I can’t believe we are nearly half way through the month of July and it doesn’t seem like summer has officially arrived yet. The gardens locally are way behind and struggling. The cherry crop is nearly ruined from the rains but one thing I am thankful for is the warmth. Winter lasted so long I didn’t think I’d ever feel warm again.
I have been busy trying to do a little housekeeping on the blog now that I have a computer to work from starting with my Before and After page. I never liked how the pictures were but could not figure out how to place them where I wanted them. It’s not finished I have a lot of projects that haven’t been added yet but if you have a moment check it out and let me know what you think of the new look.
Welcoming New Friends
I’d like to welcome all my new readers looking forward to getting to know you. This week I have one new blog to share with you.
- The Beach House Kitchen is a lovely blog of vegetarian, vegan and even raw recipes. The Kitchen for my UK readers is in a 200-year-old cottage in Wales overlooking the Irish Sea. Lee and Jane share their favorite recipes and their love of real whole foods sourced from local gardens.
It’s the Simple Things
- I find myself laughing when asked how I manage to live in such a small apartment, I have had up to 14 people inside my apartment to enjoy a meal and good company. To say it was cramped wouldn’t do those moments justice, it is always a good time with conversation flowing and much laughter. But this story of a visit to a home in Ethiopia makes my home look large. Yet, it isn’t the size of the house that this family walked away with.
- Purposely Frugal has a tutorial on converting a tee-shirt into a tank top, and no sewing skills are required. After a week of painting and summer here I am heading to the thrift shop this weekend to see what I can find for summer tops, I’ll have this in mind as I browse the racks of clothes.
- I think we can over think our health. In one area I was advised to eliminate something to enhance my health and prevent a problem from returning, I am sometimes self-conscious but it sure feels good. Caitlin is tackling the same issue – before she has health problems.
Nature and Green Living
- Jayne has done all the research for us on bees. With colonies collapsing and our bees vanishing we need to do everything we can to help the ones left. Without bees there would be no life for us, our food needs to be pollinated by bees, without food where would we be? It’s easy, inexpensive and common sense, what is bad for us is bad for them.
- Stacy solved my biggest problem with plastic. What to do at the farmer’s market when you don’t want to bring home plastic. Quick and so easy.
- Food waste is a big issue, if we toss our food scraps into the garbage it will add to the pollution emanating from the landfills. We are running out of land to fill our trash to begin with, why add food to the problem. A Thrifty Hippie cleans out her fridge before a trip taking any food that might spoil with her in a cooler. She also shares other ways to use up food to prevent waste.
To Make You Think
- Tegan was on vacation when she spotted something that made her heart break. How many times do we walk by without helping someone, do we even notice those less fortunate than ourselves?
- There is always one person, if not more, that you hold firmly in your heart and memories. Pirate has one such person and shares a poem in his memory.
- Is there anything in life that is guaranteed to be safe? Kathy tackles the issue of safety and vacation spots. If you ask me it’s all an illusion, one that can paralyze us with fear.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. ~~Henry David Thoreau
Today I included pictures from a day spent with my grandchildren. The day was beautiful and they wanted to spend it outdoors, as usual. We can look to young children to show us how to live lightly on the earth as their play involved only found things from playing tug-of-war with a broken hose, to climbing trees and going for a walk. They acted out being a fairy (with a crown of daisies) and a pirate (with a crown of fallen tree limbs). The crown of daisies was later hung from a tree branch to give back to the insects and bees to “make sure they had plenty to eat” that day.
Have a great weekend, enjoy the links and I’ll be back in a couple of days.