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  • This tuna-mack (mackerel!) casserole puts a divine spin on the tired old classic. It took every ounce of willpower not to go back for thirds! It was egg noodles cooked with tuna and mackerel in a white sauce with eggs from our hens, flavored with tarragon, black pepper, cornichons, then mixed with bread crumbs and aged cheddar, and topped with both as well. Before it was served, it was topped with kalamata olives, capers, sour pickles, and cilantro. So good!
  • Sometimes being Huxley's mom means dressing up as Wonder Woman (to his tiny Batman) while feeding the wood stove, locking up the chickens, and helping @glennbenglish make dinner. Because, #mom.
  • I'll admit that it's pretty, but we three Englishes (and our feathered friends!) are SO very ready to be done with snow and frost and chill.
  • It's always a good day when @joythebaker stops by. Thanks for sharing food stories, sipping tea, strolling the property, and playing with our Wild child. Safe travels on your southern road trip, and beyond!!!
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  • The best part of @fernworks and @killaspro traveling to Southeast Asia in January? The Thai food cooking kick they've been on since their return. Still thinking about these crazy delicious wings @fernworks made last night (using the recipe from @pokpokpdx). Thanks for having us over, buddies!
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  • Family, gardens, and sea creatures are what characterized our time in Florida. I could stare at these exquisite jellyfish all day.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be back in North Carolina. Missed these mountains something fierce!
  • A late winter trip to Florida was exactly what we three Englishes needed, but we are glad to be headed back home to greet the spring in the magical mountains of western North Carolina.
  • Something wicked this way comes. At the Magic Kingdom. First time here as a parent. At Huxley's request, went on the Haunted Mansion ride first. Let the good times roll!
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Everything Is Amazing

So, this is what I’ve been thinking about lately, and talking about with Hubs. Comedian Louis K. encapsulates the sentiments we’ve been ruminating over perfectly-that everything is amazing and yet, no one is happy.

Watching the Edwardian & Victorian Farm videos is what really started bringing it home for me. If I want to go somewhere, I hop in my car and, a bit of time later, I’m there, with minimal expenditure of physical labor. Ditto for washing my dishes, or my clothes, or, heck, even my car if I so choose. My food is kept perpetually chilled, or frozen. Hot, luxurious water pours (cleanly!) from my bathtub spigot! I have indoor plumbing! There are strawberries available, for the taking, at my local grocer. In January.

Certainly, not everyone on Earth has access to such modern technologies. And, as I mentioned in the Edwardian & Victorian farm post, while these technologies bring their own host of other issues to contend with, they certainly offer a standard of living (not to mention type of life) never known in the history of humankind. And that, friends, is amazing.

I, for one, am quite happy.

*Apologies for the shoddy quality of the video. That’s the only form the internet seems to have it in…

9 Responses to Everything Is Amazing

  • Ray says:

    “then when you ran out of money, you be like well, we just can't do any things now” that! exactly that!!

  • Lacy says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exactly what I needed. I just lost my job and was laminating about how unemployment is a tad lower than my actual salary…..WTH! This is all so true & I need to remember how lucky I am. Thanks Ashley!

  • jen says:

    I never thought I would say that Louis CK gave me motivation, but it's true. :)
    We do live in incredible times. In our family, we're looking to step back to simpler things – forge stronger community with neighbors, be grateful for the awesome times we live in.
    Though, I admit I would be the person that complained about my phone taking too long, ha ha.

  • jenny miller says:

    Thanks for the laughs, Ashley. That was AMAZING :) So funny and true.

  • Heather says:

    Absolutely Ray- ha ha~ I was thinking the same thing! That's always been our financial philosophy around here. We're old school that way I guess.

  • Laurie says:

    Saw Everything's Amazing a week or two ago. So true. I'm so glad to know about the edwardian/victorian farming videos. We just finished the Colonial House series. Thank you!

  • Tracy says:

    That was so hilarious – because it is sooo true! We have become such spoiled people, and feel like we have a “right” to all things, all the time. Thanks for posting this – made me laugh out loud, and brightened my morning.

  • Sharon says:

    My husband calls life on our homestead “Back to basics with an emphasis on technology!”

    We loved the Victorian Farm Series and have almost finished the Edwardian series too.

  • hilary says:

    this made my day. “Lesson learned don't get trapped in the dark circles in your life” Learn not to so spoiled for everything you need to achieve must be exerted with effort. Thanks for posting!