I was going back and forth working on financial crap (commence with the weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth... and junk food consumption... dammit) and listening to some Reddit advice threads on YouTube. (Sometimes it's enlightening, sometimes it's trashy junk food for the brain... especially the caught "SO" cheating stories. Today I needed both after a … Continue reading Q#177–Have you ever tried “batch cooking” a month’s worth of reheat-able meals, & how did that work out?
This is something that's been bugging me for a while, and especially when I started getting those bagged salads again (ate my 2nd one this week so far and I'm jotting down ingredients to chop up so I can save on crap plastic and packaging in the future). I've learned that I really have to … Continue reading Q#175: What makes cabbage weep & how can you stop it from happening?
My Copy: 9781787133198 This is a pretty good little book and I was glad that I picked it up. Live Green is all about finding different ways to make your life a little cleaner and friendlier to the environment. From what I could see, I believe Ms. Chillingsworth is a Brit, so there are some … Continue reading Live Green: 52 steps for a more sustainable life, by Jen Chillingsworth
My Copy: 9780471327943 (image from bn.com) This is a health book I'm glad I picked up to read over and think about, largely because with really short chapters and the number of topics covered, there's something to learn for anyone. The Longevity Strategy may seem miraculous, but honestly, it's a lot of research and science … Continue reading The Longevity Strategy: How to live to 100 using the brain-body connection, by David Mahoney & Richard Restak, M.D.
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
I got the text about an hour ago from Entergy, the big energy company down here: We request limited electricity usage due to present extreme cold weather immediately, including turning off electric water heaters and lowering heating thermostats [sp] settings. Insufficient reductions may require temporary interruptions of electric service. We apologize for this inconvenience and … Continue reading Entergy is asking those in Texas that have power to curb usage to help stretch electric resources.
Down here in Southeast Texas, there's not one brick and mortar location with any de-icing solution beyond the basic antifreeze you put in the car (and by the time they special ordered it, the crazy weather would be over). Not much help when you're in the middle of it. I started by researching the kitty … Continue reading Q #159: What are some great ways you know of to make icy steps safer (or de-ice them) quickly when you live where typical treatments aren’t sold?
My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin
My Copy: 9781493026579 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit--the photos in this book make me drool over the lovely plant-life. The Backyard Gardener is a great resource for those who need some info before investing a bunch of money in gardening. (I kinda wish I started reading this before I went all-out in my quarantine … Continue reading The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.
Thanks to Coronavirus and my workplace, I'm washing my hands far more often than ever before. I can't even use the fingerprint scanner on my phone anymore because it can't read it (unless I re-calibrate, but I'm debating on that). The one thing I heard when I first started guitar practice was the need to … Continue reading Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?