be careful what you wish for

April 30, 2008 at 11:06 am (asthma, domestic life) ()

So yesterday I only made it a few hours at work. Bad Allergy attack I believe. So I can’t really do much. Sadly,that means no gardening. I think the universe misunderstood.

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April 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm (domestic life, garden, library) ()

as in no thanks, I’d rather not. I labored for about 2 hours in the garden today. That wasn’t work. It wasn’t exactly all fun, but I know what I did – there is evidence ( a whole wheelbarrow full) and I won’t have to do exactly the same thing tomorrow or even next week. Work is things like emptying the cat boxes, cleaning out the fridges, dishes, vacuuming, laundry, bill paying, and grocery shopping. Occasionally cooking is work too. Someday I’d like to conduct an experiment: if the only things I had to do were : work in the garden, go to work ( I like working at the library ), and cook when I felt like it – what I would get done? the same amount as I usually do ? more, because I’d have less responsibility? Or less because , ‘yay fun week’? Ah well, since I am unlikely to find a volunteer, I guess I’ll just have to speculate.

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build it green tours

April 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm (domestic life) ()

Our architect/neighbor/ friend is going to be on the Build it Green Tour
Sunday June 1st. The June 1st tour cover Alameda and Contra Costa county homes. I’m not yet sure if I am going to go to any onther house other than P’s house, but I am just pleased to know such things exist.

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Robert W. Service – for dad

April 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm (book review, domestic life, fun) (, )

It just occured to me to look on YouTube for his poems. Who Knew. This was dinner table reading growing up (dessert?) . Now “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” was heard more, but I like this one because it is creepier.

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alligator video fun

April 23, 2008 at 10:17 pm (domestic life, fun, garden) ()

So DH was surfing on the web, and found something for me. But what I want to know is why my Alligator didn’t come with a shirtless model named Leslie?

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Happy earth day

April 22, 2008 at 9:08 pm (domestic life, garden) (, )

Between my mom and my sisters there have been emails flying back and forth talking about what is ‘green’. It all started with an HGTV program about a ‘green’ house . We really couldn’t even decide if the house was what we would define as green.

Here are some of the criteria I came up with after thinking about it.

building materials: renewable, low VOC, local building materials if possible; a variety of sources of power – passive solar, solar, wind, or even just combinations of more conventional sources.

Efficiency: natural light; the right placement on a lot for heating and cooling; built for the natural environment ( CT, SC ,and CA all have different needs); I want things like the kitchen set up so recycling is easy and natural.

Garden/lawn: native plants and xeriscaped when possible. Let’s try and keep most of the power tools out of the garden, which means planning – how big do things grow, how much care do they need and how much time do you want to invest in your garden/lawn? Growing just a tomato plant, or some herbs helps remind you of where your food comes from and our connection with the earth.

Something not always thought as green , but something that seem to be a natural extension to being green is the layout of a house. Yes, that is part of the heating and cooling, but there is more to it. Useing the entire space is important, otherwise why do you have all that space. Houses should have places for the family to gather. And no mystery rooms that no one uses

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