Author Archives: Robin

Game Night: Simple Living, Simple Fun!

From Monopoly to Scrabble to a lively game of Hearts, I grew up playing card and board games. Here in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to play games. Game night parties … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Feeling the Heat in Madison

  As we hit yet another record day of 100+ degree weather, I huddle in my living room hoping my little room air conditioner will hold out and keep the room at a tolerable 85. The grass has turned to … Continue reading

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Technology Turnover: CDs Into Clocks

CDs and DVDs are starting to give way to MP3s and Blu-ray disks — My, how technology changes! While I still haven’t found many uses for old audio or videotapes (beyond continuing to enjoy them on my old equipment), I’ve … Continue reading

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Saying Thank You: Small Gesture, Big Impact

Saying “thank you” can be as subtle as a pat on the back or as bold as a parade, but I will go out on a limb here and say, no matter how you do it, it will never, ever … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping Madison-style

Holiday season is just around the corner, and I know simple living folks will be looking for ways to make them simple and meaningful. Still, shopping can be fun, if you chose the right venue and know that your purchases … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Baggie Dryer

Green living is a goal for me, and there are some pretty good products on the market to help with that. Still, I’ve come across some items that, while they serve the purpose, the frugal side of me stops to … Continue reading

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Fighting the Waste In, Waste Out Habit

I try to recycle what I can but there are times I really wish I didn’t get this stuff in the first place. I did a little searching around Madison and found some solutions to the clutter problem. Phone Books … Continue reading

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Vermiculture: The Worms Crawl In

Outdoor composting has been big in Madison for several years. The city sells lovely compost bins  (and rain barrels) in May each year, and there’s no shortage of neighborhood experts who can help you get started. But, what if you … Continue reading

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Wringer Washers Rock! Save Water, Energy and Money!

I’ve long had a fascination with the old wringer washers. I can still recall the sounds of our upstairs neighbor’s machine, whirr, clunk, brrrrr and the fresh smells of washing powder and soap on wash day. Hers was electric but … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning: Airing Out and Breathing In

Ah, spring cleaning! Opening windows to let the warm breeze in. Shaking off dust of winter! I look forward to it each year even if I’m not actually very good at it. Spring cleaning became popular way back when we … Continue reading

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