Last night I sat near the window hearing what sounded like hail hitting the glass. I knew this sound, it meant winter. I wasn’t ready for the white stuff so tried to enjoy the sounds without thinking about what it meant, or peeking through the curtains. This morning I woke to a comfortably warm apartment and assumed that meant last night’s snow storm had passed over, I forgot what a difference the caulking around the window had made. Instead, I found everything covered in white. Ugh. I closed the curtain and didn’t head outside for a few more hours. There were only a few signs left of last nights snowfall left by then, like this
Of course only I would decide to snap a picture of a white car with snow on it. :-) Just a few more days of extreme cold for this time of year then my fingers are crossed for a bit of a break. But instead of bringing everyone down with the talk of winter, I’m here to share with you my favorites from this week’s reading.
- I noticed I had quite a number of spam messages today. Now and then I find a real comment that was bumped to the spam folder so it was time to clear it out. In the folder was a sincere message from a blogger I had yet to meet. Being curious I headed over to check out Cristin’s site and found an environmentally conscious writer, I only had enough time to read a couple of the articles I found, but with Halloween next week I decided to share this article on why you should buy a pie pumpkin instead of a carving pumpkin. Matches my sentiments exactly. And if you are looking for pumpkin recipes, this is the place for you.
- Willowarchway, says it’s all about off-grid and sustainable living, perfect right? I was expecting to find tutorials on how to have solar, how to insulate an older home, I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this article on how to build a deck. Okay I know every one knows how to build a deck but may not want to. But have you considered building a deck in small enough sections that you could move them around to change your deck when the occasion calls for it? That’s ingenious!
- Argentum Vulgaris today wrote an article called Deeply Disturbed by This. I found my eyes growing larger and my head shaking in disbelief at the news of the latest health threat and the solution the UK is considering. As I continued to read the thought of “get your children outside” kept running through my head. This is what a society who lives in doors may have to contend with.
- There is upcycling and then there is upcycling. :-) Emily wanted a dust mask to protect her lungs, she knew she could make one, and she did. You will never guess what she used to make this mask. Don’t forget to keep reading as Emily gives you a full tutorial on how to make one of your own.
Tugging the Heartstrings
- I blog a lot about the experiences I have with my grandchildren. Children are one of life’s greatest gifts and teachers. Live and learn found her own teacher in Sarah a special needs buddy, talk about a perfect day these two shared and wait until you see what Sarah taught her.
- I share my life with my family, Jean shares her life with her dogs (among other things) but recently she had to put down Barney her canine companion of 12 years. A bit of time passed, and then Jean wrote the story of Barney’s last days This was one of those stories that caused tears to roll down my face from the loss and from the absolutely purest form of love.
- The internet is a wonderful place to meet people and get information, but just like an autobiography, we edit the parts of our lives we don’t want to put out there for the world to know. In real life we do this as well to some degree. One of my pet peeves involves running into an old friend or acquaintance, what is the first question you hear? “How are you?” The problem is for the most part the answer isn’t honest, nor does the person asking the question want real honesty in reply. The answer is almost always “fine” or “good, we’re all good” Both online and in real life these edited versions we share of ourselves can lead others to feel their lives don’t measure up. Lissa Rankin explains this better than I do in her article I Beg You to Quit Pretending
- Do you know the difference between being cheap and being thrifty? This short definition by a Thrifty Hippie will answer that question once and for all.
- Caitlin is taking a course to get herself out of debt. This particular post in her series is enlightening for the fact that it shows what a credit score really means and how you can make even large purchases without credit. Let’s get rid of credit cards and debt once and for all.
- Do you have items lying around the house that you have no idea what you can repurpose them into? This is the ultimate site to get all your questions answered.. You may just want to scroll around and see what kind of ideas you can learn from.
- Wendy has suffered a devastating series of earthquakes leaving her home and nerves a mess. On a day out she decided to replace a few things that have been broken from the quakes and found a couple of things she couldn’t live without. Take a peek at what she found, for anyone who hasn’t shopped used stores or flea markets this will show that you really can find quality goods for very little money.
- Rather than buying a stack of books telling me how to put up food I like to use the internet. This one page from Hickery Holler Farms has so many canning recipes you will never get tired of the food you put up. For example the page starts with 6 different things you can do with apples. Everything is alphabetical to make it easy for you.