This week I have two pieces of good news, the first affects me directly. I have for the last two years bought most of my food from the local farmer’s market. The selection is still small but combining it with what I can grow was adequate for my summer food needs, but not nearly enough to supply me with enough food to put up for winter without supplementing.
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I haven’t shared a book review with you in some time. Part of the reason is that I was so busy this summer I didn’t read much. The other part was that I hadn’t read anything I wanted to shout from the rooftops about and tell everyone what a fantastic book it was. Today, I have two books for you that, yes, I would shout from the rooftop, if I could get up there.
I look forward to Wednesday’s and finding Small Footprints challenges in my inbox. So today it was with sadness that I read Small Footprints will be taking a break until January 20th. I will miss both you and your challenges. In reading through the current post I found Small’s final thoughts on last week’s challenge and had a brainstorm.
Today I want to share some news that I find shocking and very frightening for all people of the world. It’s not my normal subject and I hope you will bear with me.
I have avoided writing anything about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, until today. At this time the rods are being removed one by one, something which could potentially have even more dire consequences for the country of Japan, and the world, if not handled properly. Something needs done,but no one knows exactly what.
The news of the sinking reactor site in Japan has brought out major concerns for those of us in the US as it is now under-reported that 100% of our nuclear plants are leaking radiation. That’s right, 100% of the nuclear plants in the US are leaking, yet nothing is being done about it.
Last week I missed the weekly challenge as I was out-of-town visiting family and left the computer at home. It was nice to be unplugged for a few days. :-) To make up for my absence I am posting both last week’s and this week’s challenge today. Since I didn’t participate in the challenge last week I will be looking back to see if I did anything which fulfilled the challenge. I thought it might be nice to see how I measured up.
I had a lovely visit with my son and his family this week. Wednesday was a perfect autumn day with 70 degree temperatures, but with the winds felt cooler yet still comfortable. I loaded my oldest son’s vehicle up with the furniture I had restored and was saving to take down. I decided it would be good to take one of the older children down to visit as well. Since my grandson has been unable to join us several times I decided to take him. We took a care package of Halloween gifts to the little one. This included a small book, a page from a coloring book her older cousin colored for her, a wand the older cousin decided she didn’t need any more, two handmade cards from the older cousins, and because the weather is turning cold so early I included the hat I crocheted for her. She loved them all.
What you should know about recycling your green waste and soil
Here’s what you should know about recycling: Almost anything can be recycled. Really. Once you start thinking creatively about repurposing and recycling, you will realise how widely applicable it is. Green waste and soil are things that most people would not have imagined could be recycled before. But they can, and more and more recycling companies are taking on the challenge, and here’s how and why.
Green waste is basically biodegradable (vegetable) waste from plant matter, and it’s high in nitrogen, as opposed to brown waste, which is high in carbon. That means that it’s ripe for repurposement, and can easily be used to create biofuel, a fantastic alternative to carbon fuels. Instead of going into landfill, green waste can also be turned in to mulch, wood chips, and compost, to help other gardens grow. That in turn can be made into agents for soils.
Soil recycling works on a similar principle. Instead of going into a tip, or into landfill, where is wasted, excavated soil can be filtered and mixed up with some mulch and then turned into valuable, fertile potting soil and garden soil. What are you waiting for? It’s natural, and it saves you money.
When you are busy Friday seems to come around so quickly. I am enjoying my son being out of work, hopefully for him it won’t be that long. I rarely got to see him as he worked 3rd shift and many double shifts. When he wasn’t working or sleeping he was busy with his children trying to get some quality time with them. He’s been visiting often and tonight even called and told me not to make dinner as he was cooking and going to bring me a plate. Love when I don’t have to cook.
This is a picture of our local mall, huge isn’t it? :-) Besides a Dollar General, there are 2 restaurants, a tanning business, hair salon, dog agility school, the rest are mostly offices or empty spaces. This is where my granddaughter was taking her dance lessons as well. Her parents received a letter today telling them the mall has been sold to a new owner and due to a dispute over the new lease the dance school has closed. While the school offered to give all students from this location free lessons for the rest of the year it will be quite a drive and treacherous in the winter months. We are now looking for another dance program that will still be affordable for her to attend. With the good comes the bad I guess.
I won’t bore you further, here are my favorite posts of the week.
Autumn is here, the days are beautiful and the nights are getting pretty cool, which means it is time to prepare our homes for winter. Last week’s challenge seemed simple enough. I had no fridge to clean but I did have plenty of little things to get done around here to save on energy costs and make the apartment more comfortable during the cold yet to come.
This week has been a roller coaster ride. Life has been up and good with some quick downs which come have come out of left field. It began to take its toll on my mood. As a result I needed a little tender loving care to feel better. For me a good pamper doesn’t involve money, just time. I filled the slow cooker with fresh onions, potatoes, carrots and dried peas with some lovely Bragg’s seasoning and left that to simmer. Then headed to the bathroom to do something with my hair. I’ve let it grow in for almost a year now and find that long straight look no longer looks good. I pulled out my scissors and began to add layers and help soften and frame my face, then went to work on my eyebrows. I moved a few things around in the vanity area to give it a fresh look while cleaning up. I sat down with a library book and a lovely cup of herbal maple tea.
The tea was suggested to me by a local woman I enjoy talking too at the farmer’s market. Getting home I read the ingredients and saw it had licorice in it, not something I like, but I tried the tea anyway. The smell is divine and the tea has a delicious flavor. This may become one of my favorites. By the time my soup was ready I was again feeling like myself again. Life is crazy, but taking a little time to enjoy simple pleasures and to do something nice for yourself does help to restore inner calm.
Now on to this week’s challenge at Reduce footprints.