Jennie Little

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I used to run bookstores. Bookstores frequently have books to give away, if you don't mind detached pages or missing covers. They get tossed or sometimes used to start the wood stove. Same will apply to library sales. I'd ask the week before the sale, likely when they're processing the donations. I have made paper mache of falling apart paperback pages before. There used to be a website which listed library sales? Try book sale finder dot com .

The power companies here have trees cut down along the side of the roads. An obnoxious neighbor gleans almost everything within 10 miles. He's not real careful apparently about whether the wood belongs to the house there, or not, either. Like the fruit in the alley, something to consider.

We went to a high-end appliance store in Boston one Sunday, not too long ago, to look at refrigerators. Ours, which the manufacturer had replaced as the one we'd had 3 months died, was on the fritz,. We had no faith it would be fixed any more than the original one had. (It was.) So, we were starting the  search for features vs money, again. Anyway, we had a nice, free, hand lunch. Quiches, coffee, breakfast cookies. Completely surprised us.

Fabric: around here "logo" tshirts are free or real cheap at thrift shops. I guess there's a law or something. I used to make t shirt yarn mats, was the best source I found for that.
1 year ago
Re dishes

Corelle is great, but so are old diner/kitchen ware dishes. Readily available at thrift shops, made to take a beating, and there's a lot of it out there in plain white and diner blue (our day to day). Heavier and takes more space than Corelle, but if you can't find that . . ? We also gave up glasses (except for small wine glasses?) long ago, use diner muigs.

I will say this though: if you're going to give yourself a work island, be sure to not make it too big. The idiot who built this place put in a 3'  x 10' penninsula, too big to be anything other than a catch-all. My partner is 1'+ taller than I and we both cook. Part of our plans are to make a split work surface, so that we can both knead bread, comfortably. Right now, with the conventional HUGE counter, we manage, but it's not optimal for either of us. We had a home built a long time ago and tried to get the builders to give us a split counter, they said it wasn't "to code" which we were sure was BS.

We are starting to plan our "real" kitchen, what we have here is what was left by the builder (an idiot!), so I'm very interested in this thread!

Book Lady

1 year ago
My way to deal with mowing etc. on our 1 acre lot (1/2 of it was lawn when we got here) was I replaced much of the lawn with a large vegetable garden, perrenial beds, and a bulb bed. When i get holes in the still-present lawn? I seed it with no mow grass seed. We live in a "country" suburb, lawns are expected. My take is to make it so that it takes as little work/gasoline, etc. as i can. I have also let (horror!) the moss go where it wants, why change it?

This was the best adaptation I could think of. I planted some new grass this year, but it's not lawn, it's for erosion control next to a new porch. The land is graded in a slope from the porch and I was worried about erosion. I planted shade tolerant grasses, and in a few years if they die? That's okay with me it just adds to the humus.

BookLady
1 year ago
Do you know about Scott farm in Vermont? They're our local heritage apple orchard.

You'll find them at scott farm vermont dot com (no spaces and add punctuation as you'd expect!)

BookLady
1 year ago