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Jun 05, 2011 01:27PM

32806 I envy you being off the grid, Carol!
What are some of your favorite kinds of breads?

My daughter makes delicious breads - just not often enough! :-)
Jun 05, 2011 01:24PM

32806 Carol,

Have you read this book?
The Story of Stuff  How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health—and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard
Jun 05, 2011 01:21PM

32806 Its funny you said that! My sister and I have both discussed how we would have loved to live in a time when things were simpler, not so busy ...

Here is a link to a website you may appreciate (speaking of hunting, trapping, etc.)

Jun 05, 2011 01:14PM

32806 Do you sew your own clothes, Carol? I've been working on designing some pants for myself. I'm tall enough to where I can't go into a regular store and find anything long enough. Its been a challenge, but a good one.

What is your favorite quilting website?
Jun 03, 2011 05:10PM

32806 Here is one book I thought would be a good read The Dirty Life  On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
However, I would prefer to read something the group comes up with.
Jun 03, 2011 05:08PM

32806 Ah, the Wardrobe with pants 1 and 2 sizes that I keep telling myself I will lose enough weight to fit into...
Jun 03, 2011 04:23PM

32806 Open for suggestions. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Jun 03, 2011 04:35AM

32806 We were able to get some great compost delivered, cheaper and "green", through the city of Jackson. They recycle the leaves and grass clippings they pick up and then sell it or give it away (to city residents. We were able to get 5 square yards delivered. You might check out and see if your city offers this. Be careful though because some cities add biosolids from waste treatment plants which can contain harmful substances such as the toxic residue that is strained out when they process the sewage ie RXs, chemicals, anything that is flushed down a toilet. But if your city doesn't, its a great fertilizer for pennies on the dollar.
Jun 03, 2011 03:57AM

32806 Kudos, Jan! Sounds like you have made a great beginning. Do you sew? Just asking, because sometimes its not difficult to turn a long sleeve shirt into a cute short sleeve or jeans to shorts, etc. Not to mention, it saves a little money in the process.

I'm doing a similar project outside now that we finally have some good weather. A flower bed here, a new garden row there...

Happy cleaning to you. :-)
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May 18, 2011 12:57PM

32806 Welcome, Jessie, glad you joined us. Thank you for introducing yourself. Your little boy is at a fun age. They grow up so fast!
May 18, 2011 12:53PM

32806 Great, Jessica, I hope you enjoy it!
May 10, 2011 06:05PM

32806 I didn't realize the mint produced that early. I'm going to try to raise some peppermint this year. They say it is hard to start from seed, so will be an adventure.

Great idea. Quick and easy. Drying in a food dryer (with a temp control) or in the oven at a temp less than ?125? degrees will preserve more of the nutrients and beneficial properties of the mint if you are interested in that.
May 06, 2011 11:05AM

32806 Jan,
I wish I could. Unfortunately, it was a library book that I read almost a year ago so I can't resource it from home. I took some notes of the things I wanted to remember, but can't locate them,.... I do recall that he had a lot of websites listed, that he promoted bartering, Craig's List and trading services. One thing I'll never forget that was funny was that he stayed at people's houses for his book tour.
May 06, 2011 10:51AM

32806 The author takes the reader on a journey of Hardwick, Vermont's transition from a seedy, mostly unemployed town to a quaint, mostly employed town by becoming a town known for its organic food culture.

What I Liked:

*Ben Hewitt limits his judgments about the people playing out the drama and their ideas. This is nice because he is allowing the reader to formulate their own opinions. A nice change for books about "green" topics!
* It reads almost as smooth as a fiction story. No huge concepts to grasp, just everyday language.
* Good portrayal of the key people, you feel like you know them well.
* Clear explanations of the problems, events, etc.

What I didn't Like:
* Nothing. This book was almost perfect. Not too long, well-written, inspirational in an entrepreneurial sort of way.

What I took away from this book:

Anyone can make a difference, even in today's economical upheaval. Hard work, determination still mean something.
May 05, 2011 06:37PM

32806 I hear you, Jan. I probably am closer to a minimalist for everyday things, but when it comes to sewing, craft and fabric stuff, I like the variety.
May 05, 2011 06:33PM

32806 You know, I think the soil in raised beds gets warmer than regular dirt, especially if you do the "lasagna gardening" variety where it is essentially making compost as the plant grows. Here in "cold" Michigan it is an excellent method. However, in warmer climates such as Australia, I can certainly see how it may not be the best method.

I'm glad your lettuce does well though! You know, today was the first day I could get out and work in the garden - its been so cold and rainy. I'm making a new potato bed. It was great to see the sunshine again, I almost forgot what it looked like!
May 05, 2011 06:27PM

32806 Sure can, Jan. She is a proponent of living simple. (see why I liked this book?)This included the locavore movement (eating foods grown, produced locally), limiting the amount of consumable goods we use. I'm sure there is much more, but its been a while since I read it. The thing that blew my mind about this book was her detailed description of what goes into the making of our everyday gadgets that we take for granted. I find myself re-evaluating if I really need things after reading this book. Its incredible the negative impact "stuff" has on the rest of the world. But then I come back to the question am I hurting others more by buying the "stuff" or more if I don't and they don't have any income (be that as it may),.... I still don't know the answer,....
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May 05, 2011 06:16PM

32806 A big welcome, Jan! Thank you for introducing yourself. I think many of us could relate to what you are saying especially about the distractions,... we don't care if you get rid of the other distractions just keep Goodreads!
Feb 21, 2011 12:00PM

32806 Personally, I kind of like Dave Ramsey, but who do you think knows what they are talking about?
Feb 21, 2011 11:56AM

32806 I've really fallen for raised bed gardening - there are so many ways to reuse and save money, time with this method. I compost my kitchen scraps, newspapers and corrugated cardboard. Putting layers of cardboard or newspapers beneath the raised cuts down weeding.

I'd recommend two books for anyone interested in trying this method: John Jeavons classic "How to Grow More Vegetables than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine" (Yes, that entire two lines is the title! The second is a little simpler but not as detailed and that is "Lasagna Gardening" by Patricia Lanza. Both are on the group bookshelf.
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