Browsing category: Reader Questions

What Do Bleeding Heart Seeds Look Like?

Bleeding heart seed pods appear very quickly after the flowers fall off. At first the seed pods will be a bright green and look like tiny green beans. They grow fast and soon you will be able to see the shape of the seeds inside.


Can Toads Climb Trees?

“Can ordinary garden toads climb trees? I know I have seen them climbing trees but I can’t find any information to back that up. The toads we have are toads, not tree frogs and they do not have any kind of flat suction pads on their toes.”


My Favorite Methods for Cooking the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Reader question… “I’ve been asked to make a large quantity of potato salad for a family reunion this weekend. I’m not looking forward to cooking so many hard boiled eggs because I usually have problems getting the shells off cleanly.”


Why Would Anyone Deliberately Choose a Simple Life?

First let me say that I agree… I wouldn’t be happy living a life of purging, scrimping, and deprivation either… but that’s purging, scrimping, and deprivation, NOT simple living. Done right, simple living should be a positive experience, not a negative one…


One In, One Out vs. Purging for a Reason

Reader question… “A friend told me that I should always purge an item if I buy something similar, even if the item to be purged is still in good condition or if I am still using or wearing it…”


Some Thoughts on Avoiding GMOs

Reader question… “I am wondering what are your thoughts on genetically modified foods? I am trying to avoid GMOs wherever I can, but I’m finding it’s very difficult and I feel like I’m in over my head…”


Can Credit Cards Be Used Responsibly?

Reader question… “Would you share your thoughts about the cash envelope system versus the use of credit cards? I read today that any use of a credit card is irresponsible and that anyone using a credit card will end up spending more money than if they used only cash.”


I Think Contentment is Almost a Default Characteristic

I think contentment is almost a default characteristic. Think about how babies and small children are happy with very simple pleasures… they almost have to be taught over a period of years to want something bigger, better, “more fun.”


When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

Reader question… “I’m dreading Christmas. With everything we buy costing more, financially we’re just barely getting by now and I know there isn’t going to be much money for buying gifts. Our kids aren’t the problem. The problem is my relatives…”


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”