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October 2007

War Eagle Craft Fair

by Julie Kohl on October 24, 2007

Richie and I planned a trip up to Eureka Springs and the War Eagle Craft Fair last weekend.  His mom and her friend Judy also came with us.  We spent Friday night at the Matterhorn Towers Hotel in Eureka.  It was old but nice. I was glad because when I called to get reservations back in August everything was already booked!  We lucked into the last two rooms at the Matterhorn.  Saturday morning we got up early and left the hotel by 6:30 AM to drive the 30 minutes to War Eagle Mill where the craft fair was being held.  The weather was cold in the morning! Cold enough for jeans and sweatshirts!  We got there a little early and had breakfast in the Mill. They were really crowded and the food wasn’t really all that good but we decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and blame it on the crowd!  Maybe if we go back again it will be much better.  When we finished eating, most of the booths were open and we were able to start looking around.  We spent about 4 hours looking and shopping and eating good food.  I had some awesome roasted corn and Richie had a really good strawberry crepe that he let me have a bit of.  I bought  a few cool things at the craft fair.

Here are some picks of the mill and the general area around it. It sure was pretty.

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War Eagle Craft Fair

War Eagle Craft Fair

War Eagle Craft Fair

Here is Richie standing on the bridge.

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War Eagle Craft Fair

Here is a cute Turkey thing near the entrance!

War Eagle Craft Fair

Here are the three ornaments I bought. They are all make with real wool from the sheep and Llamas on the womans farm.

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Here is the hat I got for my nephew.

War Eagle Craft Fair

Here is the goard I got for my good friend Dee’s son. He paints them and makes birdhouses out of them.

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It kind of looks like a potato!

Richie also got this neat frog thing but he took it to school today so I will have to add a picture tomorrow.  We really had a great time at the War Eagle Craft Fair!


Blog Action Day 2007

by Julie Kohl on October 15, 2007

Today is Blog Action Day. The purpose for Blog Action Day is to see what would happen if every blog published posts on the same topic, on the same day? One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.  The goal is for thousands of people around the world to all blog about the environment on the same day.  I have been trying to become more environmentally concious. My current goal is to become more self-sufficent by growing a garden and raising some of my own animals as a food source.  You can read many of my earlier posts about the environment.  Today I thought I would give you some hints about living greener.  The following article first appeared on in April of 2007.  Many of the tips listed below include links to some wonderful resources.  I hope you can find at least one way to live a little greener!

50 Green Tips for Earth Day and Beyond

By: Kathleen J. King

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day for me to think about how I can make an impact (or less of an impact) on our planet. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

1. Lower your thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat.

2. Reuse your water bottle. Avoid buying bottled water. In fact, reuse everything at least once, especially plastics.

3. Check out your bathroom. Use low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

4. Start a compost in your back yard or on your rooftop.

5. Buy foods locally. Check out Eat Local Challenge and FoodRoutes to get started. Buy locally made products and locally produced services.

6. Buy in season.

7. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll find more on energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.

8. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

9. Recycle your newspapers.

10. Car pool. Connect with other commuters at eRideShare.

11. Consider a car sharing service like Zipcar.

12. Ride a bike.

13. Walk, jog, or run.

14. Go to your local library instead of buying new books.

15. At holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization.

16. Get off junk mail lists. GreenDimes can get you started. They’ll even plant a tree for you!

17. Buy products that use recyclable materials whenever possible.

18. If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them for doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.

19. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.

20. Buy locally. Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food near you at LocalHarvest.

21. Consider organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.

22. If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers. To sign up for a diaper service to do the dirty work, check out the National Association of Diaper Services.

23. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.

24. Landscape with native plants. Check out the article on the EPA website.

25. Opt into a clean energy program. Check out the Green Power Network at the US Department of Energy.

26. Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too.

27. Teach kids about the environment.

28. Take your batteries to a recycling center. Earth 911 gives you the scoop.

29. Turn your car off if you’re going to be idle for more than one minute.

30. Do full loads of laundry and set the rinse cycle to “cold.”

31. Recycle. If you’re not at home, take the extra steps, (literally), to find that recycling can.

32. Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders. Use padded envelops more than once. Buy your toddler or preschooler’s clothes from a thrift shop and give away those that don’t fit to friends. Goodwill or the Salvation Army can help.

33. Limit the length of your showers. Even better, take a “navy shower,” shutting off the water while soaping up and shampooing.

34. Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. Learn about water scarcity.

35. Wash towels after several uses.

36. Purchase one case of water and provide clean water to 24 people (for over twenty years).

37. Give away your goods and find new ones at FreeCycle.

38. Recycle your technology. Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple, and IBM, among others, offer recycling programs.

39. Go zero! Log on to the Conservation Fund’s Carbon Zero Calculator and in less than five minutes, you can measure and then offset your carbon dioxide emissions by planting trees.

40. Put your money where your mouth is—invest in green investments. Web sites like Co-op America’s National Green Pages™ can help.

41. Learn about threats to ocean life and help Greenpeace take action.

42. Whenever you can, try using green cleaning products. Check out Cheap, Clean, and Green.

43. Find your local watershed and learn how to protect it.

44. Build a greener home.

45. Opt for eco-friendly and holistic health products.

46. Good to the last drop. Switch to fair trade coffee.

47. Go paperless at work. Distribute company information and post company material online.

48. Eliminate junk mail at work. For no fee, the EcoLogical Mail Coalition will eliminate the junk that former employees receive at work.

49. Plant a forest and feed a family while you’re at it.

50. Shop smart. Choose eco-smart products.

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Homemade Mac and Cheese {In the Kitchen}

October 10, 2007

What a week!  I have been so busy I haven’t really even had time to think!  This year I am a Junior Class sponsor at the high school I teach at. That means that we get to plan and pay for the Junior/Senior Prom.  Each year our town has a little festival in October and […]

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Crockpot “Leftover” Spaghetti Sauce {In the Kitchen}

October 2, 2007

I made some spaghetti sauce in the crockpot on Monday that turned out really good. I used some leftover stuff from the fridge and freezer to fill out the sauce.  Here is a picture that I took with my cell phone. Trust me the sauce tasted WAY better than the picture looks! Please understand that […]

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