I have written about No Impact Man and Path to Freedom as two primary sources of inspiration and guidance for how I will make a green plan to live a sustainable life. Whereas Path to Freedom showed me a dedicated project started many years ago and supported by grown children, there was great drama to No Impact Man and his flourish of no electricity or refrigerator or toilet paper with his wife and toddler daughter in the heart of NYC. Crunchy Chicken is a blogger beloved of many. She keeps her readers energized and challenged with the comradery of taking on solutions to problems as a team effort.
She admits it when she’s flummoxed and when she is confused while remaining bold in her daily decisions and optimism. Her family sounds like families all over the country where there are middle income white people living their comfortable lives. She is pushing her readers out of their comfort zones without attacks. I am particularly drawn to Crunchy Chicken these days as her family learned in September that her husband has an incurable blood cancer. Life is heartbreaking and yet she continues to challenge herself and those who read her blog. Here are some of the past ones – most of which I missed because I wasn’t reading yet.
The Challenge I signed on for is the Freeze Yer Buns for Nov. 1 – April 1. Right now there isn’t anything for me to do. I live in Southern California and haven’t needed to turn on a heater yet. I have had some really chilly nights, but I have dressed warm or simply gone to bed.
The dilemma for me has been that I don’t have a furnace or radiators. I just have a heater and no thermostat. So, I was not able to name the temperature range I was pledging to maintain all winter. I knew I needed to get a thermostat. I searched my local thrift stores with no luck. But, fortune struck my world when I found out that an Ace Hardware opened up a couple weeks ago in my town.
On Monday I found a thermometer for $13. Now I can be sure of the temperature and not feel all whiney when I think it is freezing – and it is not.
Tuesday, first day with thermometer Fun Facts to Know and Tell: This morning before dawn I found that it was 50 degrees and it is up to 70 degrees now after lunch.