Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
My son wanted some bird pictures so I got these for him.
its a solar powered robotic lawn mower.
Now I'm feeling better also if you like wildlife photos I have some from the botanical gardens that I'm posting on my Cats and Dogs blog I though about posting them here but didn't want to make the load time any longer then it already will be LOL.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I didn't see an authors name to sharebut there are Earthday poems there if you want to read them. Here is Working on The Trash.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Since we currently rent our home I don’t want to spend tons of time or money keeping the areas around the bushes weed free, So I take newspapers or paper bags and recycle them by using them in place of those rolls of tarp they sell at the do it yourself store, This works in the veggie patch too. If you plan to use the newspaper contact them and find out what kind of ink they use. Some inks are toxic and you don’t want them leaching into the soil.
Need some free container to start those seedlings in. Save those yogurt containers, Egg cartons or soda containers or any other small food container that you were planning on throwing out.
Last do less work and have more types of veggies by getting together with other neighborhood gardeners and instead of throwing out those extra seedling when you thin them out trade them for other veggies. You can also do a more organic style by getting together and decide who will grow which type of veggie each year and rotate your crops to naturally help with pest control and soil health.
Now Stop on over to Small Town Louisiana Girl's blog today she will have links to all the other's in the Penny Pincher Parade.
Now I got up rather early this morning and when I stopped by at 7:19 EST her post wasn't up yet so I'll have to add my link to the list after work but go take a look. See those penny pinching tips and squeeze with all your might.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Just click on the frog for a quick link or here is the url...http://my.nature.org/earthday/
The Nature Conservancy is another wonderful nonprofit website who's mission is to protect the diversity on Earth by saving the land and water they need to survive.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Fire Next Time (1993)
2017: The greenhouse effect and global warming take their toll as droughts, floods, and hurricanes wreak mass destruction in a world gone mad, one family struggles to survive against all odds...
Call of the Hummingbird (2007) (Documentary)In the gorgeous setting of central Brazil, a rag tag of group of 1000 permaculture experts, Rastafarians, alternative health practitioners, Hare Krishnas, and NGO executives work towards a do-it-yourself action plan to make the world a better place in 13 days. The film takes us on a journey that ranges from the practices of permaculture and consensus facilitation all the way to the meaning of the Mayan calendar, which mysteriously ends in 2012—just a few short years away. In the process we are introduced to new ideas about politics, nature, and even time itself.
The story of a young man moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls.
Set in the vast snow kingdom at the top of the world, Arctic Tale is a real-life adventure from the people who brought you March of The Penguins. This family film follows two very different arctic creatures, Nanu, the polar bear cub and Seela, the walrus pup, through exciting and harrowing struggles for survival. Armed only with their natural instincts and mothers' guidance, these inspiring animals face countless trials and challenges in a beautiful icebound world that is rapidly melting beneath them.
A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget.
Gorillas in the Mist
Sigourney Weaver stars as Dian Fossey, in this true story about Fossey's study of gorillas, and her efforts to stop the decimation of the endangered apes.
March of the Penguins
Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia.
MicroCosmos (1996) (Documentary)
MicroCosmos captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view. Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while trying to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and many other minute miracles of life—all leaving no doubt that Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area.
Incredible Shrinking Woman, The (1981)
After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone.
Day After Tomorrow, The (2004)
This movie takes a big-budget, special-effects-filled look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued at such levels that they resulted in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age.
Logan's Run (1976)
Logan, a Sandman (police assassin), is forced to search for "Sanctuary" - a place to which people have apparently escaped from the sealed city of the future in which he lives. Jessica is caught up along the way and becomes his companion fugitive as they are both pursued by Francis, a fellow Sandman. Sanctuary is not what they expect.
Fast Food Nation (2006) (Docu-drama)
Based on the acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this film traces the birth of an everyday, ordinary hamburger through a chain of riveting, interlocking human stories—from perilous work in meat-packing plants to life behind the fast-food counters to the dirty secrets of fast-food corporations. What exactly are we biting into?
Guardian of the Wilderness (a.k.a. Mountain Man) (1976)
Based on the true story of Galen Clark, who, along with John Muir, worked to preserve America's greatest natural wonders, most notably Yosemite National Park.
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
The fairy people of FernGully have never seen humans before, but when Christa sees one, Zak, she accidentally shrinks him down to her size. But there is trouble in FernGully, for Zak is part of a logging team who is there to cut down the forest.
Lorax, The (1972)
A young boy goes to meet a ruined industrialist in a treeless wasteland and hear his tale of what happened to him. His tragic story is about how he began a thriving business with a useless fashion product derived from the trees of a forest. As his business booms, the forest and its inhabitants suffer as he wantonly clearcuts without regard to the warnings of a wise old creature called the Lorax about the dire consequences of his greed.
Once Upon a Forest (1993)
This animated wildlife film provides an environmental friendly message that humans are a malicious, careless breed. Three chrubic little animals hacve to rescue their friend who has been overcome by poisonous gas.
Medicine Man (1992)
An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out to be a "mere woman," he rejects her help. Meanwhile the bulldozers get closer to the area in which they are conducting research, and they eventually learn to work together, and begin falling in love
Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
Super-severe tornados and hurricanes set about wiping out the world's major cities. Is global warming to blame?
Six Degrees Could Change the World (2007) (Documentary)
NASA climate scientist James Hansen cautions that a global temperature increase of even two degrees Celsius represents a tipping point into a catastrophic climate scenario. This film ups the ante from there, postulating the effects of a six-degree increase—in sync with the higher range of scientists' warming predictions. Six Degrees explores the likely expansion of bad trends that are already troublesome under today's minor temperature increases: increasing desertification, forest stress, wild fires, and drought-stricken farmlands; disappearance of glaciers and ice caps; deforestation in the Amazon; increasing frequency of killer hurricanes like Katrina.
Silent Running (1972)
In this far-looking, speculative film, Bruce Dern is a crew member on a specially designed "biodome spaceship" that harbors Earth's last nature reserve—intended to refurbish an Earth devastated by nuclear war. When he is instructed to jettison his beloved forests and return home, he goes renegade. Accompanied only by three robots, he ponders the fate of his last pocket of nature and the murders of his fellow crew members.
Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk (2008) (Documentary)
Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and narrated by Robert Redford, this IMAX 3D film takes audiences down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon , on an exhilarating river journey that calls attention to the world's growing water shortage and the mega-drought now threatening the American Southwest
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Nothing Close By? Click on Earth Day in a box and get something going.
You can even read up on the history of Earth Day and calculate you ecological footprint. Mine.....
Well apparently if everyone lived like me it would take 3.2 Earths to support us all. Unfortunately a lot of that I can't change since I'm renting a home at the moment. The suggestions it gave me was things like installing solar panels. It also didn't include things like how much do you walk or whether your home is new or old. Which I think makes a difference. If everyone went out and build a nice new green home from scratch... sure they are using Ecologically friendly materials but they are still wasting open land and resources. Where as the home I'm in now has been around for at least 50 years and though I personally can't fix it up since its not mine. If you buy an old home and make it more earth friendly isn't that recycling?
Anyway I'm digressing LOL It's a great site to visit to get you ready for Earth Day.
Maybe if we all work at it we can make every day Earth Day.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Want a great way to celebrate both?
Plant a tree or 10!
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit organization who want to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. To this end when you join for $10 you get 10 free trees. If you have no room for trees in your yard then they will Plant 10 trees in a national park in your name. Their wonderful site is full of information about different kinds of trees. They also make it easy to find the perfect tree for you. Whether you want a pine, fruit, or flowering tree (or any other type) just put in the type of tree and then your zip code and they will give you a list of the trees that will work best in your zone. They also have a youth educations section so you can share the love of trees with your kids. Visit http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm or just click the tree for a quick link.
Come back later for some more Earth Day Ideas.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tomorrow afternoon when the yard has dried out a little and it warms up the kids and I are going to dig up the flower bed that the landlord let us have. I have some edging that a neighbor gave me to use along the edge. I was hoping to raise it up but can't find anything cheap to do it with. I guess I have to use some type of cheap fence to keep the dog out of there.
There is enough room between several of the bushes that line the on side of the yard to place a couple of the pots. and the others I'm placing in front of the garage they should get plenty of sun in those locations.
I'm also going to try an experiment. Have you seen those hanging bags for tomatoes... the one that grows the plant upside down. Well I was debating on buying one to try it out but they are rather pricey for what they are. While I was considering the purchase I saw a similar product but instead it has a hanging basket with a hole in the bottom. It shows the large tomatoes growing out the bottom hole and cherry tomatos growing on the top of the basket. It was also rather pricey but I figure I already have a hanging basket so why don't I just pop the bottom off it and drill a hole in it just large enough for a tomato plant. So that's what I'm going to do.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My first are to help you rethink about the things you through away.
Those thick rubber bands they put around bunches of broccoli and other veggies can be useful too. Use them to wrap cords in a bundle to keep the unsightly bundle out of the way. Put them around the lid of a jar to help you get a grip and open it easier. Save the rest for any other need that pops up.
35 mm film canisters are useful too. Though with the popularity of digital cameras who knows how long these will be around LOL. I used one in our cricket keeper to get the crickets out to feed the frogs without having to catch them. You can also to store small small parts in them or pins and tacks. They are great for storing seasonings for camping trips.
A friend showed me this one. Take a soda pop top and attach it to a picture frame and hang it as usual instead of paying $2 to $5 for a hanging kit. This works great for light pictures.
Now other tips :
Consider slowing down you Internet. For most people the slower speed won’t affect their surfing but it can make a hugh difference in their wallets.
If you have a cell phone consider getting rid of your home phone. It’s silly to pay for both. If you really feel you need both fro emergencies then consider reducing you service to the absolute minimum.
Lose weight. Not only will this save you money on your life and healthy insurance but also your clothing bill. Since smaller size clothes tend to cost less.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Your car will run better and you will spend less on gas.
Well those were all the tips I had saved up for my tip fest.