a lot of you have been following her blog for years and will have already read the posts that i am listing in this post. but it was great fun to go back through her blog and find some of her best successes and sad, dismal failures. one thing about Sci - when she was on, she was ON. but when she was off - bahahhahahah! she was always the first one to make fun of herself when she was off. i think that she will enjoy this post and i hope that you all do, too.
please take the time to click the links. they will make you smile, make you remember something that you forgot, they will make you laugh and she would love to know that people who cared about her are re-reading some of her best posts.
first off, though, this is right from her blog, Bacon and Eggs and explains her outlook on life:
"People try to make life way more complicated than it has to be. With all that is going on around us, we need to get back to the simple life. Its a concept easily lost. Sometimes life just gets crazy. So when it does just take a step back... and breathe. Look at the beauty that is all around you. Life is a precious gift and at the end of the day... when you look at your accomplishments...you have to realize its really not all that complicated. Its just Bacon and Eggs!"
and now i present SciFiChick's greatest hits:
who could ever forget her excellent post on 114 frugal money saving ideas, found here. in every post that she ever mentioned the word "frugal", there was always a "cheap" with a line through it preceding frugal. she liked the word cheap!
how about her awesome post about a one-year food supply for under $300 found here. both of these posts have been stolen on numerous occasions and re-posted on other blog sites. we all knew where the originals came from.
when she deydrated everything in her entire house, Mars not included, she got bored. and then she taught us all how to deydrate eggs, here. ya, she went there and we all learned from her!
eggs shmeggs! she was the one who taught us how to dehydrate leftover tomatoe skins too! you can find that post here.
she didn't call herself SciFiChick for fun - she was very much interested in all kinds of sci-fi stuff - including digging up the information on this blue moon!
her very first post, February 26, 2009 - here.
and the food saver video - probably the funniest thing i have ever seen! man was she ever full of information, always curious, always finding new ways to be "cheap", i mean frugal. watch Mars with the shaky camera here.
Sci was incredibly scientific-minded and always interested in discovering cures to a variety of diseases. she did contract work for the CDC and even helped them discover a brand new disease here. she also worked for the CIA and did some overseas espionage for them. no really. it's true. ask Phelan. she'll tell you all about it!
all of us were envious of her beautiful outdoor canning station. Mars is a pure genious and really demonstrated how handy he was, and how important it was for her to have a proper canning station. she loved it. we all did!
she would kill me if i did a post about her and only included her incredible successes. so let's move on to some ginormic fails, shall we?
her first Thanksgiving on her land. FAIL!
the potatoe bag experiment. FAIL!
and there are just waaaaay tooooo many posts on her raising rabbit failures. but man, there are a few of us in our core group who laugh our heads off - how can you not get rabbits to breed? - bahahahahahahaah! we laughed with her and at her. but she never gave up and i am glad to say that she finally succeeded in getting the rabbits to breed this year!
many of us bloggers get overwhelmed with our gardens and Sci was never afraid to share when she felt overwhelmed....probably because of all of her danged lists!
this post, about more lists, is especially comforting to me. she writes about when we first met.
how can you do a post about Sci and not include one of her famous political rants? you can't. here's one of her examples here.
she had a very big heart and loved life and her friends so much. she was always there if you needed her. her "maybe" post was beautiful. a friend sent her the "maybe" post and she wanted everyone to read it. she was so caring. you can read that beautiful post here.
we were all so grateful that she, and her precious dog, were unhurt when she totaled her vehicle. Mars had taken a look at it and figured it was going to need a lot of work to get it running again. she was terrified, as living on a fixed income and having only a small savings, she didn't know how they could get another vehicle. well that's when we put out the call to all of you - and you guys were amazing! Sci couldn't believe that in only a few days, they were able to get a replacement vehicle. it was a little piece of crap, mind you, but she was so overwhelmed and full of gratitude!!!!!
some of her friends called her a spitfire - and THAT she was. she did amazing things for the homesteading/prepper community and she was always there to help. she wanted to help as many people as possible. THAT she did in spades!
please see my previous tribute posts to her below, and please see Phelan's beautiful tribute as well. and make sure to stop in to Sweet Sandy's beautiful tribute. both Sweet Sandy and Phelan actually got to meet Sci and i have 2 beautiful pictures of the three of them, which i cannot share, because Sci would come down from heaven and belt me in the head with an unripe tomatoe!!!!
she will be sadly missed by her closest friends. and sadly missed by the blogging world. but she set an example for the rest of us to follow - she set the standard.
we love you Sci!