How is everyone this Friday? I’m looking forward to a weekend of fun. This weekend is the university’s homecoming, complete with a parade that winds through downtown. The little ones are looking forward to this as much as the adults, mainly because the students toss candy at them. It’s like Halloween but without the need for costumes. Homecoming also signals the end of summer, all the seasonal businesses stay open through this weekend, such as the ice cream stand and the boating rentals, then close for winter.
I’ve had good news about my wheelchair. Faced with the proof that they did pay for my chair, they backed down insisting they were sorry. Their answer: they were looking in he wrong division. Ya, I believe that :-) But the parts are now approved and ordered. Everything was finalized Monday, the day before the government shut down. Talk about good timing.
It’s time to show you what I found this week. (note: just as I was polishing this post my granddaughter arrived and wanted to help. All the pictures were picked by her)
- Tonette broke my heart with her outpouring of loss. Her blog is called The Grief Project, started to help her heal through the loss of her mother. I thought it was only fitting to share her very first post which shows the difficulty of not only the personal loss but also how strong we have to be for our children in a time of life when we are hurting ourselves.
Some things to think about
- Earlier this week I wrote about advertising after watching the movie Branded. I enjoyed the discussion that followed. As a follow-up I stumbled on this article about advertising to children. Want to know if removing advertising directly to children can make a difference? Take a look and let me know what you think.
- Clare wrote about trees, specifically why we need them in an urban setting. I thought I knew all the benefits of trees, but even I was surprised by the outcome of living around an abundance of trees in city life.
- I often wonder how we became a society that shops for entertainment, We shop when bored, we shop when we are sad, we shop when we’ve had a bad week. We shop. Postcomsumers has a great post on how to break the shopping habit.
- If we want our children to grow up to have a good sense of handling money or working with a budget I believe they need to have their own money from a very young age. Sarah shares what she learned from her parents about money as a child.
- Have you ever wanted to give it all up and move to an isolated Island? Some people actually do follow their dream, here are the stories of 3 people who did just that.
- I’m sure you all know my friend Bethany from My Journey to Ithaca, this week it was her birthday. She shared 35 things she’s learned from life so far as her birthday present to us.
- Are you looking for a variety of legume based meals? Legume-based meals are inexpensive and good for us check out this list of 8 delicious meals for your family.
- Need a quick pick me up? Want chocolate too? Check out this sandwich!!
- Are you looking for gluten-free, maybe vegan? Do you have chickpeas and chocolate around the house? Then you can make these chocolate biscuits.
Just for Laughs
- Live and Learn does a series called Boys vs Girls. This one is too funny and since the next link is rather sad I thought you might need a good laugh.
My friend Jean
- There is no where else this would fit in my lists this week, but no other post moved me quite the way this one did. Jean was doing a bit of cleaning when she found a box from her mother’s house. Inside she found letters. Letters from a brother she lost too young. She shares these letters that tell the story of a boy becoming a man.
Finally, Eliza is repeating her All Done By December One series. If you want to take the stress out of the holidays, join up to follow along. And consider following along with my challenge of coming in under budget this holiday season (scroll to the bottom of the post to view my challenge).
Thank god men cannot fly, and lay waste to the sky as well as the earth. ~~ Henry David Thoreau