Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin seeds & storm windows

Fall means weatherizing. With the help of Sin Christian at Michigan Energy Options , we found some more plastic storm windows on ItsEasyBeingGreen for our 5 little windows that have gone uncovered for the last several years. They're all still in their packaging, which is not very useful or energy-efficient. Maybe if this baby girl of mine takes a good nap today, I can check this off my list.
Save Loads of Energy With Caulking and Weatherstripping - Green Homes - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Also on my list: grocery shopping, borrowing a truck to get to Ovid between 11-2 to pick up a FREE cold frame, and practicing drums before rehearsal tomorrow. And I must not forget Halloween face paint.
But snack attacks had the best of me when I woke up this morning at 4:30. The smell of the pumpkin seeds I roasted last night filled the house and carried me by the nose to the kitchen for a few handfuls.

Do-It-Yourself Evaporator

Good Golly, this looks like fun.

Do-It-Yourself Evaporator

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Year Off

Looking back now, I can see my anger and frustration could largely be attributed to my having been pregnant! I've calmed down, and want to put my nose to the grindstone on this home re-creation project, now that Iris has been born. I will try to keep my posts less political and more personal, except for when it impacts us directly (e.g. my husband not qualifying for unemployment anymore because congress has refused to extend the benefits another time...but they still think paying for perpetual war is acceptable).
We don't know if we'll be in this house next year. But I can't allow that uncertainty to diminish my desire to make my home-life my gift to my children (and my husband). There are quite a few plans I have for this place, and I hope to post the progress of the projects soon. First on the list: weatherize, then make mid-winter appointment to tap these Maple trees!