Earlier this week I told you NASA is currently accepting applications from businesses to mine the moon for Helium 3 and rare earth metals needed for our electronics, fuel sources and many more, if you missed it you can read it here. I did my best to hold my feelings in check while writing that post but I was scared and angry about this prospect. The company who is selected for this job will be notified mid March of this year. There isn’t much time to prevent this but Linne@A Random Harvest took action and started the petition Don’t allow mining on the moon. Please share this with everyone you know, on blogs, social sites and to friends and family. We’ve done enough damage to the earth please help save the moon from us.
Today I have a very special treat for you. When I chose to open the blog up to guest writers I had hoped to have both individuals and bloggers who wanted to share their stories of finding their path whether that would be in simple living or by choosing an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, or something along those lines.
Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Roland, who blogs with his wife at Handcrafted Travellers. If you haven’t visited Roland and Cheryl’s blog before here are just a small sampling of what you have been missing. In You have to start somewhere, Cheryl reminds us we don’t have to know the destination to begin our journey; in Look he’s naked I believe I read this at least 3 times smiling each time that a father took the time from one small comment from his daughter to rethink societies views of what is appropriate for each sex. And if you follow their blog you won’t have forgotten how Roland created his first pair of shoes. What I like the best about Roland and Cheryl’s blog is that they live by example.
Let me introduce you to Roland who has a very special treat for you.
While Small Footprints is on vacation, I have tried to come up with a few things of interest. This week I want to challenge you to reconsider items you might toss out. We can help those less fortunate, such as our visiting birds. Encourage them to build their homes near you with this simple idea.
If you don’t have a suet cage you can make a container from plastic bottles, or other items you have around the house, by cutting holes around it in various places. Throughout the rest of winter you can save these scraps for the birds who will collect and use them to make nests with. These include:
- pet hair
- biodegradable string
- non-toxic paper
- small scraps of fabric, just make sure it’s not synthetic
A word of caution, do not add human hair which can tangle around the baby birds causing harm.
Just before spring arrives hang your cage filled with the collected scraps. This will save the landfill and assist birds in quickly building a home for their young.
What do you do to help birds?
This past weekend we had some really nice temperatures mid 40s to high 50s, but with it came rain. It didn’t matter to me I grabbed the umbrella and headed out. The air was fresh, and the sights were amazing. The streams were overflowing and moving rapidly. Some of the sidewalks and areas of the roads were flooded due to the combination of melting snow, yes we had that much, and two days of rain. Here are my favorite pictures from my outing.
I can’t believe November is nearing an end already. Next week we in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I have purchased my bus tickets and will be visiting my youngest son for most of the week. For now I am busy putting my house in order as there is nothing better than coming home to the serenity of a clean home, or nothing worse than walking back into a home that needs straightening.
As I will be leaving on Tuesday my posts next week will be cut back. I will travel with my computer to be able to keep in touch and respond to comments. You can expect to have my regular Monday Frugal Christmas post, a Change the World Wednesday post of another piece of good news but Friday will be a bit different. I won’t be posting a typical Friday Faves, but something I hope you will enjoy just as much to welcome the holiday season.
It’s time to share with you my favorite posts of the week, you will find some real surprises this week, hope you enjoy them.
This week the temperatures have turned cooler and we’ve had lots of rain. I really hope the rains won’t diminish the colors of fall. I am already missing the hours I spent outdoors and being stuck inside with the rain hasn’t been fun. I’ll get used to it again as always but find it strange how long the adjustment of being disconnected from nature takes me each year. I wonder how those who spend most of their time indoors, rarely getting outside, can stay centered.
My parts for my chair have arrived and are awaiting final approval to be installed, I received a call yesterday informing me to expect to have them later today, so I am happy about that.
This week everyone outdid themselves, I had a very hard time choosing which posts to share with you in today’s Friday Faves.
We had a lovely weekend of almost summer-like temperatures. We took every opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy it while we could. The little ones stopped by several times to check the garden and play in the field. As I was watching them I realized how much money we, as a society, waste on toys and things to entertain the children when they don’t need it at all. Nature will grab their attention every time. Today it was a wooly bear that “popped” on my grandson which he found hysterical, but his mother was grossed out by it and sent him packing to wash his hands. Saturday it was a praying mantis.
The weather has turned to full on autumn, so I thought I would like to take one last look at the beauty that surrounds me here at my home. I was inspired by a few blogging friends and a promise I made to share this picture. Some days it feels as if the damage mankind has done to the planet will never be repaired, then I look outside and see what we create isn’t as resilient as what was intended to be here. This plant is growing in a parking area next to the road, the tiny space between the power pole and the black top was just enough for this to take root and thrive.
The calendar says it’s mid September but looking at the gardens it’s hard to believe. After a couple of weeks of needing to close the door early evening to keep from freezing and an extra blanket to sleep comfortably yesterday and today have been in the 90s. The fan even got plugged in again, poor lonely fan that had very little use for weeks now is happy to be out. Yesterday I was so busy the day flew by. I had food I needed to get prepared and in the freezer, I had furniture that was being picked up today and wanted to get more work done on them. Today I simply wanted to enjoy the day. So today’s theme is gratitude and beauty.
I had an interesting weekend, but what I decided to post tonight came from a commercial I heard while watching a football game. The subject of the commercial was about sacrifice. Sacrificing your evenings and weekends to work extra hours, the goal of all that work was to be able to purchase the dream house you always wanted. The house that was shown had a kitchen larger than 4 of the studio apartments in my building, and the deck overlooked an ocean view. Sure the view was nice, but just looking at this weekend, there wasn’t a single experience I would have wanted to sacrifice to have that large home, even with the view.