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Hot Water Heater Blues

We took possession of our new place on November 10th.  November 15th we handed over the keys to our old place.  November 21st our hot water heater spews water on the floor.  Yep.

So, we kinda figured, after trying our first bath here, that we’d need to be looking at replacing the hot water system here.  If your heater can’t produce enough hot water to get the tub to your five year old’s belly button?  It’s a good sign it’s not working well.  But yeah…  todays epic adventure (complete with cat stranded on top of the washing machine terrified and mewing loud enough for the whole neighbourhood to hear as the water crept closer, and in the end trapping her in the laundry room) kinda synched things.

This is not fun.  We need to find an eco-friendly professional who understands the need to balance a desire to be as green as possible with a practical need to stick to a budget.  Someone who can help us figure out the best system for our family, which may well include multiple options working together to create a system friendly to both our Earth and our pocketbook.  I’m not looking forward to having to find said professional in a hurry.  This is definitely the kind of search I’d like to take my time with…  but I suppose that’s the way it goes.

Here, something fun.  Go make food in jars:  http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/07/50-different-foods-you-can-put-in-jar.html  ‘Cause mason jars make everything look cuter and taste better.  🙂

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Curious about Lonesome George?

Kid-kid and I were reading a book about the most endangered animals in the entire world.  We read about several species where there are fewer than ten of them left…  but Lonesome George (at the time of publication listed as the only one of his species left, though my research indicates there may be one other male at a zoo in Prague called Tony) piqued her interest the most.  The idea that there could be an animal who would be the LAST of his species kindled her curiosity.  I promised I’d see what I could find out about him for her.  Which is what led to this blog post.

The last information I can find about George comes direct from the Galapagos Conservatory website:  http://www.galapagos.org/2008/index.php?id=270 – but it’s dated almost a year ago, January 21st 2011.  The big news was that they’d be pairing George up with a couple new females who they think may turn out to be a better genetic match for possible reproduction purposes.  Here’s hoping!

But still, for a giant tortoise who is so loved all over the world, to just drop off the radar seems a little odd.  Does anyone have any information from the last year?  Any idea how things are going for George and his new girls?  Any further information on Tony and whether or not his genetic testing confirmed his species?

I was hoping to have something new and interesting to bring to Lily-Ann.  After all, a little girl asking questions about an animal that is one or two individuals away from extinction can only lead to good things.  I certainly hope to propel her interest forward, but it appears I may need some help digging up some new information on our old friend.

photo of Lonesome George by A. Davey.

photograph of Lonesome George by A. Davey

Hmmmm….

Ya know?  Earlier today I had a few things on my mind, all of which would have made good blog posts.  But right now?  I’m beat.  It was a long and busy second half of the day.  And I’m now laying in bed next to the girlie…  typing on my netbook while I listen to her breathing in the quiet  dark.  All I can think of is her.  She may be absolutely exhausting, but she’s amazing, she’s wonderful, and she’s mine.  🙂

Happy St. Pats everyone.  The girlie wore a pretty green shirt with button flowers on it, and her green tutu.  We sang Pangur Ban, and danced around while watching The Secret of Kells.  Haven’t seen it yet?  I’d say it’s about time you did.  We are repeat borrowers (have reserved it from the library a couple times now).

The upcycled cardboard dollhouse, fit for polly pocket sized princesses.

The last two mornings the girlie and I have been working on a craft project.  I see a sturdy, unused, cardboard box and all I see are possibilities.  🙂  So, this time, we made a three level dollhouse for all of her little princesses and polly pocket dolls.

The first day I found a box with a flap I could cut off to create the second floor.  Folded the ends under and trimmed a bit off, while the girlie painted wall paper and designed flooring.  We also washed out some juice boxes and set them out to dry.

Today we glued in all the flooring and wallpaper.  Wrapped up the beds, and cut out headboards and foot-boards….  glued them all together and glued the beds into place.  We made a table from a fruit cup container and a round piece of paper.  The girlie cut out plates and glued paper food onto each plate, which were glued onto the table (which was also glued into place).  A couple finishing touches – like the construction paper pool filled with tissue paper water.  And it was complete.

All in all, a pretty easy little project that I know Lily-Ann will enjoy playing with for quite a while.  Who knows how long it will last…  but hey!  It was made entirely from repurposed trash and paper,  so however long it lasts is good by me.  🙂

Here are some pictures of her new dollhouse:

first floor diningroom, second floor bedroom

three beds and a rug/bed for the cat

rooftop pool and "grass" covered patio

 

Faery in the Garden (yesterday and today)

Yesterday:

my little girl

Today:

through the looking glass

Sandy, the Sea Wee

Sandy, this is everyone.

Everyone, this is Sandy.

Say “hello” Sandy.

Sandy saying "hello".

Sandy is proof that some things do stand the test of time.  She was the first of several Sea Wees released in the late seventies and early eighties.  I believe she was released in ’78 or maybe ’79.  She was one of my toys when I was little.  One of the few that survived the “mom purge” of ’89.  LMAO  You know the “mom purge”…  it’s when mom boxes up all your stuff to give away or sell because you’re too old for toys.  😉

It may not occur to some, but while Sandy is highly collectible (or would be if she were looking better for her age), she’s also got a pretty darn good ecological footprint for a plastic toy.  She made it through me, through my brothers and sisters, and will likely live through the wee girlie too.  She may not have been created from sustainably sourced materials, or created by a green company by workers under a fair trade banner, but she has survived life as a toy for over three decades.

Sometimes being eco-friendly can be as simple as appreciating what you have.  In this consumer driven culture we need to step back and realize that we purchase far more than we need.  And I’m not pointing fingers on this point, I’m guilty of it too.   It’s hard to avoid.  It’s likely that if you have the resources available to be reading this blog, that you have far more than you need.

I’m feeling a little philosophical tonight…  kinda wondering what potential we have as a society when we value so little.  Appreciating what we have is a good place to start.  Even those of us who have little, really do have MUCH.

Maybe we need to start a buy nothing week.  Say the first week of every month.  Groceries don’t count…  food purchases would be allowed.  But one week a month, of buying nothing that isn’t driven by need.  It would be a start.  What do you think?

Into the Rain

The wee girlie and I were downstairs when we heard the thunder hit.  Lily-Ann’s eyes lit up, and a slow smile crept onto her face.  “Momma?”  “Yes?”  “Can we go see what the sky is talking about?” How else could I possibly answer?  “Okay.”  I tickle her tiny armpits.  As she doubles over in happy giggles I say “Let’s get dressed for outside.  If we’re going to see what the noise is about we might as well go outside.”

I grabbed my camera as we made our way up from the basement, only to find… or rather, to NOT find, my missing umbrella.  “Looks like there’s only one, but that’s okay, I don’t need mine.”  I help the wee girlie tuck her blue jeans into her rubber boots, open the umbrella, and help her out the door.  “I’ll just be a second Lily-Ann.”  Quickly, I turn behind me to grab my camera.  I may not be able to take it out into the rain without my umbrella, but at the very least I can grab a couple quick shots from the doorway.

So began our 90 minutes outside in the pouring rain.  The thunder cracked, and the rain came down hard.  I was soaked due to a lack of umbrella, and the wee girlie was the same… but from an entirely different cause.  Gotta love how much a pre-schooler loves puddles.  🙂

Into the Rain

Pop Quiz!

How many of you know what I’m holding in this pic?

Hint – Crunchy mommas may have an edge on guessing this one.

Can you guess?

What is it?

Another hint?  Okay…  I’ll be doing an article featuring this item, and several other products for a similar use in an upcoming Pure Greenius.  Want to know more?  Guess you’ll just have to keep your eyes on http://www.puregreenius.ca/ to get the scoop.  😀

I’ll be honest…  reviewing some of these items took me on a rather uncomfortable journey.  But you can’t write what you don’t know.  So I just pushed on through, determined to get the dirt that other women have been too timid to get.  Boy.  Sometimes I have to shake my head at myself…  the things I’m willing to do so that others don’t have to.  LMAO

Another Afternoon at the Zoo

Okay… so it wasn’t an entire afternoon.  Our household has been a little under the weather lately, and I think we all needed a little fresh air in our lungs.  So despite not being all better yet, we spent close to an hour at the zoo today.  While it may not have done much for us physically, it did a lot for our spirits – which makes a BIG difference.  Hopefully we’ll be all better soon, but at least we aren’t feeling as blue since making our brief escape.  😉

Beautiful Girl, Beautiful Day

This Path We've Chosen

And here’s a bonus picture today…  me peeking out from behind my camera while looking into an animal enclosure (with a mirrored backing).  I like the reflection on the closest pane of glass too.  🙂

Me, peeking out from behind my camera to say HELLO

Peek-a-boo!

SPRING!!!!

Here it is folks… proof that spring has sprung on the Canadian Prairie.  Wow!  Can’t believe we aren’t still buried under snow…  it is still March, right?  We’re usually still partially under snow in MAY!

Yep.  Can you believe it?  Little growing things popping out from under the autumn leaves (don’t know why folks insist on raking them up, they are SOOO good for your yard).

little growing things...  tiny green sprouts of something...

SPRING!

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