Here it is Friday again and what can I say, I haven’t been online much this week, again. I’ll do my best to leave you with a few good reads for the weekend.
I read an interesting book this week The World We Made in which the main character Alex McKay in the year 2050 shares what had to be done to save the world. In Alex’s version of 2050 there are still challenges but things overall are much better. I passed this book on to my son, Justin, who has become so wrapped up in the story that he’s been calling me as questions pop into his head to make the world better now and create the the world he’s reading about. Today, the big question was whether I knew if there was a way, or anyone studying, how to reproduce the processes plants use to absorb the carbon and release oxygen.
Seeing how both my son and I enjoyed this book I would highly recommend it to you, we all need a bit of hopefulness as we progress to more sustainable lifestyles.
And now this week’s Friday Faves
- On Becoming a Minimalist, M.B. Chandler took on the subject of minimalism and the view that it must result in deprivation.
- Marlene in her latest post is celebrating her upcoming move to home ownership. In her post, Marlene, shared a link to a lovely bright small home, you know I had to check that out. :-) I was so taken with the beauty of this smaller home and with title “making it cozy with Nothing” I had to share it with you too.
- I need to clean out some fabric scraps and found this idea for the children. With all the plastic toys for play kitchens it’s nice to have some handmade accessories such as this tea bag although I think I will use a bit of stuffing rather than rice to fill mine.
- One of the things mentioned in the book The World We Made was a section on how all fabrics are recycled. It got me thinking how many fabrics I recycle into rags and need to come up with better ways of using up my fabric. Here’s a decorative way to use an old shirt.
- I also found a raised garden built with materials source free from Craigslist. Craigslist’s free items and Freecycle are great ways to save money.
- Another think I want to try this year is Sumac Lemonade. The trees in our Little Cove are all sumac and I’ve told the children they have edible parts, here is a great recipe to try if you have sumac trees near you, I will be using local honey as my sweetener.
“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” ~~ Paul Newman