Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Productive Weekend!

Steve and I accomplished a lot this weekend.


  • Baked cookies outside.
  • Cleaned out our garage and got rid of a lot of stuff we don't need anymore (an old wheelbarrow, old hockey sticks, floor lamps, poker sets, etc.). We put it out by the road, and within a few hours some people had come and taken everything.
  • Hung up Tibetan prayer flags on our deck that I bought a couple years ago but kept forgetting about them.
  • Hosed down Steve's ice hockey equipment in the driveway so it (hopefully) won't smell too bad when we pack it up for the summer.
  • Installed a low-flow shower head. It also has a Pause button so we can easily stop the water while lathering or shaving.
  • Moved our two glass tables up to our deck and set up the chairs and umbrella.
  • I started to teach myself how to crochet with a book and some YouTube videos.

  • Set up a clothesline! It was very simple. We're really fortunate because the previous owner must have had one too; the posts and hooks were already set up for us.
  • Did a load of laundry and hung the clothes up to dry.
  • Trimmed the hedges in the front yard.
  • Hosed down Steve's hockey equipment again. Our driveway now smells like hockey.

My goals for this week:
  • Make tempeh.
  • Go through my books and clothes to figure out what I want to donate. We're trying to de-clutter our lives.
  • Experiment more with solar cooking. Maybe try cooking dried beans.
  • Buy ingredients I need to make hair conditioner and bar soap. I'd like to start making those soon since we're almost out.
  • Get the rain barrel started. We have everything we need (we think), just need to make it.

We finished off the weekend by having a delicious dinner on our deck. This left our poor house cat, Dr. Quinn, feeling lonely and neglected.

I fastened a large piece of fabric over our sliding glass door. Otherwise, the dogs would sit inside in front of the door and just bark at everything. Quinnie weaseled her way under the fabric so she could watch us outside.