Author Archives: The Joyful Hermit

About The Joyful Hermit

I am a hermit, a life-long Christian, successful in living frugally yet with creativity and JOY! I provide can-do ideas for all aspects of daily life. I live the up side of being down in any situation. Learn to live each day simply and joyfully. Benefit from practical tips and creative ideas with The Joyful Hermit.

Hermit Life and Lore: Pages Being Developed

For awhile now I’ve pondered developing two new “Pages” in which I’d share thoughts and information on two hermit topics. Some of you may not know much about actual hermit life, today.  Wh0 is a hermit…and why?  Where does a … Continue reading

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Holy and Wholly Water!

If plants thrive this well in water, surely we can, too?  I’m writing about water and its wholly and holy attributes.  Why?  When last I got a haircut, I complained to the hairdresser that I have less and less energy.  … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Treats Benefit Women’s Care Center

Why not share some home-made love this Valentine’s Day?  Consider making a donation, and the hermitage-made Fortitude Fudge, St. Bernard Love of God Bourbon Balls and Sea-Salted Caramels will be ready-fresh per order.  I will ship anywhere in the continental … Continue reading

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Wisdom from a Wise and Holy Woman: Teresa of Avila

When we think of people who influence us–as public figures, mentors, or private friends–sometimes we forget those who are not in our geographic region….or our lifetime.  One such person to me is a woman named Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada.  … Continue reading

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Joyful Hermit’s Borscht Soup

This soup is about as red as it gets–while packed with all kinds of vegetables and good stuff for little boys and girls, grown-ups and joyful or even grumpy hermits. You must like beets to like Borscht which is an … Continue reading

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Caramels: Sea-salted and Sundry Variations

When a friend ordered two varieties of Fortitude Fudge, I decided to experiment with a caramel drizzle variety.  The fudge drizzle accomplished, what to do with the remaining caramel?  I poured it into buttered pans, sprinkled a little sea salt … Continue reading

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Epiphany Cake

While Epiphany is the 6th of January, it is celebrated now in the Church in the United States on the Sunday following January 6.  I tend to celebrate it both days unless the 6th falls on a Sunday.  Regardless, it … Continue reading

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Nature’s Notes

The gardens here have numerous, interesting specimen trees, such as unusual Japanese Maples.  It does not seem right to not share the beauty, whether unusual or simply the beautiful, typical, gorgeous leaves that we find in any locale.  Although note … Continue reading

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Advent Soup

It’s Advent and time for hot soup in colder climes, but soup benefits us, truly, any time, anywhere.  The first Sunday of Advent seemed prime to assess the hermitage vegetables: red onions, baby bella mushrooms, celery, Brussels sprouts, carrots, red … Continue reading

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Advent Gifts

Advent prepares the heart and hearth for the coming of Christ, celebrated on December 25.  Advent begins four Sundays prior to Christmas.  The spiritual theme is inner and outer preparation while waiting.  Advent heralds the beginning of a new liturgical … Continue reading

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