Saturday, January 21, 2012

Get Organized Month

Do you have too many clothes?

I just found out that January is National Get Organized Month. Very fitting since I am on a decluttering kick and trying to simplify my surroundings.

Today I decided to go through my closets and my dresser to get rid of all the extra clothes I never wear.
It was harder than I thought it would be to part with some of these clothes, especially when you consider that I've never worn some of them!
How can you be attached to clothes you don't even wear? I don't know but I found out today that you can.

Still I made a good start and managed to fill a large garbage bag full of clothes to take to a local charity that supplies free clothing to anyone who needs it. I like to support them in any way I can, since I know there are many people who can't even afford thrift store prices right now.

Here's what I managed to get rid of:

2 wool sweaters
1 salmon colored suede jacket. What was I thinking when I got this? It didn't go with anything and looks cheap and tacky. I think I saw someone wearing a similar jacket once and, while they looked fabulous in theirs, mine looked better on the hanger so out it goes.
1 cotton sweater
1 green velour jacket
1 grey plaid jacket
2 pairs of herringbone check pants
1 green and black tartan skirt
1 long red skirt, sort of Christmas looking
3 pairs of pants
1 beige vest
1 long wrap-around skirt from India
1 black corduroy dress
2 long sleeved men's shirts
1 floral patterned Hawaiian shirt
1 olive green embroidered top, hideous and never worn
1 grey see-through top with frilly neckline. (Again, what was I thinking?)
1 maroon turtleneck sweater
1 sweatshirt
1 black coat

My closet looks and feels so much better and I feel lighter and better too.

What  have you done to declutter, simplify, or organize your life and your home this year?

an organized closet


Monday, January 16, 2012

No More Hunger Anywhere

I am repeating this blog post about hunger that I wrote awhile ago because this issue is so important to me.

Please help feed the hungry in your community or around the world!

No More Hunger Anywhere.

Hunger is still the number one killer in our world today.

1/3 of the worlds hungry people live in India, and 5 Indians die every minute from hunger.

1.02 billion people around the globe do not have enough to eat.

Each and every year 15 million children die of hunger, over 16,000 children die every single day from hunger related causes.

More than 60% of the chronically hungry people on the planet are women.

This is simply unacceptable to me, and to most people on the planet I would imagine.

I have never been seriously hungry because, even during my times of greatest financial hardship, I had places and people to turn to for help.

However the majority of hungry people on earth today have nowhere to turn to, and no one to help them unless we do. You and I. Feeding hungry people, wherever and whenever we can. And without sermons or judgements. Just food to feed their hunger.

Can one person make a difference? Certainly to the people you bring food to, you may be the reason they did not go to sleep tonight crying from hunger. And that to me, is huge.

If you do nothing else, please donate a box or bag of food to your local food bank. There are hungry people, hungry children, in your city who are going to sleep with an empty belly unless someone like you helps them. Today.

Or you can click on the hunger sites.
You've got a computer and Internet connection, now use them for good and click everyday. One click brings food to hungry people around the world.

If you want to do even more, sponsor a starving child through one of the various programs that are helping around the world. I can recommend Food For The Poor, One Spirit, and The Box Project, just to name a few worthy organizations helping the needy.

Your efforts at eradicating hunger around the world, together with my efforts, and those of many more people around the world, can mean many hundreds of children and families will not suffer through another hungry and desperate year.

Food For The Poor | Helping the Poor, Charitable Giving, International Relief | Serving the Poorest of the Poor

Click to Give @ The Hunger Site

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

One Spirit

Feeding America: Hunger-Relief Charity |

Welcome to LeSEA GLobal Feed The Hungry

The Box Project - Create a better tomorrow, make a difference today



Urban Survival Stories



food shortages




A true story from the snow storm archives:

"When the power goes off, we have no water, no heat and no light."

Dear Tom,

I live in the FAR suburbs of Detroit. It was cornfields thirty years ago, but the suburbs have fully moved in. We have our ice storms and severe snow storms. We can be without power for 2 - 6 days at a time.

We have a well, so when the power goes off, we have no water, no heat and no light.
I have added a solar electric back up for light and a generator to drive our 220 well.

We have a fireplace insert which keeps the house comfortable. So we are pretty well set. BUT! Most city people could use a home survival kit to keep them going for 2 - 5 days. That would be a product that you might think about. Possibly a basic kit with a GOOD and thorough instruction book. It could consist of basic survival products and supplies and suggestions on what they could or should do or not do.

Here are a few suggestions:

1 Long burning candles for continuous light, a tiny bit of heat and a little cheer
2 Extra batteries or rechargeable batteries and a small solar battery charger
3 Cards or games to make people take their mind of the immediate problem
4 Enough canned or freeze dried food for a week
5 A weeks supply of water
6 Several extra space blankets for added warmth
7 Gum & candy
8 A battery powered flashing beacon, so rescuers would know they were there
9 Some kind of hat for warmth or sun protection
10 Some kind of weapon for self protection

Yours Truly,
Lee Osborn

A Note from Survival Authority, Tom Sciacca of

Testing your gear periodically is extremely important as well. As I write this, we're in early November in Upstate NY.
I have been thinking and checking the gear I have to keep my house warm in case of a power failure. We have several layers. We too have a fireplace insert and it does a great job. We burn wood throughout the winter.
If we lose power the fans won't work. I have a product called a WEZA that has a foot powered battery pack. You can charge it by pressing the pedal over and over. This will power the fans on the fireplace insert. Let's say the generator and the WEZA won't work and therefore the fireplace insert isn't producing enough heat.
We also have several propane tanks stored safely and securely away from the house. There are heat producing burners that mount on these propane takes. As long as the area is ventilated well (be very careful about this and do your research) they can produce a lot of heat. As long as it's safe, I can put one right in front of the fireplace. The require no electricity and can heat your house in an emergency.

In your emergency preps, think about redundancy. What can you do if this doesn't work or that doesn't work and so on?"
-From one of the many informative and interesting articles from the Urban Survival Stories web site.


Please read and learn from these true stories about how other people faced, and survived, crisis situations in an urban area. Learn what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they would do differently, including how to prepare for the situation, should it ever occur again.
Urban Survival Stories