Change The World Wednesday, Environmental Concerns

This week’s challenge at Reduce Footprints is an easy one and would only take a few minutes of my time, I thought this would be one week that the challenge wouldn’t need an actual blog post.  Boy was I wrong.  If I am going to do something, I will research for all the facts, which I did today.   So what is this week’s challenge?

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Have you heard about the Tar Sands Pipeline?  It not only threatens wildlife and natural habitat, it threatens drinking water.  While it directly affects Canada and the United States, it sets a dangerous precedent worldwide…..that the use of fossil fuels is acceptable.  Let’s raise our voices and let the world know that we not only want to stop the Tar Sands Oil Pipeline but we want sustainable, environmentally safe energy.  Please sign this petition (appropriate worldwide). 

Please visit Reduce Footprints for the Petition link.

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A Found Community

The past few days the subject of community and saving our natural resources has been a big topic.  When I participate in the Change the World Wednesdays at Reduce Footprints I sometimes think that it sounds like I am the only one around me who lives a conscious, lighter lifestyle. I thought I would clear that up for you.   Since I spent the day working in the gardens (yep first day without rain in over a week!), I’m also going to share some pictures with you of the field.

First pie pumpkin to start.

First pie pumpkin to start.

I live in an apartment building where 12 of the 16 apartments are studios without access to a stove.  We live in matching 300 sq ft spaces and have had to make the space fit our individual needs.  While taking a peek into each apartment you would find no two look the same in how we fill our homes but you would find plenty of similarities.

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Circle of Life

I received this gardening joke from a friend and knew I had to share.  Hope it brings a bit of laughter to you today.

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The Future

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Have you heard the reports  that our planet can only safely handle 350 ppm (parts per million) of carbon in our atmosphere before we start doing damage to the ecosystems of the earth?  The problem is we have exceeded that number already and have reached 395 ppm.  And based on how much fossil fuels we use today, we only have 15 years left before our air cannot support life as we know it.  It is scary to think that the fresh air I breathe (living away from a city) will not be there for my grandchildren by the time they are in their late teens and before reaching that magic age of 21.  But there is something we can do to help prevent this.

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The Importance of a garden

Not a lot happened for once this weekend.  We had plenty of rain and by Saturday during a light drizzle a few of us decided to sit outside and let the rain fall while we had a picnic lunch,  Crazy?  Yes, probably, but we didn’t melt.  We each brought something different out to share and my fresh cherry and blueberry crumble went over well.   It’s funny because none of my neighbors are vegetarian yet they never asked what went into the crumble only saying it was the best they had tasted in a long time.

Tasted so much better than it looks.

Tasted so much better than it looks.

One of the neighbors brought up how wonderful it was to taste my strawberries this year as he only ever buys his from the store.  I think this is sad.  He suffers from many health issues and would benefit greatly, I believe, from a healthier diet and foods he enjoys as much as he did the strawberries and the crumble.  It got me thinking about the children who have never known fresh food.

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Friday Faves, July 26th

It’s been another busy week with the time flying by at record speed.  Is it just me or do the years really seem to advance at record speed as we get older?  I collected more free stuff this week, at least it was set out with a free sign and not tossed in the trash.

art canvas and pencil sharpener

art canvas and pencil sharpener

wooden pop crate, pens and markers in a lovely metal holder, and two lamps.

wooden pop crate, pens and markers in a lovely metal holder, and two lamps.

 

 

 

 

 

With my granddaughter moving from the family bed to her own room the one problem she has been experiencing is a fear of the dark. I knew instantly the one lamp would be perfect next to her bed where she could turn it on without getting out of bed. The cheap plastic gold color just didn’t work for her so we gave it a new look.

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While visiting she also spotted the food I purchased at the farmers market and insisted we make a pot of soup. First we had to collect anything from our garden that could be added, then we worked together to wash and chop. Since we were experiencing a cold day the soup hit the spot.

She then created a new dessert.  After removing the pit from the cherries she filled the hole with blueberries..  The blend of the two flavors were divine.

She then created a new dessert. After removing the pit from the cherries she filled the hole with blueberries.. The blend of the two flavors were divine.

I know you didn’t stop by today to read about my latest finds or what I ate. It’s Friday so on to my Favorites of the week.

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Saving with Hot Water, guest post

Today I have a guest post for you from Mark  Healey.  We all want to save money and to conserve natural resources.  A conventional water heater has it’s drawbacks, I will let Mark tell you about the options available to us.

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Change the World Wednesday, Cooking

Mother Nature has had a few violent mood swings lately.  We go from so hot I am ready to visit anyone with air conditioning (which I hate), to needing an extra blanket on the bed if I  want to sleep with fresh air coming in.  Today, it’s downright chilly, but it’s a nice break.

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Are you wondering what this has to do with today’s challenge at Reduce Footprints?  There is a connection, trust me.  In the winter months I used to save on my heating bill by preparing meals in the oven.  Once done I would prop the oven door open enjoy the heat as  it warmed the room.  Summer……the last thing we need is extra heat.  Small Footprints has challenged  us to consider how we prepare our food this week:

This week, rather than use your stove/oven to prepare meals, use counter top appliances (crock pot, toaster over, electric skillet, etc) or eat raw foods.  No cheating…..we’re not suggesting you buy prepared foods or head to the nearest restaurant.  The challenge is to  prepare meals at home using the least amount of energy.  Can you do it for one day?  How about seven?

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Milestones and time to work

I wish I could have captured the intensity of this storm.

I wish I could have captured the intensity of this storm.

I am about to reach a milestone on the  blog I had never imagined when I began writing.  I am 196 views from reaching 100,000 views!  I want to thank everyone who has joined in.  I began writing as a way to express how I was feeling after moving to my tiny apartment.  I was happy, felt unburdened by stuff and life again looked fresh and new, but I was facing criticism (as I’ve discussed before) on my choice.    I wanted to meet others who may have gone through similar things to what I was experiencing.  I had no idea the number of fantastic  people I would meet or how this blog would help me grow and focus on the things that are important to me.

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Slow Love, a book review

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Looking for something new to read I spotted Slow Love: How I lost my job, put on my pajamas, and found happiness by Dominque Browning.  While Browning  and I live in completely different worlds, her’s the corporate world of magazine publishing, me….anything that I love and can do from home.   I decided to take a peek into Browning’s transition from the corporate world and an empty nest.

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