Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens are (for people who don’t know why I call them this) about three things.

  1. Being Cheap (cheep, cheep).
  2. Being thoughtful about how choices affect our community and our earth.
  3. I just like chickens. I don’t know any personally, but I respect how small, weak, and tasty they are – yet they live each day persistently, doing the best they can under their circumstances.  They are not embarrassed by their odd figures or floppy head parts or splayed feet.  They are generally but not totally sociable. They like to sleep in a cozy place with their friends.  Most of them seem to regard a sunny day as a good day.  Works for me.

ONE – We spent a plethora of money on food and we ate it all.

TWO – When I was buying the groceries, the expiration dates on the $8 gallons of Organic Valley milk was the date on which I was shopping. I stuck my head into the backroom of the store, yelled out a Wisconsin Yoo-Hoo and politely complained to the guy working there. He went digging and found a gallon that had 10 days until the expiration date. I think when products cost more – because we are paying what it actually costs to produce a product without exploiting people, animals, or environment - we treat the potential purchase with more respect. If this happens next time I go shopping, I will send an email to Organic Valley; let them deal with it.

THREE – Read about this, this week:  http://www.sciencecare.com/

This is about how to donate one’s body to science. Free (eventual) cremation is part of the deal.  Not at all sure if I want this but will talk about it with my family. It’s an interesting thought for those of us who would rather our kids get our last bits of $ instead of a funeral home.

FOUR – Aging is an adventure in things going awry with one’s mortal body. Right? The big symptoms and diseases are for medical care givers, absolutely. But I have been checking this website (thanks for recommending it, Jayne!) every week or two for months. Two pharmacists talk about the latest chatter in medical research and rumors. They explain what’s medically understood and promoted - then they open the conversation to ordinary folks. I love the “folk remedies” that are offered and discussed. Milk of Magnesia for rosacea?  https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/

FIVE – Twice this week I hit a McD’s drive-through for an ice cream cone. First of all, the price has gone up- they used to be $.50, then $.69 - yesterday the price was $1.36! Still cheap, but a doubled price in less than a year? This week I relearned that just because they call it fast food doesn’t mean it is fast. Both purchases took nearly 15 minutes. Life on earth is precious and I’m not getting any younger… I do not have time to be inching along in a line of cars so I am giving up “creeping-along food” for the foreseeable future. My plan is that every time I think I want an ice cream cone, I am going to invent for what to do with my “extra” 15 minutes of mortality.  Probably eat a snack at home….

SIX - I didn't pay off any illicit former paramours or "fixers" this week, thus saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I like this quote: “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” –George Lorimer (Editor of The Saturday Evening Post – which I remember.)

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Now when I want a McDonald’s Ice cream cone. I park and walk in. Burning a few calories before I eat it. Ha
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Mindful Chickens - Plastic & Hunger 12/20/2020

I went for a walk on Wednesday and saw this mitten on a sidewalk. When I was at the same spot on Friday, it was still there, so I brought it home because it is a hand-knitted kid mitten, ya know? Any knitters out there interested in making it a mate, so that we could give it to a kid in my community or your? It's 7" from top to ribbed bottom. 

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The point of “Mindful Chickens” is to spend less money while being mindful of the environment and our human values. We can try, right?

Holy Mackerel! Mindful Chickens 12/12/2020

Yamiche and Weijia licking out the mackerel bowl this morning.

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I said I would write “mindful things” we did this week. The agenda of “Mindful Chickens” is to spend less money plus be mindful of the environment and our other values at the same time. Sometimes, one of those purposes wins over the other, but we can think before we spend, right?

1. I cut my hair. This is not a particular skill of mine, but I can do it well enough to not look like the Pittsburgh Paint Dutch boy.

Who Let the Chickens Out?

Mindful Chickens i.e., being frugal and living by our values instead of by blithering consumerism is how this blog started. Yet I seldom post lists anymore about choices Len and I make that hit that marker because I can tell from who follows me that this is not why most of you are here.

But today I have a lot of things I want to accomplish. Preparing the Light Posts takes me a long time so I am not going to do one – I do plan to be back at it Monday.

7-6-2020 Mindful QUARANTINED Chickens

(Thanks, KJR, for the funny fluffy chicken photo!) 

Other people call them “frugal things I did lately”. I call them Mindful Chickens because they are about:

Making (a little) Sense of Medicare by Len Lamberg

Friends learned recently that they are facing imminent retirement with the accompanying medicare and insurance decisions - that have to be made now and made right. They asked how we figured out what to do. I asked Len if he could write up what he knows in plain English - and thought this would take him 20 minutes.

This took Len several hours over several days.

Our friends say this makes more sense than anything else they have read so far.

Mindful Chickens - Clucking at the Stock Market

I started this a month ago. Time flies…

Other people call them “frugal things I did lately”. I call them Mindful Chickens because they are about:

1. Being Cheap (cheap, cheep).

2. Being thoughtful about how choices affect our community and our earth.

3. Paying attention to values and values.

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