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.
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.
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.
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.
- I have never been a breakfast eater. One reason is that I’m not a morning person. If given the chance I will choose sleep right up to the moment I need to leave the house. I will gladly sacrifice breakfast for more sleep. So what do people eat in the morning? if the stores are any indication it is something that comes in a package with lots of sugar and additives. Imagine my surprise when I saw these pictures of what people eat for breakfast in other countries!
- I do eat, I just have to remind myself sometimes that it’s necessary. I prefer whole foods made at home to what can be purchased out. Purposely Frugal listed 7 benefits of cooking from scratch.
- Are you experiencing record heat? This cucumber flavored water would hit the spot, give it a try and let me know what you think.
- Of course even whole foods can pose a problem if you are relying on the grocery store or big box for your food. Alex presents a situation that we can avoid by knowing where and how our food is produced.
- If you just finished reading Alex’s article you may be determined to start a garden next summer, if you haven’t already. Native Backyard shared their favorite “essential” gardening books. There is something here whether you are a child or an experienced gardener.
Children and Family
- I have never understood how a young child could be bored, they are full of curiosity and wonder. Of course if you don’t have areas to let children explore or weather is keeping you stuck inside then crafts are the easy answer. One of my go-to sites for craft ideas with children has become Easy Crafts for Children. In this post you will find a collection of crafts perfect for any child, just click on the picture for the tutorial.
- Families today are challenged as in no other time, my family was no exception. I was a single parent who dreamed of having the right conditions whereby my children could come and go freely between their parents’ homes. I wasn’t able to give that to my children, but Everett and his son have found exactly what I could only imagine. See how a divorced couple move forward with their lives while keeping their child at all times first in their decisions.
- Growing up it seemed every family I knew had Family Reunion picnics. These were a lot of fun, we got to see relatives who had to relocate for work and may only be seen this one day of the year. The children enjoyed playing with cousins, and uncles could be counted on to join in with a little roughhousing. As the older generations passed away the tradition fell by the wayside. But there seems to be a resurgence of the Family Reunion, Live and Learn – Toss and Turn is fortunate to be able to experience this tradition being reinvented.
- Building community is an important issue to me, so when I read about this 82 year old man who has been giving of himself every week for 25 years to bring a smile to others in this post called Will work for hugs I knew I had to share the story here.
- You can’t build community if you aren’t willing to accept others for who they are without passing judgement. Finding this post asking to be judged on being yourself should give pause and remind us of those ways we may make snap judgements without realizing it.
- Is opposition a negative force? Maybe we need to take another look at opposition, thanks to a Thrifty Hippie I was able to reflect on how opposition has defined who I am.
- I avoid listening to the news, I don’t want to hear all the negative stories, I want to believe in the good of people instead. Fairy shared an amazing story of an individual who gives so much out of love, not for monetary benefit.
- Not sure where to put this, so since Christiane Northrup has been an inspiration to me I will put this link here. :-) If you aren’t familiar with Ms. Northrup she is an amazing doctor and author who writes about women’s health. This interview with her is very informative, she even included a positive side of menopause!
- We have all heard about peak oil by now, but do a quick search and you will come face-to-face with another peak, peak water. Rather than give you several links which are depressing about the limited water left, I decided to include this on water catchment systems. Whether you long to live off-grid or just want to reduce your water use I think this article will provide enough ideas to get started.
- I’m not much of a girly-girl, never have been, but I have inherited two daughter’s-in-law who like the girly things. I can see either one of them doing this and shared this link with one already. So what is it? How about a solar chandelier for the garden? Is this something you would do?
- Dan brought up a subject I have faced myself in relation to my blog. As one who has gotten rid of all the non-essentials I can’t imagine selling “stuff” to my readers. Dan writes wonderful, inspiring material yet wanted to earn an income to support his costs associated with running his blog. See how Dan found a way to be true to his values when it came to earning money.
Just for a laugh
- I love my children and my grand children, but with children comes many opportunities to tell a joke. This one entitled Volume Control is from a blogger I enjoy very much as he brings me plenty of inspiration and chuckles.
- What do you do when you encounter a stranger who due to whatever reason is just plain rude? Do you ignore their comments, or do you try to come up with an appropriate remark? John decided to go for an equally rude response, I’m glad he shared because I had a good laugh at his expense, but I’m positive he could have done better, see for yourself here.
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~~Russel Baker
I hope you have a great weekend with lovely weather to enjoy the best of the season.