Friday Faves: Sustainable Living

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.

Strawberries will be here soon.

Strawberries will be here soon.

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

  1. On Becoming a Minimalist, M.B. Chandler took on the subject of minimalism and the view that it must result in deprivation.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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


I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

24 thoughts on “Friday Faves: Sustainable Living

  1. I will eventually catch up Lois, I promise. I’m glad I didn’t miss this one. Thank you for the ping-back. I’m sure Pauline appreciates it too. Although I’m not a minimalist, I do try my best to be kind to the earth. I’m using vinegar and hot water to kill weeds instead of deadly roundup. I get to compost now and by next spring will have my gardens ready to plant veggies. I had fun looking at all the upcycle ideas. So many of us try hard to be conscientious, a good outcome must follow. Great post.

    • Marlene, I’m in the same boat with you. I fell so far behind taking another mini-vacation. ;-) I’m glad you enjoyed the ideas and even happier that you get to finally do what you want and have a garden and compost again.:-)

      We don’t have to be minimalists to be easy on the planet. I’m definitely not what I think is minimalistic. ;-)

    • In researching his question I stumbled on the fake frees discussion and it seems not to be as productive as they had hoped. Thanks for the link I’ll show it to Justin and see what new idea it sparks.

  2. Hi Lois and thanks for some great reads.

    That book sounds interesting and while I have a pile of books to read through, this might find its way onto my pile for eventual reading.

    I also loved that tiny home you featured. As on of her commenters stated, I found her place to be “Completely adorable.” She did an awesome job in making it very cozy.

    Thanks again and I hope all is well.

    Take care and my best to all.


    • Hi Lyle, I thought of you just before I hit the publish button and thought “I wonder if there is anything Lyle will find interesting” I don’t have too many men following so you are often in the back of my mind.

      If you do get a chance to read the book I’d enjoy hearing your opinions on it.

      Hope you have a great weekend and it is warm where you are.

  3. It’s always nice when you can discuss a book with someone who has also read it. I’m glad that you got to do that with your son.

    Thanks again for compiling posts from some very clever people.

    • Live and Learn, he and I have been sharing books since he was probably twelve. We have very similar tastes. You should have seen our home when the boys were younger. There was always a pile of books by our favorite seats and ten another stack of ones that needed to be read by another person if really good. There was no hiding the fact we were a family that read constantly. :-)

  4. I loved Pauline’s lovely home too and what she has done with it. Just lovely. I like the sound of the book but have a reading list on Amazon as long as my arm to wade through :)

    • Wendy, I too have a reading list as long as my arm. I keep most of it in my phone to have it with me when I go to the library or a used book store. Amazon is my last option, and unfortunately gets used more than I would like

      Isn’t Pauline’s home lovely? It would be hard to sit in any room in her home and feel as if you were sitting in a mobile home, she’s done a terrific job with it.

      • Yes, her home looks such an oasis of calm and tranquility, just love it!

        I often get the freebies on Amazon but yes, do get tempted then wish I hadn’t. The only good thing is I do have a low budget for such things and do manage to think twice before I actually buy one.

    • I hope you enjoy it. I feel it might be too optimistic in a few parts, such as the subject of Japan’s reactor that continues to pollute the environment, but that aside it was nice to see an extension built from projects and new technologies just not coming to light.

      • I prefer a bit more optimism as I have been absorbing a lot of negative information the past year with the reactors & the GMO among others… it doesn’t suit me at all, I get too worried & negative so, now I’m focusing on good vibes hence my enjoyment in reading your Monday good -news post :)

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