Thursday, December 5, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This is a great overview of ways to make shelters for feral cats to help them get through the Winter.
Etsy For Animals: Making Shelters for Feral Cats by Josie of Whiscraft
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
In the background are the beet (r) and kohlrabi (center, near the tires) beds. The tire stack is our mulch heap. It's not attractive. My BF wants to build a proper one, but as we will be moving within the next year or so, I'm not sure it's worth the effort. This is serving the purpose just fine.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I were sitting in my parents' living room, when all of a sudden, I spotted something on the floor. Thinking one of the dogs had had an accident, I got up and prepared to clean it up. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a newborn animal. At first, I thought it was a puppy (my dogs are spayed and neutered. One of them had carried it in the house! Looking again, as we worked to pick the little one up, I realized that it was a newborn bunny! It was still alive. We believe it had been rejected or abandoned by its mother and that the dog had brought it in for us to take care of. (He's a very smart dog.)
It was still alive, but it was struggling to breathe. I felt just awful, because not only did I not know how to take care of a newborn rabbit, I didn't have what I would need to do so. I felt helpless and very sad. All I could do was very carefully carry it out to the woods and say a prayer for it. I then put it in a place where, hopefully, it would be undisturbed as nature took its course. It's not an evening I will soon forget.
This was my first failed rescue. That would have defeated many people's spirits, but in my case, it just made me more determined. The next day, I sat down and printed out instructions for caring for a newborn rabbit. If it ever happens again, I will be better prepared. I also made the decision to pick up some kitten milk replacer (KMR) and keep it on hand both at my parents' place and at home. That way, if I end up in this situation again, the baby might have a fighting chance (it could have died anyway, but I wanted to give it a fighting chance.)
Something that cheered me up when we got home, though, was this:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Part of this process--most of it, in fact--has been a makeover of our two bathrooms.
What we have below is the results of an experiment. Part of the bathroom makeovers has been cleaning up the sinks and replacing the hardware, rather than replacing the whole sink. (We shopped around. Sinks aren't cheap, and we both have kind of "chi-chi" tastes!) Over the Holiday weekend, we went to pick some things up at the hardware store, including a new j-trap (the piece below.) The products on the market now in the big hardware stores are unbelievably flimsy feeling! Even the "metal" pieces feel like they will crack and fall apart rapidly. This piece was crusted about an inch deep with...drek! When we couldn't find an acceptable replacement, I said to my boyfriend, "Let's try this."
I thought some might be interested in this article over at Mother Jones about incorporating weeds into our diets.
As my readers know, my BF and I do some of this. We don't forage much, because our knowledge is limited, but we are educating ourselves. We do cultivate both English and black seed plantain, dandelion, and wood sorrel and frequently use them in salads and on sandwiches. Our dandelion does not get out of control and take over our yard, either. We have a patch here and there, and I have not seen it spread.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Why is this a beautiful thing to me? Rags drying on the line. So I've recycled a few pieces of clothing. Big whoop, you might be saying.
Maybe it IS no big deal. Maybe I get too excited about this kind of recycling. After all, our ancestors did it way back when. Well, I think it is high time we all started doing it again! We generate way too much trash!
These rags are beautiful to me, because each one represents hundreds of paper towels I am not throwing away and, by extension, hundreds of rolls of paper towels I am not buying.
I can't completely stop buying them, because of the cats. For most of our messes, the rags work just fine, but for cat urine, I need to use something disposable to clean up. Fortunately, we have fewer and fewer of those messes to deal with. Every once in a while, someone will miss the box. That's just life with cats.
We also use the paper towels for dealing with work on the car and home improvements. There are, again, just some substances that are too toxic or just won't come out.
I buy three rolls of paper towels about every two months, always recycled. This all results in our putting our trash out at the curb only about every two weeks--and that is with six cats in the house!
I do these kinds of things and write about them, not to brag, but because preserving the planet is very important to me, and it is easier than most people think. I hope that, by sharing what I do, I will teach and motivate others to give it a try.
Happy Memorial Day to those of you here in the U.S.!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sage smoke is one of my very favorite things. My boyfriend has made a number of large smudging wands. I have only had the chance to make one so far, and it did not come together right, so I need more practice.
See, we have so much that I'm giving away some fresh sprigs, but I am also now hoping to perfect my wand making skills, so that I can give away and sell those, too. (Blessed or not blessed, depending on what people want.)
All of that aside, I love this plant, and I use it in many aspects of my life. It has a hearty, positive spirit!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The garden is going in pretty well, now that the weather has warmed up. It looks a bit weedy, because it's in progress. Some beds have not yet been cleaned up and planted. Right now, we have parsley, peppers (in the pots on the fence), tomatoes, and carrots in. (By "in", I mean they've been planted.)
The tall, scraggly things in the center of this photo are our 2nd year kohlrabi plants. We don't have a plan for them, other than to eat the greens. I don't think we are saving seeds. Eventually, we will finish the greens up, and they will be cleared out, possibly for a new crop.
The brick planter in the corner contains sage. I believe it's three years old now. We have been using it to make smudging wands. (There's just so much, and you can only dry so much for cooking!) We may end up selling some of it, if we end up with too much.
The bed in the foreground is the carrot bed. They had to be replanted, because the first batch of seeds did not sprout. It may have been too cold when they were planted. We don't know. Now that it's warmed up, hopefully we will end up with a bumper crop!
The bed in the background is the tomato bed. There were eight planted in all. The variety we planted is purple! (Sadly, I do not remember the name.)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I'm posting from my phone, so I apologize for the unedited photo. If you see something weird, please ignore it. LOL!
This post is about sponges and plastic baggies, both of which we recycle. (Well, zipper bags, anyway.) They have their own laundry line, right above the sink. All it took was two screw eyes and heavy cotton thread. (In this case, the thread was recycled from a cat food bag.)
I just anchored the screws into the cabinets on either side of the sink a little above eye level, and voila! I believe the term my boyfriend used when he first saw it was "rustic." I'm OK with that, because to me, it says "treading lightly."
The thread is not that thick, but I've been using this setup for a few years now.