Friday, September 14, 2007

Welcome to Seasonality

This is Seasonality - a blog in two parts. Part one is Seasonality - A Beginners Guide to Living the Good Life. Part two will be Seasonality in the Texas Hill Country. This is how it all began:

Now, no one has ever accused me of being a deep thinker, but I am a voracious reader. I especially love books about people who are “living the good life” - people like Frances Mayes in Tuscany, and Peter Mayle in Provence. I don’t recall exactly when the lightning bolt hit me, but one day I finally realized that all of my favorites had a common thread running through them, something I dubbed Seasonality. As I see it, people need the thrill of anticipation in their lives - they need something to look forward to. Seasonality is the best cure there is for the boring repetitiveness of housekeeping, for mindless eating and weight gain, for the obsessive accumulation of more and more stuff, and for over-worked and over-stressed families. Want to cook simple but delicious meals for your family? Seasonality is the answer. Are you tired of where you live, but can’t move? Seasonality is the key. Want to host simple parties that are as much fun for you as they are for your guests? Then you’d best keep reading! Whether you are just starting out on your own, or are well along the route but ready to try a different path, my Beginner’s Guide blog has everything you need to get you headed in the right direction. In addition to tips on cooking, gardening and decorating, it also addresses issues such as sustainability, where we get our food, and raising a happy child. The one thing it will not do is rant and rave and make you feel helpless. Rather, it will show you the simple, common sense, often humorous, path to the good life.

Now that the kids are grown, we have embarked upon our own quest for the good life in the Texas Hill Country, and this will be chronicled in the second part of my blog. It will take you back three years, to the time when we found our dream house, and you will accompany us on our journey from being big city suburbanites, through remodeling, multiple trips to the ER, tow trucks, wind storms and floods, to meeting many, and finally becoming Hill Country characters who are actually livin’ the good life. Hope you enjoy the trip!