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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?

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

Big Shopping & Quick Shopping

Len and I are buying groceries differently than we used to and we are saving $100-250 per month doing so. If you know us, you will have noted that neither of us are any slimmer.  This is not about eating less.

Mindful Chickens - the "It's been a while" edition

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.

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Mindful Chickens in Canada

In case you don't already know... My husband and I did a 15-day road trip to eastern Canada.  Kurt Vonnegut wrote “Unexpected travel is like dancing lessons from God.”  The plan was to visit Nova Scotia and Newfoundland – but then Hurricane Dorian changed that. Stories and photos at my website. https://www.marybethdanielson.com/

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

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Just in case you thought I stopped paying attention to how to live cheap and well. 

1. For several months we have composted veg and fruit scraps - our weekly garbage reduced by half! We collect detritus through the day in a bowl on the counter, carry it out to a steel garbage can we brought from our last house. I’ve dug some of this collapsed organic stuff into the garden.

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