This weekend is the first week of games in the NFL, yes I am a football fan and was a way I spent time with my teen boys on the weekends. When my youngest was 17 and 18 he would bring his girlfriend over to watch the games with me, it was a tradition he wasn’t willing to give up. Since he lives out-of-town, this year I have joined him in playing Fantasy Football. Not sure this is really my thing, but it was a way to spend time with him from a distance.
As if I didn’t have enough to do this weekend (I still have to bake 4 squashes and make spaghetti sauce to freeze and have more furniture to work on) I now have to babysit dinosaur eggs. :-) My granddaughter stopped early this afternoon, to check the garden before going home to paint her new bed frame we found on Freecycle last night, and spotted these mushrooms. After picking them she informed me they weren’t mushrooms but dinosaur eggs and I needed to watch them because when they hatch they need to be moved back to the field where they can eat the grass, bugs and leaves from the trees. Not sure how long I am supposed to watch them, but if any dinosaurs hatch I’m calling in reinforcements.
Hope your weekend isn’t as dangerous as waiting for dinosaurs to hatch, time for my Friday Faves.
I want to first welcome all the new people who have visited, it’s good to have you here.
- I learn something new every day, today it was thanks to Treading My Own Path who wrote about the Diderot Effect. This was new to me, but looking back I can see how I’ve made this mistake a couple of times.
- Cori usually writes about make-up, but she also adds lovely photo tours of the places she’s visited. This group of pictures and narrative comes from Palma de Mallorca.
- LuAnn has a wonderful way of writing, I struggled to come up with a favorite. Her latest post concerns her husband’s health as he has just been diagnosed with cancer for a second time, there was the letter to her father which broke my heart and I could so easily relate to. But I would have to say this post about an aging family member speaks to what is important in life, which is to enjoy the little things.
Upcycling and DIY
- With the advent of flat screen televisions, and those of us giving up TV, you can’t get rid of an old entertainment center. Courtney found herself with a huge entertainment center and knew she could come up with a use for these pieces. Take a cue from Courtney and save the landfill from these huge pieces of furniture.
- This piece was offered in a giveaway this week, no I didn’t enter to win it, but I think it is amazing. What can you make with a few beads, vintage ashtray and old spoons? The finished product might surprise you, I wish I had some place i could use this myself.
- Do you have a dryer monster? You know the dryer monster, it steals your socks leaving you with out a matched pair. I almost solved my problem when I had my boys buy only one style and color of sock, one for each boy, but not quite, but at least when one got a hole I could use a stray to make a new pair. I could pair up most but I was often left with a stray. The strays would sit on top of the dryer waiting, hoping, for the twin to arrive, not exactly ideal but it worked. Here is an idea for a cute way to store those lonely socks and all you need are a few leftover items sitting around the house.
Consumerism and Life Lessons
- There is nothing better at waking you up to the life you have today than a visit to a cemetery, not sure what I mean check out In Another Life and see what you can learn about consumerism.
- How many times have you heard someone lament that their dreams never came true? This comic strip taken seriously can change that.
- To really live we have to take risks each day. Living in fear will leave you stuck and less the person you could be. What is more dangerous, taking a risk being mindful of the potential consequences or doing nothing out of fear? Would you consider commuting by bicycle dangerous?
- When we talk about the little things that mean the most to us in life, some of those little things are pretty big. Jean shared a very moving poem she wrote after the birth of her one child.
- I’m not the only one who has experimented living without a fridge. Samuel Alexander turned off his fridge during the winter months in Australia, he came up with an interesting way to keep milk and other products cold, see what conclusions he came to on the need for a refrigerator.
- I get a lot of strange looks when I admit I cannot sleep if there are any light. My dream night would be a warm evening with steady soothing rain and no power. But this article shows there is a reason I get my best sleep in complete darkness.
- We now have an alternative for adding solar power to our homes, solar shingles.
- Living in the US, we have fracking, oil drilling, coal mines and nuclear plants as the main sources of producing our energy. But there is one place that is producing 100% of their energy needs using renewable resources, thanks to Tegan for sharing this story.
- The bat population is declining and there are many reasons. See here how you can do your part to protect the remaining bat populations.