Alternatives to Fireworks on the Fourth


Have a wonderful 4th of July this year, viagra sale pills but consider skipping the fireworks.

I know, this has always been a favorite part of the celebration for me as well. But then I learned about all the negative environmental and health impacts that fireworks have. Heavy metals, chemicals in the air and water, and not even mentioning how scared it makes pets and wildlife with all the explosions.

So as much as we have enjoyed fireworks in the past, we have decided to adopt a different ritual this year.. outdoor movies! Our neighbor sets up a big, blow-up outdoor screen and using an LCD projector, we watch movies in our backyard. It is totally fun without the impact.

Some other ideas?
Attend or create a laser show.
Go stargazing and count shooting stars.
Build a campfire.
Have a barbecue on the beach.
Watch fireworks previously recorded on You Tube!

Enjoy the holiday but maybe take a break from the boom! Boom! Pow! of the fireworks this year.

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Greenhouse is ready for Growing Season

We spent the weekend getting our little greenhouse in order after the winter.  Even with our mild Pacific Northwest Winters, best viagra sick a greenhouse is still a helpful tool to growing all year round.  The last of our winter kale, viagra swiss chard and beets are almost done so now it is time for the spring planting which we start in the greenhouse.

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February: Getting ready for Spring

In the Pacific Northwest, viagra cialis Spring is starting to spring up everywhere.  It is easy to get bitten early by the bug when you see daffodils pushing through the warming earth this early.  But even for those in cooler climates, decease this is a good time to get ready for the growing season.  Here is a tick list of things that we love to do in February.

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Ban the Bag or Bag the Ban?

What the what?

That may be what you are thinking when you read the title of this post but more and more cities are having this debate as plans surface to ban plastic bags from being used within their cities.  And like everything political, generic viagra buy viagra there are two sides to the story.

When I first heard about this proposed ban in our city I thought it was a great idea.  “Yes!  Ban use of those nasty bags!  Then we won’t see them washed up on beaches and found in the stomachs of whales a because they look somewhat like a slimy food source.”

But then after doing some research and learning more about the proposed ban, viagra generic site I started wondering if there is a better way to get to the same goal?  After all, I think both sides of the debate would agree that they would be happy to see a reduction in plastic usage and keeping plastics out of landfills and water sources.

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Heat Pumps: Reducing your Energy Usage

The energy consumption in our home is horribly high!  We use a lot and we waste a lot.  We are not proud of either of these facts but our house is insulated poorly and uses a big, viagra sales rx energy guzzling, viagra canada unhealthy electric furnace.  So try as we might to reduce our energy bill, we are only able to effect a small percentage.

While we have committed to upgrading the insulation ourselves (at least to date, we have committed to doing it ourselves) the heating component is something for the professionals.  After talking with many, and doing a lot of our own research, we have been leaning towards investing in a heat pump. Continue reading

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