I have spent much less time online in the last week, and some of you may have noticed I am not commenting as often on your posts. It has nothing to do with you. I am currently experiencing some internet problems. The cable provider (I have cable internet) has one line that has “noise” on it and is disrupting the level of our connection. My signal goes in and out. I have become frustrated trying to leave comments only to lose the connection along with my comment. I’m hoping this is a short-term problem, but until it is solved I will be commenting a little less as the frustration is something I don’t accept well.
Right before I came inside to start writing this, I sat for a minute watching our bird feeder. I spotted the first cardinal of the year happily munching away. The the baby chickadees put on a show for me that had me laughing. Do you remember the days when your children were just learning to walk? Some moments you thought they had it down, the next you were lost in laughter at the impossibility of what they just attempted. It was the same with the chickadees this evening. Figuring out how to use their wings to take off and land safely, one had to be the daredevil. He wasn’t content to fly with the rest of his family and perch on the roof or wires. He was going to show he had no fears of humans one bit and all surfaces were landing spots.
The upper apartments have windows that crank out, this little one sat on the edge of this open window watching the goings on beyond the screen. Then he flew around trying to get inside that screen. When that didn’t work well he began practicing his landing on every available surface. Watching him trying to grab hold of a spot on the aluminum siding was probably the highlight of his antics for me. He was so sure he could sit there, like Spiderman, he would flap his wings trying to stay in air while scratching at every ridge trying to find that one secret hold.
As I lost it laughing out loud, he spotted me and flew down to within inches of my arm, cocking his head from side to side, as if trying to figure out exactly what I was. There is always one in a family who fears nothing, years ago it was my youngest son, today it was our resident chickadee. If only I hadn’t decided to leave my phone indoors today.
Well, it is Friday, here are my favorite posts of the week.
I enjoy hearing from and getting to know so many new people each week. Here are the latest bloggers to join in.
- Robbie lives in an urban area but still wanted a garden. What began as a small kitchen garden has taken over her entire backyard. While I simply refer to my garden areas as “the field” Robbie has an Urban Potager. See what she has created here.
- Jenna Dee has such a positive attitude I feel in her writing. She is kind and looks for the goodness that is around. What a shock it was to stumble on this post about the pain she endured for years as a mother. Jenna, I understand what you went through only too well, and am so glad your son is doing well.
- This year I began using coconut oil when my skin needs a little more than aloe as a moisturizer. While I have one jar in a central location for use in both the bathroom and the kitchen, I was shocked to see just how many uses coconut oil has. Here are 20 uses for Coconut oil and the advice to keep 3 jars around the home, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
- Are you living as green as you can be? Jen and Joey take on 5 disposable items you can easily replace. Ready to give up that toothbrush, see how many you have replaced or find ideas to further green your life.
- While dumpster diving has a bad reputation, websites like Freecycle have given people a chance to accept used items and save them from the landfills. But do you think only those without the means to pay for what they want or need use Freecycle or dumpster dive? Sarah has a good job and can afford a few luxuries many can’t, but take a peek at how much she gladly welcomed for free into her home. Don’t be shy start looking for what you can save and have for free.
- Part of green living is avoiding the consumerist lifestyle where we buy what falls into several categories: junk, made by overworked “slave” labor, overpriced name brand labels and more. In my green life I try to give the gifts of experience, lasting value and whenever possible handmade. Jubilant Jessi loves to make gifts as well, but she received a huge shock when someone asked her why she didn’t just buy a gift, along with the question, “don’t you think people would rather have something that isn’t handmade?” Isn’t that the rudest comment you have ever heard? Here’s her answer to that question, be prepared she has quite the attitude.
- There has been a lot of news about the choices we are facing. The biggest story of this past week has to be, in my opinion, the lack of water in towns across Texas. If you haven’t heard about this, the amount of water it takes to “frack” for natural gas has many turning on their faucets to find their town has run out of water. While many bloggers took on this subject, I think Alex put it best in his post The Choice of Oil or Water.
- The big McMansion is a huge waste of resources. Many people are finding it possible to downsize their homes to what fits them better, many are embracing the tiny house movement. One huge problem for those wanting to live in a tiny house has been financing and insurance. If you want a tiny house, but don’t want to build it yourself, now you can get financing to purchase a ready-made tiny home. Tumbleweed homes are now certified as Recreational vehicles which will enable you to finance the home you always wanted, learn more here.
Sharing the Love
- I DO NOT like gnomes in the gardens or front yards, but this story is too sweet not to share. Mavis at One Hundred Dollars a month wanted to find a way to share her earnings from her blog. Yes, some people do make money on their blogs. She picked St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She asked her readers to send her gnomes, for each one she received she would donate $10 from her earnings this year (up to $10,000). She not only received gnomes, but cash as well. Then she took a road trip and “gnomed” homes and businesses (along with a note explaining why) from Seattle to Memphis, her destination where she would present her check to St. Jude’s along with planting the remaining gnomes in the gardens at the Hospital. Click here to see pictures and learn how day 1 went.
- How would you like to start a Buy Nothing group in your area? Liesl has all the information you will need and will help you to get it started, just click here to learn more and get involved in your community, no matter where you live. Let’s all begin sharing what we have to save money and strengthen our ties to our neighbors.
- This weekend only Mahe, from The Altered Upcycling Blog is offering her ebook The Green Crafts Lifestyle for FREE. She has collected ideas from crafty people to publish a book with 35 crafts, and over 300 pictures. If you enjoyed my post earlier this week on how to upcycle anything from toys to broken fans, you will enjoy this book. You can find the link for the book by visiting The Altered Upcycling Blog.
- It’s time to love ourselves. Kim took one of my favorite quotes to heart; “What other people think of you is none of your business“. That one sentence had her reflecting on how many times she apologized for her choices in life, see if any of her experiences resonate with you.
Living Life on Your Terms
- Katy, sees what is important in life. In 8 Little Habits to Change Your Life, the costliest item on the list is a piece of fruit. I looked through her list and wondered if I covered each item myself. One item had me stumped then I realized it comes so naturally to me I don’t even register it as anything out of the ordinary.
- Families are finding their way to live small. A Thrifty Mom in Boise listened carefully to the needs and concerns of her daughters before making that big step to a new home. See what a couple of girls found to be the most important on their wish list and how those needs were met in this tiny home.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. ~~ Walt Disney
Have a wonderful weekend, see you again Monday.