Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday musings and media

in which our plucky heroine thinks more long thoughts...

This video essay touched my heart:


EBT is difficult to stretch for a whole month, (much more so for the repeated reductions in the last few years to the monthly allotments.) Fortunately I know how to cook, and have a kitchen and food storage. I decided this weekend, when my EBT ran out till the fifth of next month, to try making do with food on hand, as a way of working with my stored and preserved food, to both practice austerity (useful in case of emergencies) and to use up some of the pantry stores to make room for this years new preserving projects. There will likely be some shifts in my daily meals, but it will be educational.

January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 card for Bera better light in workroombag to Goodwill
2 Awesome Sauceimprove dotted necklinepaper recycling
3 horses blousebutton replaced bag to Goodwill
4 Wanda ring
attach bench pin bag to Goodwill
5 charter #1new turtleneck neckline -
6 Barbara mitts x
7 wool capelet x
8 wontons x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - I am grateful for Duchess D's "Buy Nothing" FB group, where recently someone was giving away a funky old dress form. It will eventually show up here at Acorn Cottage, and once I can get it cleaned up and repaired, it will make a great prop for photographing my sewing projects! I was just commenting online earlier this month about how I wished I had a dress form...


  1. Thank you for sharing that video, it has given me much to think about!

    I haven't tried the Buy Nothing group, but I'm a huge fan of Freecycle. Of course this is a metropolis of almost 5 million, so there is a LOT of stuff to be given away. I don't know if people in smaller cities have as much success with it.

    1. In the places where Freecycle is happening, as well as the Craigslist "free" section, I suspect that they work quite well. I haven't ever found things I wanted there, but have given all sorts of things away. The Buy Nothing group I'm in is all folks that are loosely affiliated with the person who started that particular one, it is a private FB group, and so there are a fair amount of common interests, which makes the stuff given away more likely to be of use to another in the group.

  2. Can anyone join the "Buy Nothing" group? That sounds like a great idea!

    1. I'll check and see what the joining qualifications are, I suspect that you can, but it isn't a "public" group