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An Average Saturday Living the Simple Life; A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on May 29, 2015

From the Kinks

Allow me to share a few lyrics from “A Well Respected Man” before I begin:

'Cause he gets up in the morning,
And he goes to work at nine,
And he comes back home at five-thirty,
Gets the same train every time.
'Cause his world is built 'round punctuality,
It never fails.

And now allow me to share my own day, a day in the life, welcome to my world, all that and more.

My morning companions
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Cause He Gets up in the Morning

I’m up most mornings at six. I’m usually awake by five, especially during the spring and summer when the light comes early in the mornings and the quail chirp and the chickens cluck, all eager to begin their days. I spend that first hour, from five to six, in bed listening to the sounds of the day beginning, before engines are started and the humans begin their chase. The finches, the hawks, the jays and the squirrels, all say good morning to me as they prepare to do whatever it is critters do.

I can hear the raccoons making their way back home after working the night shift. The occasional clumsy possum will also announce his departure, stepping aside for the creatures of the daylight, fully-fed and eager for a day of rest on limbs far above us all.

Finally I toss aside the covers and begin the pre-shower rounds. I let the hens out of the coop, give them some grain, then toss some into the aviary for the quail. I check the water dishes, then say hello to the baby quail in the “nursery” and make sure they had a restful and safe night. The dogs of course, the kitten named Josie, the rabbits named Alice, Scout and Toby, and the guineas, all fed, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, my first task is done. A quick shower, breakfast with Bev, and a discussion of the coming day.

And He Goes to Work at Nine

Not this boy!

I go to work when I want to go to work, and on Saturdays I don’t even like the word “work.” Whatever I do on Saturday is a labor of love.

Collect the eggs? A labor of love! Pick berries? A labor of love! Sprinkle more rabbit poop on the garden? A labor of love! Take new babies out of the incubator? A labor of love! Mend fences? Well, you get it, right?

During the “work week” I’m at my desk writing by seven. On weekends that flies out the window. I dawdle. I’m a world-class dawdler and proud of it. In fact, I deserve it. I’ve worked traditional jobs for almost forty-five years so I figure I deserve dawdling time. I’ll play on the computer. I’ll go to the library. I’ll talk to a neighbor over the fence. I’ll go to the farming center and toss around ideas with the proprietor there. I’ll always treat myself, and Bev, to a mocha because what says leisure better than a mocha?

At some point in time, Bev and I will decide what our big activity for the day will be. Will we go to a movie? Will we go for a long walk? Will we build something that we’ve been planning? Will we have a cribbage tournament, or will we go to several garage sales?

Or are we feeling ambitious? Will we go hiking in the mountains? Will we go for a long drive in the country? Will we take our cameras and shoot pictures of the beauty that surrounds us? Or will we just sit on chairs on our deck and watch as our urban farm grows and thrives?

There's always something to do
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And He Comes Back Home at Five-thirty

No, not on Saturdays I don’t. Chances are I never left but if I did, I left with Bev and she is my home. We have built a life together over the past seven years. There were painful times, as there always are with two adults with baggage to spare, but we’ve worked through it all. Today she is my best friend and I am hers. We have similar goals. We see the world with similar eyes. We embrace simplicity and find so much happiness from what others might consider mundane and boring.

We do not need to spend money to have a riotous time. We don’t need luxuries. Would it be nice to travel? Of course, but we both know that if we did we would constantly long to be back home, so we just skip the middle part of that scenario and stay close to home.

Cause His World Is Built ‘round Punctuality

Nope! No way! No chance!

I am very punctual during the week. On weekends, forget about it. My only true requirement is keeping the animals safe and alive. After that I’m free as a bird with no obligations.

Kind of like being a kid!

I enjoy hopping on Facebook and reading some of the posts. I gotta do this…I gotta do that….the kids need this done today….I don’t have enough hours to get everything done…gotta go shopping….gotta run these errands…..

For me? I don’t gotta do nothing! How’s that for a double negative?

In fact, I have a mantra on weekends…..do what I want to do and enjoy the hell out of it!

What's it all about? Love, baby, Love!
What's it all about? Love, baby, Love! | Source

What’s It All About, Alfie?

Now I’m mixing up the song lyrics. Sheez!

So I was walking along yesterday, enjoying beautiful seventy degree weather, and a teenager rode by me on his skakeboard. While he was riding he was texting on his phone. HE….WAS….TEXTING….ON…..HIS…..PHONE!

So I went to Fred Meyer for some screws. There’s a joke in there somewhere but I better leave it alone. Anyway, I’m in the store and people are talking on their phones, texting on their phones, grumpier than all hell and running into each other with their carts.

So I was driving home and people were weaving in and out of traffic, honking at each other, driving through stop signs, talking on their phones while driving and yes, texting while driving.

I was a nervous wreck.

I got home and I was in heaven.

I leave the bigger questions about life to others. What’s the meaning of life? How did it all begin? There are people far-smarter than me and those are good questions for them to tackle. Me? I just live a simple life of love and contentment.

Note to Self:

Never leave home again.

Note to All of You:

Finding happiness and peace of mind is not a difficult task. It doesn’t have to cost you a bunch of bucks. You don’t have to travel to find it. You won’t find it on your cell phone.

Just turn left at Simplicity Lane, go two blocks and hang a right on Chill Out Avenue. Look for a person who looks a lot like you did before life got so damned complicated. Introduce yourself. Spend some time with that person. Smile. Laugh. Be silly.

Then I want both of you to come visit me next Saturday. I’ll even let you feed the quail. Make sure you wear rubber boots, though; the chicken poop is here, there and everywhere. Yes, another song title was just tossed in.

Livin’ large and lovin’ life in Olympia, Washington.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is for us, DreyaB...thank you and it's nice to have you visit.

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Sounds perfect to me! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it is indeed. Thank you for saying that. I know you would love it if you were here.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a little piece of heaven to me!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kalinin, good to see you. Okay, you can have everything except the six a.m. wake up call. It's a deal! LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lana ZK 2 years ago from California

      Thanks for giving us a glimpse of what your life is like, I've learned a lot about you from this hub! You've got a really wonderful Saturday routine going. I don't find it boring at all. I'd love to have a vegetable garden and hens one day! But no 6 am wake up calls for me please :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It sounds like a perfect afternoon, Ann. Enjoy!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Coffee is fine; I don't drink tea! The rubber boots (wellies) we have.

      Had a great day today, gardening all afternoon and enjoying the sun at home for a change! Lovely.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, the coffee is always on unless you request tea of course. We can do that too. Bring a pair of rubber boots cuz the critters can be a bit messy. :) It's always nice having you drop by, even in a figurative sense. I hope you're enjoying your day at home.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Frank, but most of us do work long hours, long years, and we don't see the truth until we are my age. Oh well, at least we see it eventually. Thank you my friend and Happy Thursday to you.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Love the Kinks (and the other songs you referred to). Love your last two paragraphs. We'll pop in on Saturday and happily muck in. Your philosophy on life is the same as mine. Live simply and smile.

      Yes, I do love to travel. But you know what? Having just got back from Portugal (with lots of sun), I was saying only this morning that I don't like the getting there and back part and I can't stand the mess companies make of the booking/tickets etc. Add to that the fact that I hate flying and the hassle on the way back made some of the relaxation of holiday disappear! So maybe we'll stick to a quick trip across the channel now and then.

      I love the 'doing what I want when I want' part of being retired too.

      Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, bill. Put the coffee on!

      Ann :D

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I guess the lyrics of my life is I work from 9 to 5 and then..LOL great little reflection here Billybuc.. I see the urge to fight the system... get up when you want to work when you want to.. and you are right...Finding happiness and peace of mind is not a difficult task.. life is too short for the long search bravo my friend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it comes as no surprise to me that you can relate to this hub. I would expect nothing less from you, and I am always grateful when you find the time to pay a visit. Thank you! Blessings, hugs and the love of friendship are heading your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kailey! I wasn't always able to relax. I was driven, unable to just enjoy life...almost dying eight years ago changed that. :)

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      Lovely.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Aaah yes...the slow it down, smell the roses kind of days...days that we enjoy so very much. You got that right, bill. Yes, indeed.

      Taking time to love our outside critters and tend to the natural beauty around us is so good for our souls. I begin each day outside, pre shower, as you say....feeding my Honeybee kitty and my inherited pup, Gretta, as well as a poor little kitty who stops by to dine. And then check on my plants, water, weed, trim, clear, plant, and on and on...and then go in for one of several showers of the day (since one foray into the yard is never enough.)

      My writing has not been foremost on my agenda since I moved. There is just so much to be here now that even though writing brings me so much pleasure, and reading the writings of others does as well, the day is just filled with so much to get my new yardage just as I want it to be.

      Thankfully I am finding more time to come here and touch bases with the chicks in Washington...and those whom I adore in other areas of this planet.

      Have a blessed and lovely day, you and yours.

      Angels are on the way.

      This hub is one in which I find so much of how I feel about life ...not missing the lovely moments in life is the key to a wonderful walk on this planet.

      Angels are once again making that trek your way ....ps

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I love that song, and I really enjoyed looking at life through your eyes. I feel just as you do when seeing people texting while doing other things. I can't drive twenty minutes from my house without being tailgated and almost run over by people who think they're more important. I have been planning to write an article on this sort of thing for a while, actually. Thank you for sharing the way you see things. Although I don't run people over with my car, I tend to be hard on myself--I was raised to be--so, relaxing for too long, even on the weekends, is difficult. This article may help some other people like myself!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Catherine! It wasn't always this way for this boy. I had to re-learn how to enjoy life. :)

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I always look forward to these little pieces about life that you do. I read every word, enjoy every word, and envy every word. You have the knack for enjoying life. Keep on doing so.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, I would love that too. Maybe some day, my friend. Until then, I'm very happy having you in my life. Enjoy your Tuesday and thank you.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I love when you give us an insight into your daily life at the Holland residence! So envious and since meting you 3 years ago here combined with unemployment I have changed into someone who thrives on a simpler life. Thanks for this wonderful read, it must be so much fun at your place! Love to be sitting on that porch someday with you both chewing the fat over a coffee!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We did for sure, Lea! :)

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Some rabbits have very short ears. You got the prize :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, we have a small rabbit that looks like a squirrel..confused me every morning when I look out. I wonder how a squirrel got into the aviary. LOL

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      And all your plans are positive. I think of people out there in politics and arguing who is right, left, wrong and drawing up plans to build bombs and weapons rather than aviaries, greenhouses, and a goat stable. You and Bev are leaving a legacy for the world to see. So proud to know you both and DO hope to meet your animals in the future.

      Blessings, Sparklea PS: We have an adorable chipmunk by our house. The cats sit in the window licking their chops. So cute.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, thank you for sharing about your tv time. That is precious and I can just picture it.

      We have some big plans. We drew them up yesterday....huge greenhouse...goat stable....more aviaries...I have enough planned to keep me busy until I'm eighty...and I love every bit of it.

      Blessings my friend, and if you ever do get to Washington I expect you to stop by.

      bill

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc: As I've told you so many times I SO love what you share on Hub Pages. Now THIS is one of the most wonderful things I have read...I LOVE that you took us on this journey. I, too, LOVE being home...slowly weeding through our cellar and my writing room and working on my book at the same time.

      I adore and love your 'family of critters' and the pictures. I hope God allows that Dave and I can visit Washington some day and stop by to pet your animals and even feed them. You would DIE if you could see the fiasco we go through at dinner time....Two TV trays in our den for supper(I only watch TV a couple hours in the evening I don't go near it during the day); and chairs set up for our cats. We call it 'family time.' When Dave gets home from work Galadriel is already in "her" chair in the den WAITING for family time. It is so cute and precious. Martha and Frodo join us too. THIS is living. THIS is home.

      I could so relate to your driving and the confusion out there. I can't wait to get back home either when driving.

      So happy for you and Bev. Thank you for this terrific inspirational write. You NOT doing anything but what you want on weekends should be a viral message for everyone to see and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

      God bless always. It has been hectic, trying to catch up a little online.

      Sparklea...Voted up across the board.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it seems to me that you've found your heaven. Great family connection. I think that says tons about you and your husband and the cornerstone of that family.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      It seems Bill, even in retirement weekends are our salvation. The time we need to unwind and just be! Do all the other stuff during the week and take the time to enjoy each other (husband or wife) when the weekend shows its lovely face.

      Here it's often a time for family when kids, and their kids come around to spend time with us. We cook out, hang out, and just chill out!

      I'm so with you on this one. No matter where we live or what we do, we need to unwind and enjoy life.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Heidi. I did nothing related to writing....my weekends are usually filled with urban farming and I love it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I found my truth eight years ago...that means 58 years of searching. :) Exhausting to say the least.

      Thank you and I hope you had a great weekend.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Saturday + 1 (known as Sunday)! Hope you're enjoying Sunday doin' nothin'. Have a great week ahead!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      "Look for a person who looks a lot like you did before life got so damned complicated." - This sentence struck a chord like the Bells of St. Thomas. I have to go back 46 years to find this person.

      Your simple life holds appeal for so many.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. I'm wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

      love and thanks

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, so good to see you. Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a superb weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oliversmum, I'm very glad you enjoyed this...thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you just said it all perfectly. I love my life, as you do. I started weeding the garden yesterday and decided I didn't feel like doing it...so I went for a walk. Then I read...then I milked a friend's goats....the garden is waiting for me, and I'll probably take care of it today....maybe. :)

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      Love your philosophy and how you live your simply beautiful life - this was an inspirational and validating read for me. Love and hugs, Maria

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      livingsta 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill,

      This is so beautiful. This is the life that I would enjoy living and everyone should be doing to get out of the "nine to six" schedule.

      I was once told by one of my colleagues that doing the same things everyday at the same time does not help the brain and can lead to minor or major illnesses relating to memory at an early stage itself. Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub with us. I am sharing this too!

      Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Have a good one Bill :-)

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      oliversmum 2 years ago from australia

      billybuc Hi. Sounds like you are living "The Dream" as it should be. Happy,Content and enjoying every minute, Hearing the birds and other animals going about their business first thing in the morning is magic. Thanks for sharing part of you life with us, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. :) :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, you sound so joyful and happy. Your life is a lot like mine, especially the part about listening to the birds and following the morning routine of critters while enjoying the comfort of a cozy bed. I get up when I feel like it. I do what needs to be done in the garden, but even that can be done when I feel like it. The best part about it all is, when I treat my garden right, my garden treats me right by producing delicious foods to eat. I also grow plants for pure enjoyment. Still, my day is never planned. Today, I cut roses. But, I could have cut them yesterday or tomorrow or next week or never. I wake up each day and decide what I want to do that day, depending on my mood. I'm not rolling in the dough. I don't even dream of being wealthy. I have what I need to get by in life. The only thing I dream of wanting more of is more of what I already have... more joy, more plants, and more simplicity. Cheers to the good life!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you sgbrown...life in Oklahoma has to be a considerable difference from city life. It sounds like heaven to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Flourish, I was really behaving myself with the screw jokes. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, drbj, and I no longer live by them, and ain't that wonderful? I appreciate you being here and Happy Saturday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They truly are, Vellur. Thank you and I hope you are enjoying your Saturday.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      When we lived in the city, I can remember so many times that hubby and I longed to go somewhere where we could fish or just go for a walk in the country and leave the noisy neighbors and sounds of the city behind. Now that we live in the country, we can enjoy doing these things daily if we want. Life has definitely slowed down for us and it is awesome! My dad used to raise quail. I loved watching those tiny chicks emerge from their little eggs!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This was fun to read, and.I'm pretty sure there is a joke in there with the screws.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Your learned treatise on the simple life reminded me of a statement Will Rogers once made: "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. '

      Ain't that the awful truth?

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Oh yes we need to travel down simplicity lane to find happiness. Weekends are to enjoy and wishing you a very happy one. Great write.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, some of us (not you of course) take longer to figure things out. My life is spectacularly normal and I love every minute of it. I remember many, many years when that was not the case.

      I hope you have a great weekend, my friend. Thank you for sharing those thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! I love hearing that others are enjoying life this much. Bravo to you and yours and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Zulma. Thank you! I hope you have a superb weekend.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, are you sure we are not brothers? You and I lead very parallel lives. Now that the summer heat has arrived I start my chores about 5:30 AM and knock off around 9:00 AM when it starts getting hot. That is if I feel like doing anything that day other than the necessary stuff.

      I remember my days in the Corporate world when 8 hours in the office was mandatory even if there was nothing to do. I often thought I was just wasting my life and I guess I was. Now I enjoy everything I do but do it at my own pace and on my schedule.

      It sounds to me like you and Bev have life pretty well figured out.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Sounds like a perfectly delightful and peaceful life. I am also content in my home with hubby and Sid. Hope you and Bev and your entire extended family chickens, quails etc have a great weekend. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, I will tell Bev you said so. Thank you! Quail are pretty darn good to eat so I hope you have it too, real soon. As for possum...I think I'll pass on that. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Mary. I think I'm preaching to the choir here, but just in case there are those out there struggling with that rat race, I'm here to tell them there is a better way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, lots of love I receive and lots of love I send in return. Thank you my friend. Enjoy your weekend and peace to you always.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well Bill, it sounds like you discovered the meaning of life. Live it and enjoy it as hard as you can. Well done to you, Sir.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      bev is gorgeous billy, would love to have a quail for dinner one day....or may be that clumsy possum. nice life friend

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I grew up living simple, and I still prefer that. I do not miss the rat race I used to have to endure. Me and my little dog, Baby, sleep late every morning if we feel like it.

      I hate driving in the traffic, and my wants are few, so I don't have to go shopping very much (except for food).

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A cheerful happy Hub. Excellent! I drank a great deal of Mocha, now I find it too sweet. So I'm back on Cappuccino.

      A sweet and simple life, a great farm, some cuddly animals perhaps and a noble wife. Not much else to need. Sending you lots of love across the miles. Peace.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, if ours start clucking before that I sure haven't heard them. We definitely have to let them out by 5:30 or the neighbors would be complaining like crazy. :) It is a good life, as I know you understand. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend in Iowa.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Sounds like a pretty darn nice life. And your chickens merely cluck at 5:00 a.m.? Mine go into all out squawking mode as soon as it starts getting light out and there is no sleeping through that, especially if the windows are open. On weekends, I usually have to go let them out by 5:30 so I can get another couple of hours of sleep!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, it does for sure, Bill. If I had my choice it would be a couple acres in the mountains....that would be pure heaven for me.

      Thank you! I'll stop by your blog soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Thelma! Your life sounds perfectly lovely, too. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope your weekend is filled with joy.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very happy for you. Enjoy every moment!! A cabin in the woods works fairly well, as well... ;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I love that kind of simplicity in life you have. I am like that when I am in my house in the Philippines though I live a simple life as well here in Germany. The difference is, I have my beautiful garden in my home country. Thanks for sharing your life with us Bill. Enjoy your weekend with Bev!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you for a wonderful comment. Serenity is ours if we are open to it. Have a great weekend my "retired" friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, we find serenity and simplicity in our own way, wherever we are, as you have. I wish you peace and happiness this weekend. Thank you my friend.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Bill, I love the simple life. Took at early retirement in 1998 and have never looked back. Like you, retirement does not mean that the day has no structure; I have chores and tasks that need to be done and a daughter who needs my care. But I set my own goals, spend little, and enjoy much! Life is good. Thank you for a wonderful read--just in time for the weekend. Enjoy!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you had me howling. Bev wanted to know what had me laughing so hard. I told her my writing buddy just called me a sonofabitch. Now she's laughing too.

      Have a great weekend my friend. Have fun with your son.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Larry! The simple farm life. We both know there is nothing easy about farm life, but it can be very gratifying and rewarding. Best wishes to you as you take the next step...and the next. Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally. I love that line....living off the smell of an oil rag. What a great description that is. We are loving life, as we all should be, and I wish you a fabulous weekend too.

      bill

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I love your life at Simplicity Lane. I do not have farms or birds and animals to enjoy life with them. All I have is my computer, my kitchen, a small balcony and, of course, a brief TV time and a daily newspaper and my dearest hubpages community.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You son of a bitch! Now I am feeling guilty about not spending enough time just dawdling. Here I was pounding away on a legal matter about states rights versus federal rights regarding ownership rights and jurisdictional issues and the applicability of the Constitution and you come along and all I want to do is garden and play with my boy. Thanks a lot.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I haven't made the full conversion yet, but step by step I'm working my way back to the simple farm life I knew as a child.

      Wonderful hub!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Sounds like heaven, seems to me you are learning to love living off the smell of an oil rag. My mother would be proud of you. The images are great. The small holding is looking good. I can see how much work you have both put into it. Have a wonderful week-end - both of you.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Pop! I like your idea of cooking something fabulous....it would be perfect to cook enough that I could eat it all weekend. :) Happy Weekend to you, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Your life sounds perfect and I am happy for you. My week-ends are spent at home. I don't enjoy the crowds that swarm on Saturday and Sunday. We cook something fabulous for lunch and chill and we love it. I wish you and Bev years and years of happiness and special week-ends.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. I have about three more hours of writing to do and then the dawdling will begin. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      That sounds like a great life, my dawdling friend! This is how it's done. Perfect!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Harishprasad. It took me a long time to realize what is truly important in life, but I'm there now and loving it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'm glad you are cutting back. As you well know, there are things more important than writing. So here's to us, my friend. Have a great weekend with your family.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Bill, I loved going through your beautiful and simple Saturday. A description of people busy in texting messages in a mall and while driving cars is too funny. Your farm activities are very interesting. You really live a grand and loving life. Here's to your great simple life ! Thanks for sharing this simple but priceless gem.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is wonderful, Barbara Kay, and I'm very happy to hear you are living it too. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Aw, I loved getting a greater peak into your world here and like you I am all for the weeks being spent doing my thing work wise, but weekends and even with summer coming up, I try my best to enjoy all I can with my family, too! Have a wonderful upcoming weekend now, Bill :)

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      My husband retired in October. We are living the simple life too. Isn't it wonderful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a beautiful quote, Brian. Thank you for that....I'm going to go enjoy the good old days in about three hours. :) I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Sha, I'm glad it's not just me. I was starting to think I was really losing it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, simple or not, if you enjoy every moment of it then it is a damned good life. Thanks for stopping by...fantasmagorical??? Great word...a Larry word....a gift from you to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We'll see what happens, MizB. Seattle is about an hour from us, and if it works out we'll make it up to see you.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      The good old days are best when they are now. Enjoy!

      "Work is love made visible." (Gibran in "On Work" in THE PROPHET)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I was the same way, Bill. I'd get in my car and drive up the coast for hours. Now, the thought (and the act) scares me to death.

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      Lawrence Kitzmann 2 years ago

      I don't know that I lead the simple life at this point but I do know that I enjoy every moment of my life. Well almost every moment. If you aren't enjoying your life then why are you living it. As always my friend well said. Have a fantasmagorical weekend.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, I will. That would be wonderful. I'm going to a legal conference Aug. 3 through Aug. 7 and I can arrange some time off. I would love to meet you and Bev in person.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I used to love driving. I used to love going on long drives in the country just letting my mind drift and enjoying the scenery. Now I'm a nervous wreck and I just want to go back home.

      Getting old or getting wise? I choose the latter. :)

      Happy Weekend dear friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You can indeed, MizB. We are more than happy to share our beauty with you. I'm glad to hear you are making it to Seattle in August. Keep me posted....if at all possible I would love to drive up there and have lunch with you.

      Thank you and Happy Friday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Sis and I say GO FOR IT!!! As you knew I would. My God, Sis, I don't believe in regrets, but I sure spent a lot of time chasing my tail. It's just nice to pull the plug, kick back and let that damned tail wag all it wants without my interference.

      The birds and rabbits shout hello to you this fine Friday morning, and I shout THANK YOU!

      bro

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love it! Weekends should be spent doing what we want to do, not what we have to do. I'm all for it and that's exactly what I do.

      I hear you about being on the road. Too many crazies out there not paying attention. Give me my safe haven any day. I love it here.