“It’s just a chipmunk.”

“As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House

FLW’s quote reminded me of my little booklet celebrating Squares, also with a capital “S” by Charles H Brower who stated: “Too many of us haven’t got the guts to stand up straight and dare to be square”. 

I’m feeling this more than ever right now. It’s not easy valuing creatures and ways of being that many today view as being naive or living in a bubble (which I do). I experienced this when I wrote my book, American Women Didn’t Get Fat in the 1950s which I wrote eight years ago after being annoyed with the book, “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” Something very simple such as counting calories in a healthy, measured way which for me is no different than keeping a budget in Quicken is labelled by many (as a general concept) as having an eating disorder. Doing my best to be a good Steward of my land has put me at odds with people and policies over the years. My Certification for my home being a Wildlife Habitat isn’t just a feel-good thing to mention in a blog post. Living in an outdated cottage isn’t just about pretty vintage linens and decor.

We had a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink on Monday. Thankfully we have a good plumber who came the next morning. He mentioned that our pipes are smaller than the standard width of today. “Do you have a garbage disposal?” “Do you have a dishwasher?” Nope to both. I don’t view those as “upgrades”. We’re grandfathered in with our outdated pipe size, of course, but it’s another example of how I prefer to do things by hand, or take a quick “walk” to the garbage pail. Our pipe issue was a simple fix by the plumber who had to solder a new joint

Our aged stovetop has scratched black paint. I don’t need the newest and latest to make great blueberry buckwheat pancakes from scratch. In fact the BEST pancakes come off of old seasoned cast iron skillets. The older the better!

Wayne and I still religiously watch Lawrence Welk on PBS Saturday evenings. I unironically own albums by Lawrence Welk cast member Tom Netherton that I enjoy as much as my classic rock and country on vinyl.

These are unpopular choices yet I feel so much better liking what I like and not giving into societal coercion to “get with the times” or agree that “they’re just chipmunks”. Why is it that something as simple and square as being kind or sober is derided as being out of touch or goody-goody? Even the sentimentality of the songs of the 60s and 70s is hard to find in today’s music except for some country.

This post was brought to you early Friday morning by coffee made in a percolator. (You don’t need to buy filters for a percolator. Save money, the environment and have an awesome cuppa!) The chipmunk in the photo is the Late Great Wishy from my book, Wishy the Bookworm Chipmunk.

If being Simple or Square resonates with you let me know in the comments!

11 thoughts on ““It’s just a chipmunk.”

  1. Love the post, and I’ll gladly be square right along with you! I do my quilting by hand, I make my food from scratch, I’ll listen to Barry Manilow over today’s music any day of the week, My date book is made of paper and not on the computer, and I’ve never read a book on a tablet.
    PS French women don’t get fat because they smoke like chimneys…

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    1. Thank you! To be clear, I do appreciate and embrace technology such as my phone and being online. Additionally, e-books allow indie authors like me to self-publish affordably. Without Kindle I would never have had the reach and budget, especially with both of my books mentioned being graphics-heavy which adds great printing expense. As an antique bibliophile I of course get wanting paper only. 🙂 One can live simply and be a square even in the city. For me it means not buying the latest simply because it’s the latest, not discarding what’s good enough because society deems it not good enough, valuing wildlife in the wild or a small park, and so on.

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      1. Oh I use technology too, just not to read books, but frankly I hadn’t thought about the availability of the self-published books online. My husband and I ran a used book store out of our inn (we were bed, breakfast, and books!), and I guess I’ve always preferred the paper, but I’m going to rethink that now.
        One of my biggest pet peeves is the constant “upgrading” of software and hardware that one eventually has to give in to if one wants to continue to use the computer/tablet/phone. My current phone is seriously outdated, but I like it, I’m used to it, and it does what I need it to do – I can call people, text them, and look something up quickly on the web. It’s been dropped a hundred times, even I’m the toilet, and still works. However, I’m afraid the day will come soon when apple tells me it can no longer be upgraded…..

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        1. Wayne was using his iPhone until it died six or seven years later. I was forced to buy a new computer because the OS I needed was too large for my old computer (when MS stopped sending security upgrades for my older OS). I’m still using software I bought in the early 2000s that works with my pc. And so on, so I get it! I’m glad I provided another perspective on ebooks, thanks for being open to it!

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  2. Your mentioning Lawrence Welk brings back a lot of memories of Sunday nights with my parents and following the “new talent” like Tom Netherton and Ava Barber as they evolved. And I’ve just purchased our made-in-Maine pocket calendars for 2022 – we’ve got older smart phones with calendars but prefer paper and pen for planning.

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  3. We are kindred spirits of a sort. I don’t own a tv, dishwasher, clothes dryer or a smartphone and am perfectly content without all of these “essentials”. The best coffee is from my Pyrex percolator and I love chipmunks as much as I love Maine! Here’s to embracing the simple life!

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    1. Yay!!

      I have the glass Pyrex Flameware percolator but can’t use it on my electric coil stovetop so it’s sitting in my cupboard. I could try using a stovetop ring but am not sure it will be enough to protect it. I bought it at an estate sale for a dollar! I had been using a vintage Proctor Silex glass percolator for three years (got that new-in-the-box at a rummage sale for $3) up until a few weeks ago when it broke (my fault). I was so sad. So now I am using a new stainless model.

      Does it get cold where you live? In Maine outdoor line drying isn’t an option in the winter. We do have a drying rack in the laundry room to hang as much as we can. Thanks for commenting!


      1. Before I switched from an electric coil stovetop to a smooth surface stovetop, I used the Pyrex Flameware percolator on the coils with a ring without any problems. The price for the Pyrex on eBay has sky rocketed over the past years and my sister (who lives in Maine) has found them at yard sales for approx. $5. I treasure mine and can understand your disappointment when yours broke.
        I live in Massachusetts so in the winter I use clotheslines in the basement for laundry drying and a drying rack. Just like my mother used to do!

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