Alana Rose

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I LOVE the Libby App, which is the free library app I use to listen to borrowed audiobooks. I haven’t used it much to listen to specific permaculture or homesteading books (only saw frugalwoods in my history.) As an aside, it also helps if you’re able to have library cards from various libraries.

However, books that I’ve listened to that I think are related to lifestyle changes I’ve wanted to make because I’m also interested in permaculture & homesteading have been…

About minimalism, debt freedom & reducing consumption:

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Project 333 by Courtney Carver
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

Health/Science/Lifestyle ones (that I haven’t finished yet):

Atomic Habits by James Clear
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Breath by James Nelson

In one of the permies finance forums someone recommended Your Money or Your Life by Vicky Robin, so I’m waiting for that one.

I have ended up purchasing audiobooks I knew I’d be interested in revisiting in Apple Books and on audible when I couldn’t find them at the libraries.

I used to listen to some podcasts but I seem to get annoyed with all the off topic useless babble. If I only have a limited time to listen to something, it’s important to me that it’s meaningful.

Anyhoo, I hope these are helpful for someone out there.
3 days ago
he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.

When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw.”

(For those of you who might not be familiar with the children’s book written by Laura Numeroff… these are the beginning lines in quite the clever and silly sequence of the circular tale of events that occur in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.)

I think of these lines often in my life, and not just because I like cookies, but because it’s funny how one thing leads to another. I thought about the storylines today as I listened to more of the audiobook, Breath, by James Nestor.


Just a precautionary warning…

If you read or listen to the book Breath, you’ll probably (like me) try taping your mouth closed while you sleep.

(Or attempt other strategies/health hacks described in his book.)

What are the “If you… then” things happening in your life?

What books are you reading that are calling you to present action?
3 days ago

thomas rubino wrote:Isn't that what chocolate chip cookies and milk are for???
Ice cream???
Chocolate cake topped with ice cream???

Are there no other confirmed chocoholics out there???
Am I the last one???

Scary mid day thoughts indeed!

I was going to say: a pint of ice cream [dairy free for me] (especially during the summer when it’s still hot in the evening.)

I do like the organic millet ramen from Costco, as a soup for with stir fry veggies for a done in 10 minutes dinner.

Or I do any type of pasta and about 3-5 minutes before it’s al dente I throw in a veggie with the noodles in the boiling water and then add tomato sauce after it’s strained. Boiling the veggies Al dente with the pasta saves me one more pot/pan to wash.

White rice in the rice cooker or instant pot is done in 4 minutes paired with some steamed veggies topped with sesame oil and an Asian sweet or soy sauce is another go to when I don’t have time or desire to put forth more effort.
4 days ago

Harmony d'Eyre wrote:I reckoned the rust superficial after shoving my camera up in the hole, and decided it was within my diy comfort-zone. I'm now a home-owner and happy with my investment!

How is the trailer holding up for you? Would you like to show us the improvements you’ve made?

I am also a newbie who was recently looking to buy my first RV/Travel trailer. Due to some recent health issues a friend and I have had due to mold exposure, she recommended that I be cautious of water damage and look for signs of mildew & mold.

Do you have previous experience & tools DIYing these sort of things?

1 week ago
…when you’re staying with a friend and she mentions how she’s been wanting to put together healthier foaming soap in her saved dispensers and you’re happy to take care of that for her.
3 weeks ago
What I’m reading: The Well-Watered Woman by Gretchen Saffles

What I’m listening to: wildlife in Pennsylvania (waiting for the audiobooks Breath & Your Money or Your Life to be available on the Libby public library app)

What I’m watching: YouTube videos about paper planners and paper planning systems & videos about sewing your own wardrobe.

Quotes that made me think: “She didn’t need to
know every step; she just needed to follow the one who held the map.”

Products I’m loving: Humble deodorant (lemongrass & sage smell, OnGuard Toothpaste by doTerra.

What I’m experimenting with/Something new I’m trying: Traveling with just a carry on luggage and a one way ticket. (a.k.a. Flying by the seat of my pants.)
3 weeks ago
I’m not sure if this would save you electricity or not… but in Mexico I had friends who used portable electric emersion heaters in buckets of water to heat water for dishwashing & for bucket showers.

I don’t know what brand they used or where they bought them. I wouldn’t even come close to knowing how to DIY one but it seemed like a useful tool to have.

This is what a quick search on Amazon found: Limited-time deal: GESAIL 1000W Electric Immersion Heater, Bucket Water Heater with 304 Stainless-Steel Guard, Submersible Bucket Heater with Thermostat and Auto Shutoff, Heats 5 Gallons Water in Minutes
3 weeks ago
Hi permies!

I am still on here and I do try to check permies regularly. I recently shared with someone, “my search (for a mate/partner/husband) is more like a browse… like a browse one does at a store when they already expect not to find anything they’ll buy but they choose to enjoy the looking anyway.”

I am certainly open to what God has for me and how it comes to pass… even if that would be via this site but most days I do feel content in my singleness. I would LOVE to have a life partner (and a biological family) and enjoy all the many benefits that come along with that… but if it never happens, that’s okay too, I suppose. After living outside of the U.S., I have a new appreciation for some of the simple pleasures in life.

I try to purple moosage people I don’t publicly respond to. Right now, I’m in a bit of a crazy transition where I quit my job (which included my housing) and am figuring out what’s next… slower than I’d like.

I appreciate you all reading my quirky post and your responses. I also very much appreciate having this online community.

Many blessings,
3 weeks ago

Alana Rose wrote:There’s certainly good reason for the expression “like herding cats.”

She and I are enjoying the lush green plants PA is surrounding us with.

3 weeks ago