Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mowing Our Yard the Easy Way

You have to understand we live way out in the country. It's a wonderful peaceful place. Every so often we simply sit on the deck and watch our goats mow our grass. Have you ever seen anyone with an ice cold cola in hand, sitting on their deck while their grass is cutting itself. Priceless!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sustainable Living

I found this article on Stumble. I love the idea. Although I know we can't all do this, I still love the idea. The article follows.

We came across this house on Anemone, and thought we needed to share! Simple and un-flashy, the owners moved out into the New Zealand woods to build their house with recycled lumber, windows and doors. An organic vegetable garden and a wood-burning stove are just a few of the ways they intend to live as simply and sustainably as possible...

The owner bought the lumber from a mill with unused logged trees that had been sitting there for years. All the windows and doors were sourced from thrift stores, dumps, and the side of the road. The wood-burning stove provides all the necessary heat for the home: it warms the rooms, heats all the water, and of course, it cooks as well. Rainwater is collected in tanks and then run through the home's plumbing system. Right now the bathroom is outside (!), but there are plans to complete an indoor bathroom soon, and to make it a sawdust composting toilet.

It's inspiring to see people taking this life so seriously, and it can be a little overwhelming as well. Clearly moving out to the bush is not an option for many of us, even if we wanted it. That's why Kimberlee of Anemone reminds us that there are still things we can do, however small, that help "lighten the load." Try to use less. Less space, less resources, less waste. Shop locally. Support small businesses. Try not to commute too far, or at least carpool or ride the subway. Share your resources, like public transportation, parks and libraries.

It might not be a house in the woods, but it's something.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Art at Its Finest

If you get a chance take a look at the link above. This link leads to a page about a guy named Mark Whitley that makes handmade furniture. He works out of his home. The picture above is one of his pieces. I saw a show about him on KET, Our local educational channel. He is currently attending an art gallery at the Capital Arts Center in Bowling Green Ky. My son attends university there, so I'm hoping he can see his work in person. His pieces are amazing.

Rust in My Garden

I love the look of rusty, rugged things in my flower garden. I have a few pieces, but I'm always looking for more. These are a few of the pieces I have so far. It's such a beautiful day here today. The sun is shining and the birds are singing.

Friday, April 3, 2009

What is a Cat?

"She is a presence, in bed. She snores: soft little wheezings. She talks in her sleep: closed-mouth little mutterings full of expression and complaint and observation. And she is an opportunist, settling her weight against the nearest body and pushing ever closer as the chance arises." Ellen Perry Berkeley