I had an idea…..


One day while walking along the road, I had an idea…

This idea followed me to bed, and was there when I woke up to face the day.

This idea peeked through the clouds as I drove hither and yon ~ This idea seemed to be a part of me that wouldn’t go away.


I had gotten many ideas before, but none had ever persisted like this one.

This was an idea that was so powerful, yet so simple.


The idea was to plant more trees on the Earth~~~

While this idea seemed simple enough, and it was not uncommon that there were others who had had the same idea before, the message was clear…

The Earth was calling forth for helpers.

The trees whispered among themselves, and were feeling very sad.

All of the people were crying about the drought, the global warming, and the hotter summers…

The birds grew quiet and the bees began to die.

The answer was a simple one; that each person should plant a tree!

But many misunderstood the value of planting more trees, and doubted that such a simple solution could solve so many problems.

They worried that the roots would interfere with the pipes underground that carried the water and the sewage.  They feared disease, and they disrespected the trees that grew so tall, and they cut them down.

Forests were cleared and removed, and large buildings were erected, and land was stripped to raise cattle.

People forgot why the trees were here.  They lost touch with the natural world and spent more time indoors with electronic gadgets and  television.


There was a group of people and a growing concern that was simmering, but hadn’t quite gotten the attention that it deserved from the general public.

Not many people realize that trees have been sheltering us for thousands of years.

But we have stopped listening to their whispers. They are trying to give us their message. For they have been here the longest, and they have much wisdom.  They carry the wisdom of the Earth.

Indigeonous tribes have used the message of the trees to communicate with other people far across the globe long before the electronic age.

Native American Indians called the trees ” Tall ones standing praying”.

There have been times in my life when I needed answers, and would sit with a tree and ask my questions, and the answers would come.

So, I decided that I should go to the trees, and ask my questions about how to proceed.

A stately tree was my sacred space when I was growing up.  I would spend hours sitting, climbing, and hanging out with my tree when I was a young girl.

It taught me about patience, peace, strength, integrity, and the value of silence.

The Buddha sat with the Bodhi tree until he received enlightenment.

Sir Isaac Newton received the understanding of the Law of Gravity sitting under an apple tree.

So, I knew the trees would teach me how to proceed if I just took the time to sit with them, become still, and listen to their whisperings.

Trees work hard to purify our air.  Their roots reach down into the Earth to find the water table, and they create rain.  The trees are the lungs of the Earth.  They provide homes for many ecosystems, shade for a hot summer day, and shelter when it rains.

In California, the Sacramento Utilities District ( SMUD), will provide up to 10 free trees to homeowners.  They will come out and show you the best place to plant your trees, but you have to plant them.

The Arbor Society will send you free trees that are compatible with your area.

Maybe you have an organization that will supply you with a free tree for your yard.

This is my prayer:  That every person who has a yard, plant one tree in that yard this year, all over the world.

The Tree Sisters have a goal to plant trees over the next 10 years. It is worth checking out their story on Facebook.

My goal, that every family plant one tree this year to reforest our earth, and it starts in your own back yard.

And that my friends, is what I call a Cottage Necessity!






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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

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