Necessity, the Mother of Invention

Many years ago, during a period in my life living off the land, money was scarce and children were many!

Coming from London and a townie through and through, even growing food was an alien pastime for me but we had to learn to survive.

The creative ideas that we came up with every day were based almost entirely on necessity but they worked for us at the time. 🙂

I saw a recent social media post – possibly facebook – stating that the only things that really matter in life are:

how to purify water
how to grow food
how to cook
how to build
and how to love

None of these ‘subjects’ are taught in main stream schools – there may be an exception here and there but basically we are all brought up to rely on a system that is purely financially orientated and pays little attention to the things that really matter, that are in fact a necessity.

Recent world events have shaken up the global population and we all have our own opinions and instincts about

what we are being told by mainstream media
what we are finding through underground sources

but many of us are confused and perhaps just going along with whoever ‘sounds’ like they might be telling the truth. And although I could probably rant on all day about corruption, politicians and the big pharmaceutical companies, nothing is going to change from the top.

It’s us individuals who need to take control, or as much control as possible, for our own lives to help not only the human species but all other life forms.

Food was ‘real’ food just a couple of generations ago. Speaking as a grandmother, I can attest to that. I’m not bleating on about the good old days because they weren’t all good, just as everything nowadays isn’t all bad.

Two of the biggest problems we have is that it isn’t always easy or affordable to go ‘plastic-free’ or ‘organic’ and then the guilt sets in or we just think “aw what the hell”. Neither state of mind is particularly good for our overall wellbeing.

The answer? Baby Steps. We are billions in number and if we all took a couple of baby steps whenever possible, we could make a difference.

So getting back to necessity being the mother of invention:

Yes, it is necessary to start protecting our world
Yes, it is necessary to start protecting ourselves – not only from obvious dangers but generally for our mind, body and soul.
And yes, it is necessary to take control of our lives, even a little at a time will help us and future generations of all sentient beings on earth.

Research a few ideas; how to grow food, how to purify water, how to cook efficiently, how to build and how to love yourself more 🙂

Get that inventive beautiful brain working!

With today’s technology, whatever your views on the privacy and plastic issues are, you can find many solutions as like minded folk share their ideas with the world. There are more than 200 posts just on this website alone that relate to home, family, garden and wellbeing issues.

If you have ideas to share, I’d love to hear from you.

To our Healthy Future

Linda x

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Crochet Crazy

Well, writing and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat lately. My fingers have been otherwise engaged in creating all sorts of gift ideas for my new Etsy shop.

It’s been raining a lot as well.

Last night I was binge-listening on Netflix. Listening mostly, because half the time, I was focused on crocheting butterflies.

I need glasses to watch a screen but not for craft or close work. So my glasses were up and down on my head for hours!

I’ve been knitting since I was a child but never really tried or understood crochet. But now, in my sixties, I’m discovering a new skill. I taught myself, with the awesome help of a few youtube videos and now I can’t believe I’ve never done this before. It’s a great hobby.

I’ve created nine products so far that compete well on Etsy and coming up with new ideas all the time. Some of the ideas are a bit ‘out there’ – my imagination gets the better of me sometimes – but so far I’m getting some lovely oohs and aahs!

There’s even going to be an instagram account especially for the Etsy shop – at some point – because although Etsy is a great platform, it’s easy to drown in the sheer volume of wonderful products they showcase and I’ll need to promote the shop if I want to survive.

There’s a new platform coming soon for crafters in the UK – I’ve had a sneak preview behind the scenes. My lovely daughter is co-owner of Home of the Mall and I can’t wait to be one of the early birds when they launch at the beginning of November. So exciting! **Update – up and running!**

So, with butterflies and unicorns floating around my universe, I hope you are safe and well and are rushing to buy a crochet hook right now 🙂

Love and Peace

Linda x