Dec 142011
 
Who ARE y'all, anyway?

When I ask “who are y’all”, it is YOU I am asking.  Not some other person who might be reading this a city or state or even country away from you..and not even that visiting neighbor who is reading this over your shoulder, but YOU! You see…I kinda know who you are in a general sort of way.  The software I use to maintain my websites tells me  little about my readers.  For example, I know that 86% of my readers use the Firefox browser.  I know that my “average” reader is a 34 year old stay at home mom,

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Nov 292011
 
JuicyMaters' Yurt-ers, ahead of the curve

After doing my weekly new scan for several topics, including yurts, I discovered this week that the perception of us yurt-ers is changing, that we are being considered less weird, becoming more and more accepted, and looked at as being less and less…well…less and less “nuts”. We seem to have become just a bit ahead of the curve, and yurts are becoming “trendy”!

Bummer!

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Jul 222011
 
FTCLDF:  An interview with Pete Kennedy

Today we are going to be taking with Pete Kennedy. Pete’s the president of the FTCLDF (Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund), an organization I’ve been involved with to one extent or another since it’s inception on July 4, 2007.

And I’ve known Pete, who is also one of the lawyers for the fund, since about a year later, when he helped me with a little problem I was having with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. He’s an all around good guy…even if he IS a lawyer…LOL.

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Jul 162011
 
Breaking the materialism habit...a basic homesteading requirement

Shopping with a list will often curb materialistic, impulse buying. Knowing what you need and planning to buy only those things will go far in helping you fight this battle. For example, I know that in my case my grocery shopping forays tend to be about 25% more expensive when I don’t have a list than when I do.

Caveat: This only works when you actually follow the list. Picking up that extra half-gallon of ice cream that is not on the list, just because it is a yummy looking new flavor that looks SO GOOD, is bad for your budget…and your waistline.

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Jul 012011
 
Gardening in a bucket, growing plants upside-down.  9 plants to plant in it.

My bucket garden exists for two reasons.

First, I wanted my culinary herbs close at hand to the kitchen. I have a raised bed veggie garden about 100 feet from the house, but I started gardening on my porch rails so I could grab some basil or chives without hiking to the garden.

Second, my regular garden spot is partially shaded. Many veggies can deal with 4-6 hours of sunlight daily, but tomatoes aren’t one of them. Tomatoes need FULL sun, 6-8 hours a day, and my garden spot just doesn’t provide that.

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