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Switching Things Up!

airstream 2Not 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

moccasinsI’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

Garden Update!

Garden, airstream in background
Up until recently I was under the impression that since I couldn’t keep a house plant alive, I couldn’t grow a garden. But I’ve been proving myself wrong and this is the only time I’ve been happy to be wrong.

tomatoes!I started peppers, tomatoes, onions and brussel sprouts from seeds. I also planted sunflowers, squash, pumpkins and cucumbers straight into the dirt. About half of my plants sprouted! I don’t want to jinx it, but I consider that a success. This is my first time really growing anything, after all. The only thing that didn’t work from my seeds was the cucumbers. My sweet father-in-law felt bad for me so this past weekend he bought me a couple of cucumber plants to start.

Only one squash plant sprouted. I still consider that a success. But my sunflowers are really the star of my garden. They are looking beau-ti-ful. All but one of the sunflowers sprouted. And my tomatoes are growing so quickly. I love checking on them each morning. It seems like they grow inches overnight!

sprouts!I didn’t spend much money on this garden, but I am hopeful that it will produce and I’ll make my money back. Even if I don’t see a cornucopia of fresh veggies, I think the learning experience has been worth it. I’ll do a full cost breakdown at the end of the season and we’ll see if I’m in the red or the green (pun intended).

Did you plant a garden this year? How does your garden grow?! :) Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie

Love Weekends: Almost Birthday

Tilling the gardenMy birthday actually falls on a Tuesday this year which isn’t the best for celebrating. I also have a big presentation that day for instructors and a VIP dean at my school. So this weekend was more of a celebration than I am planning for my actual birthday.

Tomato sproutsI had off work on Friday, so George and I started my garden. I was so thankful that he was there to help. Tilling is hard work!

Baseball GameOn Friday night we went to see the local minor league baseball team, the Mudcats play with friends. Their mascot is a catfish. So southern. Tickets are only $5 and they even have gluten-free beer. It’s a good time.

photoSaturday we headed way out into the country to a pow-wow. The dancing was rained out, but most of the vendors were still there. I scored some insanely beautiful jewelry. George even bought me this gorgeous ring for my birthday present. It’s so lovely. Pretty sure it’s going to be an heirloom piece.

For Easter Sunday we visited my parents and my mom stuffed us with all kinds of delicious food. I must admit that I’ve been feeling a little down and stressed out lately, but this weekend had a way of bringing me back out of it. I have so many people who love me and I will soon see another birthday and another year of life.

love and almost birthdays,
melanie

Frugal Friday: Cheapness and Health

I've spent much of the past week sick in bed, but at least the view is nice.

I’ve spent much of the past week sick in bed, but at least the view is nice.

This week I’ve been battling a nasty cold. You know the ones. Those colds that wake you up sweating. Those colds that make you spend most of the day with your sweaty palms glued to a box of tissues and all you want to eat are Popsicles and soup. Those colds that can only be healed with television marathons followed by marathon sleep sessions.

I knew that I was getting sick before we boarded the plane back home from Memphis on Sunday. I just knew it, but I was too cheap to buy overpriced Airborne from the airport or take any other preventative measures. I know that those preventative measures don’t always work, but man, oh man, I wish I hadn’t been so cheap and just bought the damn stuff.

Sometimes frugality is a good thing. I don’t need that new bag or that cup of coffee, but sometimes frugality takes a nasty turn into cheapness, I pay for other preventative health measures like regular doctor appointments and a gym membership, but I cheaped out this time and now I’m paying for it. My health is one thing that I never, ever want to discount (pun intended.)

What’s something that you don’t “cheap out” on? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie