Looking for Sustainability ideas

I thought I find a way to keep costs down while still trying to stay eco-friendly. Trying to keep striving for sustainability. This a record of that journey.

Sometimes blunt and straight forward then sometimes sarcastic

This frugal crunchy hipster single momma is doing what she can to save Mother Earth while not breaking the bank!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wouldn't you know it!!

I just got back from my staycation, where I didn't do much but hang out with family... I cleaned my house and of course got the bug to go to the second hand stores cause I found problem areas... LOL like this room would look so much better if I had a lamp on the other side of the room, yea that is what it needs.... But I ended up moving stuff around cause I couldn't find anything I liked... being very picky I guess... but it cured my need a fresher look to my house feeling....

I got to see my nephew who just earned a new nickname... Fuji Brother. Yep he was accepted in the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity! Oh no don't call him a frat boy he gets mad... But I guess they use the Fuji nickname because of the pig roast they put on every year that welcome graduate brothers back.  As to keep the spirit of brotherhood alive.  I teased him oh yea drinking and frats, but this fraternity is dry and There is no hazing allowed. So I and his momma can stop worrying... But I also got rid of the futon in the basement.  It will now serve as a place for a Fuji brothers friend to sleep when visiting or studying to late.... Yea I know what it really will become, a place to throw a Fuji brothers clothes.... LOL



But many people have invited me for things on the following week-end.... I thought I should have taken my vacation the next week-end!!  But so sorry I will probably have to work.  But then the schedule came out and I have Saturday off!! YEA....

BUT Wouldn't you know it!!  I come home Friday night and I feel alittle off with a stomach ache that kinda brothersome but not really bad... Till Saturday morning.... Oh yea no going camping, no going to Cleveland sorry, nothing.... I am running back and forth to the bathroom.  I feel like some punched me in the stomach.

I am drinking weak tea most of the day, eating toast... good thing I made some bread on vacation... watching reruns on line or TV..... oh well, I do have to work today..... feeling a little queasy.....

GRR wish people would remember I need 3 1/2 week notice for stuff , but most this time I wish my body would have given me a break..........

                  ivy

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thoughts to the East Coast

Hurricane Irene is heading to the east coast.  It is a powerful Category 3 storm .. as I write this.....  my thought are with those who live in the intended area...

I found on FEMA site they have a section for the Kids! Fema Ready Kids. It helps kids help plan for emergencies! Helps calm the fear... plus helps them feel empowered....

New York is being advised to evacuate the low coast line..You know that last time they had that was 1948.   FEMA standing by to help where needed.

So most people in this area seem they don't fear the storm... not remembering Katrina; we had the storm that knocked out power and cause flooding yes in the northeastern Ohio area.  Weather patterns are affected within the other areas
ivy

Friday, August 19, 2011

Scratch scratch

ARGGGGG

Third year in a row! After working on my flower garden in front of my house I get this rash that is painful. It feels like a tiny little prickers in my bumps.. Then it burns when I inch it.... Last year I got it so bad I went to the doctor got some stuff that kicked my butt, so bad he wrote me off for 2 days.... Well it doesn't help I am allergic to everything also. He was a afraid of a strong reaction to the prescription so he gave me a couple days off to get use to the drowsy affects. I had a rash on both arms and legs.  So much for weeding the flower bed in shorts and a tank top......

This year I wore a long sleeve shirt when I worked on the flower garden.  I was out in the earlier morning..... it was a cool day that the wind was blowing so I could work on the weeds........

The weird thing is this rash doesn't show up until a couple days later.  So I freaked when I saw this rash on MY FACE!  Yes right where one would wipe their brow.... so to speak, is a small line cut looking rash bump... my yearly rash..... and a couple little bumps down the side of my face.......... I would find myself inching these bumps at work... great I am going to explode in a huge rash on my face.... but nope I got it on my arms again.  Third year in a row.....

So searching what to do for a rash: oh remember I am allergic to everything, well I will bleed if I use hydrocortisone cream, it dries my skin out too much and yea it is very painful.... looks like road rash!!!  I find out that yes it is something in my flower garden that is causing this, concerning I have allergies that are like hay-fever, I can't use anything with chamomile cause my eyes will puff up like I cried all night, and hurt more than if I did..... It may have been ragweed! That people who have allergies to the pollen can have allergies to the oils from the leaves.  Me I have extra sensitive skin so why not have extra sensitive skin to an allergen.

Sign....

So some cures are a oatmeal bath.  Yea that ok but then I don't have the time for the bath water... that and my water bill would go up more than it should.... but I do use oatmeal soap to wash with....  Some people swear by half a cup of baking soda and cornstarch also but I do the oatmeal bath.  Baking soda can be rough on sensitive skin.  Oatmeal is the bath recommended for the chicken pox for kids.

Honey. Yea putting honey on the area helps it heal.   Ok so it very sticky. VERY sticky.... for both arms.  I have used it on my face many times, it makes your face so soft.... But you leave it on for 15-30 minute then wash off. I put some on right before I got in the shower.  But I did go to bed after....

Aloe vera, is another cooling treatment.  I have a bottle of after sun 100% aloe vera product that feels nice when I use it, it also has some benzocaine to cool the burning (pun intended, rashes can burn too!! LOL)

So next thing to try was milk. Yep milk on the rash reduces the redness and swelling.  Plus it is suppose to heal faster. 

ivy

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's back!!

The nasty stuff that made me rash out to the max a while ago...

It came back... The rest of the area is still bare..

That stuff will not die.....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tomatoes


My cherry tomatoes that I have had a couple salads that I could add a few rip to is turning very red lately.   


And my bargain plant that has bloomed to a huge plant....  

ivy

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