Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens?

We are frugal so that our retirement savings will last as long as we do! At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures. 

Mindful Chickens! Cheep, Cheap!

1. We bought our more-or-less weekly dozen eggs at church from a friend who raises chickens  on her farm. We happily pay $4 for them. The yolks are super yellow because the chickens walk around and eat bugs.

This is from Joel Salatin regarding egg quality: “In any given dozen, we’ll have several extremely dark orange yolks (indicating high Omega 3 fatty acids–that’s good).  But we’ll also have lighter shades and even a pale egg occasionally.  What’s the difference?  The pale eggs are coming from lazy birds that just hang around the feeders and lounge inside.  …  In the world of nutrition yolk color is the gold standard for everything regarding nutrition.  From folic acid to riboflavin, taste and nutrient density all find their nexus in yolk color.” http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/2013/09/16/the-perfect-chicken-by-joel-salatin/

Sometime soon I will write about why Len and I are grateful to pay four times more for Heidi’s chickens’ eggs than on-sale-at-the grocery-store eggs cost.

2. Met friends for coffee this morning. I actually had coffee and not a pricier drink.  I like Wilson's; it’s independently owned and if ever there was a place to get an excellent cup of coffee in Racine – it’s there!  Two hours with old friends cost $2.50 (it was a BIG cup…)

3. Met a different friend for lunch. It’s an hour to drive to my old town from my new one – 4 gallons of gas - so I try to put together two “play dates” on the same day. Today Pat and I had lunch at a place where a guy I used to work with is still manager. This generous guy comped BOTH our lunches!

4. Pat and I are thrifters from way back. After our delicious and unexpectedly free lunch we walked to a Salvation Army store where we found a few things for my grandbaby. The “Awww…” sighs from the aisles we checked out? Pricelesss.

5. When I drive off for a long day I take a filled water bottle with a tea bag in it.  I’m usually thirsty and tired on the way home (all that talking!).  The steeped cool tea saves a drive-thru.  My water bottle should have an odometer on it. It’s been to Duluth, Lake Superior towns in Wisconsin, to Arizona, and to Chicago and Madison many times.

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This is not complicated stuff – but it’s real, isn’t it? 

Are you watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam documentary?  Sometime this week I will write about how that war started my frugal life.

What did you do to be frugal lately? Was it exciting or boring?

Comments

I think your water bottle needs to take a trip to Judy's house, and bring you along!

I think so, too!

You are one of the most frugal people I know - I try to learn from you. (Smiling)

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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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