Feb 132016
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

Here are 10 free ebooks found on Amazon which I thought looked interesting and informative.  Several of them I got for myself, to read either now or later.  While I often read at home at night, I also like to have a selection of books for when I am in the car, waiting at an appointment, or for quiet times.

The books are grouped by similar topics to help you find something that may interest you.  I hope you find something to enjoy and learn from.

Gardening

Urban Gardening Guide

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens

Homesteading

Homesteading The Easy Way Including Prepping And Self Sufficency: 3 Books In 1 Boxed Set

Weekend Homesteader: April

Heirloom Seeds: An Introduction to Organic Heirloom Seeds, Growing Them, and Their Benefits

Foraging: The Complete Beginners Guide – 28 Crucial Steps To Foraging Wild Edible Plants And Herbs The Easy And Safe Way!

Herbs

Herbs, Herbs and more Herbs: A handbook on everything you need to know to use herbs effectively (How to dry herbs at home – How to dry foods 2)

Herb Gardening For Beginners, Planting An Herb Garden Made Easy: How To Grow Herbs And Dry Herbs

Straw Bale Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening: The Complete Straw Bale Gardening Guide How to Grow More Vegetables and Herbs in Straw Bale Garden with Limited Space.

Straw bale gardening for beginners: Ultimate guide to grow fruits, herbs and vegetables in backyard straw bale garden

Straw Bale Gardening: Simple Step by Step Guide to Successful Gardening without Any Digging

Vermiculture (Worms)

Worm Composting: The Ultimate Guide to Worm Composting for Life

Get the Garden of your Dreams with this Composting and Wormery Guide!

Indoor Gardening

Apartment Gardening

Indoor Gardening: The 12 Best Herbs to Grow On Your Kitchen Window. Tips and Techniques to Create Your Own Culinary Herb Garden

Growing House Plants for the Beginner Enthusiast

Urban Organic Gardening Indoors: A Step-By-Step Beginner’s Guide to Growing A Garden Indoors

Cooking

Cook What You Have A Guide to the Lazy Garden and the Lazy Kitchen

May 282015
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I was able to read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

Here are 10 free ebooks found on Amazon which I thought looked interesting and informative.  Several of them I got for myself, to read either now or later.  While now may not be my busiest time of the year, reading wise, I still find time each day to read something.  I also like to have a selection of books for when I am in the car, waiting at an appointment, or for quiet times.  I hope you find something to enjoy and learn from.

A Beginner's Guide to Patio and Kitch...

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Patio and Kitchen Herb Gardens: 21 Herbs You Can Grow at Home (Gardening Quick Start Guides Book 5)

How To Grow Healthy & Tasty Tomatoes...

How To Grow Healthy & Tasty Tomatoes (How To eBooks Book 46)

Perennial Flowers: A Gardening Primer

Perennial Flowers: A Gardening Primer

Garden Party: A Guide to Throwing an...

Garden Party: A Guide to Throwing an Awesome Party in Your Garden

No Work Urban Front Yard Vegetable Ga...

No Work Urban Front Yard Vegetable Gardening Simplified: The Easiest Way To Get Fresh Tasty Organic Veggies For Your Whole Family (Food and Nutrition Series Book 1)

Apartment Gardening Today: Learn to G...

Apartment Gardening Today: Learn to Grow a Complete Garden in a Small Space 

Berries: An Introduction To Growing O...

Berries: An Introduction To Growing Organic Backyard Berries

Famous Flowers And Butterflies: Beaut...

Famous Flowers And Butterflies: Beautiful Blossoms and Flowers for Kids

How To Dry Herbs: A Comprehensive Gui...

How To Dry Herbs: A Comprehensive Guide on Drying Herbs for Your Kitchen Spices and Seasoning

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens

 

 

 

 

Jun 122014
 

It isn’t always  possible to be outside in the garden.  The next best thing is looking at pictures of gardens or reading about them.  I find I can never learn enough about the things you love.  So, for those times when it is raining, you are stuck inside for a meeting or in a car going somewhere, here are a few books to add to your reading list.

These gardening ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

Before I had a Kindle I was able to read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.

Backyard Chickens Guide For Beginners: Easy Steps To Starting A Chicken Coop, Raising And Feeding A Brood Right In Your Backyard (Choosing Coops, Chicken … Raising Chickens, Chicks, Chicken Coops)

Growing Organic – 2-Book Combo: Companion Planting And Pest Control In An Organic Vegetable Garden

The Complete Composting Guide for Beginners: Grow Your Own From Home!

Backyard Chickens Book Package: Beginner’s Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens & The Backyard Chickens Breed Guide (Modern Homesteading)

Growing Herbs, How To Grow Herbs in Beds, Containers, Pots, Baskets, Window Boxes

50 Popular Types of Herb (The Herb Books)

Gardening for Dummies: How to Protect Your Garden

Modern Homesteading – Self Sufficiency. 5 Books Bundle Beginners Guide: Canning & Food Preservation; Raised Bed Gardening; Raising Chickens; Growing Organic … Vermin Control (K.I.S.S Quick Bites)

Growing Herbs: Indoors, in Pots, in the Garden, Herb Recipes And a Medicinal List: Indoors, in Pots, in the Garden, Herb Recipes And a Medicinal List (Vegetable Gardening)

Lavender the Universal Herb (Herbal Amicus Book 2)

The Herb Garden (The Herb Books Book 4) 

Garden Design and Landscaping – The Beginner’s Guide to the Processes Involved with Successfully Landscaping a Garden (an overview) (‘How to Plan a Garden’ Series)

Organic Gardening: Your Guide to Growing Healthy Organic Produce

Backyard Bird Guide: Attracting Wild Birds to Your Yard

grow your own vegetables in small spaces

Apr 042014
 

Here are some ebooks that are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

Before I had a Kindle I was able to read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.

How To Control Garden Pests Organically 

Organic Gardening: 7 Easy Steps to Freedom, Fun, and Fantastic Health By Growing Your Own Organic Food

Garden Design and Landscaping – The Beginner’s Guide to Successfully Landscaping a Garden (‘How to Plan a Garden’ Series)

Global Gastronomic Adventures Presents A Real Taste of Canning & Preserving ( canning & preserving Cookbook): Canning & Preserving Recipe Cookbook

Healthy Living From Your Own Back Yard: 9 valuable vitamins to grow at home

Survival Seeds: The Heirloom Seed Saving Handbook

Backyard Chickens: The Beginner’s Guide to Raising and Caring for Backyard Chickens (Homesteading Life)

Indoor Gardening Made Easy: How To Grow Herbs & Vegetables In Your House

The Ultimate Organic Gardening Guide: Gardening Basics from A to Z for Beginners with Organic Gardening Tips for a Healthy Garden (organic gardening, gardening, organic gardening how to)

Simple Gardening Tips

Survival Seeds: The Emergency Heirloom Seed Saving Guide

Container Gardening Made Easier: The Fun, Easy Way to Grow Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs: a Complete Guidebook

Organic Gardening Book Package: Organic Gardening: Your Guide to Growing Healthy Organic Produce & Seed Saving for the Organic Gardener

Retaining Walls – Plan Design and Build Allan Block Residential Landscape Walls up to 6 ft. High (1.8 m) – A Complete Installation Guide

AB Courtyard Collection Installation Guide – Create Outdoor Patio Walls, Ponds, Kitchens, BBQ’s and More

The Allure Of Chocolate

Vertical Gardening: What You Need to Know to Grow Organic Vegetables and Fruits for Your Family

Worm Farming: Everything You Need to Know To Setting up a Successful Worm Farm

Raised Bed Gardening – 5 Books bundle on Growing Vegetables In Raised Beds & Containers

How NOT to Kill Plants

Oct 012013
 

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84 Days Till Christmas!  When put that way, it seems so close and I feel so far behind.  Yet in my mind it is 3 months away, which seems so much further and allows me to relax.  I’m not rushing time.  Fall is my favorite season and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest while it is here.  After all, it only happens once a year.  Still, I also plan to enjoy the Christmas Season once it comes.  For me, a large part of enjoying it is planning ahead so I won’t be rushing around or stressed.

A few weeks back I had a post showing some items I had gotten at a clearance sale at a second hand store.  Some of those items were for Christmas gifts and cost $1 each.  I’m not saying that I only buy cheap presents, but I do look for things the recipients would like and try not to spend $20/$40/$100 if I can get them for less.  (It doesn’t work all the time, but some savings is better than no savings.)  This is one of the benefits of starting early.

Today I want to share with you some things you may be able to get for free.  If they are no longer available, don’t be disheartened.  Keep your eyes open.  They may be available again or you  may find something similar.

groups of various colored tulips

Here are some examples of things I have done:

  • Request samples – recently Twinings Tea company was offering to send a sample of three bags of their tea.  I was able to choose which flavors.  These will actually be used as a part of three different gifts.  I have seen and requested offers such as this before.  There have also been offers for coffee and hot cocoa, oatmeal and cream of wheat, granola bars, etc.  This is also a great idea if you need something to include in a card.  You could also request a variety of k-cup samples and put together an assorted box to share with someone you know has a machine which uses these.  The cup can be expensive when bought in a store and this way there will be a unique variety for the recipient.  It does take time to receive these items, so start now requesting them if you haven’t done so.
  • Use a free bag as part of your wrapping or gift – Every so often I happen to get a free bag.  Sometimes it is a “free” offer, others were being handed out, or they may have come from point redemption from one program or another.  Use it in place of a gift bag or wrapping, or include it as part of the gift.
  • Worms from your  vermiculture bin – you will really have to make sure that the person you are giving these too loves to garden.  Not everyone will appreciate the gift of worms.  I do not often share my worm, to be honest, because my worms haven’t multiplied quickly in the bin.  (They multiply a LOT more in my raised beds.)  Actually, it has only happened once.  Another gardener gave me a great tip and so I returned the favor with the gift of worms and some vermicompost (which included worm eggs).  When sharing or transporting worms, place them in a box or bag that has air holes, then add moist but not wet bedding.
  • Share a gift certificate – a co-worker of my husbands had gotten a gift certificate to a gardening store but wasn’t planning to use it as he was single and lived in an apartment.  The value of the certificate was large enough that I offered to share it with a neighbor.  We turned it  into a Girl’s Afternoon Out and enjoyed looking at all the plants an items in the store.  In the end we both got things we wanted, never would have bought ourselves, and had a great time looking around,  (Okay, this one did cost some gas, so may not technically be considered ‘free’ by everyone.)
  • There are sometimes ebooks that you can get for free.  The sharing of ebooks can be a bit tricky, legal wise.  In the case where I was able to gift them to others I checked before hand to make sure it was okay.  I also made sure the books I shared were ones I had not read.  If this is something you are thinking about doing, please check with your source first and clarify that the book(s) you are gifting are ones you have not read yet.  This can also be a great idea for a long distance gift with no shipping required.
  • worm found in old raised garden bed box

Here are some ideas, but may not necessarily be things I have tried.

  • Divide plants in your yard or garden.  If you are already needing to do this, why not wrap them in a cellophane bag, add a bow and a note saying what the plant is and how to take care of it.  If you don’t happen to have cellophane bags at home, look for a box or sandwich bag that will work.  You could even plant a bulb in an old coffee mug (just make sure it still looks good and isn’t cracked).
  • Share something you have two of – After calling a company asking about a missing piece to their product I just bought, they sent me the piece … in form of the whole product.  It was only a small piece I needed and in no way affected how the product worked, so I was surprised by them sending a whole brand new replacement.  They did not request I return the product I had bought, so I ended up with two of something I only needed one of.  This product was a nice one and would have made a great gift for someone.  (I wouldn’t have gifted the one with the small piece missing.  In the end I used the product in a different part of my yard.)
  • Autographed postcard from a Disney Character – I have seen mixed review on this, as to whether it has actually worked.  Noting that the expected turn around time is 4-6 weeks, if you are interested in doing this, then you will need to do it soon.  This one isn’t technically free as you will need to use a stamp to mail your letter. It is very close though, and takes some time, so I chose to include it in the list of free gift ideas.
  • If your garden is still producing, find information on how to save seeds from some of your plants.  Right now on my kitchen counter I have yellow squash, watermelon, and tomato seeds from plants this year.  A friend also keeps small sweet potatoes to use for slips.  Once correctly stored these will be great to use for next year.  They would also make a nice variety pack for a gardening friend or someone who is interested in starting out.  You may even swap some with other gardeners you know to increase the variety of plant seeds you have.  For wrapping, use an old gardening catalog.  Make envelopes or rip and glue pictures to the outside of a box.  Don’t forget to label the seeds.  Some can look very similar once they are outside the fruit (think yellow squash and zucchini, or roma tomato and beefsteak tomato, etc.).  🙂

This list is by no means all inclusive.  It’s intention is to get you thinking about ways you can give thoughtful gifts without spending a lot of money.

What are some gifts you have given in the past that were free or close to it?

Feb 282013
 

Favorite gardening book of the month:

 

Favorite non-gardening books of the month:

 

Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six

Yes, this is an older book.  It was written in the late 1800’s and was actually the author’s second book on the subject.  After writing “Fifteen Cent Dinners for Families of Six” the author found that some readers were a bit more well off but still not wealthy.  These readers were interested in being good at pinching pennies but had a bit more leeway in their budgets.  They could afford a few more indulgences, like coffee and tea with their meals.

I really enjoyed reading this book, not only for some money saving ideas and recipes (though I’ll pass on the brain and ___ pudding), but also for some of the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently reading:

 

Read this month:

Feeding Wild Birds with Garden Plants: 3 (Specialty Garden Series) [Kindle Edition] by Dave Sandersfeld

I so wanted to like this book. However, it only took a few pages to get the feeling that I was missing something.  I even went back and read the brief description of the book and checked the title page to make sure it all lined up.  The format just did not work for me.  There were too many quotes, links to other websites, and the beginning felt more like an advertisement for becoming an environmentist than a book on feeding birds.  I stuck it out hoping it would get better.  

Near the end I finally found what I was looking for – a list of plants and their benefits for birds.  There were several in the list that I hadn’t thought of planting for birds.  Once I thought of them, though, they made sense.  There were also a few that I would shy away from, but I tend to like natives more than non-native plants.  Even if those plants are not invasive.  I’m not a purist, so don’t check the landscaping in my  yard, but natives are my preferences. 

In the end, I’m not sure I would recommend this book if you are wanting a reference book.  It is not a bad read if you are starting out and wondering why anyone would want to feed bird.  Or even if you are just being introduced to the idea.

 

 

 

 

The How to Book on Creating a Beautiful Container Garden: The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Container Garden all will Envy / The Planting in Pots System … to Plant in Pots & How to Plant in Pots)

This was a quick read, at least for me.  A lot of the science was stuff I knew but didn’t necessarily know how to apply to containers.  Jonah seemed to cover all the topics well, with recommendations and comparisons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Make and Freeze Recipes (Eat Better For Less Guides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Hearty Soups from the Stockpot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Simple Tips To Declutter Your Basement: From Cluttered to Clean (Happy House Series)

 

5 Simple Tips To Declutter Your Basement: From Cluttered to Clean (Happy House Series) [Kindle Edition]

This is more of a booklet than a full fledged book of 100+ pages.  In other words, it took me about 30 minutes to read through it, not several days.  The tips reminded me a lot of tips I’ve read elsewhere, just used in reference to your basement.  I liked the first question asked, “Exactly what do you want to accomplish?”  Basements are as varied as the people who own them.  They are used for different things, and even that can change over time. Knowing where you want to end up will help you start heading in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Organization Made Easy: Creative Kitchen Storage and Pantry Storage Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance)

 

Ready or Not (Aggie’s Inheritance) by Chautona Havig

This was a reread from last month.  I enjoyed going through it again as I was able to pick up on some details I missed the first time.  I also realized that I laughed at the same funny moments.  Am I really that predictable?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Keeps (Aggie's Inheritance)

 

For Keeps (Aggie’s Inheritance) by Chautona Havig

As with the first book in this series, this was a reread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here We Come (Aggie’s Inheritance) [Kindle Edition] by Chautona Havig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen for the Donkey Bells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Enemy (Promise of Zion #4)

Feb 272013
 

I have often posted ebooks that can be read on your computer or on a Kindle.  It hasn’t been intentional that I have left out those of you with NOOKs.  I just haven’t found any for free.  Today I realized that you may still be interested in books that are available for you NOOK.

All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space

All New Square Foot Gardening

The Square Foot Gardening Answer Book: New Information from the Creator of Square Foot Gardening - the Revolutionary Method Used by 2 Million Thrilled Followers

The Square Foot Gardening Answer Book

Grow Your Own Flowers

Grow Your Own Flowers

Stand Up and Garden: The no-digging, no-tilling, no-stooping approach to growing vegetables and herbs

Stand Up and Garden: The no-digging, no-tilling, no-stooping approach to growing vegetables and herbs

 

If you are thinking of buying a NOOK here are a few deals currently available:

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

 

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Feb 152013
 

Here are some ebooks that are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

If you do not own a Kindle it is still possible to read these on your computer.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

Patio and Kitchen Herb Gardens: A Beginner’s Guide to 21 Herbs You Can Grow at Home

The Ultimate Guide To Raised Beds

Grow your own food

Tomato Container Gardening: 7 Easy Steps To Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces

Blueberries in Your Backyard: How to Grow America’s Hottest Antioxidant Fruit for Food, Health, and Extra Money (25-page Booklet)

A Beginners Guide To Urban Gardening

Container Gardening Designs & Woodworking Plans – Volume 1 – Ideas for Organic Gardening & Urban Gardening

Outdoor Project Job Costs

Kitchen Organization Made Easy: Creative Kitchen Storage and Pantry Storage Solutions

How To Organize Your Kitchen The Fast And Easy Way: A simple system that will tidy and de-clutter your kitchen fast

Top 10 Ice Cream Cake Recipes: How To Make Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cakes

Decadent Dessert Smoothies: Simply Delicious Smoothies (Decadent Dessert Series)

Crepes – the “all-you-need-to-know” complete guide to making crepes

Savvy Spring Entertaining (Savvy Entertaining)

Savvy Summer Entertaining (Savvy Entertaining)

Savvy Holiday Entertaining

A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream

On a more serious note:

Cry into the Wind

Prisoner Without A Crime

Listen for the Donkey Bells

The Emily Updates (Vol. 1): One Year in the Life of the Girl Who Lived (The Emily Updates (Vols. 1-5))

Escape from Communism

And to put a little fun in your day:

Pixel Perfect Puzzles

Pixel Perfect Puzzles (A Free Game for Kindle)

Paul’s Letter to Philemon: Bible Trivia Quiz & Study Guide (BibleEye Bible Trivia Quizzes & Study Guides)

Feb 062013
 

January was a busy month for me in the reading department.  At the beginning of the month I received a Kindle as a late Christmas gift.  If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would use a Kindle, I would have say “no”.  I didn’t feel the need to have it as I had no ebooks to read.  Since that time, though, my collection of ebooks has grown to over 127.   Now, before you think I went out and spent a lot of money, these are all from books I have posted on here or similarly found for free on Amazon.  I had been reading them on my laptop, which was working out okay.  However, I started to see so many more opportunities to ready a bit here and there.  These were often times it would have been impossible or impractical to use a laptop.

Before you this becomes a sales pitch I want to make clear that I fully see the purchase of a Kindle as a “want”, a privilege.  It was defiantly  not a “need”. I am a strong supporter of only spending what you have and living below your means. I could have gotten along the way I had been doing it.  Please, don’t go buy one because you “need” it.  There are few things in life that we really need.  This isn’t one of them.

The gift of the Kindle was because the person knew how much I love reading and thought this would be the perfect gift for me.  They were right.

I tell you all this to help explain why my reading went from 1 or 2 books a month to, well, a lot more.

The variety of topics is what kept it interesting.  After reading a few books on the same topic in a row, my desire for reading greatly diminishes.  If I keep a nice variety going, I am more likely to keep reading.

This list is in no particular order.

Favorite gardening book of the month:

Blueberries in Your Backyard: How to Grow America's Hottest Antioxidant Fruit for Food, Health, and Extra Money (25-page Booklet)

 

Blueberries in Your Backyard: How to Grow America’s Hottest Antioxidant Fruit for Food, Health, and Extra Money (25-page Booklet) by R.J. Ruppenthal

 

I think they covered every aspect of growing blueberries.  As I don’t have blueberry bushes, but am looking to get some, I’ll let you know in a few months how things are going.

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite non-gardening books of the month:

This month I have two favorites as they are the first two in a series of three.

Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance)

Ready or Not (Aggie’s Inheritance) by Chautona Havig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Keeps (Aggie's Inheritance)

 

For Keeps (Aggie’s Inheritance) by Chautona Havig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently reading:

Homemade Muffins: 21 From-Scratch Homemade Muffin Recipes (Back Home Again Series)

Homemade Muffins: 21 From-Scratch Homemade Muffin Recipes (Back Home Again Series) by Linda Wilson

 

 Attack Your Day!: Before It Attacks You

Attack Your Day!: Before It Attacks You by Mark Woods

 

This is one of those books that I can not read in one sitting.  I have slowly been working my way through it while exercising.  It gives me time to then think through what I just read.  It has already had an impact on me though, in that I’ve gotten rid of some time wasters.  This was the encouragement I needed to deal with all the spam I was getting on this site.  I no longer dread looking over at the “comments to be moderated” section.  There are some other areas in life I am thinking of working on to make more efficient and less a waste of time.

 

 

 

 

 Read this month:

Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For Our Biological Father (Tales of Adoption)

Who Gives Up Adorable Little Girls Anyway? The Search For Our Biological Father (Tales of Adoption) by Janet Stephenson

 

This is a book written not as a novel, but as if you were sitting down flipping through someone’s journal.  In a way, I think it is a very fitting format for such a topic.  Life is not a book.  It never works out or flows the way a book does.  It is a very real read into the struggles and journey they took to find the answer put forth in the title.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Money Using Fiverr.com

 

How to Make Money Using Fiverr.com by David Szalontai

The author, David Szalontai, gives an overview of how Fiverr.com works and some ideas that are popular or doable to earn money on the site.  He also gives examples of some things he has done in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Court Ordered Custody

Court Ordered Custody by C.S. Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worm Composting - Woodworking Plans & Worm Bin Ideas for Use in Organic Gardening

 

 

Worm Composting – Woodworking Plans & Worm Bin Ideas for Use in Organic Gardening by Jack Pollard

 

If you are looking for plans with measurements and diagrams, this is the book you want.   There is very little, if any, talking or conversation going on.  The title explains the book very accurately – “Plans and Ideas”

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven Preserve Us: A Home Crafting Mystery (A Home Crafting Mystery)

 

Heaven Preserve Us: A Home Crafting Mystery (A Home Crafting Mystery) by Cricket McRae

A mystery novel and canning in the same book.  That right there caught my attention.  I enjoyed the mystery and canning part, but could have very well done without the sleeping/living together parts.  This was a bit slow to read, but I was curious who actually did it in the end.  Not to worry, I won’t spoil that part.  But it was definantly not who I thought it was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fine Mess: Living Simply With Children

 

 

A Fine Mess: Living Simply With Children by Michelle Hogan

Or here for the NOOK version:

A Fine Mess: Living Simply With Children by Michelle Hogan

 

 

 

 

 

35 Chinese Recipes For Weeknights - The Easy Chinese Recipes Edition (Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes - The Easy Weeknight Dinners Collection)

 

35 Chinese Recipes For Weeknights – The Easy Chinese Recipes Edition (Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes – The Easy Weeknight Dinners Collection) by Pamela Kazmierczak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47 Ways to Make $100 in a Day

 

47 Ways to Make $100 in a Day by Jonathan Cochrum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Complete Money Saver's Guide to Garage Sale Shopping

The Complete Money Saver’s Guide to Garage Sale Shopping by John Horstman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 242013
 

 

On Tuesday I posted about this past year and some of the things from this blog that stood out to me.  It was the first year for this blog and an interesting walk down memory lane.  It is amazing where it first started and where it is now.

Crystal, from MoneySavingMom, often says that public accountability does wonders for her.  I used to say, “It doesn’t work for me.  I only need personal accountability.  Whether people know I reached my goal or not doesn’t matter to me.”  However, now I disagree.  While putting together the links for the “2012 in Review” and remembering where I was this time last year, I do feel like I’ve grown because of writing out my goals in a place for others to see.   This growth has been both in gardening and non-gardening areas.

Over the course of last year, I realized how many of my goals, whether weekly or yearly, I had never actually said out loud to someone.  Posting them on here has been great for me, in that it created a place to write them down and review at the end of the week what got accomplished.  I know I am not always the best at this, but I am better than I used to be.  This is also one area I hope to improve on this year.  I have read through several books this past year, and even since 2013 has begun, which talk about planning or organizing your day.  These have included books such as:  21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, Attack Your Day, and 52 Mondaysicon.

I also subscribe to FlyLady’s daily emails, which help keep me going in the right direction, even if I don’t always get my list of tasks completed.  I like lists.  I like marking things off a list, even if I added it just so I could mark it off. (Thankfully the kids haven’t learned this yet when I say, while in the grocery store, “It’s not on the list, so we can’t get it this time.”)

Attack Your Day is actually a book I’m currently reading.  I may not be a fan of the writing style of the book, but I really like the direction it is going.  They describe what I call “planning backwards” much better than I have in the past.  They put it so clearly that it made me take a second look at the upcoming year.  My 2013 Yearly Goals list was made up when I started reading this book.  However, I decided to restructure the list after realizing that what I needed was to define my overarching goals.  The list had started to get very detailed, which is not what I wanted for the Yearly Goals list.  I plan on saving those for my Monthly and Weekly Goals.  If all the small details were put on the main list, then I could very easily see myself getting overwhelmed and lost in the non-important things.

By changing the layout I decided to give myself general goals (in bold) for each section.  These were then followed up with more detailed ways I could accomplish that goals.  After doing this I realized the reasoning behind several smaller goals was a similar larger goal that I was actually working towards.  So while the smaller goals were nice to work towards, if I missed the forest for the trees then I would have been disappointed with the results.

With all of that said, here is my revised 2013 Yearly Goals list.

Children:

Encourage learning

  • Read aloud 8 books per month from Reading List
  • Help kids learn to count to 50, without missing numbers
  • Teach the oldest to read, or try to
  • Have daily walks or times to explore outside

Encourage the kids to learn more about the Bible and God

  • Morning Bible Times during the week
  • Memorized the Disciples’ names
  • Help them memorize the books of the Old Testament by August  (about 6 per month)

Encourage positive self-esteem

  • Teach oldest to ride a bike without training wheels
  • Swimming lessons
  • Assign 1 habit/chore per month for each kid to work on
  • Keep up with former habits

Personal:

Learn more about the Bible and God

  • Finish reading through the Bible (I’m over half way there)
  • Daily morning Bible (Quite) Times

Take better care of myself

  • Run in a 5K
  • Get at least 8 hours rest
  • Play/practice my instrument weekly (it has been over 8 years since I played it.)
  • Create a book list for myself. Read three books per month
  • Journal 3 x weekly
  • Try new things – Grow

Marriage:

Stay connected

  • Go on at least one date a month
  • Take time to talk each day
  • Say “I love you” meaningfully daily

Homemaking:

Create a schedule that works for the household

  • See “encouraging self-sufficiency” under the children’s section above, as well as my goal of getting8 hours of rest each night
  • Focus on one habit a month
  • Plan meals – menu plan on a monthly basis, do freezer cooking for 3 months at a time of at least 14 meals, organize recipe binder, try 24 new recipes
  • Read 4 books on organization, scheduling, or setting goals

Create a welcoming environment (Finish incomplete tasks and get rid of clutter)

  • De-wallpaper and paint upstairs
  • Repaint porch
  • Replace siding on house
  • Label pantry
  • Finish painting around “new” trim
  • Finish closet in downstairs bedroom
  • Decorate my bedroom
  • Pick up, organize and declutter basement and upstairs closet
  • Declutter – reduce number of cook books, spend 5 minutes a day on hot spots, reduce number of toys out
  • Garage – attach counter top, finish putting up cabinets, organize cabinets, declutter, wipe down walls
  • Find art work or pictures to put up in main living areas

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family:

Keep in contact with family and friends

  • Skype once a week with my mother-in-law
  • Skype at least once a week with my nephew
Encourage those around me
  • Write at least two handwritten notes every month to encourage someone

Stand/Blogging/Other Income Sources:

Create a schedule

  • Take Sundays off (schedule posts ahead of time, don’t put stand out, stay off computer)
  • Create a blog schedule with certain days having themes (Menu Plan Monday, etc.)

Entrepreneurship

  • Earn money each month in Amazon gift cards (from Swagbucks, Bing and surveys)
  • Try new ways of making money
  • Sell what I have – repot aloe plants and sell, make starts of house plants, grow zucchini (something that does very well on our stand), objects decluttered from around the house (Craigslist, Facebook, etc.)

Gardening:

Preserve produce for upcoming year

  • Can 60 quarts of crushed tomatoes
  • Put up 77 quarts of tomato sauce
  • Can 52 quarts of beets
  • Grow, and freeze, 12 sandwiches bags of green onions.  Freeze their stems seperately.
  • Freeze 30 bags of red peppers; 12 for meatloafs, 12 for soups, 6 for omletes and various uses
  • Can apple/pear sauce, as much as can be done
  • Grow enough basil, parsley and cilantro to not have to buy any during the growing season; preserve herbs

Grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to supplement our weekly salads and zucchini for stand

Redo garden layout

  • Relocate raised beds; seed where beds were
  • Make raised beds deeper
  • Convert or build raised bed for strawberries
  • Create a herb container garden
  • Create trellis for beans under kitchen window
  • Remove weeping cherry tree (plant blackberries?)
  • Create large containers for blueberry bushes
  • Remove brushes and concrete blocks under hackberry tree; relocate daffodil bulbs; flatten area
  • Build 2 rain barrels

 

This list is definantly going to be out of my comfort zone. There is a lot on here that I would love to accomplish, but don’t know if I have the courage to work towards.  The last goal in Gardening for example – “redo garden layout” scares me.  “What if I mess something up?  What if I fail at getting a good crop for all the effort?  What if …?  What if …?  What if ….?”  For those reasons alone I almost left that goal off.  I even went as far as trying to talk myself out of it.  However, if that would have happened I knew I would be unhappy all year.  I don’t want to be unhappy (about these particular aspects of my garden) for another year.  That is one great lesson my front flower bed redo taught me.  “Stop whining and just do it!”  So that goal was added.

Have you thought about the upcoming year?  Are there any themes or main goals you would like to work towards?  Are you already working towards them?

 

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