Sunday, April 24, 2016

Long time coming...

I FINALLY sold the big house.

It was a whirlwind of activity. I had to be out in 30 days but didn't have a place yet. So I bought a mobile home. then found a house, then had to sell the mobil home and move all those times.

I bought this:

And from the moment I moved in....

I hated it. All of it. So much wrong that didn't come out... listen up folks. just because they say theyve redone everything, get the whole house inspection. whole house. have them shower, have them do a load of laundry. etc. every little thing.

but it's 3 bedroom, newer siding, newer windows. So it has potential. It looks done, but ... well.. it's not.

I have thousands in concrete to do. I have a sewer issue.

I'm looking at an addition to make it more livable. laundry, bath, sunroom.

I miss porches. So much!

I've lived in a small home before and adored it so it's not the space. It's the mojo of the house. I'm beginning to think I should Sage smudge it.

So. here goes with a list of things to do...
estimates on fixing the driveway and longevity of other concrete walls.


1.  estimate on addition
2.  redecorating
       paint
       linens and fabrics
       I'm leaning toward English country cottage as a leading theme.
3.  new appliances.

4.  new garage door opener.

5.  landscaping  - out back is a HUGE garden that I have no time to mess with. need it back to grass with a small area for some manageable

6.  Sump pump work - I don't even want to think about it.

7.  Add a porch - ish area to the front. There's not even an overhang to protect you from the rain.


I think that's about enough to help me lose money!! :)

But here's the trade off...

  1. My utilities are low. It's a much greener house!! That's important to me.
  2. I've downsized and am working on minimalism
  3. It has the potential to take me into my golden years. 
  4. There IS  a garden out back so I can help be green by growing some of my own food..or learning to.
  5. We are working to override the no backyard chickens ordinance so someday I could have chickens.
  6. I'm starting a compost pile and want to get a worm house going to.
  7. It has resale. 3 bedroom ranches will always sell. 

and best of all...
I can write here.

There's a busy (ok well busy for a town of 6,000, street out this window, but I'm getting used to ignoring the sound.

As long as I can write and work on living an eco-friendly life...that's where I need to be.

Monday, October 20, 2014

One of the ultimate meals

It's Easy
It's cheap
It's healthy
It's eco-friendly
It's DELICIOUS!

White Bean soup.
I mean seriously! Look at this bowl of yum!! rich and creamy and thick!! Hard to believe it's under $5 dollars. Absolutely. Under five bucks!

And there's no meat and no meat broth. So it's got a mighty small carbon footprint. 
And it's only 

So here are the ingredients... except the cat. 
Beans are easy but people tend to be intimidated by them. Two things.
1) Don't rush them
2) don't add salt until they're cooked, it messes with the texture.

I just follow the package directions for quick soak. In this case cover with water, bring to boil. boil for a couple rolling minutes, turn off and leave covered and let sit for 2 hours. 
When time is almost up I chop 4 big carrots, 4 ribs of celery, the onion, the whole onion! and a couple cloves of garlic. saute onion, celery and garlic in a tbl spoon of your fav oil until they are translucent and beginning to brown up.

Then when the beans are done, drain and rinse. and back in the kettle for soup!

Then it's half broth, half water (no measuring, just guessing) then vegies and some pepper if you like. NO SALT YET.  seriously. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 3 or 4 hours. 

once done, you take a nice big spoon and mash some of the beans agains the side of the kettle. This is how you get your rich creamy texture! As you do this keep stirring and the whole pot gets nice and thick. 

This has SO MUCH FLAVOR!! I crush some crackers into my bowl and eat until I can't take another bite :)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mission Hippy #4

January 30, 2014

Welcome to Mission Hippy. A weekly meme where we post about how we intend to treat good ole' Mother Earth better! Even if you're just taking baby steps (like me most of the time) make a post about it and link up!
This week I've made a HUGE decision. This will be one of the biggest Mission Hippy's I bet I ever do. I've decided....to downsize. 


 I love my house. This is such a hard decision!! But it's not fair. This house needs a family. This house was EXACTLY what I needed EXACTLY when I needed it. But that time is passed and although I haven't owned it very long, just 2 years and 2 month, I'm going to bid it a wonderfully fond farewell. 
I'm also leaving the town I'm in. My kids are gone. And while I'm very vested in my church, I believe my faith is portable. Even my best friend is moving away this spring. 
I have to own a home, I have too many cats to try to find a place to rent, but I'll find something more efficient. More compact. 

I hope someone comes along and turns that whole lawn into a garden :)

How about you? What are you doing to minimize the footprint this week?


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mission Hippy #3 - January 16, 2013


First off, let me just say... I have NOT YET remembered my dang re-usable bags!!  Luckily I haven't been to the store that often either.
I'm not going to get frustrated but just keep resolving to take this step... this is definitely a 'better late than never' item. And I'll get there one of these days.

So this week... it snowed. My neighbor, bless his heart right down to his toes... came out with his snowblower and did not only his sidewalk but mine as well. :)

Which is awesome and I owe them like a pan of brownies or something fun like that...but I'm a shoveler. There is nothing quite so green and quite so eco-hippy as shoveling your own snow.

When the snowblower headed my way I could smell that horrible 2 stroke smell. Is that the smell of sloth? really?

And the noise. while the shhhhhhhrech shhhhhhrech of a snow shovel on cement is exactly symphonic, it's not as bad as a huge self-propelled snow blower. or as in my neighborhood, 4 or 5. Even worse are the snows where someone decides the leaf blower will work. Really? If the leaf blower moves it you don't think you'd do just as well with a nice, no fossil fuel, or electricity hogging, noise creating, broom???

So that's hipspiration for today...
If I can do it... ANYONE can do it :)
(almost... if you can't maybe you can hire a teenager who can!)

Please ... leave a comment on what your Mission Hippy was this week :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mission Hippy - Foraging

Mission Hippy #2 January 9, 2014 (actually posted on January 10th because I forgot)


Foraging!

Ok so I don't even remember what it was... but something today at work had the word foraging in it and it got to me to thinking.. foraging, hunting and gathering, finding things... finding useful things instead of buying things... Looking for things I already own or that I can create with what I own or what I can find that wont cost me any real money!! :) 
 
It's more than repurposing: It's eggs from the guy I work with. It's morels in the spring from the public hunting land. It's growing my own tomatoes from seeds given to me from a friend.. and yes, it's going through all my junk to find fun stuff to use. 
 
Here's my 'foraging idea' for now.
I am buried in craft supplies and I have scant little Valentine's decorations.
So I'm going to take a paper bag and cut out some hearts, wax them , and lace crochet with variegated pink thread around the edges and make a garland. Zip cost. Million dollar bang. and hella cute! (I'll prove it soon!)

I'm also swapping out furniture pieces in my house from room to room. I had a thing for ladder shelves for awhile and now I'm selling those and moving some of my better pieces in. Not to mention just freeing up floor space. And art work too. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mission Hippy #1 Jan 2, 2014

OUR INAUGURAL MISSION HIPPY POST!

And there was much rejoicing....... yay.

Just kidding... small is ok by me. Even if it is JUST for me, that's ok too because it will help me remember to keep taking steps.

Our first Mission!! Should you choose to accept it....


Is there anyone else out there like me with about 12 of these bags but you never remember to ACTUALLY get them to the store? Drives me crazy and makes me so annoyed with myself when I come home with yet another stinking plastic bag.

So now. This week. I focus on actually taking in re-useable bags!! 

Link below to your post with your experience with plastic bags vs. re-useable bags. 
I'ld love to hear how anyone actually made it a habit to take them in all the time.




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Not JUST a New Years post... Also a NEW MEME!!

I've never started a meme before, but I think I'll try to make this a weekly feature. Thursday sound ok?

My inspiration for this project has been growing for a few months now. I HONESTLY can not put my finger on when it started but it went from social awareness to a social consciousness and is expanding into a social movement in my own house. My kids (liberal arts college students) stuck me with the 'hippy' tag. I didn't mind and now have opted to own it!

Every week on Mission Hippy I want to discuss one social issue or, better still, on social action we can take, intend to take or have taken that week to live up to our Hippie Mission to make the world a better place and make us better people for the gift that is this world. It can be anything from choosing to carry that soda can to the recycling bin instead of just toss it out the car window, to becoming self-sustaining vegan!

There are lots of sources for "Hipspiration" 
I saw this on Facebook on New Years Eve:

What an amazing list!! I'm racking my brain for a really awesome #7!! Please, someone post something super cool!

I discovered TED Talks this year. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design and all the speakers have a max 18 minutes to talk but manage to make you want to change the world, or at least yourself in some of the most inspirational, touching, funny, poignant ways! Now many or most of you have probably already found these and are probably just as addicted as I am... but for those of you who haven't, or for those of yo who haven't seen some of the amazing Social Issues talks, here's the link: 


It literally makes me want to have a flop-on-the-floor-like-a-fish tantrum that this has been around since 19 frickin 84 and I JUST found it this year!!!! I'm so pissed at my past sometimes!!

But MOSTLY I want our inspiration to come from EACH OTHER!! Come on in ANYTIME and leave a message, but if I at least TRY to run this every Thursday, maybe we can sorta remember to be conscious of the idea all week... or a least I can :)

I hope you like the idea... I DO hope, like the TED slogan, that this spreads. I DO hope to see change in my life. I DON'T expect it to be immediate or ginormous! Just a little bit better each time.



I'll get a better linky tool eventually, but for now.. Please feel free to use this one or leave your idea, hopefully with a link to a post about it on your blog, in the comments... 

peace out! ...
no? too much. ok.. THANKS :)