Change and “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last chapter” on the path least traveled….

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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(No nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“The day one needs not gather any more knowledge is the day of ones funeral”.. (Larry Woller)

“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” Jean de La Bruyere

“Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ Mark van Doren

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” Louisa May Alcott

Hello Diary,

It’s near middle of the week, cloudy and a tad bit foggy for a fall morning, but a pleasant day none the less because I woke up on the green side of the grass, not under it… 🙂 put in a busy past few days preparing my little part of the universe for winter… making sure the house was ready in order protect the house and to conserve energy, all the while having life comfortable and healthy… stopping the world for a brief moment in time and getting off for a few minutes to share some thoughts…

And speaking of conserving energy, going to chat a bit about how I can conserve energy and still eat healthy… I do not use the stove anymore, it is disconnected from fossil fuels, no carbon emissions…


The stove is still useful as I use it for storage and counter space… the follow appliances are what I use, can cook any type of meal and is energy efficient… the first is the all important microwave…


With a little experimentation, one is amazed at what one can do with it…. Of course, there is the always important convection/toaster oven…

toaster oven

I use it to pre-cook foods to put in the freezer, in order to use the microwave later.. The next is the magnetic hot plate…

magnetic hot plate

It is used in place of a burner on the stove…. It is digital and can enter the temperature and the cook time… I haven’t used it enough to be totally efficient at using it but learning as I go… 🙂 without accessories one has to use cookware designed to use with the hot plate… however, there is an accessory available to use with the hot plate…

hot plate access

It is relatively inexpensive and when using the accessory, one can use any cookware…

hot plate, access, skillet

Another appliance I use ( though not as much as I use to) is the crockpot….


I have different sizes for different meals….. And finally for my cleaning, etc I have my trusty electric teapot….

tea pot

With it I heat up water for washing dishes, blanching vegetables etc… I have a backup tea pot should one not be enough water… it reduces the use of the water heater…

So there are some examples of what I do here on the path to conserve energy, etc and still maintain a healthy lifestyle… some changes have been made in the lifestyle, of course, but for the better…. And I am just preparing meals for one, me… 🙂 but with a little experimentation, can work for anyone should they wish to try….

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right”. Mary Kay Ash

Of course, the effort it to reduce energy waste, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, reduce emissions in the atmosphere, etc… I grew up on a farm here on the prairies in the 1940’s, ‘50’s and early ‘60’s and my father always told me “if I take care of the land, the land will take care of me”… 🙂

Here on the path it may appear to be of little consequence, a small effort, but perhaps with the help of others, we can help preserve the planet Earth for those that follow us and still be able to follow our dreams and live life!… 🙂

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Frederick Buechner

Only history will know if I succeeded or not, but I shall leave this mortal world knowing that I tried, in hopes that all creatures here on the path least traveled ( and other places) were able to follow their dreams to their destinies, even after I am gone and become a memory (the mortal destiny of all creatures)… 🙂

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
– Douglas H. Everett

Well, I had better close for now… venture on down the path to see what new adventure lie ahead, perhaps chase a rainbow or two to seek out my destiny… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Cannot speak for the rest of the universe, but here on the path least traveled it is a wonderful world indeed!… 🙂

9 thoughts on “Change and “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last chapter” on the path least traveled….

  1. I too have spent the past few days preparing for winter. Specifically I prepped the wood stove to heat the house in the colder months. As you shared how you are conserving energy to protect our environment I realized how fortunate I am to have access to the wood stove. The amount of natural gas we do not use is astounding. I just liked the money saving aspect and the joy of sitting by a fire. I did not think of how heating our home with fire wood actually helps the environment too. Plus, we only use dead fall. Gathering our fire wood clears the ground for new growth to begin again.

    I would have a very hard time not using the oven. I spent years not having a microwave – but never lived without an oven. The crock pot though, that is a life saver. There are so many options for large and small meals. Thanks for sharing how you intentionally conserve energy, reminds me to be more cognizant of ways I too can help the environment.

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    • Thank you for visiting… do not have a wood stove here but do have a fireplace, though do not use it much… one has to be careful while living here on the prairies and avoid ending up with frozen water pipes… anyone can make a difference, no matter how subtle… 🙂

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      • Frozen pipes are a huge fear. Fortunately we do have a furnace. In the cold months we have it set to 50 degrees so that if the fire goes out nothing freezes. As you said though, every little bit helps.


    • Thank you for visiting and hope that all is well in your part of the universe!.. 🙂 last chapter has been accepted and closed… now starting a new one, perhaps even an entire book… I may title it “Finding My Rainbow”… 🙂

      “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
      And next year’s words await another voice.
      And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T.S. Eliot

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  2. Love all the quotes and the music too! ❤ Like you, we conserve as much as possible–in fact, we use the same cooking equipment you. Our convection/toaster oven and our electric tea kettle have become mainstays in the kitchen. Stove used mainly for canning and preserving. Sharing your post and wishing you a lovely week! xo

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