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I ran across this blog the other day and I just had to share. 

How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps

  It makes so much sense.  In a nutshell she outlines what I’ve come to learn is mindfulness.  It means stay in the present.  Don’t listen to that voice that shames you about your past.  Be aware of your choice in attitude.  Notice your place in the universe at this time.  Allow yourself to be open, share your happiness and your sadness. 

 Breathe out and then in, allowing the crazy maker in your head to chillax.  Make amends without making it about you.  Gratitude is a muscle use it.  And it doesn’t cost you anything to be kind.  You can’t be peace advocate and then not show kindness in your everyday.

 Like the "New Radical's" put it:  You Get What You Give


 

 

Life Experiment #456 - Improv Class

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I'm having the time of my life right now.  I'm taking an improvisation class.

It's some of the worst comedy and some of the best laughs ever.

Overheard in class:  "That's not dancing.  That's a cry for help.

"He died from a tanning booth accident - easier to cremate I guess"

The reason I'm bringing this up?  There's a comedy event Friday (Sept 6th)  Hilarity for Charity. It's a fundraiser for the Lymphoma  and Leukemia Society. 

Start Date 8.9.13         

Day 2 added below

Made Elmore.Gooding, Shoshone, Jerome, TwinFalls, Cassia, Minidoka, and Blaine counties the first day.  (From my vantage point whatever geological episode that came through to form the Snake River basin also wiped out any genetics for personality. Or maybe it's just one of the effects of a dry year).

Paco at the bowling ball garden in Glenns Ferry in Elmore County

 


 

 

 

 



 Diablo at School for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding County

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hucklebunny on the tracks in Shoshone

Managed to get "excused"  from a campground.  They were just asking too much for a campsite that I'd have to drag my gear from the car or be by the camper with the generator.  Made me think they had someone with an iron lung in there that they'd have to have that much electricity.

So I left and thought I'd just find a spot along a side road.  My mistake..... got stuck.  So grateful I got that new shovel this year.  Dug myself out and got back on the main road.  Now it's pretty late at night, but I'm determined to make Blaine county via a back road. Managed to make the destiny and figured I'd just sleep in the car,  The mosquito that managed to get in the Honda had other plans. "No sleep for the cheap"

Eventually I turned around and made it back to Burley. I wussed out and got a motel room.

  DAY 2

Left Burley.  "Good-bye Burley"

Dropped off at Massacre Rocks. 

What a massacre!  Hucklebunny lost his head in a photoshoot .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later Paco and Diablo scheme to raise the money for Hucklebunnie's head surgery by gambling at the casino.

Alas their plan was thwarted by  my attempts to document their story.

Who knew you weren't supposed to take pictures of the slot machine?

I do now.

Imagine me telling security how it was all so innocent. I was just taking pictures of my friends trying to win money for their buddy's  head replacement.

" I know it sounds a little weird ".   I kept telling that security guy. "But they're just trying to help their headless bunny friend."

 

 

Then it was on to Power County through Bingham County where we snuck up on a pow wow.

 

Then to Oneida county. Malad city. Home of Governor Evans. 

Note friends in the flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over to Preston where they were having an epic relay. The runners were running along the highway apparently all the way to Jackson Hole.

Then up to Soda Springs. How weird to have this going all the time in your town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to camp at Bear Lake, I'd heard so many great things. Like how it's the "Carribean of the West."

 

Well, it was BLUE, but so was I when I saw the camping options.

The girl at the office said that I could camp on this clod of dirt to the south or the clod just up there as she points to nothing in particular.  And yes I could have camped there surrounded by dozens and dozens of other clod campers.

No thanks.

I drove back to Montpelier through Dingle where is no berry patch, and found a delightful campground complete with a stream.    AAAAH.

 

 The Adventures continue:

Well we've hit a bump in the road as they say.  The car has had it with the radiator.  The radiator has no sense of humor and continuously gets "hot under the collar" so to speak.  We have to take it to the mechanic which means the travel portion will have to rest awhile. 


But that doesn't mean we can't continue the fun.  Each of my companyeros has had an "off road" activity.  Paco was offered an opportunity to go sky diving so he took it. 

Hucklebunny got a chance to ride the waves.

Diablo didn't miss out on the fun either.  Here he is catching some air mountain biking at what looks like Rattlesnake Gulch.

 

I'm heading out to visit every county in the State. 

Here are my travel companions:

Paco - He's gone to Cabo with me and can be seen at many ocean side scenes. 

 

 

 

 

 

Diablo - A somewhat disadvantaged partner who lost his left eye in an accident with a dog and sports an artificial eye lost in yet another misadventure with Fido.  He's also minus an ear, but we don't bring that up in front of him as he's very sensitive.  The story involves a potato peeler and a detective novel.

 

 

The there's Hucklebunny.  He's going despite his distrust of the other two.  He feels I'm overcompensating to make the two rescueed pals feel more at home.  He was the original "compañero."  He's typically rather "stone faced."

See "Adventures of Huckleberry Bunny"

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan is to head out, make Bear Lake the first day after going thru 14 counties. 

Then it's off to Swan Valley, Tetonia, Ashton, Spencer - Opal Capital, Down to Fort Hall, over to Howe at the foot of Mt Borah. 

We'll travel through one of the largest counties - Custer, then up to Lemhi.  We'll leave the state going over Lost Trail to connect again with the Selway. 

From there it's Dworshak, St Maries, and Wallace in Shoshone county.

Plan to stay with my brother at Moscow, then proceed to Kootenai, Bonners and Boundary counties.

We'll do the west side of the state on our way home.  We'll keep you posted. 

Here they are ready to go.  Note Tracy's response in the background. 

Hucklebunny is on the glass.

Lot's of people ask if I ever take BOB with me. 

Oh yea I take BOB. He travels well, he's just camera shy. 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Okay this guy has my vote for DIY

 

Art inside the roll of toilet paper

July 10, 2013

Earlier this year I shared with you the things I was doing with cardboard roll left from toilet paper.  Well this artist has certainly taken it to a new level.

From a Kung Fu class outside a Chinese temple to a farmer walking his donkey past windmills and a beautiful ballet dance, Anastassia Elias brings her stories to life on her unusual canvas.

Using a sharp and precise tool she carves her scene into the inside of the brown cardboard tubes leaving the outside fully intact for the desired effect.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What 200 calories looks like

    July 2, 2013

I have been counting calories forever, sometimes more earnestly than others.  This little video helped outline at a glance what the calorie count looks like for a variety of food and drink.

 

This Is 200 Calories

 June 28th.  HOW EXCITING IS THIS?!?!  I Got My Water Bill.  See the Graph?  I've been doing the water saving experiment since November.  As you notice I was down to 1 unit for the months of March and April.  That's about 750 gallons for 60 days.  The water usage is up for May and June because of watering the lawn, but I've installed drip for half of the yard/garden so I'm more than 1/2 of what I used last year.   SEE BLOGS BELOW ON HOW I'M USING WATER TO SAVE OVER 6000 GALLONS IN 2 MONTHS ALONE. 

June 24th.

Wow, Got even more on the tips theme.  Saw this article:

Uses For Dental Floss: 12 Quick Tricks Around The House

From Slicing Bread to hanging the wash, I'll be giving these a try and getting back with you on how they work.

 

I've always thought about writing a tips book.  Seems like I have all sorts of them.  I've been tagged the "Fabulous Info Babe - FIB for short" For Example: Swish with coconut oil to whiten teeth, use VO5 to shine chrome, Pour boiling water on weeds in sidewalk.  But this was something new....folding a shirt in 2 seconds.

 


 

Quick look at the Movies and More with Margo:

June 3rd.  Saw over the week-end how Prancercise seen below has gone viral.  The creator uses what I remember as a child something we'd pretend to be .....horses. 

 It also reminded me of the Friends episode where Phoebe goes running with Rachel. 

 

MAY 28TH - Got the waterbill - I've gone from 500 cubic feet to 200.  That's 748 gallons a month.  It will be more of a challenge as I head into the irrigating the lawn/garden but I'm making headway. 

I've installed drip irrigation and I'm garden in buckets with a trough that delivers water to the roots, less evaporation, more control.  Here's the explanation:

 

 Here's the background on my water saving techniques. 

So I've moved on from just using less water to recycling the water I've used.  I collect the water from the kitchen and flush toilets with the grey water.   Here you see where I removed the P-drain and just let the kitchen water flow into the jar. 

 

 

 

 

From there I'll pour it into a larger container I hide in an old smoker I painted.

 

 

Here you can see the screen I use to filter out the chunkier parts that make it thru the sink drain.

I'll also run the food disposal into another bucket and pour it on my mulch pile.

 

April 15

Last November I got tired of waiting for the hot water to reach my upstairs bathroom. I have a tankless water heater. It wasn't so much the time wasted as it was the water going down the drain. I decided to heat my water on the stove and put it in a thermos which sits on my bathroom counter. I have instant hot water when I need to wash my hands or face. I use a basin in the sink, so I don't need much more than a half cup.

This led to inspiration to do other things to save water.

Fill the mouthwash cap with water to brush my teeth and rinse my brush.

 

 

 

 

Take a 2 gallon shower. Fill a gallon 2/3rds full with cold water the rest with boiling water. Repeat for the second. I pour the first half of one gallon on me to get wet. I shampoo, then rinse with the 2nd half. I condition my hair and suds up my bod and rinse with the 2nd gallon. I do this all in the bathtub. It takes less time. And I seem to feel much cleaner rather than just soaked and steamy from a regular shower.

That I did for a while and then I added more to the project. I let you know more in the next blog post. But to wet your appetite I'll let you know that I've cut my water use by more than 50%.

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May 14th.   I've been asking people at work to save their toilet paper rolls for me.  I've gotten seriously involved with Pinterest and you typically can't go a day without someone showing some art project or handing garden tip using toilet paper rolls. 

So here's one of mine.  This isn't the greatest picture, but the idea is a "faux iron work" look on the wall. 

 

I've also used them to start seedlings.

 

 

 

I made a purse using the toilet roll as a way to print the fabric:  Here's a sample done on a pillow:

 

Here's another wall art project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven't done this, but I thought it was a pretty cute idea:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8th.  "Why not a train ride Mom, that's so apropos since you made my life a trainwreck."

My daughter called and asked what I'd want to do for Mother's day.  I got to thinking maybe I'd like to do one of those Thunder Mountain train rides.  They have a brunch while you ride.  Sure enough my loving daughter who's thoroughly honest came back with that remark.    (I kid)  But it does remind me about the time her father bought me a foldable anchor for Christmas. 

The summer before we had been rafting and fishing the south Fork of the Boise when Jeff got a "BIG" one on.  He'd have to take the boat to shore to bring it in or

"Mom why don't you jump out of the boat and hold it while I bring it in?" 

Being a team player that's just what I did before I noticed the water was waist high. 

So when Christmas came around he thought I'd like an anchor for the raft. 

"It's symbolic", he said "You're the anchor in our lives" 

To which my daughter replied,  "Yea, Mom you're always holding us back" 

We raised a witty one.  Love her. 

Happy Mother's day.  I miss mine. 

 

 

 

 

May 6th.  This is day 6 of the worst viral infection I ever remember.  And now I'm just bored with it.  I'm exhausted.  I manage to make it to work and then that's it.  I go home and sleep. 

 

I'm Nuts, I mean crazy nuts. 

My Boss asked that I share more about my life.  That's not so easy because most of my life exists only in my mind.  Take for instance my love life.  I've been single for about 3 years now and there's likely good reason.  I'm nuts.  Here's an example of the way my mind works. 

I'm in a service organization and I had been noticing this guy in our meetings for a few weeks.  One time he makes mention of my haircut. 

The entire conversation went :

"Hey I like your haircut" said Guy. 

"Oh thanks", said I. 

That was at 6:31.  Here's where's my mind went:

Wow I wonder where we could go to dinner.

I bet he doesn't like to camp like I do.

He'd be fun to ride bikes with.

I suppose we wouldn't like the same tv shows.

We can't get married, he's probably neat.  Could I change?  Probably not.

Now it's 6:33.  I've lost him in the crowd.  Well that's that, I can't talk to him anymore. I'm sure he knows what I'm thinking and I'd be too embarrassed to talk to him.

See, I have become "That gal".   (sigh)

 

 


Hi, and welcome to Margo's Musings and Life Experiment. I hope to share with you my life experiences. I've survived a few things in my life including but not limited to breast cancer, a fatal car crash, and alcoholism. I believe sharing my stories and being open with the things life deals me is helpful. It not only allows me to release some of the stress, it also lets anyone else who's experiencing similar issues to know they're not alone.

 

April 23

So I've moved on from just using less water to recycling the water I've used.  I collect the water from the kitchen and flush toilets with the grey water.   Here you see where I removed the P-drain and just let the kitchen water flow into the jar. 

 

 

 

 

From there I'll pour it into a larger container I hide in an old smoker I painted.

 

 

Here you can see the screen I use to filter out the chunkier parts that make it thru the sink drain.

I'll also run the food disposal into another bucket and pour it on my mulch pile.

 

April 15

Last November I got tired of waiting for the hot water to reach my upstairs bathroom. I have a tankless water heater. It wasn't so much the time wasted as it was the water going down the drain. I decided to heat my water on the stove and put it in a thermos which sits on my bathroom counter. I have instant hot water when I need to wash my hands or face. I use a basin in the sink, so I don't need much more than a half cup.

This led to inspiration to do other things to save water.

Fill the mouthwash cap with water to brush my teeth and rinse my brush.

 

 

 

 

Take a 2 gallon shower. Fill a gallon 2/3rds full with cold water the rest with boiling water. Repeat for the second. I pour the first half of one gallon on me to get wet. I shampoo, then rinse with the 2nd half. I condition my hair and suds up my bod and rinse with the 2nd gallon. I do this all in the bathtub. It takes less time. And I seem to feel much cleaner rather than just soaked and steamy from a regular shower.

That I did for a while and then I added more to the project. I let you know more in the next blog post. But to wet your appetite I'll let you know that I've cut my water use by more than 50%.

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