Some of My Favorite Things :)

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to put together a list of some of my favorite things.  I hope this helps to spread some joy in this time of year.  I know many people are facing so many trying times (all the events in NYC and Ferguson, for example) that sometimes we need a break.  Hopefully this list can provide that break:

Godiva Chocolate: Ok, a cheesy start, but it was top of mind.  To think that we can enjoy the decadence of cocoa that was farmed half way across the world and put together by people with years of experience that have learned methods taught over hundreds of years, for the price of 10 bucks, is an amazing tribute to the society we live in.  Sometime you have to stop and smell the roses, smell the chocolate, and enjoy it!

Espresso: Cheesy follows cheesy, but espresso is most definitely one of my favorite things.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the rich flavor, and it shares so much with chocolate.  To enjoy an espresso for 2 dollars is to enjoy the work of 100+ years of innovation in coffee making.  Truly a wonderful experience.  Check out information on the interesting history of espresso here: http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide-short-history.html

Playing Music: Not everyone can play music, but everyone can enjoy it.  It’s a wonder of the world to be able to have access to so much art, essentially for free.  I for one support the artists that I listen too, and try to support underground artists as well.  I also enjoy playing and learning to play music.  Nowadays we have online lessons that allow anyone to start learning right away.

Hot Baths: Following our trend of studying history, the hot bath is a relatively new phenomenon.  To be able to run a hot bath at any time is an underutilized advantage of modern society, indoor plumbing, and the relative wealth that even lower class peoples live in.  Respect your history, take a bath :)

That’s all for now.  Till next time!

Happy Homesteading Giveaway!

I want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me in my writing, photography, gratitude, and journey into an agriculture-filled life.

As a blog evolves, there is a subtle fear that you will lose faithful readers. Yet, as I’ve grown and changed as a person over the past two years (and it reflected in my blog), so many of you stayed and encouraged me as I struggled to find “my place”. Amazingly, even more of you joined along the way and became instant blog companions.

You. all. amaze. me.

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As a thank you for all the encouragement and support, I’m offering a Happy Homesteading Giveaway!

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One winner will receive these items:
(1) Country Living’s “The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business”
(2) Grow your own sunflower kit
(3) Spring gardening gloves
(4) 3 mini potting plants
(5) Gardener journal
(6) Insulated mason jar tumbler
(7) 5 ‘No Farms, No Food’ bumper stickers

Contest Rules:
Enter for as many (or few) chances as you would like starting Saturday March 8, 2014. A winner will be chosen at random at the close of the giveaway, Saturday March 15, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. All entries will be checked for confirmation. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours confirming acceptance of the giveaway prizes. If no answer is received within 48 hours, a random runner-up will be chosen. Once the winner has responded to the email, it will be announced on The Siren’s Tale. The giveaway prizes will be shipped within 2 business days. No entry required. Basket pictured not included.

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Good luck to you all, and happy homesteading!

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