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A Technical Update

via Death to Stock Photo

via Death to Stock Photo

Hey ya’ll! I’m just dropping in on this happy hump day to let you know that things are changing a bit around here. You might not notice it too much, but if you’ve been reading the blog at love-library.com, you might need to change your bookmark. I’m going to be blogging from asmalllife.com now to more accurately reflect where this blog is going. The old pins should work too, but if you find any broken links, let me know! asmalllifemelanie at gmail dot com.

Thanks for your support. I truly appreciate each and every one of you!!

melanie

Come work with me!

Desk in an Airstream

This little ol’ blog is growing! I just adore all the extra attention that it has gotten lately, but as someone with two jobs (other than this blog), a dog and a husband, I just can’t do it all. Sometimes a girl needs a little help. That’s why I’d like to hire a web developer to help me clean up some of the backend junk on my site and get a few new things going.

I’d love to hire someone who is already familiar with my site. This person needs to have knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress and SEO. This person can live anywhere, but they need to possess excellent email communication skills. If you think you can help, email me asmalllifemelanie at gmail.com and we can talk more about the details of the project. This is a paid position, obviously.

Please feel free to pass this along to friends! I hope to hear from you!

melanie

Switching Things Up!

airstream 2 Not one to stay stagnant, I’m in the process of switching things up over here. I’ve finally pulled the trigger and changed the name of this blog to “A Small Life.” I think it more accurately describes what I’m actually doing here. Love Library served it’s purpose, but it never really had anything to do with what I was writing about. It took me a while to find my voice and find what I loved writing about but I think I’ve finally found it. And just in time because soon I’ll be revealing photos of our completed Airstream! We’ve been living in it a year and I am still smitten with the small life.

So what does it mean for you? Hopefully nothing! The last time I attempted to do this, I ended up deleting most of my pictures and totally screwed things up. But this time, I’ve just set it as a redirect, so hopefully you will be able to see things under my old site name and my new site name. I’ve also changed my name on social media so look for me on Instagram as “ASmallLife” and over on Twitter @a_small_life.

Thanks for your support!

love (as always),
melanie

Perpetuating Positivity

moccasins I’m not a naturally positive person. I’m not. I always imagine the worst case scenario. But I do try my the best to find the best in other people because I have no idea what that person is going through. I don’t. And I share a lot on this blog, but you don’t know what I’m going through either.

I try to be understanding and positive. Oh my do I try. I have a full-time job that centers around customer service and if I didn’t try to see the best in people, I’d run out of there screaming. I also spend a damn lot of time on this blog. I don’t make money from this endeavor. I’d love to do so, but for now I’m spreading my knowledge and sharing my life with you all for free. And man do I appreciate anyone who reads this little blog.

But lately I’ve been getting more and more negative comments. And I do appreciate a healthy debate, but I must say once and for all that negativity and just plain rudeness will not be tolerated on this blog. I hate that I even have to acknowledge these anonymous meanies, but this will be the only time I do so. Just because someone saves money differently or has different living standards or even eats a different diet doesn’t make it wrong. Things in life aren’t black and white. What works for me might not work for you. That’s cool. Start your own blog with your own discoveries. But I won’t approve your mean and nasty comments here. As we southerners say, “I will not tolerate ugly talk.” This blog is about perpetuating the positive and living a small, honest life. 

Thank you to all my long-time readers. You bring joy to my life each and every day. I keep doing this because of you. 

As always. With love,
melanie

On the Road

Tropical drinks on the beach

You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here this week. It’s because I’ve been on an epic road trip. I’m still on it, in fact! I’m currently updating from our last stop with wi-fi. We’ve gone all over Florida and I’ll be sure to update ya’ll soon. It’s a much-needed break and I’m trying to not be on the Internet the entire time. If you want to follow me in real time, remember you can always follow me on Instagram @lovelibrary.

Talk soon!

love,
melanie

Love Weekends: Hustlin’

The scrap metal we pulled out of the woods.

The scrap metal we pulled out of the woods.

On Saturday, George and I got up early and trekked into the woods behind our house. Although it was never a “dump” people dumped trash in the woods behind our house from the ’50s to the ’70s. What can I say? People were a lot less environmentally friendly back then. Does anyone remember that episode of Mad Men where The Drapers are having a picnic and when they are finished Betty picks up the blanket and scatters the trash onto the ground. And then everyone proceeds to leave the trash all over the ground all nonchalant! Yeah. It’s kind of like that.

We pulled out a ton of old, rusty metal to take to the scrap yard. Ok, maybe not a ton. It just felt like a ton because my arms are weak little twigs. Later this week George is going to take it to the scrap metal yard to cash it in, so I don’t know the exact poundage yet. Don’t worry, I’ll have a write up about how to make a little money on the side by scrounging for scrap metal.

Worn out!

Worn out!

It was hard, laborious work but I’ll take whatever extra money I can make.

Do you have a weekend side hustle? I want to hear about it in the comments!

love,
melanie

Survey Winner!

Random Number

 

Thank you everyone for taking my survey. The results will help me to create a blog enhancement plan and I could not be more grateful. As for the drawing… the winner is… Erika from Rejoice for the Day! Erika, as the 21st survey responder,  you won a very special prize pack from me! So, lookout for an email, so I can get your mailing address.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous weekend. I just started the seeds for my vegetable garden yesterday and I will be frolicking in Saturday’s nice weather.

Do you have any plans for this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie