Sunday, May 31, 2009
Ok, I'm in a hurry because we are going to walk to a restaurant for dinner but I wanted to post this. We went to Columbus today to look at a bike shop in the Short North that deals in Dutch bikes and Pashley's. This was my trip to price bikes for my "If I win the lottery" list. Right before we left, I checked Craigslist and found this vintage Hercules three-speed bike. I contacted the company that listed it, purchased it online and picked it up. It needs a little work but should be ready to roll in a couple of days. More of the story to follow....
I found this book at the library and thumbed through it. Then I was so intrigued by it's clever use of everday materials that I had to check it out. It contains do-it-yourself projects made of recycled objects. Pictured below are two related to cycling but there were many more cool ideas including an aluminum can room divider and a water bottle lounge chair. Everything in it is very urban, hip and modern. Gonna have to find a copy for purchase because this book could keep me busy for months.
Bike Rack - Made from a used pallet and requires only a couple of brackets purchased from a DIY store.
No- Sew Messenger Bag - Made from plastic bags. The only thing I would need to purchase is the webbing and buckle for the strap.
ReadyMade How To Make (Almost) Everything A Do-It-Yourself Primer
Isbn 1-4000-8107-6 Published by Clarkson Potter Publishers/New York
Text by Shoshana Berger
Photography by Jeffery Cross
Illustrations by Kate Francis
Design by Eric Heiman/Volume
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Second on the weekend list was preparing and planting the garden. It's finally time and the only thing that I've planted thus far are the lettuce seeds pictured above. We don't have a large garden but it supplies us with a lot of food over the summer and fall and we rely on it.
Third was to spend some time riding the bikes.
None of it happened.
About once a year, Mike has a problem with his back which renders him useless for several days. It's sheer agony for him and he can barely move. He is crabby which makes me crabby and neither of us are happy campers. After a while and a couple of stupid arguments, I realized that the garden isn't going anywhere and we can work on it this week and it will be fine. The junk in the garage has been there for years so we'll get to it. Same with the bikes.
Sometimes it's not a bad thing to have my plans interrupted. It makes me slow down and realize that the sky isn't going to fall if I don't get everything on my list accomplished. I managed to get some other things done instead and it all worked out fine. The car had a much needed bath (and was immediately shit upon by a bird), the laundry was done and hung on the line to dry and I put all of the screens in the windows. I even managed to figure out how to make some adjustments on my bikes since my mechanic was out of commission.
Living a simple life is about finding joy in whatever you're doing and not hanging on to things or ideas that, ultimately, don't matter. It's learning to let go. It's a hard thing to master but I'll keep on trying.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Take an old cutting board along with some old silverware and create a one of a kind set of hooks.
We purchased the cutting board and silverware from Goodwill. Total Price $ 1.25. With a little paint, a couple of screws and a few embellishments; we now have a place to hang our potholders.
Is your home modern and uncluttered? By leaving the board natural and using a modern silverware pattern, a streamlined, clean look could be created.
Do you favor Shabby Chic? Decoupage the board with paper in a Cabbage Rose print and find a pretty silverware pattern with roses on the handle.
The possibilities are endless for creating a unique, eco-friendly and inexpensive accent for your kitchen.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
So these are the girls. Apparently, they need to be given names so I'll be working on that. Suggestions would be welcomed. I'm also keeping my eye out for a vintage bike to restore and glam up. Maybe some kind of old three speed. I love my girls so much that I'm afraid they will get stolen so I need a cheapy for errands and commuting.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Yesterday I took a little ride. I started out through my neighborhood and then ventured onto some busier streets. Realizing that Mansfield is not bike-friendly, in any sense of the word, I don't know why I got so upset. I'm always mindful of road rules and courteous to the drivers of the four wheeled death machines. They are not so courteous to cyclists.
I stopped at a red light, signalled, and when the light changed; proceeded to make my turn. Once said turn was complete, I moved to the edge of the road so cars could safely pass. This moron in a hooptied up car blew past me at record speed as if I had ruined their entire day.
Drivers: Share the road!!! There is room for all of us and if you're in that big of a hurry...you should have left five minutes earlier. Most cyclists are not trying to get in your way but a lot of times, there is debris or grates at the edge of the road and we have to inch out just a little bit. Take it easy. You'll get there.
Sorry for the rant and have a great day :)
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I would love to have this trailer but my little, 4-cylinder Toyota SUV can't tow that much weight. Darn it! This would be great for weekend camping. Oh well.... a girl can dream... can't she? I do have one question. Where do I put the bikes?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This old mailbox was in a carton of free items at a yard sale. Never one to pass up something that's free, I brought it home. After "glamming" it up with a little paint and decoupage, it's a perfect place to store mail and postage supplies until it's time for the unglamourous job of paying the bills.