It’s now Thursday afternoon, while it rained some early this morning it has turned out to be a lovely day. My son came over this morning with the little ones to help me get the rest of the cement block out that I found in the field. The ground was too damp for me to risk getting stuck in. Yes, this is the same area where I found three different types of snakes the other day. He found two this morning and took time out to hold them and let the children pet them.
You may want to know what I am doing with the cinder blocks. I am building raised beds for next year which will make it easier for me to reach and will help to keep the weeds from creeping into the gardens. For now I don’t have enough to surround everything which means the compost areas are getting the first blocks.
Time for my Friday Faves.
This is the time I get to say thank you to every one who has stopped by and helps make this blog a community. While I have no way to specifically thank each of my email followers, I appreciate each of you, I can at least introduce my fellow bloggers here.
- Stephanie Williamson-Brittian has such a wonderful personality. She writes about what she knows, which is San Diego, California. Everything you want to know about the area you can find out on her blog. I lived in Los Angeles for a year in the early 80s and made my way down to San Diego a few times, so I can tell you it is worth a trip. When I came across this post called Glamping, I couldn’t stop laughing at the introduction, which means it’s what I wanted to share with you. What is Glamping? It’s what happens when Gay and Lesbians go camping. Stop by and see why I found this simple activity so funny, here.
- Growing up my siblings weren’t close to me, they didn’t want people to notice that I was different, so imagine my surprise to read this wonderful post by a 13 year old listing all the Pros and Cons of having an older brother with Aspergers. You will see that even the cons seem to have a silver lining to them.
- Argentum Lining is about seeing our world from another perspective, or as the author says “optimism on a cloudy day” In this post, The Privilege of Happiness the subject is seeing first world problems in a new light.
- Janette, at the Green Dragonfly, has been one of my favorite bloggers for a while. She recently joined us here. Janette is one crafty woman and mother. While most of per posts cover crafts, not always, such as this post Sunday in Photos which to me is the perfect example of family simplicity there is (plus there are plenty of gorgeous photos to see).
Crafts and Upcycling
- We don’t all have the time to make a gift, or want to give the gift of creativity to your loved one. See where Creative Pixie shopped and what she bought for her mother. I want on her gift-giving list.
- I don’t know about anyone else, but I love finding new uses for something that is usually tossed away. This is a new idea I found. What can you make out of an old towel and pair of flip flops? See for yourself at Crafty Nest.
- AT Upcycle Us, you will find ideas to reuse anything you could find in a recycling bin. Are you looking for a new light fixture, have you priced new ones lately? Check out this one made from paperclips.
- What can you do with a plastic bottle? Sure we’ve all seen the gardening ideas, but here’s an idea that makes a cute (and unique) gift for a child. I can think of all kinds of variations on this.
- Daniele finally has me over my fear of painting upholstered furniture with her $1 chair. I tried it first on a couple of baskets I received, see picture below, and will soon tackle the process on a loveseat. Learn the tricks to making this work here.
- With the Colony Collapse (of bees) being seen around the world I have been using less honey. Do you know how much work it takes to make one pound of honey? Do you know what is suspected of causing the colony collapses, one hint Monsanto? The Green Divas share what they know about bees here.
- Speaking of Monsanto, by what percentage do you think the EPA has allowed them to increase the toxic chemicals on it’s food crops? Would you believe 60%, and which crops will be afffected? It’s not just soy and canola. Learn more here.
- Fiction can be a window to the future. Jackie this week took a 100 word challenge and created a nightmare scenario if we don’t do something now to fix the environment.
- We have the power to stop what is happening, if we want to. Sue not only has some words of inspiration, but a lovely poem on the subject of the environment.
- There are plenty of things we can do to save the environment, but what can save the environment and build strong community ties? Liesl shares the story of their community sharing project, called The Buy Nothing Project. Forget the big box store learn how to trade and share with those living nearby, it’s cheap and saves the precious resources we have left. Liesl will go one step further and help you to start a sharing community right in your hometown. Their community shares extra homegrown produce, and anything legal, sort of like a gathering of Freecycle members.
I have a busy weekend planned, a sleepover with a little one Friday night, a few more patio chairs to complete, and a dining room table to start to go with the chairs I am finishing tonight, and a small surprise for the little ones using these.
Hopefully by Monday I will be able to show you all the finished pieces.
We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. ~~ Jimmy Carter