November 2009

Rooster?

by Daisy Barnyard

Of the three Buff Orpingtons in our flock, two of them look like this: But here’s the third one: They are 19 weeks old and supposed to be all hens. No eggs yet so I can’t tell from that. The rooster-y one is the same size as the other “hens,” doesn’t seem particularly dominant, and […]

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Finding the Muse

by Ivory Soap

There is no muse. The End. Just kidding. But it’s true. What we writers experience as “The Muse” is a sense of accomplish-ing. Past tense accomplishments only feel good for about five minutes, or weeks, or months. But, eventually the happy wears off. And that, my friends, is the curse of the writing bug. A […]

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How Many Miles, How Big a House: Eco by the Numbers

by Ivory Soap Green Up

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/ / CC BY 2.0 I’ve been talking off and on about going green based on the site www.lowimpactliving.com that I ran across a while back.  Fabu!  For this edition, I’ll just hit you with the numbers, or RATES of usage and how many points that equals. As a refresher, lets say the average American […]

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Pleurisy Root

by Daisy Garden

Pleurisy root. Milkweed. Butterfly weed. asclepius tuberosa. The same plant that hosted monarch butterflies and bees this summer is getting uprooted. Not to worry, I have plenty to spare.  I’ve learned that, in addition to being the plant for monarchs, butterfly weed can also be eaten, both leaves and pods, and the root can be […]

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Not-Soy Milk

by Ivory Soap FLOPS

This is Ivory’s soymilk maker.  She got it for her b-day from her very understanding parents (a physicist and accountant who poured years of enrichment, travel, and 16 semesters of college/grad school into a child that currently takes great joy in goat poop and regularly twists her ankles throwing chickens.)  Good folks, supporting their aberrant […]

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Biggest Bang for your Buck- Reduce Your Footprint

by Ivory Soap Green Up

http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/ / CC BY 2.0 Okay, we LUV the environment.  It’s our own charity.  Right?  So if we want to make the most of our charity cash… Recycling $0/point (and LOTS of points at that!) Composting vegetable matter $0/pt Rain gardens $0/pt (it’s a glorified HOLE in the ground, yo!) Sink aerators $3.75/pt Low-flow shower […]

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From Ideas to Submission–How I Write

by Ivory Soap

Everyone has a ‘process’, but it starts with an idea. 1. Ideas for my books are always one to three words: A Ballet. A Train Ride. Day at the Beach. 2. Once I’ve settled on a subject, I decide if my main character a boy or girl and figure out what season it is. That […]

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7 Uses for Marigolds

by Daisy Home Preserving

I mentioned a while back that I was determined to get the most out of my marigolds–a huge mound of them occupying space I coveted for cold weather goodies like cabbage and broccoli. I wasn’t kidding and have been giving that plant a workout. Here’s the current list of marigold uses: 1.  Marigold Insect Spray […]

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Purpose-Challenged Plants

by Daisy Garden

Calling them “weeds” seems dismissive. After all, they have their own identities and uses. I just have no idea what they are. This seems like a waste so I’m on a mission to give a name to these flora in my yard. I have a feeling I’m going to be surprised at the diversity on […]

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Manuscript Format

by Ivory Soap

I know this is random, but the truth is, I have all these posts from another blog that I shut down exclusively about writing…and I HATE waste, so Saturdays for the next thirteen or so weeks will be devoted to writing.  If it’s weird, just ignore me, K? Most writers really put a lot of […]

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Backyard Chickens: 5 Things I Didn’t Know

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

Is that not one of the grossest things you’ve ever seen?  GOSH, molting is nasty looking.  And, all of them are molting at once, which means every morning it looks like a chicken exploded in my back yard.  The first time I thought one got eaten! Anyway, at over a 18 months of chicken ownership, […]

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5 Fastest Ways to Reduce Your Footprint

by Ivory Soap Green Up

photo by ezioman I stumbled upon the COOLEST website this weekend.  Low Impact Living has an impact calculator that is the best I’ve ever seen.  After your score is calculated, it gives you ‘project suggestions’ to lower your impact even more.  An average household LILI number is 100.  “Low” impact ratings start around 70.  So, […]

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Garlic Paper

by Daisy Crafts

This image requires some explanation. It’s what’s left of the garlic braids now that we’ve eaten all the garlic. I can’t resist making paper out of these stems. They are so clean and dried and . . . papery. And it doesn’t smell like garlic anymore. True garlic devotees may see this as a con, […]

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Keeping Warm

by Daisy Simplify

If it snows anything like it has been raining in my neck of the woods this year, we are in for a lot of power outages. Ice is all twinkly and everything and goodness knows there’s nothing like a good snowball fight, but there’s very little fun associated with being stuck in an all-electric house […]

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Blackberry Leaf Decoction

by Daisy Recipes

As I was trimming back a few blackberry shoots I got to thinking–Aren’t blackberry leaves Something–you know, something in their own right other than the prickly part of blackberry production? As it turns out, they are something. High in tannins and vitamin C, they are good for: skin mouth/gum tissue intestinal health immunity Teas and […]

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Wimpy Snap Repair

by Daisy DIY

When a favorite shirt became unwearable recently I was asked to fix the snaps. My first thought was, “You can’t fix snaps.” But then I figured it was worth some research and, whadyaknow, you can fix snaps. It’s easy. Take a pair of pliers and gently squeeze the post part of the snap. You’re trying […]

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