Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Today I tested out some scrubbies from Galwaygirldesigns shop. They are great! They scrubbied everything without leaving a scratch. Where have these been all of my dishwashing life? The shop has some adorable purses in different sizes and patterns. Come check it out! http://www.etsy.com/shop/galwaygirldesigns
For our second wedding anniversary we went to an adorable bed and breakfast in Reedsburg Wisconsin. We had a little cabin in the woods all to ourselves. It had a porch to sit on and watch the birds, a little fireplace, and a huge hot tub. In the morning a hot breakfast was brought right to our door. It was a wonderful weekend spent with my amazing husband.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
The wildflower area is growing pretty fast too. There are several toads that live in there too.
With the storms lately the tomato plants and pepper plants look pretty beat-up. I was going to go strawberry picking today but it was storming. We went berry picking last week and I made strawberry jam.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The zinnias that I started inside are not doing well. I might just put them outside and see what happens.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
-ride a bike to work, take mass transit or carpool. This takes some planning and may be difficult with your work schedule.
-give up eating meat.
-install solar panels to your house
-plant native plants in your yard. They will require less water and benefit the local wildlife
-buy your clothes used or from companies with sustainable environmental practices (this takes some research)
-install energy star appliances
-buy all organic vegetables and fruit
-grow and preserve more of your own food
-support environmental organizations. Some of my faves are Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists and WWF.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
-reduce the amount of meat that you eat. Instead of eating a chicken breast for dinner eat half of one and add a side salad. Have one dinner per week (or more) that are meatless.
-When you do buy new clothing consider looking into bamboo fabrics. Cotton uses a lot of water and pesticides to grow.
-install a low flow shower head. If you put in one that has a "pause" button then you can turn the water down while you shampoo and soap up.
-If you have a garden or yard install a rain barrel. (Check local codes to make sure it is allowed)
-Learn to deal with weeds in your yard. All the pesticides you use end up in the ground water. In the middle of the summer allow your grass to dry out a little. If you must water then water early in the morning to decrease evaporation.
-buy from ecologically responsable companies. Simple, simply green and 7th generation are some of my faves.
-Compost. There are several methods of outdoor composting and vermicomposting. We have an indoor naturemill composter and love it! http://www.naturemill.com/
-unplug items that you do not use everyday. Anything with a little light that indicated it is on uses power even when not in use
-if you have old appliances look into purchasing new energy star appliances
-get a home energy audit. They can tell you what changes to make in order to make your home more energy efficient
-keep your lawnmower, snowblower etc. in good condition. Machines that are dirty and not working well use more gas to run.
-plan activities ouside. The more time you spend in nature the more you will want to protect it
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Here are some baby steps to take. They have a small impact on the environment but are the easiest steps to start with.
-cook meals at home. Fast food meals produce a lot of garbage (paper
cups,wrappers etc.) Cooking at home is also cheaper and healthier.
-take lunch to work in reusable containers
-stop junk mail https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action
-identify areas in your life that you would like to make changes. (in terms of impact on the environment) Start with just one and see how many changes you can make.
-ask youself if you need to wash every item of clothing after wearing it just once. If you have a job where you do not get very dirty you can wear pants and shirts more than once.
-Does everything you buy need to be brand new? Look into buying used items at Good-will, garage sales and on-line.
-borrow items from the library instead of buying them. Libraries have more than just books these days.
These are just a few ideas. More added later in the week.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Sales on etsy have also been slow. I have been posting on other sites in the hopes that sales will increase. We shall see what happens. I am in another treasury this week http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=124808
Friday, April 2, 2010
The bee balm is starting to come up and the irises are poking up. The crocuses has been up for a few weeks. They are so cute!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
A1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our
whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid
burned out bulb?
A2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not
up to code.
A3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!
A4. Rottweiler: Make me.
A5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
A6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can
I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!
A7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I lead these people from
the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one
more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of
A8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the
walls and furniture.
A9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light
A10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the
A11. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.
A12. Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there ...
A13. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
A14. New Zealand Sheep Dog: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a
A15. Toy Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do
it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Reply More Grannamumzee Posted: 03-19-2010 4:04 PM
These are actual comments made on students' report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. All teachers were reprimanded (but, boy, are these funny!)
1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
2. I would not allow this student to breed.
3. Your child has delusions of adequacy.
4. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot. (my favorite...)
5. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
6. The student has a 'full six-pack' but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
7. This child has been working with glue too much.
8. When your daughter's IQ reaches 50, she should sell.
9. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming..
10. If this student were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.
11. It's impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others.
12. The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sarah Palin-A flute that desperately wants to be a trumpet
John Stewart-a percussionist who plays lots of odd instruments
Dick Cheney-a trombone that has been run over
Martha Stewart-would not be in the band she would be designing the uniforms
Steven Colbert-the drum major because it gets the most attention
John McCain-the snare drum that is always on the wrong beat but he would smile the whole
time as if he knew what was going on
John McCain's wife-last chair flute
James Earl Jones-I could not decide on a baritone or a timpani drum
I will add more later. Who do you thing should be on this list?
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Most of the seeds that I bought are Burpee seeds. Later in the spring I will swap some plants with my neighbor. I am hoping to eventually plant corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, lettuce, and herbs along with a ton of flowers.
Anyone have any gardening tips they would like to post?