Cat in the bunny’s home, Ringo sleeping on a carpet of thyme, & Cassidy being
Cat Stevens (the tabby) loves to go into the animal enclosure to hang out with the ducks, chickens and rabbit. Now, for some reason, he loves to climb into Sierra’s (our rabbit) hutch and sit in her bed. Silly cat in a cage.
Ringo (part maine coon) loves to follow me around the yard (especially when there’s a camera in tow). He loves to hog the camera and plops down on the ground and rolls around saying “take a photo of me, I’m a stud muffin.”
Cassidy ( tuxedo ) is truly a “girlie, girl” cat, she’s sweet and always has a look of wonderment as if she’s always exclaiming “oh, my!” In the winter and early spring she loved to spend her days under the row covers getting her much needed beauty sleep.
All our cats were strays that were rescued. They, along with the other menagerie of animals, are comedic to watch. Since we don’t have cable and there’s nothing but junk on TV (excluding PBS, of course) we do have our very own comedy channel and the best part it’s free… well, almost have to take in account their food and occasional “tweats.”
RISING COST OF FUEL
Bye, bye gas stations.
It’s a powerful feeling not have to worry about the rising cost of fuel and we feel sorry for those who don’t have any alternative options. There’s a true sense of freedom not have to being ruled/manipulated by big oil and their tricks. Running our car on waste vegetable oil that we brew into bioidesel, we (and our car) are not tied to one of the major tentacles of our industrialized, modern society. Even though we have this exhilarating sense of freedom (for the moment), we try to not abuse it and don’t believe this alternative gives us the right to ride more. We still limit our car use by combining trips, not using the car at all, instead bike or walk.
Even though biodiesel is not the solution to our energy crisis, it’s a triumphant moment to drive past a gas station and not feel tied/drawn to it. What a sense of freedom it is to be able to fend off, for the time being, the “dark forces” who try to pull you into their capitalist system.
Killing Watts [via Daily Granola ]
Calculate exactly how much electricity your household appliances use, so you know which items are guzzling the most juice (and which ones are the best targets for savings).
Thinking about going solar? It’s very doable, but it will still take 15 or more years for the system to pay for itself at current prices.
[ Thanks to the City of Pasadena and its rebate we were able to afford our solar panels. Installed, the solar system would have cost about $15,000, but because we installed the system ourselves (with a bit of help/advice fromEE Solar) the initial cost was roughly $11,000. The city’s rebated us back 2/3rds of the cost (~$8,000) leaving us out only about $3,000 ]
DIY Salt [via Mad Eater ]
Northern Californian food junkie makes her own salt.
[ Something to try on our next trip to the Pacific Ocean – which I hope is very soon! ]
Nuked [via Greenerside ]
Does microwaved water kill plants and poison food?
… granddaughter’s science project, in which the kid watered two plants (geraniums? the leaves on the clippings look different from the plantings). One sprout sipped microwaved water while the other got stove-boiled water–after it chilled, I assume. It’s not a double-blind study, peer-reviewed in Nature. Yet one glance at the results are enough to make any microwave-wary folks gulp.
[ Our family never owned (and never will ) a microwave and if this stuff is true no wonder so many folks are sick ]