Category: Freecycle

Thanksgiving Prep

Today is the day I clean in advance of the holidays. I actually did some yesterday, in between grocery/supply shopping. Today I finish. I bet you didn’t know I only dust once a year and the time is now! So the Yanni music is queued up and will soon be blaring away. Yanni, Live at the Acropolisis still my cleaning music of choice, along with my wake up music. I’ve worn out two CDs, but I got smart this last time around and ripped the current CD, so now I listen to it on my computer.

Over the weekend I ordered/picked up prints at Wal-mart, so now I have new pictures of the granddaughters to scatter about the house. I also had 8×10 photos made of the Sunrise on the Huachucas pictures from earlier this month and they are now framed nicely and hanging in my dining room.

Tomorrow is baking day, although I really do not have all that much to prepare. David is going to make his Engineer’s Traditional Pecan Pie. I have to bake squash (do ahead in the crockpot), stuffing (do ahead and bake on Thanksgiving day) and green bean casserole (bake on Thanksgiving Day). I am also going to have a tossed salad, which is easy enough. And that is all I have to make! Our guests are bringing the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, fruit salad and pumpkin pie. I think we will have plenty of food for five people!

The menu is NOT going to be vegan, but I do have some slices of Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf that I made over the weekend, so I will eat that instead of the turkey. And most things are going to have some dairy in them (like the mashed potatoes and the pies), so I will just eat sparingly of those items and take a lactose pill just in case.

And with that, I had best get moving! There’s a lot of cleaning to be done today!


Cranky Day

I’ve the feeling that this is going to be a long day. I didn’t sleep well at all last night and my whole body aches. I know it’s from the hypothyroidism; I had blood work done last Thursday to retest thyroid levels. I have a message on my phone this morning to call the doctor’s office to get the results, so hopefully she’ll be adjusting the medicine levels and in a few days I’ll feel good again. In the meantime, I’m trying not to be cranky!

While I was lying awake last night, unable to sleep, I started rethinking my story idea for Princess Fiona and believe I’ve found an idea that I can run with. The previous idea, for some reason, just wasn’t going anywhere for me. I can take what I have already written and use it with this new idea. So the first thing I did when I turned my computer on this morning was open that file and actually write a few sentences before I totally lost the whole concept.

So I’ve a long list of things to do today:

  • Call the Alabama utility companies and make sure the tenant has started his own accounts
  • Post my finished jigsaw puzzle on Freecyle and ask for new ones (already done this and received a nice email from a lady willing to give me several puzzles in exchange for my one!)
  • Work on Quicken (I paid bills yesterday, so my desk is clear!)
  • Laundry (a load is washing as I type)

Okay, so the list isn’t all that long, but the backlog of Quicken I have to do makes it a long list!

We (hopefully) should hear today whether David got the job that he interviewed for last week. Keeping my fingers crossed!

And I discovered a new musical group yesterday while watching CMT: Mumford and Sons. I’ve been listening to them on Youtube for the last hour and totally love their unique sound, a blend of acoustic / bluegrass / folk. All four men are from London and you can hear a bit of British accent at times as they sing, but their playing is pure Nashville! I think my favorite so far is “Little Lion Man.” .” (Lyrics warning: They to use the F-Word several times in this song).

Okay, time to get to work!

Freecycled Algae Eater

Yesterday I gave away my Algae Eater. I bought him about two years ago (maybe three?) when I first filled our 30 gallon fish tank. He has been an interesting fish, causing me no end of worry and excitement. Here is an entry about one of his more exciting days: How Long Can You Go …

Unfortunately, he had grown so large that he simply did not have enough room to move around comfortably. Not moving around meant that he was not doing his job, i.e. keeping the tank relatively clean of algae. So, I decided it was time to find him a new home.

Here he is floating in the tank inside a baggie, ready to be transported. I had to empty all the decorations out of the tank in order to capture him. Algae Eater

Where did he go? I gave him away to a Freecycle member who had a 55 gallon tank. I am sure he will be much happier there. And now I need to find a smaller algae eater.

I use Freecycle all the time, both as a Giver and a Taker. The premise behind Freecycle is to keep items out of the landfill. Most items that we no longer want are almost always useful in some way to someone else. So by using Freecycle, we can declutter our lives, acquire those things we do need, and feel great that we are recycling, all at the same time! It’s a win, win!

Most areas have local Freecycle groups already in place. You can search for your local group on The Freecycle Network website. And if there is not a group already in place, then start one yourself!