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I have some great pictures!  Please click "Read More," then click on the pdf icon to open the story and photos of Franc's front yard. 

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This is awesome.

My grandmother had almost no front yard, but her back yard was spacious. There were trees, paths, a grapevine, flowers of types too numerous to count, berries, vegetables, and even a chicken coop with chickens who would bite my ankles when I was sent to collect the eggs. This was all within the city of Muskegon, MI -- I wish I had photos but alas. I do not. Oh and her house was one of those houses that one ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalog. She was also very frugal.
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Muskegon was an hour south from Ludington, where I grew up. My parents would occasionally drive us there on Friday nights - stopping for dinner at the Goody-Goody in Whitehall for supper. Then we would shop downtown Muskegon. I always bought new pencils at Kresge's. I remember the pet department at Kresge's - all those poor birds and turtles jammed in cages. And yes to the Sears catalog houses ... I live in one now! Still a sturdy, logically-laid-out house. I think most of the houses on my street were Sears houses, and at 1400 square feet - we have one of the biggest!
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The Mindful Chickens are Wordy Today

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

  • Being Cheap (cheap, cheep).
  • Being thoughtful about how choices affect our community and our earth.
  • Paying attention to the constant tumble of dollars and choices.

This is my collection of wise choices and dastardly schemes from the last two months.

ONE: Our electric toothbrush/water pick would no longer hold a charge but a new one costs more than $100. Len took it to the battery store where they replaced it for $15.

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.

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