Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens?

We try to be frugal in order to afford our life and attain our goals. 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!

 

This was a heckuva week. Trying to get this website ready-to-publish at the same time as Len’s contract job as well as living our regular life. 

These are some of this week’s Mindful Chickens:

1. At 5:00 one night we remembered we had to leave the house in 40 minutes to walk to a meeting. Instead of driving and buying fast-food along the way, sups was pasta, shredded cheese, microwaved peas, and some of the pesto Len made two weeks ago. This took less than 25 minutes from starting to finish and cost 20 minutes and a dollar.

2. Made a quadruple bath of laundry detergent. Took 15 minutes (including clean up), cost less than $5, will last 4-6 months, and is not toxic to anyone or anything. I use this “recipe” from The Prudent Homemaker. http://theprudenthomemaker.com/make/laundry-soap  I use Fels Naptha soap which is good for removing oil, butter, dirt, and sweat - substances Len and I are talented at getting on our jeans and t-shirts. I cut the bar of soup into small pieces and then pulverize in our 37-year old Cuisinart. And then wash the Cuisinart pieces in the dishwasher.

3. We went to two evening things this week. Walked to both of them.

Flat tire but close to home, no worries

4. The only surprise trip out in the truck was this morning when Len got a flat on his bike and I drove out to get him. See above. A guy on a bike is seldom too far away.

5. I walked around a corner at the grocery store into a huge display of magnificent orchids. Didn’t buy any. Did take pix and then text to a friend who I knew was working hard right then, just to bother her.  Sharing flowers….

What did you do lately to be respectful to too-easily-exploited workers, to preserve the environment, to be mindful of animals – and yet to not break your bank? 

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Mindful Chickens on an Icy Night

My church has been working for months to organize their fund-raising auction that was supposed to be TONIGHT. But instead we are in the middle of the massive spring storm that is scrubbing the nation from Oklahoma to I don’t know where next. The wind is howling; rain is sleeting into snow over a glaze of ice.

So the auction is postponed until next Saturday evening. I have put in so many hours (as have many other) working towards this event in the past weeks - that being quietly at home not working on it makes me feel as if I won a lottery. 

Two Chickens and a 3-Legged Lamb

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.  Cheep, Cheap!

Did you have a nice weekend? Did you get to share a meal or a chocolate egg or a PEEP with a friend or a child or a childish friend?

Other Peoples' Mindful Chickens

I regularly read blogs about being frugal.  I like them because they are about people taking as much control of the quality of their life as they can within the many different circumstances in which people live.  I especially love the letters people write listing what they did in the past few days to be careful and thoughtful about what they spend and how they save.

Retired Chicken Observations 3/22-2018

Two things I have been thinking about lately. Both are related to retirement income and retirement adventure.

1. Last week Len and I went to our Social Security office to sign me up for Spousal Benefits.  It took me several run-throughs to understand what “spousal benefits” are. Since then I have talked to several other people who were also unclear on the concept.

My confusion was this. I was already getting Social Security based on my earnings when I worked (as opposed to what I did when I stayed home and raised kids. But let’s not go there now. Grrrr.)

Franc’s Wildly Successful Life

This is a long piece of writing and I am proud of it. If you don’t want to read it all – here are my take-way points about how my friend Franc lives well on a surprisingly small income:

Mindful Chickens 2/24/2018

1.  We did it!  We called, explained what we thought we needed to do, made appts, were home for the appts, rec’d the estimates about - fixing the gutters and getting the house painted.  I think one of the reasons we usually do it ourselves is because this process is so daunting and time consuming.

The gutter guy is coming next week; we are looking forward to no rivulets when it pours. 100-year old houses built on non-waterproofed rubble foundations, like George Washington, cannot lie about what’s happening outside your basement walls.

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