I am worrying about gas prices so I feel a ‘Frugal & Greenish’ blog on possible future viable alternatives to Gasoline coming up (please don’t fall asleep!) as well as ways to save a few bucks on the weekly fuel bill….
Archive for July, 2008
* One part of a strange past life
* Trying to be a little more leanish is pretty frugal!
Leanish- Ha! I wish!
Even as a youngish, sports freakish, gun carrying, I like running around and sharing ablutions with a load of Macho guys in camouflage gear phase, I’ve never been thin! ( CLICK HERE for a shocking glimpse of a past life )
But do you know what? I really wouldn’t care to be skeletal even though my current weight gets me down a bit sometimes…
Thank goodness for the summer heat
But something rather miraculous has happened…. the weather started to get rather warm and a few weeks ago I began to lose my appetite. This is not something I am familiar with for any prolonged period of time (hell I love good food far too much..) so when I noticed some weightloss (oh yes je suis a very hefty gal) I took advantage of the situation and promptly gave up alcohol too……Chippy, the silent and hairy one, has done no such thing of course so I now just sniff the air and smell the beer and try not to open a can in the car when colllecting his supplies from the NSLC…..oh but it’s sooooo tempting ( Father Toomey, my family childhood priest, would have been so proud of me resisting such temptation)
Guess what? Two weeks later this ‘frugal & greenish’ carcass is down 10 lbs and have saved a whole lot of extra expense so I’ve saved pounds and pennies..
I have prayed to the stars that the weather stays warm for the rest of the year
Keep your fingers crossed for me!
PS Thanks to my friend Garnette who e-mails me at work every Wednesday to see how I’ve done on the work scales and I ask how she has done on the weight watchers ones!
PPS Is there anyone else out there who has successfully changed their lives by reducing to a healthy weight? I’d love to hear from you…
As I haven’t posted a frugal recipe for a while here is one that I have used a few times in the past…some of my favourite frugal recipes are based on wartime rationing. The kids liked these so they can’t be that hideous..
(An Old Wartime Recipe from the UK)
1 tablespoon (large spoon in the UK about twice the size of say a dessert spoon) margarine (you can always use something like Becel too)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 tablespoons grated raw carrot
6 tablespoons of plain flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder added
1 tablespoon of water
Cream the fat and the sugar together with the vanilla extract.
Beat in the grated carrot.
Fold in the flour. If mixture very dry then add a little water.
Drop spoonfuls onto greased tray and press down just a little.
Sprinkle tops with sugar and cook in an oven at 200 centigrade for about 20 mins.
Low Impact Living
There is a ’roundhouse’ settled quietly into the countryside in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. It is an ecohome of wood frame, cobwood and recycled window walls, straw-insulated turf roof; with solar power and wind turbine for electricity, compost toilet and reed beds for grey water.
The owners built it in 1998 on their land in a way that had little impact on the environment, a home they felt would be at one with their surroundings. Unfortunately planning permission has not been granted several times over the years and they still strive to avoid their homes demolition…
Their battle and belief in their home and way of life has made it the most famous roundhouse in the UK and I thought it may be interesting to those who are interested in the way people live to check out the roundhouse and the journey these good folk have taken..
There is a need for radical changes in the way we plan for, design and build homes, to render them affordable and environmentally sustainable.
The planning system is largely a hangover from feudal attitudes towards land ownership. No towns are sustainable. Most countryside is losing humus, topsoil and biodiversity. Several generations have now grown up in towns and cities, with very few survival skills and little appreciation of our essential connection with the earth and with nature.
I consider these problems to be critical and fundamental. What l and my partner decided to do about it was to build our own eco-home on a farm being run as a sustainable community, using the principles of permaculture to give us a home with a ‘one planet’ ecological footprint and right livelihood. l also designed the house to be beautiful and comfortable, so that others might be inspired to do likewise.
This roundhouse challenges the false assumption that people are bad for the countryside, and dares you to ask for, and design for yourself, the home you deserve.
Do you have a LOW IMPACT home in Nova Scotia? If so please contact me as I’d love to share some info on my blog.. email@example.com
Its not always a day full of smiles in the Frugal & Greenish household.
Todays blog is nothing about being frugal or greenish infact its more a report on a day that needed to be noted, to be remembered and then perhaps forgot. This blog posting is purely self indulgent but it needs to be worked through, deciphered and put in boxes so life can move on…..
* Wake up
* Down by the sea
* Nova Scotia is my home
* What if we have to go?
* Did I kill a kitten?
* On the water watching peoples lives…
* Dark & lonely
Saturday has to be a day where I have experienced quite brutal swings of emotion from satisfaction, pleasure, horror, worry, happiness & sadness…its also been one of those days, because of heightened emotion, that each of these feelings has had an accompanying scent or sound that will undoubtedly ensure that this day will be remembered, in pieces, for months if not years to come, whether I wish to or not..
Here is my blog in 3D…these thoughts may make no sense to anyone else but this is how I remember my day
Wake Up warm, musky, blue, dilated, smooth, rough, breath, peppery chin, your taste, hold, dog whines, chink chink, tea, door closes, gone.
Down By The Sea bright, green smell, breeze, repetitive clink, chair scrapes floor, lap top keys are loud, people smile, teeth, nice happy voices, whirring of table fan, brown skinned people come and go, hammering the wall. Quiet..
Nova Scotia Is My Home landscape, loon, hum, woodsmoke, orange, blue, green, brown, grey, people..
What if we have to go? In my car, painful, cries, miss, nausea, the smell of the environment would haunt, Labour Market Opinion, renewal of work permits, financial strain, only one chance, never come back. Never felt this way before about a place…
Did I kill a kitten? In my car, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ playing on Q104, two kittens jump into road from bushes, braking, braking, swerve to avoid, little kitten black, white bib, blue eyes, mouth open, goes under car, hear thud, hit. Look behind can’t see. Stop car, I smell kitten fur. Turn around. Searching, looking on road and driveways. Cannot find little kitten. See kittens face…hear thud again. Kitten looked so happy. Drive up down, up down, into peoples driveways. Can’t find him, cry, go
On the water watching peoples lives.. Brown people, ones, twos mostly. Go to boat. Shimmer sea, shimmer on paint, clink, clink, flag like washing on a line, boat turns, people fish, catching silver in buckets, singing in pub over the water, smell green, fresh, wind, warm yellow & white on skin, climbing aboard, sawdust, varnish, white is so white in the light, shape of boat like fish pointing out to sea. Watching people, watching us, watching people. Man, dog. Feel lost, feel free, bliss, this time is timeless until church clock sings. Home.
Dark & lonely sit out, sky dark, some stars, some clouds, very dark, very late. Sounds from the trees disappear, no moon to look at, no end to the sky, earthy smells, some twigs snap. Life is all around but in the darkness it feels very lonely..