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Going Green

In the face of $5.00 a gallon gasoline prices and ever rising energy costs the talk of going green is everywhere. I recently read that Toyota is having trouble keeping up with demand on it’s popular Hybrid the Prius. Hallelujah! Good job consumers. I’d love to have one myself, but had to face the reality, a $22,000 car just isn’t in my budget. When we were in the market for a car this last January, I did the best I could. Our car is a 2003 Nissen Altima and gets a bit over 30 mpg on the freeway. I tested it on my trip to Tennessee last month.

Other ways we are going green include:

Growing our own fruits and veggies

We planted two trees this spring

We compost

We only use those CFL light bulbs

I recycle my ink cartridges (I just mail them to HP)

Most of our electronics are on power strips to avoid vampire usage

Here is a big one. Everyday we see how long we can last until we have to turn the air conditioner on. It is so tempting to just leave the dang thing on all day and night here in Southeast Louisiana. A few days ago it got close to 100 degrees and yes it is very humid here. I am pleased to say we made it the whole day air conditioner less. The more we do with out the air, the more tolerable the heat is. (I can actually hear my friend Lisa thinking, “I am so not visiting her now.” Not to worry, when you come visit, we will turn the air on for you sissies. :-)

There are lots more things we could do to reduce our own personal carbon footprint, unfortunately we just can’t afford to do them at this time. So while we save up to do some of those things, like more energy efficient appliances and windows, we will be purchasing carbon offsets. Click here to calculate your footprint. Basically the money spent on carbon offsets goes toward developing and maintaining renewable energy projects. Our Footprint ranks an 8, still higher than the national average, and we don’t even commute to work. We still have much work to do.

Post the ways you are going green. I am always on the look out for things we can do better.

One last thing, Greg has some ideas on what those of you with SUVs can do with them when you can no longer afford to drive them.

1) Gut them and turn them into a green house. The beauty of this is when the sun shifts, you can move them to better sun conditions.

2) Gut it and install a water holding tank. Thermal water heating. We all know how hot those things get in the summer.

3) Low cost student housing

4) Great sports bar, big cushy chairs, air conditioning, cup holders, and built in TV screens

5) Or maybe a SUV house for kids, you know, like a fort. Just keep the windows rolled down, they will be fine. Instead of a tree house, it’s a SUV house.

Cool inks:

Greg wants one of these: Aptera

Friday the 13th!

Hey, someone just pointed out to me that it is indeed Friday the 13th.  I wonder what kind of weird party is going on down in The French Quarter.  I am certain there is something, there always is.  Like the end of the prohibition party, or the 4/20 party, or just about anything anyone can come up with as an excuse to party down.  :-)

Happy Friday the 13th.  Stay clear of Jason.

Baking?

Look at me! I am a baker. I bet some of you are surprised. I am learning all kinds of new skills, in the kitchen that is. Here are my fresh blueberry scones, made with honey instead of sugar.

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

3 cups bisquick

2 tbsp honey

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used fresh)

1/4 cup milk

2 eggs

In medium bowl add eggs, milk, and honey. Beat together with a fork. Add blueberries. Fold in bisquick. Spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Drizzle a tiny amount of honey on each one. Then bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.

On Saturday we went to get smoothies at our local smoothie bar (which we didn’t get cause they were out of blueberries). On the door was as sign for a U pick blueberry place, that is a few miles from our home (If you have been reading, I do have my own bushes, but they are just babies and not producing much yet). So Off we went. $7 for a gallon. We got two. So I made scones and froze a bunch of them. I think I will make Greg a pie today. Now off to exercise those extra pounds I am inviting.

This mornings harvest.

You just know it is gonna be a good day when you get up and the first thing you do is harvest fresh blueberries right off the bush in your front yard. It’s not a huge harvest, but enough to start me off on the right foot (and my parrot, who insisted on having one of her own).

Combine that with the fact it is technically my day off and as soon as I go to the post office I am free until Sunday. Then add in the rock music blaring in my office and I am good to go. What will I do next? Trim my lantana bushes? Read the book I started two days ago (see I am being a responsible reader)? Write more of my great American novel? I’m not sure, but they all sound good to me. Have a fabulous weekend. I plan too.

A Front Porch Party!

Isn’t this fun? One of the other blogs I visit posted about a front porch party. See it HERE. The blog Rose Colored Glasses lists over 70 participants in the Front Porch Party. Click on it to visit other bloggers porches or dream porches. If you have a thing for porches like I do, it may take a while. Enjoy!.

Here is my front porch in the making. We have lots of plans for it, but so far haven’t gotten to any of them:

The potted plant closest to the house on the left is my herb pot. The other four are our pepper plants. We have a cowbell and red, yellow, and purple bell peppers. The bouganvillas hanging off to the right, usually hang in the front of the house, but they were not getting enough sun right now do to the sun being so high in the sky, so they were moved, for now.

We plan to build a wood porch and bring it up to the actual front door. Those brick steps are really high, which isn’t a problem for us, being tall people, but anyone with aches or pains might have difficulty with them. Anyway the porch was on the schedule for this spring but didn’t make it. Maybe in the fall. It’s way too hot now. Also there are hooks for a porch swing. I can’t wait for that. :-)

And just for fun: My sunflower patch.

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