Monday, April 24, 2017

Goat Pajama Party

For many individuals Monday is a challenge. They dread Mondays, so I decided to share something a little lighthearted today. Something you don't see everyday, and it shows all of us just how to celebrate life. It's the Goat Pajama Party.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Give Me Some Water

Gardening season has begun. Depending on where you live you may be starting seedlings, or you might just be planting things in the ground. It doesn't matter where you live, every gardener knows that water is important to their garden. But you don't always have to turn on the faucet to get that water. It may already be in your house.

I know some of you are saying this is another one of those crazy bits of info from a wacky environmental person. Yep, the shoe fits, so I'm wearing it.

But really there is a super easy way for you to get some extra fluid to water your plants that you normally would have poured right down the drain. At least I have in the past, but that is going to stop. I'm talking about the excess water from boiling eggs, and potatoes. Or for that matter any other vegetable.

Believe it or not, that water that you boiled your items in contains some extra nutrients that a great for plants. Water from boiled eggs contains a little extra bit of calcium. And plants like tomatoes and tomatillos absolutely love calcium. It's like a free fertilizer.

All you have to do is let the water from the items cool to room temperature. Make sure that it is cooled off, boiled water will kill the plants. But if you have sidewalk with some plants growing in the cracks. You could pour that water there, and you will kill off those weeds. Take the cooled water to your garden. And pour it on the plants. It is just that simple.

So don't let that water go to waste. Recycle it. And what other gardening tips do all of you have?


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Adopt The Planet

Adopt the Planet is this year's Earth Day project by NASA. And it is a fun one. The goal of the project is to get the entire planet adopted by today April 22nd.

If you go to the site you will see a page where you can adopt a piece of land. Keep in mind you don't really own the land. It's just a spot they pick out. The land I adopted was somewhere in Brazil or Bolivia. It doesn't really give you the name, but it does give you the coordinates. So when I have more time, I'll see exactly where it is.

The page gives you information about the topography, in the area. It's pretty cool. And you can see satellite images of the areas. It takes some exploration of the site to understand what you are looking at. And you will also need to do some research outside of their site to be really knowledgeable about the maps. But the project gave me the opportunity to look at another area of the world and think about what is going on in that area.

So it's fun. And since Earth Day is today, this is a great way for you to find out a little bit more about how the world.




Friday, April 21, 2017

To Pinterest Or Not To Pinterest

I have to admit that I currently don't check pinterest very often. There was a time when I went to the site on a daily basis. I looked at all of the wonderful pictures. I looked at the items I wanted to make.

And then one day, I noticed something. My feed had several of the same pictures. I would go to look up something. And it would have at least three of the same pictures. Where was the creativity I loved? I decreased the time I was on the site.

Low and behold, I found that instead of looking at all of these things I wanted to make. I had actually started making my own items more often.

I found that I didn't feel as though my pictures were inferior to everyone else's. I found that I was actually taking more photos. I was looking at them more critically. I was improving some of the shots I was taking. I wasn't just thinking about what other people were doing. I was doing it myself.

This doesn't mean that I never go to pinterest any longer. It just means that when I go, I do it just for a short burst. There is something I'm looking for. It's not eating all of my time. And you know what, I really enjoy what I see a lot more. Even though I do seem to get many of the same photos in my feed.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Three Ways To Turn Your Day Around

Some days you get out of bed, and stub your toe. Then you trip over something. And then you can't find your favorite flavor of oatmeal because someone else ate it. Things just don't start out the way you want them to. And you have a choice to make let things continue the way they are. Or change the way it is going. If you are smart you will change the way things are going. The change you have to make is the attitude you have towards those little mishaps. Here are three ways to turn that day around.

Take a Look At The Good

Just because a few little things went wrong in the morning, it doesn't mean your entire day has to be bad. There are loads of good things that happened to you even though there have been lots of bad ones. For instance you were able to get out of bed that morning. Go to a hospital or local nursing home. You will find lots of people who would love to be able to jump out of bed. They just can't do it because they don't have the strength to do it.

Find Alternatives

Even though your favorite oatmeal is gone, you still have to eat breakfast. Try something different than you would normally eat. It might become your new favorite.

Laugh

There are just some things in life that you have to laugh at. You would have figured that so many little things could happen in so short a time. Run a mental image of yourself as you respond to these little things. You will probably find them quite funny.

Try these things and let me know if they give you a pick me up on those mornings that things just seem to be going the wrong way.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Meeting Of The Geeks

Yes, last Saturday was Indiana Comic Con in Indianapolis, Indiana. One of my friends noticed this, and said we should go. How could I turn down this gathering. It was so close to home.
So vacation slips were filled out, and surprisingly, I got the time off I desired. The day approached and we agreed on a meeting time. We would depart at 8am on Saturday morning. Mornings are difficult so we started later than we planned. But soon the three geeks did arrive in Indianapolis.
Tickets were purchased, and the festivities began. There were costumes to see, items to be purchased. And of course comics to be read.
It's not every day you see Bender out walking around, so if you see him, you must get a photo.
There items I wanted, but felt that $225.00 that day was more than I could afford.
There were items I knew were not everyday finds. But alas I didn't really need them.
But overall, it was a day that reminded me that fitting into mainstream society is highly overrated.





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2 6 8 Who Do We Appreciate

I thought I'd share a picture with you today. And I want you to think about who you appreciate in life as well as what you appreciate.