Friday Night at the Movies – The Giant Mechanical Man

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I love it when readers send in movie suggestions.  It makes sifting through movies that will potentially rob you of two hours of your life a lot less of a gamble.  Reader, Jen, recently sent me this suggestion:

“Mavis, if you haven’t watched it, I recommend “The Giant Mechanical Man.” I watched it this week and really liked it – from Jen”

I looked at the preview and it definitely caught my interest, so this weekend, I plan on watching The Giant Mechanical Man.  It’s about a girl who feels disconnected with the world.  She’s fired from her job, living with her sister, and trying to feel something besides apathy.  It looks like there’s a love story built-in with a little dry wit.

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Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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My Goals for This Year – Week 29 of 52

Primitive hooked penny rug

sturdy bike hooks1. Get Organized. 

I finally got around to buying bike hooks for the garage. We had these same ones at our last house, and they are the bomb diggety. Super strong and pretty inexpensive.

asics running shoes2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year.

About that half marathon. It’s tomorrow. And it will be a small miracle if I finish standing up seeing how last month all I ate was survival food, and then last week and part of this week I was super sick {more about that below}. But here’s the thing. I already paid to participate and signed up to do the race with one of my favorite people. I know I can walk it, but it’s a small race and I’d hate to be the one to hold the race officials up. Gaaa. The things I get myself into.

3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom Done.

chicken mural4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

I feel like I am doing pretty good in this area with the exception of 2 things:

1. I still have a lot of painting to do {I’m saving it for the chilly days of fall/winter}

2. I need to get stuff hung on the walls.

5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself Done.

grow lights6. Create a Vegetable Garden.

Yesterday I set up the grow lights in the laundry room and planted my fall vegetable garden seeds. If all goes as planned I should be setting out seedlings around the end of August for my fall vegetable garden.

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7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden Done. We built a fence instead. It’s so nice to be able to add things to my compost pile in privacy! 😉

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8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month.

Okay, so being sick for 8 days was LAME. If I had only held out going to the doctor I could have saved myself a $35 co-pay and needless testing to find out all I had was FOOD POISONING. How or where I got it I have no idea. And technically it wasn’t a personal expense, but I’m still peeved about the whole thing because I hate spending money of medical stuff. It makes me crazy.

I had meant to a few garage sales this morning but didn’t get out the door early enough so I didn’t bother {everyone knows the early bird gets the worm}. So all I have to show for my frugal efforts this week is a $4.50 dish drying rack. What can I say? Some weeks I’ve got it together, and other weeks, not so much.

So far in July I have spent $50.82

In June I spent $6.00.
In May I spent $26.50.
In April I Spent $18.46.
In March I Spent $42.44.
In February I Spent $32.52
In January I Spent $84.33

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9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store

I went well over the 520 items I was hoping to get rid of this year either by donating them to the thrift store or selling items at our garage sale this year. Mission accomplished. I earned $473 at the sale for my efforts. :) Wahoo.

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10. Read 1 book a week.

This week I’m reading The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times I’ve read it once before but

Primitive hooked penny rug11. Slow Down.

Am I the only one who always seem to have 5 crafts projects going on at once?

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12. Canning

Yesterday The Girl and I canned peach jam. Life is good.

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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Let’s Get Those Fall Gardens Started, Shall We?

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I recently received a comment from One Hundred Dollar a Month reader, Rebekah, asking about fall gardening.

She wrote:

I love your blog!  I am writing because this year I am going to try a fall garden for the first time.  Do I start my seeds outdoors?  Should I start them inside with lights like I do in spring?  Any advice would be awesome!

Rebekah

Because I am a sucker for anyone trying to extend their growing season, I decided not to just answer her directly, but in a post–you know, in case any of you peeps want to join in on the fun.

seed starting trayFirst, off: Starting seeds.  It really depends on what you are growing as to whether you will start them indoors or out.  Some cooler weather crops, like lettuce germinates best if the soil is between 50 to 75 degrees {though, it will germinate at lower temperatures}. Any hotter, and the lettuce just won’t germinate.  So, I always start that indoors. Starting them indoors this time of year is pretty easy, I have done a full post on it HERE.

Personally, I like to plant carrots, beets, turnips, lettuce, bok choy, cabbage and broccoli right about now. Root crops for Thanksgiving is always my goal, and most years, the weather is mild enough and everything works out as planned.

The 411 on Succession PlantingFor shorter weather crops {just look on your seed packets to see how long they take to produce}, then go back at least that far from your predicted average first frost date.  That’s when you know to plant them outdoors.  Because I typically use succession planting, I will plant carrots and beans directly outdoors this way.  Carrots, spinach, and a couple of others actually taste better after a light freeze, so don’t give up on them if you don’t harvest in time.   Parsnips and beets can actually be left in the ground and used as you need them pretty much all the way up to the holidays {in these parts at least}.how to make a hoop house

If you really want to get the more out of the growing season, you can try a basic hoop house.  I know people who are able to grow spinach, kale, lettuce, etc. pretty much all year round that way.  The growth slows down significantly, though, so don’t expect crazy bountiful harvests.

The only other bit of advice I would give is to water early in the day.  That way, any fall daytime heat will help so that your plants roots aren’t sitting in completely soggy and potentially cold dirt all night.

Feel free to add any other bits of advice YOU might have in the comments below…

~Mavis

 

 

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Happy Friday!!!

On the agenda for today: Check out a few garage sales, stalk stop by The Home Depot plant clearance section, take a long walk, plant some seeds and find a good movie to watch for tonight.

How about YOU? What are your plans for today?

Well, whatever you do, be AWESOME.

Mavis

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The Easiest Side Dish Ever – Grilled Patty Pan Squash

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grilled patty pan squashI feel guilty even posting this recipe. Why? Because it is so FREAKIN’ easy. Seriously. Many of you have left comments this past week wanting to know how we {okay I, let’s not forget the HH doesn’t even know where I hide the dishes} prepare our fresh patty pan squash.

So if you’ve never grown {or tasted} patty pan squash before, it basically tastes like zucchini but it looks way cuter. The bushes are a little larger than a traditional zucchini plant, but let me tell you Bob, patty pan squash are a total show stopper. If you have the room, give them a try next summer.

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Ingredients

Small Patty Pan Squash {the smaller the better}
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

patty pan squashDirections

Trim the ends of the squash, and place in a large bowl. Pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over the squash, sprinkle a little salt and pepper and stir until the squash is coated with olive oil.

Fire up the grill. Fill up a grill pan with squash and seasonings, and grill until tender.

That’s it. Super easy!

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Dale From Sends in His Vegetable Garden and Chicken Coop Photos

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rustic garden set upA big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

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Hi Mavis, I have a garden update.

If you remember the pictures I sent last year of the mud pit I was installing my raised beds in well this year has been great so far.

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I have the irrigation system fully installed and got weed block and bark down to keep the weeds down between the beds.

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A lot of the ideas I got for this were from your blog. Thanks for all you do to help us amateurs enjoy the fun of growing our own veggies.raised garden beds

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I also built a chicken coop and condo. We got 5 Rhode Island Reds and a Barred Rock from a guy down in Chehalis last month. Hoping to get some eggs soon.

~Dale

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Do You Drink Day Old Water? Are We Becoming Hyper Sensitive?

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glass of waterIf you have a glass of water in the evening, will you drink the remainder in the morning? I do.  All of the time.  It never once occurred to me to even question the safety of day old water until I saw an article on treehugger questioning just that.  I mean, who knew this was even an issue to worry about?

Turns out, it is pretty safe…overall.  It begins to get an off-flavor because of the carbon dioxide that changes the pH balance in tap water. Plus, microorganisms start to grow as soon as you take a sip and introduce your saliva into the mix.  Over the course of a couple of days, neither is likely to cause you much trouble health-wise.  It only takes about 12 hours before the taste is affected, though.

I’m still in the camp of waste not, want not.  I have been drinking little microorganisms this long without trouble, so I am going to press on.  But seriously, have  you ever even given it a second thought before now?  There’s a ridiculous amount of things to get worried about and worked up over if you let yourself, eh?

~Mavis

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Yesterday the power went out for about 5 hours. It was magical. No tv, no computer {I ran the battery down earlier in the morning} no humming of appliances. The Girl, Lucy and I snuggled in my bed and took a 2 hour nap. I did a little rug hooking and played in the garden.

All the while my neighbor {with an iron lung!?!} had his generator up and running within 5 minutes of the power going out. Sweet goodness. You’d think this was high maintenance suburbia or something. Sweet gravy someone miss their morning talk shows. Or hairdryer.

Here’s hoping your Thursday is noise free,

Mavis

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