Category Archives: Life in New Mexico

Dealing with Allergies

   Warm days are upon us The trees and flowers are bursting into bloom, and you’re spending more time outside enjoying the sun. But hours later you start to sneeze and cough, your eyes water, and soon you have other … Continue reading

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Dead and Down

One of the reasons that we chose this location for our ranch was because the land here is littered with cypress, pinon pines, red cedar, and juniper trees by the hundreds. These trees are regularly hit by lightning, and this … Continue reading

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Sustainability Holiday Tips

Did you know that you can celebrate Christmas with an eye toward sustainability? First, try to buy your gifts from local family-owned stores and businesses. When you buy from a national chain, you’re helping to pay an executive’s bonus. When … Continue reading

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Add Some Solar to Your Life

   Going solar used to mean spending a lot of money. It is now possible to add in solar energy to your place in both small steps and inexpensive ways. Go for solar outdoor lighting. Solar lamps can be bought … Continue reading

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Spring 2016 Sustainability Tips

If you’ve got a computer, and most of us do, you can do a simple thing to simplify and unclutter your life. Take a few minutes to receive and pay your bills electronically. Almost everything from your phone bill to … Continue reading

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Simple Sustainable Science – Baking Soda

Have you ever mixed hydrogen monoxide and sodium hydrogen carbonate together into a paste and brush your teeth with it? Hydrogen monoxide (H2O) is, of course, water. Sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3) is commonly known as baking soda. Baking soda is … Continue reading

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Beating the High Price of Eggs

We bough chicks last year from Southwestern Supply and they started laying for us in late August, after they matured. They’ve been laying steadily ever since. We bought Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns and built a straw bale coop that … Continue reading

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Winter Sustainability Tips

Freezing temperatures are here, and there’s no reason for them to give you a chill or cost you a lot in heating costs. Here are some tips for keeping warm: Open your south-facing curtains and drapes during the day to … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat on a Budget

    Air conditioning was invented in 1902 and since then we’ve seen an explosion in the need for cool. Over 90% of US houses are air conditioned. But what’s the cost? In 1992, Professor Gwyn Prins called America’s love of … Continue reading

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May Sustainability Tips – Happy Hummingbirds

It’s fun to watch hummingbirds, but if your feeder isn’t clean with healthy nectar, you could be killing the hummingbirds you’re attracting. A dirty feeder can host a deadly fungus that leaves them unable to consume nectar—that cute, little bird … Continue reading

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