Another one! Yes please!

Okay. I know it makes no sense that I am LiciaPots, selling beads. No, pots is not my last name.

Eventually the plan is to sell my pottery, and that is why LiciaPots was started. As it turns out the pottery studio is not yet complete. In the mean time I am selling beads...

I present to you my new Etsy site:

TADA! Now go buy stuff. :)

Keeping it for myself....

Don't worry, there will be more, but this one is mine. Greed sets in....

I like greens, as anyone who knows me is aware. I plan on making one to sell to you, for you to buy from me, so that I can make more to sell to you, and you can buy those too!

Maintaining a vehicle in the current market...

I take pride in the things I have worked hard for. I also take pride in supporting and not supporting things that are important to me. Most of you know if you have read my blog that I encourage sustainable growth and respect for how nature is supposed to work.

A big part of this is why, a few years ago, I bought a vehicle that I could run on Biodiesel. As people change to this "alternative" fuel it is becoming more and more profitable for investers to produce biodiesel from whatever means they want. (Actually, Rudolph Diesel originally intended for his engine to be powered by vegetable sources. It's a sad story how the powers that existed at the time profited on his invention.)

As with any valuable resource, many investors are doing what they need to in order to profit off of it. I have read about the clearing of land for crops that will be made into alternative fuels. In a way it is sad that many who intend on using locally (same country) made fuel are inadvertently destroying some of which they care to maintain.

I am glad that my biodiesel station (Dr. Dans Fuelwerks) gives me the power of knowledge that the fuel they use is created from what would otherwise be waste from existing soybean crops used to feed livestock.

Because of the efficiency of my car, I have determined that it costs (under worst mileage conditions) $0.25 per mile with the current price of Biodiesel (which I buy as credit in bulk doses of 100 gallons) at $4.90 per gallon.

Learn your MPG's! Calculate your mileage when you fill up and it's easy. Have a pen and pad of paper in the car (which you should have anyway for emergencies) and make a note of the miles you have gone since your last fill up, and note the amount of gas you filled up with. If you keep doing this on a regular basis, you will be able to get a good estimate of your mileage. Then divide the # of miles per gallon by the cost of your fuel and you will know how much (on average) it costs for you to drive a mile.

This is handy for me since I work part time and drive 36 miles per day. My worst case average is $9.00 daily for gas.

Since I am an excessive planner, I plan it out per year. I drive 3 days a week, which is 156 days per year. $9 daily times 156 days is $1404. per year for fuel at the current price. That is roughly 13% of my income. If I were to make any changes, it would be based upon these calculations.

It is important to know this number! I do not drive nearly as much as many people do, so it is a matter of possibly transferring job locations, you could save thousands! At my last job I would have been spending triple the time driving and quadruple the money on fuel. That is to say nothing of insurance, time wasted while driving, the danger of driving, the pollution it creates, the oil industry profits....It was not worth it for many reasons.

It also helps to "drive for mileage". James has this handy dandy electronic device that plugs into his truck computer (or any vehicle computer) and can monitor just about everything you could ever want to know! He is able to save on gas by knowing how to operate his particular vehicle to get the best mileage. Considering the prices of gas, this device has paid us back dearly. I would recommend looking into what it can do for you. I will have to look into where it was purchased, let me know if you are interested.

The "grand" plan is to ultimately not to make more money, but to be able to live less expensively. Essentially, to be able to sustain ourselves and make our own power. Solar power is something we hope to do in the future.

Drinking for education...

I enjoy a good wine, or a well blended summer beverage... and every season I have the opportunity to think up a new and exciting, highly motivating, newsletter....

Why not mix the two together? Our main topic this season will be a little on the, lighter side. We have decided to include a beverage recipe that involves sauntering on out to the garden, and picking a little something to whip up for your glass of relaxation.

I think that everyone should be able to have some kind of herb garden... It was very sad when I lived in an apartment with no balcony, and I had to steal herbs.. (I didn't steal herbs! Who do you think I am. If it belongs to a family member, it's not stealing right?)

So, in order to prepare the newsletter, I have to drink to a stupor. Great idea! We are now accepting your suggestions for beverages, feel free to leave a comment!

Where did you find me?

I have been distributing my business cards. I plan on slowly enveloping the entire Pacific Northwest with my cards. So far, they are at Diva Espresso on 145th and Greenwood, Zoka Coffee Roasters in Tangletown, and Erwins cafe in Wallingford. Also, the loverly people at my orthodontists office.

In addition, my parents are expected to pass around the information. Hear that parents...

My sister, who is my main purchaser, has also been spreading the word.

So, with luck and a little time I expect to be able to.... what's the plan, break even?

I went to the bead store today also. The breaking even may be slightly inhibited...