A Periodic Table of Elements and a Clicky Link overload in this week's reader photos

March 5 |

Hi, Homies! I'm glad to see you today. I picked out these photos from the Offbeat Home Flickr pool, and I thought maybe we could sit down and look them over together, mmkay?

This is an ACTUAL Periodic Table of Elements. Each pocket has a sample! Source: core77.com via Offbeat Home on Pinterest

bedroom, mabe world smallest?
PinkFriday inhabits a bed nook. God, I love bed nooks. They satisfy my want for cosiness.
My first ever gallery wall….
AnnabelVita attempted her first gallery wall -- it turned out great!
My seeds came in the mail today!
Me? My seeds came in the mail last week. Getting them sprouted now!

Speaking of gardening, here's an idea for the small gardeners: use two step stringers to create a tiered planter. whitewatercrafting.com via Offbeat Home on Pinterest

Drgnsyr shot this rad garage. Yours? A neighbor's? Who says offbeat has to be urban?

Clicky links: extended edition!

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  1. Super cool periodic TABLE of elements!

    It says that each pocket contains a sample. I'm wondering: really? Some elements are really hard to get/expensive and some do not exist long enough to be put in a jar. Plus others are pretty toxic or explosive in household setting. So really? Or just a product made from or picture in each pocket?

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    • My question exactly. I'm guessing something inert/solid that has the element, or a representation of it

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  2. I'm so jealous your seeds arrived, I've been incredibly impatiently awaiting mine.

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  3. I took a dead log and drilled holes into it last year for mason bees, and lots of bees nested in it. Mason bees are better pollinators than honey bees and are being killed off in a many places by invasive insects and pesticides. The Internet is full of descriptions of how deep and spread apart holes should be for mason bee homes. You can make them out of lots of household items, too. It could be a great neighborhood-improvement project to make them and put them in little nooks and crannies in your area.

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    • How do you get other people on board for bee-encouragement? I know bee allergies are a serious matter, but as soon as I mention bees, someone is inevitably like EEW I HATE BEES I'M ALLERGIC I KILL THEM WHEN I SEE THEM.
      I've always idly wished to keep bees, but in my semi-urban area, I could see getting grumpy complaints pretty quickly.

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      • This reminds me of this crazy news story a couple of years back. There was this elderly beekeeper in the south of Norway who was sued by his neighbours because, apparently, his bees pooped on their expensive cars and boats. (Well, I realize this might not seem so crazy if you're used to people suing other people over just about anything.)
        Bee poop is slightly acidic, but as far as I know it should not be very damaging to cars or boats, but it might really grump up your neighbours.

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      • It's funny you say that, Dootsie; I am allergic to bees! I went into anaphylactic shock and almost died after a bee sting as a kid. For one thing, some bees sting more than others and from what I remember, mason bees are not big on the stinging. Otherwise, I'm not sure how you get your neighbors on board since my way to overcome fear is education and that is what helped me. I would say, your property, you have bees if you want. Your neighbors will likely benefit and depending on how big your operation is and how close your lots are, they might never realize you have a hive.

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      • There are some really easy ways to keep bees from even being noticeable — one being that bees like to fly in straight lines, so if you put the hive behind a fence or a building they'd have to fly over, they're likely to fly over anyone's immediate vicinity. I forget the others :p

        EDIT: I looked the others up!

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  4. That was a neighborhood garage that I passed while taking my "daily" walk. It just looked like it belonged on this blog. I wish I knew the people who lived there because they must be awesome. Oh, and we actually ARE an urban neighborhood; Atlanta just has more trees that any other city I've seen.

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  5. I don't get it. What is the point of encouraging bees onto your property if you have nothing to pollinate/feed bees with? And yeah, I would not be happy if my neighbor decided to start a huge bee population. I realize that in some areas the bee population is too small and plants are suffering. But seriously, I'd prefer to keep the population reasonable on my back porch.

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    • Bees and other pollinators (including moths, butterflies, and BATS!) travel miles from home for food. In addition, a learned beekeeper knows there are ways to keep urban bees safely.

      Me personally? I want to encourage pollinators in my area because I like to do what I can to encourage a balanced ecosystem. I know. That sounds nerdy. But that's my goal for my home's greenspace: to be as rich/natural as possible. A good bug population means healthier plants, more birds, squirrels, raccoons, mantises…

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      • Cat, i totally read "mantises" as manatees then… and was like… i love manatees… i want manatees in my yard….. but i don't have a pool…

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  6. Yes to borrowing ebooks! The majority of libraries do this. The trick is to find out whether you can get cards from other library systems as well – for example, I'm part of the Timberland Regional Library system in Olympia, WA, and because of that, I'm able to have a card from both Pierce County (Tacoma) and King County (Seattle). Because collections can differ, even in ebooks, this lets you have several accounts going at once. Best part is, they all use Overdrive and Adobe software, so your books all go to the same place. And you don't have to have an ereader – they work on your computer, too. And audiobooks! Don't forget those!

    Supporting this system is great – the more you check out, the more ebooks will show up for loan!

    Can you tell I'm a librarian? I should shut up now. :P

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    • Librarians welcome! My mom's a librarian, and my dad is a former-principal-turned-library-working-retiree. PREACH IT, COMRADE.

      (As a result of this family history I am an incurable book hoarder.)

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  7. I noticed that Amazon Prime (totally worth it for me, btw) has started letting Kindle owners "borrow" books for free instead of buy them. I think the "catch" is that you can only have one checked out at a time, but it sounds awesome to me.

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