when the normal washing powder has run out we'll be making some of that too.

So that's nearly eliminated prepackaged chemical cleaning products (for house and body) altogether :)

Learned so much from this lovely blog, and Rhonda's :)

Looking forward to 'meeting' you all


Kate said...

Hi, I'm (yet another) Kate. I am a born and bred Oklahoman who has dabbled in living other places (DC, Omaha,NE and Ann Arbor, MI). I was recently married (in November) to a wonderful man who works like crazy at the restaurant he manages in downtown OKC.
Currently I'm trying to finish my dissertation in political science from the University of Oklahoma.
My husband and I have committed ourselves to changes our lives, bodies, and minds by making greener, more sustainable, and frugal choices. We try and make one change a month.

I love to knit, cook from scratch (I'm also learning to can/preserve), garden, read, and spend time with my family and friends. I can usually be found in front of my computer, in our garden, or in the kitchen. I also maintain a small blog about my ramblings from greening our lives, gardening, cooking, and my attempts at dissertation writing!

getting stuff done said...

Hello I am Mo and I live in Brighton in the UK. I am a new (ish) mum - my son is 19 months. I am aiming for a simpler life and living according to my values. Am shopping locally for local produce, changing my cleaning products, recycling more, reducing rubbish - just getting into the idea of precycling - not bring so much useless packaging into the house! Am studying and researching how to do more - my current aims are to get milk delivered in reusable bottles, to avoid supermarket shopping and to use green cleaning products or make my own. I am getting into politics here - the Green Party have a real chance to win the local seat here at the next General Election for example, so I am supporting that. I do believe in God, but in my own understanding of that. I don't follow a religion.

Lisa G said...

Hi, I'm Lisa, living the simple life in South Wales, UK. I'm a single mum of two girls, I am unschooling my younger daughter who has Asperger's Syndrome. I've downshifted over the years to live on a relatively low income, now as a part time librarian, but enjoy an abundant lifestyle with lots of time for my girls, my garden and my home. I've lived green for a long time, my children were actually the catalyst for my now vegetarian low consumption life but I'm always working on doing better and I dream of moving someday to a place with a much bigger garden where I can grow more veggies and have chickens.

linda said...

My name is Linda and I live in Chicago with my bricklayer husband and twin teenagers. We actually bought a small farm last October and are still in the fixer upper stages of getting ready for our future home. I have been a hairdresser, a skin care teacher and a graphic/web design student in my lifetime so far. I knit, sew, quilt and do all sorts of things all the time.
I am much more into preparedness/survivalism than simple living in actuality but in this effort I am pretty much on the fringe rather than going into the extreme.
I enjoy this blog because even though I have some of the skills discussed here, there are ideas that I never thought of. Its nice to read the comments too.

Anna said...

Hi, all. I'm Anna, single working mom to two preteens. We live in metro Atlanta (USA), and try to be as mindful and conserving as possible. I'm not ready to make the major changes that living even more simply would require, such as moving out of the city or changing jobs. So we pay attention, try to make thoughtful choices, and step as lightly as we can. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Mam said...

Hello I'm Dianne, but my grandchildren call me Mam. My husband and I are retiring within the next four years and will be building an eco friendly side hill cement home.

I've always recyled and try to live frugally and earth friendly as possible. Due to allergies I make my own soap and laundry detergent.

We have a small garden presently and grow enough root vegetables to last the winter. We encourage recyling and composting as much as possible. Last year my husband taught our 92 year old neighbour about composting, this year he is showing her how to harvest rain water for the garden.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm Coleen. I live in a suburb outside of Philadelphia. I'm a stay at home grandmom. I retired to take care of my 16 mo. old grandson so my daughter and her hubby could continue to work. It's the best job ever!!! My hubby is planning to retire in 2010. We're trying to live as frugally as possible...we garden,I shop at thrift stores and yardsales, have rain barrels, hang our laundry,make our bread,I sew, crochet and cross stitch. I try to make most of our Christmas gifts. I also enjoy reading this blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Juanita and I live in Wellington, New Zealand. With my husband Philip and our two doggies. Our children are in their 20s and living outside of home. I have always been passionate about self sufficiency and a greener lifestyle. Philip just goes along most of the time.
I recycle, use plain soap for most of my cleaning. Vege garden, compost, try to live frugally and simply as possible.
I work fulltime but yearn for the time when I dont have too. I am into really old fashioned living and values - which make me really happy and satisfyed. I also have a close relationship with Jesus - who is the Lord of my life. I love kindness and love.
Cooking and knitting and gentle womanly things sustain me. Sounds a bit soppy and weeird - but really true for me.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I am Kristi, a 64 year old widow from Ohio with three grown up children and two grandchildren and another on the way. I am lucky enough in these days to be debt free and have a good retirement income but I want to live in a way that seems right to me, and that seems helpful rather than harmful to this wonderful beautiful earth and all the people that live on it. I have only been a widow for about a year and a half and my husband was ill for a long time before that, so I am just starting to rebuild my life and find volunteer opportunities in my part of the world. I love the way the www has let kindred spirits find one another and encourage one another. I am so grateful for the community that has grown around Rhonda's blog and this co-op blog!

liZZie said...

Hi! liZZie here, in Warwickshire, UK, soon to move to the south west, Somerset where I'm starting a renovation. I used to have a career in criminal justice, but these days I live on very little, design and make stained glass, silver and gemstone things, and grow as much as I can. I too have a rescued dog, a rescued cat and another who came my way because of one of my daughters; I inherited several fish from my other daughter. Most of everything I love my kids, pets and friends, but there's other things in my life too which people can if they wish read about on my blog. Blogging has opened up my world and introduced me to some wonderful new friends. I am quite reflective and solitary and lonely since my marriage fell to bits, but I am also resilient and creative, quite spiritual too. That's me - thank you for the invitation and opportunity to say hello.

Joanne said...

Hi, I'm Joanne, from Victoria, Australia. I've always had to live on less- brought up with 3 siblings by a single mother. I worked part time for my keep when I left school while I volunteered in Bible teaching work.
I've been married for 16 years and have two gorgeous boys. Apart from continuing in my faith, being a mum is the only career I ever wanted. I take in ironing to supplement my husbands income but I am increasing focusing on contributing by growing food, knitting and sewing household textiles, educating myself on health, thrift, sustainablility and slowly putting these things into practise. My husband is not completely on board- he would prefer me to get a 'real' job. But one son has some health issues so I am practically home-schooling him at the moment and may make that official soon.
I believe that in the future, everyone will live a simple, natural life. Making some effort to live that way now as much as my circumstances allow just makes sense to me.

Michelle said...

Hi, my name is Michelle. I'm a happily married tree hugging, craft making, homeschooling mommy to my three beautiful sons (6 1/2, 5, 8 months). We live on .97 acres in NH, USA, raise chickens, and grow a good deal of our own food. We are in the process of selling our home & moving to the mid-west following our dream of living a truly self-sufficient life. We are new to this site and are thrilled to be finding other kindred spirits out there!

Thanks for asking & nice to meet everyone!!

PS If you happen to stop by my little blog, you may notice I wrote this morning that I'm turning off the computer for a day or so... totally slipped tonight to check the on-line banking & this site. Now I'm turning it off (really, I mean it this time ;-) but will be visiting y'all very soon!!


OzCan Adventures said...

Hi. I am Stacey, an Aussie living in the interior of beautiful B.C. Canada, with my husband and 2 young boys. I have had many jobs but nothing quite so full filling as being a mum. I try to feed our family whole foods, we grow and make what we can. I am learning to sew, knit and crochet. We have chickens and a dog and I love helping my friend out with her horses. I believe in balance and harmony and try to provide that for my family. Simply living makes so much more sense for us and everyday we strive to have more simplicity. I love this blog not only for introducing other like minded people and their ideas, but to encourage me along this path, when sometimes it can feel so lonely. Thanks so much and nice to meet you all!

renee @ FIMBY said...

I'm Renee, a Canadian living in Maine.

I'm a city dwelling, community minded gal with earthy farming sensibilities. I love libraries, dancing, neighborhoods, downtown farmer's markets and my husband's 5 minute walk to work. I also love composting, seasonal rhythms, making my own soap, hanging laundry and notions of homesteading.

I am a gardener, photographer, blogger; happiest creating - a home, a family, a garden, a good blog, a beautiful photo.

On a daily basis you'll find me homeschooling my kids, having an afternoon tea, cooking plant-based gluten free meals, hosting friends, organizing and simplifying my family's life. While cleaning and running errands as little as possible.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi everyone! I've enjoyed reading all your intros!

I'm Abbie and I live in southern Connecticut, close to the beach (but not that close!). I am a high school science teacher, teaching environmental science, botany, biology and forensics. I also grew up on my family's 350+ year old farm and still work there when they need me. My husband is a stairbuilder and works with his brother's clamming buisiness, too.

We like to work around the house, garden, build things, cook from scratch, and try to live sustainably.

Sharon said...

Hi! I'm Sharon. I'm a 43 yr old empty nest mom, grandma, and stay at home wife. I spend my time gardening(trying), taking care of my house, husband, sewing a little, reading, singing at the nursing home, going to church, cooking, blogging, and spending time with friends and family every chance I get.I'm always trying to learn new ways to live simply and economically.

Donna said...

Great idea! I'm Donna and I live in the Willamette valley in Oregon with my wonderful husband and my always entertaining and energetic 4-year-old son. I teach at a Christian college and I'm trying to break into the children's book market with my first book. We eat as locally as we can, live somewhat simply, and I'm always getting ideas from fellow bloggers about more we could be doing.

Regan Family Farm said...

For anyone still reading~I'm Kathy, wife, mother to eight beautiful children and glad to be leaving LOTS of little "footprints" on this earth. We homeschool, raise dairy goats, garden, try to eat and live simply, and I'm finally learning that it is okay to say I love calico and the farm life!


Howdy from the Great San Joaquin Valley of California. Groceries grow here. It's all around me; but I'm growing my own and loving it. My blog started out as a way for my invalid father to easily watch the progression of the garden. Since he passed, I continue on as a measly form of a garden journal. I really need to write it down on a calendar. Learning from and sharing with the blogger world has really been a nice experience.

Mistress B said...

Hi, I'm Bettina, SAHM in rural australia with 15 and 12 year old daughers and a 10 year old son. Hubby is a truckie and often away so we decided that I shouldn't work so that one parent is always available for our kids. We started on this journey when our kids were little and it became apparent that they had food intolerances but are now trying to bring the rest of our lifestyle into line with the idea of being back to basics.

The Caretaker said...

Hi. Wow! Ok, I don't even know where to begin. I think I could write a novel about myself. First and most importantly, I am a mother of 4 unique children and a wife to a man who suffers from PTSD (which I think I sometimes suffer from it myself). We have two boxers (dogs) in which one will be having puppies in a couple of weeks. I have lived my life in Hawaii and once I graduated high school I moved to Utah. I became a single mother and needed help so I decided to go back to living with my mom which was then and now living in Japan (stationed there with the military, she's a teacher on base). That's where I met my hubby. He was so happy and cheerful back then. He got stationed in California a year later. I soon followed him and we got married in a Vegas Drive Thru. Can you believe that? How often do you meet someone who was married in a drive thru?! Anyways, after Mr. PTSD came back from Iraq in 05 we heard about PTSD and started seeing signs of PTSD in him. He now is diagnosed with PTSD and all other health problems that come with it. I try my hardest to be the strong one but deep down inside I don't feel that I am. I do what I have to do in order to survive. I am not much of a girlie girl and I really wish I was. I wish I had some Diva in me with a touch of class and I wish I could carry myself better then what I do now but I can't. Got too much on my shoulders. I am a crafty person. I love anything crafts and cakes. They are my passion. I am always willing to learn something new and different. I want to learn how to grow a garden and be able to keep up with it and not let them die. I want to get into being green and making my own environmentally safe products but don't know where and how to start. I try to get into recycling and the only thing that I can do right now is newspapers and plastics even if Mr. PTSD hates that I do it. I want to learn how to do couponing...sometimes it just overwhelms me. But most of all, I want to leave the world knowing that I had changed someones life for the better. I want to know that I have influences someone and taught them that Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of us no matter who and what we are here on earth. I want to know that I have left a lasting impression on someone.
Oh...and one more thing...I love love love meeting new people. I'm a social butterfly.

earthmotherwithin said...

Hi from Perth Western Australia, where I am a full time worker and mother of two adult children. Started the simpler lifestyle about three years ago, gradually implementing change and always on the look out for ideas.
One day soon I will be able to work less and spend more time just 'being'.

Claire said...

Hello. My name is Claire. I am married. I have two boys. I live in Texas in an area booming with growth and not in a positive way. I want to scream every time I see a new nail salon. I struggle daily with living a sustainable life vs. the every day traps of spending and convenience. I forgot to say that I am a nurse and in the military reserves.

Sarah said...

Hi. I'm Sarah. I live in Vermont with my husband and two daughters who attend a Waldorf School. I grew up with an old fashioned Mother who was also a historian and valued traditional ways of doing things. Now those ways are mostly green! All that said, I read this blog because I want to do better. While living a simple lifestyle is good, living in a very rural area means a lot of driving which isn't so good.

Ann said...

I am Ann, 57 years old and live on a beautiful Hebridean Island off the mainland of Scotland UK. I am a teacher od classical singing, with a married/divorced daughter who also teaches singing. After so many years working at breakneck speed in the performing world I radically changed my life and moved to this remote place. I still teach here, as talent is everywhere, but the life is slower and more peaceful.
I live as frugally as I can, have a solar panel which helps heat the water, recycle most waste on my wood burning stove. Collect wood from the acres of woodland for free, and eat very little meat. The community spirit is wonderful, and when I finally retire and stop travelling to masterclass and judge competitions I WILL have chickens again!

sensiblevermonter said...

Hello! I'm Desiree, a 24 year old born and raised in Maine, but working on starting a new life in Vermont with my sweet and patient husband, Ryan.

We live in an apartment in a small town, where we are doing our best to live on what little we bring in. We've cut our heating oil consumption down to 100 gallons a winter, recycle as much as we can as we actually pay someone to come get it because our town doesn't have much of a facility, and we're trying this year to start growing some of our own food, but so far have not had much luck! Boo to black thumbs and little to no background knowledge!

Each day brings about new challenges as I try to find economical ways to live more sensibly and environmentally. Blogs like this one help to guide me to make smarter decisions and help to inspire me to try new things. My experiences, thoughts, and challenges are expressed in my blog at

Melinda said...

Wow. So fun to read about all of us!! Thank you so much for joining the conversation, each of you. I hope you're enjoying learning about everyone here, too! I found myself smiling a lot while reading these.

I love that we have very diverse backgrounds, live in different countries, are widely different ages... and yet we all come together around similar issues. To learn, to grow. Very fulfilling to think about - and to be a part of!

LOL Risa... it's that community-building gene. : )

Ducky, Shawna, HeatherMM, Allison - hello and welcome, neighbors!

Dakrish, sounds like we have a lot in common. Given that we are on different continents, that's pretty cool I'd say.

Brandy, I hope you enjoy our blog and the community here. Welcome.

Hi Jenni, actually it's Mel. ; ) Good to meet you! I've been washing my hair with bicarb (baking soda) and vinegar for about 7 or 8 months now. LOVE it. I hope to make most of my presents this year. Now I just have to plan it... And I love thinking about a "pokey garden" - what a perfect description!

liZZie, "Blogging has opened up my world and introduced me to some wonderful new friends." Me, too. I'm very glad to have found such wonderful people, from whom I'm learning - and who inspire me everyday to make positive changes.

Mam, "Last year my husband taught our 92 year old neighbour about composting, this year he is showing her how to harvest rain water for the garden." Inspiring.

Kathy, I'm definitely still reading. ; ) Welcome!

The Caretaker, I'm so sorry to hear that your husband (and you) have suffered so. As far as being green, don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Take one step at a time, and do what you can now. Slowly, steadily, each step gets easier. The important thing is to start and to move forward. And finding a community of supportive people like this is a great help!!

Sarah, We lived in a rural area for a while as well, and struggled with driving, too. Since it's an inevitable part of rural life, we focused on changing the things we could change - to counteract it as best we could...

Ann, Can I come visit? Sounds beautiful! ; )

sensiblevermonter, As for gardening, I recommend 2 things: 1. Reading as much as you can, and 2. Experimenting, and allowing yourself to do things that aren't in the books. Good luck, and I am confident your gardening will improve!!

And yes Kimberly, I agree - it's an amazing world!

Melinda said...

Please don't be shy, and continue to introduce yourselves. We're still reading and enjoying!!

Lorna Jean said...

Hello everyone. Greetings from the Middle East! My name is Lorna and I'm married to a wonderful man and we have two beautiful little boys (2 and 4). I was born and raised in Northern MN, living on a sub-sistence hobby farm--my parents were back-to-the-landers in the 70's! And I am so grateful for the wonderful childhood I had with fresh air and clean water, good food from our own garden and farm-fresh meat,eggs and dairy. We didn't have much money, but we had a wonderful life! I am a former biology teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom. We are currently living in the United Arab Emirates and we have had to make a LOT of adjustments moving here--we now live in a high-rise apartment (on the 16th floor!) and have no opportunities to garden or raise chickens; even recycling is a new concept here. I do enjoy keeping up with frugal and environmentally friendly living blogs, and have a running wish list of green living things to do when we return to the US (or wherever we may go next). We have been very frugal here and have managed to save a lot--when we leave the UAE, we are hoping to be able to buy land and build our green dream home, with cash! Thank you to everyone for sharing your stories, and thank you to the bloggers for sharing your ideas--there is always something new to learn :)

Stella said...


I'm Stella. Wife, mother of 2 grown up children. Looking forward to having grandchildren at some time in the not-too-distant future.
Still working part-time, but wishing I could retire as that would free up more time for the things that matter to me.
Re-discovering skills that I have let slip over the many busy years spent as a working mum. Enjoying trying to live a more green, simple and frugal life.
I am a Christian and care passionately about the sort of world we are leaving our children and their children.
I value immensely the internet community which forges links across the four corners of this wonderful world God has given us.
Nearly forgot. I live in the West country in England.

Annodear said...

Hi Melinda :-)
Great idea. I subscribe to this blog and often leave comments, but have never 'introduced' myself.

My name is Donna Rae, and my usual 'disclaimer' is: 53 life points gained; married with children; Bay Area, California resident.

Politically liberal; religiously atheist ~ altho consider myself a spiritual atheist. Believe in Karma, and worship Mother Earth ~ but not in any 'organized' way. Also like astrology and astronomy very much.

For fun: camping and concerts. Happy to report that my two teenage boys love music as much as I do. Oh, and I'm a sister of one of the contributors here, Sadge of Firesign Farm.

It's very nice to meet you!

Emily Laing said...

Hi, I'm Emily. I am a mother of 5 children, 11 chickens, 2 cats, and one very large Golden Retriever. We used to be complete suburbanites and now call 5 acres in Oregon home.

I make my own laundry soap, cook from scratch, raise a garden and laying hens, recycle, sew, and am trying to go back to the old way of doing things not only for the health and wellbeing of my family and the earth, but for the peace that it brings to my soul.

I started on this quest when I lost my first husband to cancer at 33. This has led me down a road to natural medicine, better nutrition, and sustainable living. I am Christian and believe that this lifestyle can bring me closer to what God wants me to be.

Rhonda Jean said...

Hi Melinda and everyone! I'm not going to introduce myself because I think I talk about myself too much as it is but I wanted to say hello to all the readers here. It's really great to read about you, know where you're from and a little bit about your lives.

Melinda, thanks for this and thanks to everyone for taking the time to say hello.

Gavin said...

Hi, I'm Gavin. I don't talk enough in the Co-op, and thought I would contribute because there seams to be a big lack of the male gender introducing themselves. So here goes!

I am husband to Kim and father to Adam (22), Amy (20), Megan (17), and Ben (9). Only Megan and Ben live at home now, and we hail from Melton West, Victoria, Australia.

I had a green epiphany in 2006, and felt the urgent need to take some action to lower my carbon emissions. It took me a little while to figure out that the best way to do this was to start living a lot simpler and to lower consumption. About a year after the ephiphany I decided to write it all down on my blog "The Greening of Gavin", which has also helped/inspired others to take action in their lives. Then Rhonda Jean asked me to join the co-op and I haven't looked back.

Early this year, I started a sustainable living group in our local area and love meeting other locals who are like-minded. The group has gone from strength to strength and we appear regularly in the local press.

It has been quite a journey, which all of my family have enjoyed.

Nicola said...

Hi, another Australian here. I'm Nicola, an artist and mother and stepmother to six. I live in an old house with a shady garden- lovely in our hot summers, not so good when it comes to growing vegies- but I persevere and manage to learn something each season. I make most things from scratch, belong to a whole food & local farmers co-op. I shop locally as far as possible and am teaching our family to live without a car. Living simply,'greenly' and frugally helps me feel like I'm doing something for the future of this beautiful world and the lives of my yet-to-be born grandchildren. I've really liked reading all your introductions- It heartens me to see that we are all out here, spread like a web of light around the world, doing good, grounded healing things.

Anonymous said...

Hi. My name is Francine. My husband and our 4 children and I live in Northern Virginia. I have learned a LOT about organic foods, composting, energy saving methods etc... from my neighbor and my sister. More and more each day I am learning from my kids. We live in a WAY too big home and hope to some day scale back. Our goal is to live in a way that is between living in a Yurt (which my brother and his family do) and just living in something that fits us but doesn't give us extra room to accumulate. Oh we also have 2 dogs and 2 cats; all rescued from shelters or barns. btw some of my weeds I leave because I am not that great of a gardener and I enjoy the flowering weeds.

Happy Mama said...

Hi, I've been reading this blog from the beginning but not sure if I've evr commented. I'm Karen and I'm in Scotland. I'm married to a sailor and have three pre-schoolers so I'm a SAHM (due to go back to work in 2012 when the Career Break ends).
I'm educated to university level and worked as a librarian but i'm finidng my current "job" the most challenging and satisfying yet!
On the green side, we're just doing theings step-by-step. All the "easy" stuff is covered - recycling, composting, reducing energy cnsumption etc so we're working on the harder stuff now - gardening our own veg, natural cleaning products, cutting down on plastics, and just cutting down on general consumerism, I guess.
We're also just trying to "simplify" life - just looking at what we do and where we are headed, both as a family and as part of this world.
I'm fairly passionate about cloth nappies and helped to found the Fife Real Nappy Network - our county's charity that helps to promote cloth nappies (with government support.)
This is long enough so I'll stop now!

lakeviewer said...

Hi, I'm Rosaria, retired. My husband and I live in Oregon, U.S.A. on the Pacific Coast, with a garden we are trying to cultivate for vegetables and fruit. We are learning to compost, recycle, make-do. My website:

This week, I'm talking about kitchen gardens.

Melynda said...

Hello, I am also Melynda. I have been a SAHM, Vehicle Licensing Specialist, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Assisted Living Facility Administrator and recently stepped down to a Business Office Manager so I am able to return to the things I enjoy. Cooking and baking from scratch, spending time with family and grandchildren, canning and jam making and my little Potager out side the slider off the dining room. I come from a large family, originally from Marin County California, now tucked comfortable in Vancouver Washington. I have always been "green" even before it was invented! We were never wealthy even though we lived in a wealthy community. Use it up, make do or due without, were common themes and I am thankful for them. I love finding a new use for something old. We have an old fashioned dinner the last Sunday of the month, and even though we are all busy; everyone stay in touch and close. Close for love, not to close to intrude. I raised my children to be independent thinkers and doers. I am proud of their stand in this life. Thanks for the visit.

eag said...

Hi All,how great the internet is for getting like-minded people together!
I'm supposed to be retired, had two careers,travelled,lived and loved in both Hemispheres, have a beautiful grownup daughter and finally achieved the dream.
Now live on 12.5 hilly acres of magnificent country, breed geese, keep guinea fowl,hens and have an adopted Greyhound.Life's good with plenty of learning still to do.