Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Lunch- hoagies, chips and waterbottle (freebie catered food)
Dinner - leftover hoagies potato salad and water (leftover freebies)
read an article today about the Extreme makeover house that went into foreclosure because apparently the owners borrowed against it to fund a failed business. In the same paper I also read that the US guvt is borrowing more money to fund tthe guvt and its projects. Wonder what will happen when the white house is lost to foreclosure amongst the ever growing deficit.. Wont be long.
Trashs advice is to BE Prepared for the future. Watch or torrent some old episodes of the Waltons. Learn self reilance and subsistence living. The skills you learn will help you survive. Use them.
Remember that one of Trash's testaments is live below your means.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
LU- Roast beef sandies w cheese. cheetohs water bottle
DI- Tuna salad water bottle
watered heavily yesterday morning as everything is buckling under this heat. And no letup in sight. But we have no global warming. hahahaha. Garden looked better when I got home. Back to ridign bike again as I now have the lock and key which I misplaced. All went to bed fairly early last night. Before Alter-eco was over so by 11pm.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
breakfast- toast and jelly, coffee
lunch-bologna sandies and green beans/dip, water bottle
dinner--turkey hot dogs w/cheese and green beans w/ dip, kool aid
In the morning made a few bucks on the CL . went over to Starriedollars where i saw a compadre I ride thye bus with hangin out in the AC and WIFI zone.
I spent most of the day watching tv and yard saling. picked up some free books from the book seller dumpie. Junior also picked up another bike ($2) we could use for parts.
the afternoon was so hot and muggy we went to the pool and hung out for a few hours.
Reading the rags this morning about a quick stimulus package that would pay us poor folks for selling our clunkers for scrap to keep them off the road.. HAHA ROFL. For me the clunkers are light use vehicles due to their unreliability and age. Mine gets about 1000 miles a year if that. I wouldnt drive it that far anyhow. Prefer walking or bike and public transport.
Hybrids are a waste of money as the take many years to ROI. And for me, the initial investment of 35k is ridiculous. When you consider I spent 20k for my home. A car should not cost more than your home.
I would sat that if a yuppie wants to turn green it shouldn't take alot of green to accomplish. Give them a buss pass, a bike and a few trips to the dumpsters. The true green would appreciate it. The yuppie will shut up and go back into hiding until the nex fad comes by.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Breakfast- homemade bean cheese burrito, free donuts and orange, coffee
Lunch-- ramen and frozen veggie soup
Dinner--chicken strips, spanish rice, broccoli
I am reading more and more from these yuppie greens about hybrid cars, green houses, on property gardens etc. While laced with good intentions these all cost lots of money. What about the rest of us.. I cant afford 35000 for a hybrid.
The 85 jeep cherokee (aka Dumpiemobile)(4banger engine) works just fine and is green. It tallies less than 1000 miles a year on the road. My fav means of travel is walk, ride bike or public transport. As for the high dollar bike.. My dumpie bike was a frankenbike made out of parts I have scrounged and found. My luxury Raleigh mountain bikewas a gift (dumpster found by older son and rebuilt). So cant say I have spent more than $20-$25 (mostly on tires and tubes).
Attire for all of us comes from finds. Pre owned and worn in are our mottos. Eco friendly on the cheap because we are saving the stuff from the landfill by reusing it.
As for the green house the old double wide is pure recycleable housing. Aluminum siding and roof, light sheetrock walls with recycled newspaper insulation. All the appliances that have been replaced have been replaced with curb finds or CL freebies. The furniture is also curb found, yard found or thrift store finds.
Our diet is solid and nutritious based on the free/cheap system of acquisition. Cooking methods are simple, BBQ ( curb finds 1gas 1 charcoal)or stove during the summer, alot of crock pot during the winter. whole and in season ingredients . With 3 kids its hard to keep all happy so the occasional SONIC or McD's. My gardening skills are quite amateurish but improving as time goes by. Tomatoes, Zuchs and cukes are in the yard now with assorted herbs. That will add some more variety come August. Right now the greens and dumpie veggies and fruits are wonderful.
It doesnt cost alot of money to be green.It takes ingenuity and a tad of eccentricity to make it work.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
lunch- leftover chicken, taters and brocolli and water bottle
afternoon snack-- soycream and blueberries
dinner- Sonic burger and strawberry
picked up a 60gb hard drive from a trashed laptopand placed it in an external case. That makes the ti-book now has the 60gb internal and a 60gb external.
Lunch- leftover chili, bread/butter and water bottle
Dinner- chicken strips, potatos and brocolli
I couldnt post last night due to the electricity going out in the neighborhood around 9pm and not coming backup until about midnight.
Took a walkabout yesterday and found some water bottle packets of water flavorings and a recycled bag from Wholey paycheck. Brought home some more ice cream (the Soy) from the day before. Reading more and more about foreclosures and people falling farther and farther behind. We need to do more to protect what little we have. This is one of the reasons we at the Trash stead live below our means. If times gets tough we can survive.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Lunch- leftover roast beef, potatoes and brocolli
Afternoon snack 3 scoop banana sundae
Dinner- homemade chili, bread/butter
All in all a successful day. I brought home leftover whip cream, fresh blueberries,chocolate sauce, hot fudge etc from the ice cream social at work.
Took junior for a swim this evening before dinner. I really enjoy the swim as it saves on bath and shower water. Also if one swims in shorts it als is a sort of clothes washing on the cheap. Usually line dried by the next morning. Anything to save some money.
I was also reading an article this morning about the resurgence of modular homes. Havinf lived in a mobile home for the last 9 years (6 years in an old singlewide) and now 3 years in a double wide with garage I can say that the ROI for inexpensive living is there.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Dinner: Roast beef (bought on clearance) Mashed taters (box found at eviction sale) and brocolli spears (frozen)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him,
“Lord, we don’t need you anymore.
Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the ‘beginning’.”
“Oh, is that so? Tell me….” replies God.
“Well”, says the scientist, “we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.”
“Well, that’s interesting. Show Me. “
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.
“Oh no, no, no….” interrupts God,
“Get your own dirt.”
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
With the potential food shortages expected, England is urging its citizen to return to return to the WW2 food frugality system.. Why isnt the USA pushing for this in the mass media. Or are they too afraid of the scare it would cause.
Trash is adjusting the homestead for the life in Babylon mode. Are you?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I put about 10 dollars every 2 weeks into the gas tank. $20 a month is more than enough for the short trips we use the dumpie mobile for.
1. Globalised jobs return home - Yes, it seems that the high fuel price will mean that local will once again be the most sensible option. Without cheap oil, the world is getting bigger again.
2. Sprawl stalls - It’s too expensive to schlep all the way from the country into the cities for work these days. People are moving back into the cities and taking the bus. Time to stop the plans for building all over our greenbelt land.
3. Four-day workweeks - The shortened work weeks are becoming popular in some part of the US. The state employess in Utah are enjoying this.
4. Less pollution - Goes without saying.
5. More frugality - Truckers and the like are joining the ranks and the prices of trucked in stuff is going up. A good reason to buy local.
6. Fewer traffic deaths - Fewer cars on the road mean fewer accidents. Though the drivers need to be more aware of us bike people out there.
7. Cheaper insurance - Not sure whether this one would apply. Perhaps one of our readers could shed some light?
8. Less traffic - Yup!
9. More cops on the beat - fighting real crime instead of wasting time on trivial bullshit
10. Less obesity - Walking is cheaper than driving, and with food prices on the up, less is more!
Am working on several Franken-puter projects in order to be ready to convert video from the vhs to digital format to post here. Got some real good footage and more photos. A lovely lady friend of mine is upgrading her machine and has offered to "donate" her perfectly good old one to me for use with the video projects. It will de be better than the ol' g3, the dell, and the franken-G4 laptop .
Junior has been adding to his bike collection with finds and more finds. He wants to fix em up and sell em for ice cream money etc. have told him to save save for the coming Armageddon.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
here is one in CA
here is the trailer
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This morning,one of my favorite sites had a link which listed 25 things you can do to be the change. (btw enjoy the video at the end.
List are good - just like the list above. We old DD freegans are avid listers and journalers. Lists keep you focused on the path that you wish to travel. Sometimes our list do get overwhelming… and long, too long! How about you? Are you long listers? Just when you start hyperventilating and wondering how on earth can you accomplish it all - think small. Baby steps. It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey. Right?
Though I have done quite a bit over the years, my journey will never end. Every day there’s something else to learn, something else to improve, something else that needs to be changed.
Let’s think, be positive. What positive baby steps are you taking this week? Care to share?