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The Green Life

Feb 8 '13

waiting for the storm

our winter storm watch has progressed in stages to a blizzard warning. Suddenly I feel completely unprepared, as we opted to accept a last minute invite to a friend’s house for dinner instead of being responsible and staying home to prepare.  We are not getting up at 5am to do what we can… fingers crossed that we will have enough time with power to do what needs to be done.

Feb 7 '13

House training tips for a 4 year old dog?

Hi all,

Our latest foster is stumping us with the house training.  He basically has no inclination to go outside.

Our guess is that he never spent any time in the house wherever he came from; his behavior suggests he was used only for hunting.  

We have tried treating & praising when he goes outside (but her rarely goes outside.)  Our organization recommended trying to introduce a “substrate” for him to pee on (newspaper) in his preferred indoor peeing spot, and then transferring that substrate outside.  He just started peeing other places in the house rather than on the newspaper.   We try to drag him outside mid-stream when we catch him, but he is generally so excited to smell stuff outside that he forgets he was peeing, then resumes peeing when we are back inside.  We have tried working out a schedule where he knows when he will be outside.  We have tried walking him around the yard until he goes (not fun in this weather).

Basically, nothing is sticking.

Other ideas? tricks?  Anything?

Our fake wood floor is de-laminating in his choice spots, the house is starting to smell, and we had to take the throw rugs up off the floor.  

Feb 6 '13
sweetrevengeto:

A real food manifesto! The only ‘rules’ you need to live by :)Print, carry, literally post it on your walls - it’s THIS easy to be the healthiest you!

sweetrevengeto:

A real food manifesto! The only ‘rules’ you need to live by :)

Print, carry, literally post it on your walls - it’s THIS easy to be the healthiest you!

(Source: sgorchynski)

Feb 5 '13
Feb 1 '13
mothernaturenetwork:

We’re moving into month #2 in our Year of Living Simply! Join us to learn how to live greener and more simply and be happy doing it!

mothernaturenetwork:

We’re moving into month #2 in our Year of Living Simply! Join us to learn how to live greener and more simply and be happy doing it!

Feb 1 '13
Because part of living green, for me, is respecting all folks and making an effort every day to withhold judgement, remembering that we are each on our own journey and fighting our own battles… And who can argue with celebrating reading!
nprfreshair:

Last week, Terry was cleaning out her office which means that she would occasionally make the rounds to our various desks, asking if we wanted this or that book. Suspecting my fondness for Nick Hornby (Terry is astute.), she offered up Hornby’s collection of essays about reading, Housekeeping Versus The Dirt. Though I had read some of the individual essays, I hadn’t read them all together and plus, it’s a great title: How could I resist?
I started the book on the tram to work the other day and the introductory essay reminded me of just how much fun and how smart and unpretentious Hornby is on the page. It’s a great plea to just read, regardless of whether it’s Tolstoy or Dan Brown and it left me so ready more.:

And please, please stop patronizing those who are reading a book — The Da Vinci Code, maybe — because they are enjoying it. For a start, none of us knows what kind of an effort this represents for the individual reader. It could be his or her first full-length adult novel; it might be the book that finally reveals the purpose and joy of reading to someone who has hitherto been mystified by the attraction books exert on others. And anyway, reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing. I don’t mean we should all be reading chick lit or thrillers (although if that’s what you want to read, it’s fine by me, because here’s something else no one will ever tell you: if you don’t read the classics, or the novel that won this year’s Booker Prize, then nothing bad will happen to you; more importantly, nothing good will happen to you if you do); I simply mean that turning pages should not be like walking through thick mud. The whole purpose of books is that we read them, and if you find you can’t, it might not be your inadequacy that’s to blame. “Good” books can be pretty awful sometimes.

So if you, like me, are feeling a little in love with Hornby right now, here’s our interview with him.
(Thanks, Terry)

Because part of living green, for me, is respecting all folks and making an effort every day to withhold judgement, remembering that we are each on our own journey and fighting our own battles… And who can argue with celebrating reading!

nprfreshair:

Last week, Terry was cleaning out her office which means that she would occasionally make the rounds to our various desks, asking if we wanted this or that book. Suspecting my fondness for Nick Hornby (Terry is astute.), she offered up Hornby’s collection of essays about reading, Housekeeping Versus The Dirt. Though I had read some of the individual essays, I hadn’t read them all together and plus, it’s a great title: How could I resist?

I started the book on the tram to work the other day and the introductory essay reminded me of just how much fun and how smart and unpretentious Hornby is on the page. It’s a great plea to just read, regardless of whether it’s Tolstoy or Dan Brown and it left me so ready more.:

And please, please stop patronizing those who are reading a book — The Da Vinci Code, maybe — because they are enjoying it. For a start, none of us knows what kind of an effort this represents for the individual reader. It could be his or her first full-length adult novel; it might be the book that finally reveals the purpose and joy of reading to someone who has hitherto been mystified by the attraction books exert on others. And anyway, reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing. I don’t mean we should all be reading chick lit or thrillers (although if that’s what you want to read, it’s fine by me, because here’s something else no one will ever tell you: if you don’t read the classics, or the novel that won this year’s Booker Prize, then nothing bad will happen to you; more importantly, nothing good will happen to you if you do); I simply mean that turning pages should not be like walking through thick mud. The whole purpose of books is that we read them, and if you find you can’t, it might not be your inadequacy that’s to blame. “Good” books can be pretty awful sometimes.

So if you, like me, are feeling a little in love with Hornby right now, here’s our interview with him.

(Thanks, Terry)

Feb 1 '13
Jan 31 '13

Throwing a Narnia Party this weekend and am completely unprepared…

Can we brainstorm low-cost ways to make our house Narnia like?  Or perhaps some Narnia-inspired activities?

Jan 20 '13

This weeks challenge: Eat more veggies with breakfast

And I don’t like omelettes all that much.

Ideas?

Jan 19 '13

Today, we brought up the crate and bed that Buckley had used to prepare for another foster dog we are getting on Monday.

Penelope seemed a little stressed out by it, but she is generally an anxious type.  She was smelling, doing a little pacing, but then seemed to calm down.

I just caught her trying to squat on the bed in that crate, right after we had been outside.  She has some urine problems, but seriously, she had literally only been back in the house for 2 minutes.  

I’m wondering if she can smell Buckles on the bed?  Thoughts?  Ideas?  

I have to reuse crate & beds because, well, we aren’t made of money.  I did wash the bed, and I can’t smell him, (he was sick, and a bluetick, all rolled into one, and therefore had a pretty distinct odor) but I know I can’t compare my nose to hers.

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Jan 4 '13
Jan 3 '13
amazinglyamy replied to your post: So some loud explosion-like something just shook…

sounds like an earthquake, hun.

It could have been, but there is no scuttlebut on FB about it, and because they are so rare in RI there is almost always scuttlebut.  It sounded more like an explosion, it was really weird.  But I have never been in an earthquake, so I really have no idea.  

We are on a bit of ledge here or something because we aren’t that close to the highway but when a big tractor trailer rolls by a certain spot with a heavy load we feel it.  I actually thought maybe there was a bad accident on that stretch of highway, but my partner just drove over and didn’t see anything… perhaps it will remain a mystery, or perhaps I just felt my first earth quake and didn’t even know.

Jan 3 '13

So some loud explosion-like something just shook the house…

I thought that a car ran into us or someone had decided to take a battering ram to the basement door. As I was running around trying to figure out what the h&^% was going on, the neighbor called.

“Did you hear/feel that?” She thought it was in her house.

Then a third neighbor thought it was in their house.

Oddly, we have heard no sirens,seen no other signs of trouble, and most of the other neighbors haven’t even turned their outside lights on.

Welcome to Exeter.

Jan 3 '13

The puppers loves the snow…

Jan 2 '13