The more we talk about brewing, the more it seems that half of our friends have a carboy fermenting in their basement. Do you?
This week, I don’t have much of a wrap-up — somehow I escaped the week with few links to show for it. So instead, I’ll just focus on fun and crafts.
Carrying on the theme of vacation planning, check out this list (from Bills.com) of 12 ways to make vacation cheaper.
Five Cent Nickel has published an updated list of great summer movie deals that apply nationwide. These are family-friendly movies that range from FREE to $3 or so per ticket. Many of them offer special pricing if you buy a whole summer package.
This morning’s newspaper delivery brought an interesting little article about urban homesteading in The Denver Post, titled “Green (1/8th) Acres sprout in the city.” With its “urban Gothic” photo, it caught my eye, and even more so when I realized that the female member of the profiled couple is in my knitting/spinning group. (She noted that the reporter didn’t write about her knitting, spinning and sewing her own clothes, all just as worthy of the “homestead” title as growing your own food.)
Actually, I’m not furloughed today, but city employees are. That means that some of my friends and some of the services I frequent are closed for a four-day weekend to shave $1 million off our city budget. Enjoy the day off — and everyone else, enjoy the long weekend. Here are some great resources from around the Web this week:
This week, I’ve been out walking my dog a few times in the morning and have seen several people commuting to work by bike. It looks so pleasant — especially in the early, pre-rush-hour hours, that it almost makes me wish I had a workplace away from home to bike to. If you’ve been considering the transition to a bicycle commute, Lighter Footstep has published a great list of Twelve Reasons to Start Using a Bicycle for Transportation.
After Colorado had a dry winter, then a very warm January and February, then a snowy March and April, I think we might be able to say it’s actually spring. This wrap-up comes to you after a day of 83-degree temperatures, squirrels marauding at the bird feeder and a cherry tree in bloom.
This week, the world is alight with rumors and fear about swine flu. It’s especially timely for me to write about it, because our household has recently increased our knowledge about germs. About swine flu
Just a few shopping days until Easter, the Christian holiday that has become a big commercial event. Americans are anticipated to spend $117 each or $12.7 billion overall on Easter food, gifts and apparel (although fewer people are buying new outfits this year). There are plenty of alternatives to keep the spring holidays fun, festive and frugal. Here are some suggestions ….
This week, the Web has held so many great posts and articles that we are overdue for not just a wrap-up, but a SUPER wrap-up! I hope there’s something here to appeal to everyone.
With spring in the air, it’s time for all birds to migrate northward. At our house, we have a finch feeder hanging from our front tree, and the birds are beginning to eat in pairs instead of singly with a lookout. We have a window feeder in the kitchen, but we keep startling the little sparrows that come. And Mlle. Cheap has plans to make a recycled materials feeder for the back yard. Soon, our fast and furious feathered friends, the hummingbirds, will fly through town. In the southern United States, they are likely already migrating through. If you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard, check out Getting Ready for Hummingbirds from TipNut.com.
Yesterday I wrote about storing sweaters. But what if you look at your sweater collection and find a few duds that shouldn’t see the light of next season? Too small, too pilled, too short, too huge, just not right. You would think sweater projects would be perfect in the fall — but in the fall, you’re going to want to USE those projects. Plus, it’s National Craft Month! Get one or two ready now, and they’ll be all set to use this fall. Store sweater projects as you would store the sweaters they’re made from.
If you love to read, you know the cost of books can really add up. A tempting new hardback can run $25 or more. It’s a small price to pay for hours of enjoyment — and sometimes, years of memories, a new skill or a new perspective on life. But when times are tight, books are an area where you can trim costs.
If you have a virtual stack of digital photos waiting to be put in albums, scratch that project off your list this weekend with some good offers on photo books from Shutterfly and MyPublisher.
Do you ever find such amazing things at the thrift store that you’re just dying to share?
I’ve had a few of those times lately.
Knitters, spinners and calendar-users, alert! Last week was a week of wonderful surprises. A friend sent a surprise holiday package to my family over the weekend, and then one day I opened my mailbox to find a super-special calendar for 2009.
Here are a couple of free and eco-friendly ways to help bolster your holiday spirit…
Oprah is on a decluttering kick, and Snapfish is partnering with her to offer viewers a free photo book. These are 8 1/2 by 11 photo albums you make online, with up to 20 pages. Today is the last day to sign up, and you must make the book by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 16.
While I was on Erin’s site the other day, I was struck by this list. Fun! I’ve completed my entry below … how about you?