Mar 5 2011

the sky is falling [day 283]

Giant, shrink-wrapped books.  They’re everywhere.  I think it rained phonebooks, although I don’t remember seeing that in my weather forecast.  Flint Lockwood must have made another machine, but this one storms phone books.  They’re on top of the mailboxes, on the sidewalks, in the grass, they’re pretty much everywhere.  They’re taking over the neighborhood.

Why do the Yellow Pages still exist?  Simple, because advertisers are still giving them money.  Let’s look at the logic here.  Are these businesses just clutching on to a past dream of advertising success, unwilling to let go?  I walk my street twice a day and nobody is bringing these books in the house.  Now the advertisers are probably paying for internet and print, so as long as they’re getting new customers, they’re probably not concerned with the details, they just want the results.  How many people still use phone books?  I’m sure there’s a small percentage and I’m all for print some for the people that want them.  But why are they mass producing them to throw them in people’s yards when 99% of them will go in the recycling bin, or worse yet, the trash?  I find it funny (the disturbing kind) that they have a dumpster specifically for phone books.   Continue reading


Oct 7 2010

the retail garden [day 133]

Not much to report on the shopping front.  I did take these photos a few weeks ago.  I just thought it was a little bit funny that they look like a little flower garden of retail shopping, entertainment options and restaurant opportunities…

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Jul 25 2010

do you grow your own food? [day 59]

I have a small contain spice garden in my very small backyard.  I had every intention of making a garden this year, but I ran out of time, money and space.  Time, I could make time if I really wanted to.  Money?  Probably would have paid for itself many times over.  The space issue would require some really creative backyard reworking and possibly having to get rid of our trampoline.  It would be a small garden, and more container gardens, but I could make it work.  Next year…

In the mean time, here’s a family that did a garden in their (also small) backyard.  The Jacobs family has so much fresh produce, they’re having to get creative in the kitchen.  They’ve been in the area for over two years now.  When they bought their house, they put in a $16 peach tree, purchased at WalMart.  After a short amount of time, the tree is producing so much fruit, they can’t eat it all.  They are using jars and also making lots of chutney.  They also have lots of cucumbers and have made many jars of pickles.

I asked them, “Why?  What made you decide to have a garden?”  Warren said he and Sonya both grew up in homes that had gardens, and at one point, they said they would not have one, but changed their mind.  I remember Sonya trying to decide what to do with the “big empty square” in the back when they first moved into their house.  The new areas of Frisco have no trees, or tiny Charlie Brown trees, and I’m thinking she put the space to good use.

Sonya said she wanted to show her kids more about where food comes from and how much work it is to make it.  She said the kids have been ‘Walmartized’ and she doesn’t want them to think the food just shows up in cans at the store.  My kids are definitely Walmartized and I will have a garden next year.  For now, I’ll have to teach my kids with the rosemary and oregano plants.

The Jacobs family is setting a good example of what we should all be doing.  Even a small garden will help save money on groceries and make the world a greener place.  Here’s some more photos from their garden:

Here’s a few tips I found on the internet to help in your garden planning:

  • Find out what grows best in your area.
  • If you’re limited on space, research some container gardening.
  • Plant only stuff you like and will eat.
  • If you have neighbors doing the same thing, plant different stuff and do a veggie trade.
  • Start from seeds, low cost way to start a garden.

Happy gardening!!!


Jun 5 2010

I rearranged my yard [day 10]

So I finally planted my Asian Jasmine (with my borrowed shovel) that I purchased before the challenge.  I had three empty containers, 2 in my backyard and 1 in the front, but the Asian Jasmine isn’t really made for container gardens.  It’s a ground cover that you can’t kill, because if you could, I would have already done it.  Now I can’t purchase plants, unless they grow food of some sort.  Instead of buying anything, I dug up some random Purple Heart plants and relocated them into the pots.

Now my yard doesn’t look like 1313 Mockingbird Lane anymore.  And, it cost me nothing.  Next year I hope to start a garden, maybe some small container gardens and grow some of my own food.  I now have spices growing in a pot in the backyard, not much, but it’s a start.  If you buy spices at Sprouts, they’re still in the dirt.  Slap it in a pot with more dirt and watch it grow.  I like spending $3.50 on food that keeps producing more food.  :)