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An early morning outting.

   This morning I decided to change up my day off routine. Typically my morning would start off with a quick dash around farcebook then a few rounds of online gaming while perhaps doing a load of laundry. Thrilling isn’t it? Nope, today would be different!
   I did a few reposts (sorry that mobile app doesn’t allow shares to the community page yet) then jumped into the truck to grab breakfast. I neither sat and ate at the restaurant nor did I bring it back to the house, instead choosing to engage in a bit of people watching in a relaxed environment. There is a small park nearby so I pulled into a parking space facing the pond there.
   The pond has a paved path surrounding it and was being put to use by both walkers and runners this morning. You could see vehicles of all sorts wheeling in, their passengers donning their warm up gear preparing for the morning’s exertions. The majority of arrivals were women in running bras and shorts, shades on chatting with one another as though this were established routine. A young couple dashing to grab a fiberglass-hulled, wood-framed boat to put on the water.
   Most interesting in all of this was the events developing a few parking spaces away. A bald tattooed man who I would venture to guess to be in his late twenties stood holding a round shield and sword as if posing for a photo. He wore a scabbard upon his black clothing, right shirt sleeve opened at the shoulder to show one of his tattoos. A large earring glittered in the sun as it’s light shine through the swaying breeze dancing leaves of the trees lining the parking area. A conversation could be overheard between him and his similarly attired companion that gave way their intentions. Discussion ensued upon how fight scenes should not be comprised only mostly grappling. “Ah-ha”, I say to myself realizing role-playing was afoot.
   My breakfast being done I started my engine and began to depart. There was just one little thing that needed to be done before I left… ” Excuse me,” I called out to the gentleman preparing for their scene. “You might consider adding this to your arsenal, it matches with the theme quite well.”

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“A little leather around the handle to hide the plastic makes this affordable tool a great addition.” I told them where it could be found and for how much to which they expressed their thanks and we parted ways.
   A little change can bring a lot to a day ey?

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Container gardening

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There are times when you find yourself in a position where getting in the dirt to grow your own healthy foods isn’t feasible. You may not have permission to alter the landscape or just not have the space. Relax~! All it takes is a bit of knowledge and planning to get your green on!
It would seem obvious the first step is to make a list of just what fresh and tastey items you would like to have available. The research then starts to find out proper growing conditions. Sunlight, temperature, soil pH, room required for the roots and plant proper well  to spread freely, maintaining nutrient and moisture levels are all variables which must be taken into consideration.
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There are many great ideas when it comes to the type of container to use once you have done your research on what conditions are best for your new greenery. It only takes some imagination.

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Repositioning

Hello fellow greeners, it indeed has been quit some time since my last blog and I appreciate those who have remained followers. Suffice it to say much has happened in the time I was silent, I felt the need to allow events to unfold to their conclusion. There were bad moments indeed that only required patience to allow the good ones prevail. Karma is the existential reminder as to why we choose to feed the light wolf instead of the dark.

Today finds me employed with a major retail chain that specializes in home improvement. I have been with the company over two years now being scheduled to cover (in the order of occurrence) flooring, blinds and decor, electrical, kitchen and bath, plumbing, appliances on a regular basis. The company has also seen the need to place me in hardware and lumber on rare occasions. Volunteering to work overnights to assist in resolving freight bottlenecks weeks at a time helped my knowledge of logistics develop.

I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to expand my understanding. Seeing this as paid progress towards sustainable living. The public en masse grabs off the shelf, having information on the efficiency of available items helps to bring change.

We can find ourselves changing the world as our effect is brought upon those that cross our paths.

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It’s alive~!!

Started the official home website today. New challenges await!

Swamp Fox Green

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Biomass energy conversion

   Looking over several articles such as Biomass for electricity, and reviewing video I am confounded by the lack of material on #multifuelheaterelectricalgenerators . Surely an efficient design for a heater that allows the use of multiple fuels while generating at least a nominal amount of power generation.

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Easy garden beds

There are many methods to gardening from working old beds to creating new ones. Looking to place new beds? MotherEarthNews highlights several methods here including no dig options.

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Off-grid considerations

From the Blue Pacific Solar website “Most off-grid generation is used for lighting, appliances like refrigerators and water pumping. Lighting is the easiest to tackle. Don’t stop at compact florescent lights, go all the way to LED which can use 1/6th the watt consumption of compact florescent lighting.” http://www.bluepacificsolar.com/off-grid.html

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Chicken coops

Chicken tractor designs are very interesting to me. MotherEarth shares another here.

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On-site fuel production

Find facts on MotherEarth for Biomass fuel production.

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Composting

Being able to promote bacteria growth to break down materials is essential in composting. A proper bin aids the process. Look here to find one design.

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