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Things I LOVE – Our Local Library

Imagine if you will a place close enough to walk to where you can go in select anything off the shelves you want and take it home without playing a dime. You can even go online and request an item from this great place (or others close by) and the wounderful staff will put it aside for you.

I LOVE our local library. I love that whenever I hear about a great book I simply log onto the library website and request it. I get a phone call on my cell to let me know when it arrives and go pick it up. The little one and I make a weekly trek to the library to fill her library tote with new books to cuddle up with on the couch and read…and read…and read.

What I have out right now:
The Kite Runner
Prodigal Summer
Hollyhock Cooks: Food to Nurish Body, Mind and Soil

Oneskein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder


Waiting On:

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stuff : The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
Playful Parenting

Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Well as the evenings get cooler I look forward to snuggling up on the couch and reading a few good books…well, when I’m not knitting!  Any good book recommendations…???

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September 25, 2007 at 5:20 pm 3 comments

The Knitting Season

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My first sweater off the needles – a baby cardigan (Daisy a free pattern from knitty) for a close friends first little one…and onto the new a felted bowl from this great book I have on lone from the library. 

Autumn, my favorite season, has so many sights, smells, sounds and tastes associated with it. I’m thinking of the leaves crunching underfoot, the beautiful abundance at the farmer’s market, pumpkin pie with whipped cream or the crisp cool air in the morning that gives way to our last few glorious sunny days. One thing I was recently reminded of is the touch of autumn. To me it is that of the knitting in my hands. The cool air brings with it the start of knitting season and has me reaching for my knitting bag and casting on a project or two.

I’ve started to take inventory of our hats and scarves and mittens. Who needs what? What can we pass on to friends and family? What have friends passed onto us? Where are the gaps? My project list quickly gowns as we all need a new hat and perhaps some warm wool socks. The little one has requested a sweater for herself in her favorite color (purple of course) and I will hopefully have enough yarn for a matching hat. 

Handmade gifts for family and friends are being planned as I think to the colder days of winter and look forward to the rhythmic clicking of needles and the feel of the wool in my hands. 

September 19, 2007 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

And They’re Off…

Live Lightly Tour

At the same time as the Janssen’s hit the road for their exciting adventure living sustainable in an RV powered by veggie oil, a new website has been launched for the Live Lightly Tour. Love it! The logos and graphic elements I designed for them are very much complemented by the T-shirts and stickers Sara designed and the blog and RV wrap design by What Cheer. The new website offers you a number of ways to get involved, Spread the Love and help support the Live Lightly Tour.

Bookmark the site and join me in following along on this families sustainable journey.

September 17, 2007 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

The 11th Hour

If you have been living under a rock or totally off the grid (good for you), however, you may not have heard about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, the 11th Hour.

The film is a new feature length documentary focusing on our environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. It explores how humanity has arrived at this moment; how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. You can view the trailer below:

I managed some time away from the little one and a movie date with a good friend this past weekend. Of course we went and saw the 11th Hour.

The 11th Hour is packed full with a wide range of people (Stephan Hawking, David Suzuki, Bruce Mau, etc.) and information about our current situation here on earth, how we got here and what we need to do NOW to make change. Unlike previous eco-documentaries that opt for manipulative scare tactics, this film’s strength is in its directness, from start to finish. The movie will definetly appeal to a wide audience—and most likely a young one. I hope that it becomes required viewing in grade schools in years to come.

The take away message … CONSUME LESS. LIVE MORE.

Along with the film, the filmmakers created www.11thhouraction.com, an action website based solely on helping people identify the things everyone can do to become more sustainable. (more…)

September 4, 2007 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

What is your Walk Score?

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How walkable is your house? Find out with Walk Score, which quickly calculates  the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score looks at the following:

  • The distance to walkable locations near an address.
  • Calculating a score for each of these locations.
  • Combining these scores into one easy to read Walk Score.

Simply type in your address and it puts it on a Google map and gives it a score. 70 to 90 is very walkable; 90 to a hundred is a walker’s paradise. We live in a pretty walkable community and only scored a 65. I question how far they consider walkable, however, it is still a great tool to get people thinking about their community in a different way. (more…)

July 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm 2 comments

Freecycle

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I LOVE freecycle. For those who have never heard of Freecycle before it is grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own cities and towns. One person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure!

Our community purchased a great natural gas BBQ in the Spring. Since then our old propane BBQ has seen little to no use. Well I decided to help it find a new home and posted it on freecycle. I had lots of interest in it and last night it went on it’s way to a new life with a young family who otherwise could not afford a bbq right now. I did good and now have more space and less clutter on my patio. The bbq will see some love and use once more. All is right in the world.

Now what else can I freecycle?

July 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

26 Climate Change Myths and Misconceptions

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In spite of explosive news coverage about global warming over the past year, many people still have only a very rudimentary knowledge of this complex issue. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge has led to persistent myths, which are slowing down real action that could prevent the worst damage from occurring to our economy and to our environment.

I recently found a great article at New Scientist debunking the 26 most common climate myths and misconceptions.

If you want to help, read New Scientist and arm yourself with knowledge, then tell a friend. Let’s take down these myths once and for all!

June 5, 2007 at 5:07 pm 1 comment

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I am passionate about reducing my impact on the environment and am learning to live simply and live green. I am learning the age old arts of home food preservation and cooking from scratch. This is yet another eco-blog and a place for me to really channel my passions for writing, photography and sustainable living.
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