Vastly Different from being Freshly Pressed

In the twenty years we’ve lived in our home, we’ve never had air conditioning. Instead, we open all of the windows, strategically place fans throughout the house, and use heavy antique irons to keep the doors from slamming shut.

Vastly different from being Freshly Pressed, “Ironing wrinkles out of the fabric” is a phrase I use to convey straightening, or smoothing out a situation.

At day’s end, Len may ask, “What did you do today?” If I respond, “I ironed wrinkles out of fabric” he knows full well I spent no time at the ironing board.

Instead, I may have defused an argument, helped someone down-shift accelerated emotions, or assisted a student in their quest for obtaining scholarship funds.

When was the last time you ironed wrinkles out of fabric?


Asian Inspiration

At a recent Holistic Health Open House, something was desperately wrong with the air conditioning as several practitioners—myself included—were dripping sweat while groups of over-heated people made their way through our booths.

After a while I noticed that two of the practitioners were using beautiful hand-held fans to keep themselves cool. Impressed, I asked them where they’d gotten their fans. “World Market,” they replied.

As you can imagine, I stopped on the way home and purchased an Asian-inspired fan for myself. Now, the next “power surge” or thermostat malfunction I experience—body or building—I’ve got an ace up my sleeve!  

What do you have up your sleeve? 

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Welcome to Camp Laurie – If Your Dare!

We’ve lived in the same house for 17 years and have never needed air conditioning before. Sure, we’ve had a few hot days, but nothing we couldn’t handle with a few fans and a nice cross breeze. But this year’s been different. Really different!

With soaring temperatures and humidity levels—89 degrees considered a “cold snap”—we’ve been somewhat like lobsters…steamed alive in our ground-level bedroom. Something had to be done.

Welcome to Camp Laurie! These creaky steps (the self-same steps I tumbled down and broke my ankle on 3 years ago) lead down to the basement which is easily 15 degrees cooler than the ground level. With a few strategically placed fans to create a circular flow of air (envision the Bermuda Triangle), and the liberal use of sandalwood incense, I created a pleasant smelling “cold zone.”

In the dark the jacket sleeves seem to reach out and grab you while you're making your way down the creaky stairs

 Here’s what used to be our son’s bedroom. (Please don’t ask me if I presented the spiders with a friendly eviction notice because I’ll lie to you). I scrubbed this space to within an inch of its life.

It's easily 15-degrees cooler in what used to be our son's bedroom

 With the simple placement of a futon, I created a comfortable reading area. 

Up at a 45-degree angle, this futon and floor lamp make for a comfortable reading area

Another area on the receiving end of major elbow grease was the basement bathroom. No having to bolt upstairs if nature calls in the middle of the night. Just a few simple rules:

     – Don’t dare leave the toilet seat up
     – Don’t flick plaque on the mirrors when you floss

Just a few simple rules keep Mama happy (and if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy)...

When was the last time you were at camp?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               — Laurie Buchanan and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved