Here we are again

January 03, 2017

Well, here we are again, the beginning of another year. I hope you had a good break over the holidays and had a chance to spend time with people you love.  We had a busy Christmas day and a quiet Boxing day with the rest of the time spent either relaxing or looking after the grandkids. Thank you so much for all the loving thoughts and cards sent our way. We appreciate your kindness very much.


Gracie has settled in well and will soon be 5 months old. Hanno and I are learning how to groom her. It's like shearing a sheep. Her coat is wirey and thick and although she doesn't like being clipped or brushed, she seems to like having less hair. She is a real scallywag though. She loves running off with balls of wool that someone (ahem) seems to leave around the place.  She always goes for the best yarn - in the photo above she has my organic fine merino, but she takes the organic cotton too. 😡


I spent time over the break watching test match cricket and knitting a new set of dish cloths.  I'm using up the end pieces of organic cotton used over the past two years on various projects.  The old dishcloths are not completely written off yet. They'll be transferred to the rag bag and used as cleaning cloths for another year or two.


I hope to teach myself how to crochet and needle felt this year but my main project will be to work on my family history so that I'm happy to give a copy to my sons, grandchildren and sister. Those of you who have put any time into genealogy know that it's never finished but I do want to feel as if I've discovered as much as I can to give me, and us, a sense of who we are and where we came from. Family history is important to me and I sometimes see patterns from past lives repeating in ours. Consequently, I've added a family history tag to my side bar.  I'll talk about this in greater detail if there is some interest here because I do think this is part of a simpler life as well as being a valuable lesson in self awareness and acceptance.

 Leftover passionfruit cheesecake portions, prefrozen in wedges to be frozen again in plastic bags.

Over the holidays I made sure I had time to think carefully about my plans for this year.  I thought about closing the blog and forum but after mulling it over for a few days, I realised I'm not ready to close up shop yet. There are still things I want to share with you and I have strong connections with many people here and on the forum that I don't want to break. As soon as I decided to continue on into my tenth year, it felt right. I doubt I'll be blogging when I'm 80 but I think I still have a few years left in me so I hope you'll continue to read.

One of the most requested topics in the past year has been simple home cooking, so I'll be doing a weekly recipe during the year. It won't be anything fancy, it will be the food we eat here so I can photograph the stages to present along with the recipe. I hope you enjoy that.  I've also been asked by many readers to revisit some of my older topics such as budgeting, housework, baking and household sewing. That's on the agenda for this year too.

Thanks for coming back. It will be interesting to see where we go this year. ♥︎

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88 comments

  1. Happy New Year Rhonda, thank you for doing what you do on your blog

    Regards

    Tracie

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  2. I will be reading as long as you are willing to write. My youngest loves the posts and photos of Gracie.

    --Ave

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  3. Dear Rhonda, merry Christmas and happy new year. Years back now my mother said to me "you should see this article about this lady, her name is Rhonda, I think you would like what she does" and I looked and my life changed. I now grow my own food, have goats and bees and discovered the beauty and peace within simplicity. Thank you Rhonda for what you give and share. It's changed my life 😊

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  4. I am so happy to hear you will continue blogging and keeping the forum Rhonda. I look forward to both every day and really do enjoy them. Also looking forward to your weekly recipes especially the fact they are recipes you use at home. They are just what I look for. They are real, homemade and would be just the type of dishes our family would enjoy. Whenever I make one of your recipes it always looks just like your pictures and they also give me a lot of satisfaction using real homemade ingredients. Looking forward to another year with you. Happy New Year xx

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  5. I love hearing about your life and am so glad that you are going to continue blogging. I crochet and find it much easier then knitting. I'm working on dishcloths today too. Happy New Year!

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  6. It's lovely to hear from you again Rhonda. I look forward to your blog entries, and your weekly recipes will be something I take particular interest in. I too am interested in learning more about my family history. I want to know why my ancestors came to Australia, and where they came from. I've always thought we have only European ancestors but when I was diagnosed as being lactose intolerant a couple of years ago my doctor suggested I have some Asian roots. His logic was that I could not have only European ancestory as the cuisine from this region includes rich dairy products that make me sick. He said more likely I have ancestors from regions where they don't have a lot of dairy - like Asia. Interesting stuff with many questions unanswered. I hope 2017 brings all that you want from it, and a few more pleasant surprises. Kind regards, Donna

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  7. I am thankful that you will continue this blog. Your blog was one of the first I started reading on a regular basis. I can't even remember when it was that I started reading. You were on the other platform, I do remember that much.
    Being part of this community has been so important in my life. I had to stop working in 2011 due to poor health. It was years before I should have stopped paid employment. By finding your blog and putting into practice many of your suggestions and the suggestions of your readers, I am thriving. So thank-you for all the work you do here. I read most days but don't often comment.
    I'm looking forward to your series of recipes. I find that fixing food for only me now is one of my biggest challenges. I also just enjoy reading about your everyday life. It helps to know there are others who are choosing a simpler life. Cheers, SJ in Vancouver BC Canada

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  8. I'm happy to hear you'll keep blogging. I love all your posts! Happy new year Rhonda!

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  9. Welcome back after the break, melindi

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  10. So happy to see your new post. I(and so many others) would be very sad to see you close your blog and the forum. I know that it is a lot of work to do this, however,this must really be your "calling" as your are a great teacher and so kind and gentle in your teaching. Many blessings and good health and lots of fun and joy are wished for you and Hanno and you family. Keep those Gracie pictures coming, they make me smile and laugh out loud! Carolyn(mimi) in Florida

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  11. Looking forward to all you new posts Rhonda.

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  12. Your Gracie seems to be a cutie who has a knack for nothing but the best when it comes to finding some fun. I'm glad you are staying around. So many have already left blogging. You have set sensible goals.

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  13. Happy New Year, Rhonda! I love your new blog header and my husband would like a slice of that passionfruit cheesecake, thanks very much! Gracie is most definitely a cutie...I wouldn't need her "help" with detangling wool though! I seem to get my wool in a fine mess all by myself. I learnt to make buttonholes on my sewing machine yesterday, and then after much practice, I sewed them into a dress I'm making. They're aren't perfect but they are close enough for me. I plan to keep on sewing this year, learning more, so I'll be very interested in your posts on that. So glad you are going to keep on writing and sharing for a while longer! Meg:)

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  14. Happy New Year, Rhonda. :)

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  15. Happy New Year Rhonda! I'm glad that the blog will continue for a while yet. I so enjoy reading your posts and I have read comments from many other blogs mentioning your blog as the one that switched on the lightbulb for a more simple//frugal life. It is wonderful to inspire so many people (me included)!
    And could you share your cheesecake recipe? It looks fabulous...
    All the very best for 2017 to you and your family,
    Peach

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  16. Hello Rhonda, Happy New Year to you & your family. Although I seldom, if ever, leave a comment I must admit I read every single one of your posts & just love your blog. I have copies of your books & have gifted them also to my sons & their wives. I am so pleased to read that you will continue to write as your blog is one of my absolute favourite places to visit. Thank You,

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  17. I love your recipes and am glad to hear you will be continuing on here for awhile!

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  18. Happy New Year to you and your family, Rhonda and Hanno!
    I will look forward to your recipe each week and other household tips and goings on.
    When I discovered your blog in 2008, I was fascinated how you were living a wonderful life, growing and eating your own veggies and eggs, cooking from scratch, making cheeses, rosella cordial (I'd never heard of that), mending and making. You had everything without the debt that most of us end up in, how idyllic! All these years later, you are still the same (apart from when you were flat out book touring etc), practicing what you preach.
    Its been lovely to see you reach retirement age, meet your grandlittles and and see just how a slow, purposeful life can be lived.
    Please don't retire the blog, you'd be missed by too many! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead with good health and much happiness!

    Cheers - Joolz xx.

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  19. Happy, happy New Year! I missed you while we were all on break! There is such a joy in dropping in for a visit. I have no kindred spirits near me, so I feel connected when I visit you. I do check the forum, but with my work schedule, I don't have time to participate in it. Yet, it is nice to know it is there when I do want to check resources.

    In the meantime, onward and upward to a new year and new opportunities!

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  20. Happy New Year Rhonda, Hanno and Gracie. It's great to hear you will continue. I enjoy visiting your blog and reminding myself about how living a more simple life is possible. I will especially look forward to your weekly recipes. Take care.

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  21. Hello Rhonda, Thanks for continuing. Although I have never commented before, I have read all of your posts and have your books, I've learnt a lot and been inspired along the way. Best wishes for 2017 and thanks again. Jill

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  22. I love your blog and can't wait to see the recipes and try them myself!

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  23. Rhonda, I have followed your blog for years but have never posted. I'm so glad you decided to continue with another year. I have your books and love them. Reading your blog is like learning skills my grandmother would have taught me, but she passed when I was young. Looking forward to another year.- Jessica Maine, USA

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  24. I dunno Rhonda, Blogging at 80 may be just what the Doctor ordered! Great for your mental health and connectedness! So nice to see our post today. I love dipping back into your old posts too. You are a wealth of inspiration to me and a thousand others, or more! Our youngest dgtr is about to embark on 12 months in Taiwan as an exchange student, and she's only 15! Never stop risking change. Never stop seeking. Your family history adventure is very important. My mother and grandmother seem to have done all the work and there's nothing left for me to discover(which is something to think about) but I love the history never the less. Happy 2017!!! , Jenny from F/creek

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  25. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    so glad that you are hanging around for another year Rhonda, where would we be without you to come for coffee breaks to see Gracie growing up & helping you with your knitting? plus we all would love to see your grandlittlies grow up too & hear their own adventures as young adults!
    looking forward to a new year with you & Hanno.
    thanx for sharing
    selina from kilkivan qld

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  26. What a coincidence. Brian spent 14 hours with his Aunt from down the road entering family information into Ancestory.com yesterday. We have decided that we'll pay for a years subscription and we will both do what research we can in that time and re-evaluate the subscription in a years time.

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  27. Great new picture! I'm relieved you are going to continue your blog; I can't imagine you not being "here"!! Happy New Year to you all.

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  28. Well, Rhonda, I have read your blog for years, and this is my first time posting. I so enjoy your writings. And, I am so very happy that you will continue. You have taught me so much, and made my life happier, and calmer. Thank you sincerely.

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  29. I don't comment often, however, I do enjoy your post. Happy you will continue to blog. Wishing you the best in the New Year!

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  30. I'm so pleased you have decided to continue blogging. I've only recently discovered 'Down to Earth' and LOVE all the hints and wisdom you offer.
    Helen

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  31. Like your readers glad you decided to continue your blog. I saw my younger daughter for Christmas along with her mother in law and sister in law also. I had knitted/crocheted a few dishcloths to give to them, but only if they would use them. Daughters mother in law was so impressed with her dishcloth she said it was too good to use to wash dishes so I made her two others whilst on holidays, daughters' sister in law said can you put them in the washing machine I assured her you could. A few days later when our son in law was back home said his new dishcloth was great (currently his is the stay at home dad) and does most of the domestic duties said how great it was so I have made him a couple more and will post them when next out. I always like to have a few dishcloths on hand to give to people I think will use them as some people still insist on using 'chux'.
    regards
    Melinda

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  32. I don't think that I've ever commented here before but I found your blog and love it. I've been a subscriber for maybe a year or so. I can't remember when I found you --- but I am SO glad you've decided to keep writing. I would have been very disappointed if you had closed your blog. Your way of life is so refreshing to read about. It's something that is getting harder & harder to find in today's world.
    All of your books are on my wish list, but they are hard to find in the US. One day I hope to own all of them! :)
    I love seeing pics of Gracie - please keep them coming! :)
    Thank you for all you do.
    Have a blessed New Year!

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  33. Happy New Year! Glad to see your new post, and to hear you will continue to pass on your helpful insights. Especially looking for ward to your recipe "posts".

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  34. I've been a genealogist since I was 12, and I still love family history some 25+ years later (I was the nerd ordering death certificates and microfilm censuses before I was a teenager).

    Thank you so much for choosing to continue to share your life with us. Of course, we will all understand when you are ready to be done with blogging, but I wanted to let you know that your work here is much appreciated. You are like the grandma I never had, and Australian to boot! ~ a fan in the US

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  35. Rhonda, thank you for continuing your blog. I have learned much from you and will look forward to every single post!

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  36. Happy New year from Utah, USA. Gracie is the cutest little dog. I am so glad you are going to continue your blog and that you will be working on your family history. This is a passion of mine, I hope to write my life story this year. Have you checked out FamilySearch.org. It is a free site. Good luck with your research, I will look forward to your posts on this subject.

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  37. I too love genealogy, looking forward to hearing your progress, and I am sure you will be well organized and share hints!! Happy New Year and I am also glad to hear you plan to keep blogging for awhile, you're like an old friend at this point - I would miss you!

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  38. Thank you so much for continuing your blog and the forum. I have read your blog regularly for years, and occasionally visit the forum, but rarely post. It really is a sanctuary for me, and finding other like minded people has been such a blessing in a world that is more and more chaotic.

    As to genealogy...you are so right about it never ending! I have been at it for years! I wish I had done it more when my grandparents were alive, but it has been fascinating none the less.

    And Gracie is adorable! I have never owned but long admired Scotties...such personalities!

    ~Debbie

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  39. Rhonda, I am so glad you have decided to continue your blog. Thank you. I read every post, but I especially love hearing about your garden and your chickens.

    I am living my 'simple life in retirement' according to much of the information I have gathered from your blog over the years. Your books of course have also been well read. Even my husband knows who I am referring to when I say "Rhonda said today.....".

    Best wishes for the New Year to you and Hanno and may it be a healthy one for all of us. All this rain in SE Queensland is a really good start to the year.
    Gay in Jimboomba

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  40. Very happy you will keep blogging! I really treasure this site and the time and thought you put into it. Happy 2017!

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  41. Happy New Year, Rhonda Jean ♥ What a joy to find you here and planning to keep writing - it's selfish on my part, but I am so glad! Your space here is a pause of refreshing whenever I stop by to read, as well as a great resource for information on so many interesting subjects. I am looking forward to all that you and Hanno and Gracie will be up to this year and the great blessing of being able to share in it a little bit. Hugs to you & lots of love!

    Ps - Just have to say that Miss Gracie and that red string is a darling picture :)

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  42. Thank you for continuing on with the blog, Hope the new year brings many treasured memories. I will be using your blog and others to help me as I join Donna- Generations Before Us -in living like it is 1942, this is going to be a really interesting year. We many of us have interesting lives it is great that we can all come together through your blog and the forum, god bless Rhonda from Judi

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  43. Hello Rhonda Jean,
    It's good to visit with you again. I noticed that your dishcloths are a loose weave. I have found that I enjoy crocheting and knitting the cloths with a loose weave and making them smaller. They fit in my hand and are much more flexible that way. I hope you have a lovely year. I don't visit often, but I enjoy your blog very much. I'm so glad you are continuing. We have a lack of older women pouring into younger women. I'm not so far behind you in age, but you've got a lot of experience and wisdom that I value.

    Be blessed!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Carthage, Missouri, U.S.A.

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  44. I'm so glad you decided to keep your blog and the forum going. I LOVE your blog and visit every morning to see what's new. Family history is very important to me too, I think we should all know as much as we can about our ancestors (if possible). Where we came from/what made us who we are today/how did we get to here etc... it's fascinating. Happy New Year!

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  45. Happiest of new years to you and Hanno! I held my breath for a minute when you mentioned closing up the blog - so happy you decided to continue on, thank you!! Really looking forward to the food posts and the genealogy info. We spent most of the holidays with a bad cold (still lingering - lots of kids passing it back and forth to each other ;) and it's given me a lot of time to think about how important it is to have a nurturing home...a sanctuary of sorts. I'm grateful you'll be continuing to share that kind of wisdom here.
    -Jaime

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  46. P.S. I think Gracie is hinting that she needs a knitted Scottie dog sweater ;-)

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    1. Now Jaime, no encouraging her, please. I hope you and the kids will be well soon. xx

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  47. Oh goodness, I'm glad you decided against shutting things down! I would really miss reading your blog. Family history would be of interest to me--I don't know much about my mom's family, but I do know more about my dad's because he took the time to record and translate my grandfather's stories before he passed. My grandmother died this year, and even though I know lots of family stories, there is still more I wish I could have asked her. I keep meaning to sit down with my parents and try to get their stories, but I'm not sure what to ask/where to start. So I will look forward to your posts on this topic with interest!

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  48. ....involuntary lump got stuck in my throat when I read that you had mulled over shutting up shop. I know it isn't all about us, so I'll enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
    Yes, yes - anything on budgeting would be super!

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  49. So glad you are carrying on! Love your blog. Gracie is the most adorable little girl. Take care.

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  50. Happy New Year to you Rhonda. May 2017 be a wonderful one for you and your family. So glad you have decided not to close up shop just yet. Your comment about blogging at 80 reminds me of an interview with a very young Mick Jagger who said he couldn't imagine singing Satisfaction at 45, and look where he is now! :) Your comment about learning to crochet caught my eye. I learned to crochet about three years ago from watching Youtube tutorials. I am now a passionate crocheter and have made many things. I have found it much easier, quicker and more forgiving than knitting. I'm sure you'll pick it up in no time. All the best!

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  51. Welcome back my heart missed a beat when I read that you were thinking of closing up shop I have learnt so much from you. Hope 2017 will be kind to you and your family.

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  52. Dear Rhonda. So happy that you have decided to continue with your blog, it gives me so much pleasure to follow it. Wishing you and Hanno all the best for a happy year in 2017.

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  53. Happy New Year Ronda and Hanno. Being a bit selfish here, but I am glad you decided to continue writing and the family history part will be very interesting to me.
    I bought my mother a book called "From me to You" so she could write in an creat a journal on her life. It had headings in each page as a prompt. Well, she really took to the writing the journal....so much so, that it became too small. She ended up writing pages and pages on each topic so I typed them up onto her computer for her, thereby creating an electronic book with links and photos. I stopped when she passed away three years ago. It has been too painful to return to it.
    You have inspired me to continue. I want to have a journal with photos that I could have printed and given to members of the family. She had also done a lot of work of two family trees (i.e. both sides of the family) and I should review that and update it too. Seems like this is the 'Family' Year for us both.

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  54. I am so, so glad you are continuing to blog, and especially keep the forum up and running.

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  55. Gracie gets cuter every time I see her. Happy New Year to you dear Rhonda and Hanno, I hope this is going to be a cracker of a year for you both.

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  56. I want to add my name to those who are pleased that you are going to continue your blog. I'm sorry if some of us take you for granted; that we expect you to write to us on a regular basis and encouraging us. Thank you!

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  57. Happy New Year Rhonda. We would miss you dearly if you closed up shop. I was so dissapointed when I read those words and relieved that will continue. I read every post!

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  58. Happy New Year to you and your family. I couldn't imagine not having your blog I'm so happy you are continuing. I look forward to your weekly recipes. Xx

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  59. Happy new year Rhonda, and Hanno, I'm so glad you have decided to keep blogging, I don't comment very often but I read every post, have all your books and would miss you terribly if your weren't here. XxBrenda

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  60. Happy New Year to you both. I intend to revisit my online genealogy book this year which I have written and try to bring it up to publishing quality. A link is also on my blog. An enjoyable project.

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  61. Thank you for continuing on with the blog and forum. Blogging definitely wouldn't be the same without you Rhonda.

    Family history is back on my list of things to continue on with for this year. I have neglected it over the past few years and now mum and dad have moved closer, I am feeling the urge again.

    Gracie is the cutest dog ever!

    Much love,
    Tania xx

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  62. Happy New Year Rhonda! Thank you for continuing this blog, it is wonderful! Thank you for all the time you give to it and thank you for sharing your life and inspiring so many people. Looking forward to reading your recipes and and seeing what mischief Gracie gets up to next. What a scamp! X Nia

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  63. Rhonda, Thank you for continuing. I found you after you had been blogging for a number of years so am extremely thankful still:) I have began going back and reading posts from 'way back' and will continue to present though it may take a little time.
    Have a beautiful day.

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  64. Hello Rhonda~
    Happy New Year to you and your family. I only comment occasionally, but had to today. I read your post and was glad that you still feel there are things you can help others with. Hooray!

    But what stuck me as I read all the comments was how much you impacted others lives and all the love directed your way. It must be so wonderful to feel that and the connection with all your readers. We love you and you love us, what could be better?

    Thank you for all you do here on your blog and forum. May 2017 be a fabulous year for us all!

    Darlene

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  65. Thank you for not "closing up shop" your blog is very much a part of my routine -- a reward for accomplishing what needs to be done

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  66. Thank you ever so much for staying on here. Blessings to you and your family this New Year.

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  67. Thank you for continuing to blog. I am new to your blog but thoroughly enjoy it. I am really looking forward to the weekly recipe. I am in the United States so hope I can find all the ingredients you will use. I think simple meals are the best anyway. Happy New Year!

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  68. P.S. I LOVE your new photo. You look 10 years younger!!

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  69. I wish you and your family and friends a very happy and satisfying 2017....I've been reading your blog from very early days and feel you have added a lot of inspiration to my life!

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  70. Best wishes for a happy and simple New Year 😻

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  71. Beautiful new picture of yourself, Rhonda. I am so glad that you decided to keep blogging for awhile. I would certainly miss reading you every day. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  72. Your blog and the forum have become an institution Rhonda Jean and may I encourage any of your readers who have not already joined the forum to come on over and find so much encouragement, inspiration, fun, support and friendship. I too love genealleagy so will welcome the nudge to find out more about my "tribe"!
    Happy New Year and much love to you and Hanno, Gracie and all your loved ones
    Sue xoxoxo

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  73. Thank you so much for continuing Rhonda Jean, I would miss your conversations (and you) so much. I have read your blog since the early days and you have become such a friend and part of my life that I would miss you terribly were you not still writing.
    Really looking forward to the recipes.

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  74. I agree with all the above, so glad your not closing your blog down yet. It is one of the few blogs I read and really enjoy... Happy New Year to you. Woo xx

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  75. Thank you Rhonda for writing your blog again this year. I do read your posts they motivate me into doing not just thinking about it. Looking forward to seeing your simple recipes. Happy New Year

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  76. Dearest Rhonda,
    I am so happy that you have decided to continue blogging. I get a lot of flak from friends and relatives for choosing to be a homemaker. Sometimes my resolve shakes and I wonder whether I am missing out on anything by not joining the rat race. But then I just have to come to your blog and I feel calm again. Your writing is balm for my soul. Thank you!

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      Ignore the judgmental comments and live the life you want. x

      PS: You are not missing anything by joining the rat race. Believe me.

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  77. I'm soooo glad you've decided to keep blogging Rhonda. Yours is the first I look at when I go online. Your words make me feel more grounded and purposeful as I start my day at home with three children. There is really no one else like you writing on the web. I'm sure there are thousands like me who read regularly but don't comment. I love seeing the photos of your every day activities. I look forward to seeing your simple recipes this year.
    All the best for the new year, Melanie in Melbourne

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  78. I remember a particularly hard year at work. I really did not want to be there and was counting down the days. The first thing I did when I got to work was turn on the computer and read your daily blog post. It some how calmed me down and reminded me that this did not have to be forever, that I had the choice to live a different way. I am no longer full time and loving it. Gone are the stressful work days. You remind us that most of us have a choice. Yes, most of need to work, or at least have someone in the household working. However, we don't need to be a slave to our jobs. And a two income family is not mandatory, albeit society has conditioned us to believe it is. Be smart with your money & jump off the consumer treadmill. For a lot of us, it is possible.

    xxx

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  79. I just wanted to add my thanks for your wonderful blog. It was one of the first I started reading. You have definitely had a positive impact on my life. I can't remember when I first started reading your blog but it's definitely part of my morning ritual. I've made quite a few of your recipes and discovered lots of other amazing bloggers through your blog. Wishing you a wonderful year in 2017

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  80. Hi Rhonda,
    I've never commented before but I first found your book Down to Earth a few years ago now. Yours was the first blog I had ever looked at and I have been following along ever since. I am glad you have decided to continue your blog, I have learnt so much about simple living and enjoyed gradually putting bits into practice.
    Thanks Alisha

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  81. Thankyou for deciding to continue. I am 33 at home with 4 children and I check your blog almost every morning when I get up. I look forward to your weekend reading also every Friday. Your blog is a great source of information and inspiration to those of us living a little differently to the mainstream, and we realise we aren't alone!

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  82. Happy New Year to both of you!
    I really enjoy reading your blog and I will look forward to your recipes and revisits. I too am very interested in family history. My mum started ours and it's now passed on to me to continue with. I'm looking forward to spending time on this.

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  83. I also will keep on reading till you decide to stop (hope it will take a loooong time). Enjoy every post. A happy blessed year to you 3.

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  84. Glad to know I'll be able to visit you in the coming year. We're on the other side of the world, but I love reading your simple, straight-forward writing about your life. A Happy New Year to you and Hanno and Gracie - and family!

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  85. I tought myself to needle felt on the weekend haha its very easy and im having great fun making felted landscapes for my 2yr old to play with his animals on.

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