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

Small wins...

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Less Lemming, More Living

Last week I posted an essay railing against our North American/western maniacal consumerism. We are so deep into climate crisis and into destabilizing world poverty caused by the oligarchy of the few.  Something has to give. Plus this: If we are living on $50,000 a year or more, we are already earth’s top 1%. Isn’t this nuts? It really is up to us to turn back this crazy lemmings’ march to the sea.

Mindful Chickens/ The "Before its Too Late" Edition 5-14-2019

Mindful Chickens   5/14/2019

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 the constant tumble of dollars and choices.

These are things we have thought, attempted, and done in the past month to live more lightly and frugally on our City Plot of Planet Earth.

We have to change how we live ...

We can’t go on like this.  Our everyday Western/American lifestyle -- is utterly unsustainable. 

Bread, Tortillas, and Chocolate

 As many of you know, I follow a website called The Non-Consumer Advocate, written by Katy Wolk-Stanley who defines herself as “… library patron, leftovers technician, Goodwill enthusiast, utility bill scholar, labor and delivery nurse, laundry hanger-upper, mother and citizen.” She has purchased very little newly-manufactured consumer goods since she joined The Compact; a movement of people who choose to rethink mindless consumption. http://thenonconsumeradvocate.com/

The Money for Our Brother is Raised

We got the balls rolling!

Irony of the universe here.  I have written a lot this week but none of it turned into writing I wanted to post on this website.  Just awkward, mawkish, rambly writing.

I was hard-thinking why I do this and it wasn’t self-pitying thinking.  (I know how to do that, too, but this wasn’t that.) 

Then late yesterday afternoon Helle said Our Brother needs help and the total of what he needs is more than she could support him with. I said I would think about it.

April 15th is a Rough Day for Many

Here’s something I bet many of you of the “white privilege” class are not aware.

I sure wasn’t thinking about this until yesterday.

Monday is April 15th. All of us know what that means, don’t we?  Ha-ha. Time to get our taxes posted or an extension applied for!

Know what else it is?

Utility cut-off date.  Monday is the last day for people who owe money to their utility companies to pay those bills. If they don’t, their heat and lights go off Tuesday.

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