- I replaced the flapper in the toilet tank. While I have to throw out the old flapper and the new one had packaging, it does save us plenty of water. I am curious when I see a year’s worth of trash in a mason jar and you never see toilet or faucet repair parts in there. Am I missing something?
- Our furnace has kicked on a handful of times even set at 61 degrees but I am wearing a beautiful hand knit birthday scarf around the house and keeping warm.
- We have been using our gas fireplace to heat the room we are in most of the time. The fan is noisy so I have never been one to turn it on, but when the technician told us how much heat we were wasting by leaving it off, well, I have been dealing with the additional noise.
- It has been a bit since I posted so I will throw this one out there: we ate Thanksgiving dinner 3 days in a row in order to eat it all up (Do not take this as a complaint! I love Thanksgiving leftovers more than the original meal).
- I am reading through some books that I own with plans to donate them to the local library or putting them in a neighborhood Little Library.
- I rode my unicycle unassisted for a distance today and it was as amazing as I thought it would be. I’ve been learning to ride with hiking poles to assist (obligatory caution: note that some people caution against using poles for fear of injury when falling).
- Easy dinner of rice and black bean salad.
- Enjoyed the first tomatoes from the garden. I wish I could grow them year round.
- I am reading The Lightning Thief and am enjoying it so far.
- The first apples of the season were at the market. Sweet, crisp apples.
If you aren’t familiar with The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau, get thee to a library posthaste! This is one of my all time favorite books. The quiltmaker is an almost magical woman who lives high on a mountain and makes quilts only for the poor or needy, she would never sell one of her beautiful quilts. A greedy, unhappy king finds out about the quiltmaker and demands she sew a quilt for him. She refuses unless he gives away all of his many treasures. This is a great book for introducing the idea of crafting for charity and minimalism.
The illustrations are in no way secondary to the story, in fact they tell as much of the story as the written words (as they should in any good picture book). They show many different quilt patterns and are just lovely.
Admittedly I have a soft spot for picture books, but this is a book that transcends age and, in my opinion, is a must read!
- A local bookstore that buys back used books for store credit. I often use the store credit to buy books to give as gifts.
- Friends of the Library. My library, and most that I have been in, has an ongoing used book sale as that supports the library and the many programs it offers.
- The hospital. Our local hospital has a small library where families and patients can take books (or leave them).
- Little Free Library. I see these tiny libraries popping up in neighborhoods more and more, and what’s not to love about neighbors sharing books!