I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

I remember always hearing about the three-day hump when trying something new. I have a feeling it's gonna be next Wednesday by the time I can remotely succeed. I blame the weather. The freaking fantastic weather that came out to play most of this week (today was a hot exception because the wind was gone). … Continue reading I’m gonna have to get a bigger “I should be writing” mug after this week to keep me on track…

Trapped between a rock & a hard place, & all the while I can see the path below plain as day…

My excitement over getting a new self-sustaining chapter in my life has started developing a bitter taste the past few weeks, and it's only getting worse. Don't get me wrong, I like the solar company I'm working with and they are doing what they can to help me out. It's the financing company we both … Continue reading Trapped between a rock & a hard place, & all the while I can see the path below plain as day…

My Garden Weekend: saving time & running ragged all at once.

I'm still trying to figure out this weekend and what all I got done or could do. Then again, intense sleep depravation doesn't help recollections all that well. I just hope I got enough done that I can look at in the morning and be satisfied, and come up with a fair-weather plan for the … Continue reading My Garden Weekend: saving time & running ragged all at once.

The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

My Copy: 9781401324391 (image from rareseeds.com) I'll just say right now that I'm a huge buyer of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. When that seed catalog showed up in my mailbox, thicker than my town's phone book... let's just say it's the first time I thumbed through a catalog cover to cover … Continue reading The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally, by Jere & Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland

Beautiful days are returning to the neighborhood with more tolerable temperatures.

I'm sure most of us Texans have been happy to live in Texas (until now) specifically because we don't get the crazy cold temperatures. You can call us wusses on that if you want, I guess. I suppose it's not much different than the folks who live way up north because they can't stand muggy, … Continue reading Beautiful days are returning to the neighborhood with more tolerable temperatures.

With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

This wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Rather, it's been a recurring idea I've had the past decade, but til I got my own house, there was no point even trying for it. The idea of being mostly off the grid and going solar was some daydream. I did some research and made a call yesterday. Funny … Continue reading With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…

When you’re an impulsive little twerp, “Maybe next year” is more ambitious than it is a form of pessimistic procrastination.

My bank account and my to-do list are the best ways to determine if I'm an impulsive little twerp, and I would definitely put myself in that category. I get sudden ideas that I'd love to act on, and then I try hard to go for them. It's good in some respects, but when money's … Continue reading When you’re an impulsive little twerp, “Maybe next year” is more ambitious than it is a form of pessimistic procrastination.

I used shampoo & conditioner bars for the first time, & was pleasantly surprised.

I don't recall when I first heard about these types of products, but probably on some "more eco-friendly products" blog post or site. Probably saw them a few times and it didn't resonate, and then when I went looking for more eco-friendly cleaning products and methods, the idea of shampoo and conditioner bars popped back … Continue reading I used shampoo & conditioner bars for the first time, & was pleasantly surprised.

I can’t believe February’s almost half-done, & time for some frantic garden prep…

I spent the past day getting all my garden seeds together, and all day today planning what to grow in the coming months. I didn't expect it to take so long, but it was because of the same reasons that always get me in projects like this: impatience, enthusiasm, curiosity, and over-estimating my abilities. I … Continue reading I can’t believe February’s almost half-done, & time for some frantic garden prep…

Getting past a week of migraines through rest, yard work, & glasses… who knew?

I've been offline the past several days because I had a hard time concentrating through the pain. I hated it because I wanted to read posts and catch up on what has been happening. Well, some interesting things helped knock my migraines and eye pain out, things I didn't expect. When I couldn't stand looking … Continue reading Getting past a week of migraines through rest, yard work, & glasses… who knew?