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imagesOkay, since I have been conscience of “greeness” for some time, I have slowly been trying to change certain aspects of our lives.  In May, I’m going to work a little harder at those things I have tried to incorporate into our lives in the past and turn it into more a way of life so I don’t have to think about it.

Here’s the list:

Paper Towels
Paper Plates
Reusable lunch
No plastic water bottles
Less meat
Diaper Issue (plastic bags)

Today lets look at the paper towels.

Gotta love the paper towel.  Our towel roll sits on our kitchen/dining room table where it is easily accessible.  It moved from the kitchen counter as Munch got older.  We use it for napkins, spills, and plates.  I started using cloth towels to do more of the spill cleaning , counter and table cleaning.  I think our paper towel usage went down quite considerably.

Its so easy to grab a paper towel to clean something, though.  Then I can just throw it in the trash.  With towels I have to collect and clean them.  I have successfully incorporated cloth towels to clean Munch after a meal.  So now I just need to get use to using them for other cleaning uses.

I have all different kinds of cloth towels for different things: big white ones for messy spills and floor clean up, smaller white ones for wiping faces, hands or other foodies; blue cloths for cleaning with cleaning solution (I use “green” cleaners, but plan on switching to make my own so the separation of towels may not be necessary); and orange cloths for bathroom cleaning.  Is it weird to have this type of system?  It makes me feel better.  Poor Hubs has a hard time keeping up with the system.

I must say, I don’t see myself giving up paper towels to clean the toilet.  I can’t bring my self to use something re-usable.  Yuck!!  But I think I can limit it to just a few for the porcelain god.

I have cloth napkins which we never use.  Again, yuck, I hate using cloth napkins.  Even in fancy restaurant it gives me the heebeegeebies, but I will give it a go.  Note – gotta find them.

Under this category is the swifter sheets.  I use them to dust (sometimes) and on the floor (sometimes.)  I’ll have to think more on this.  I can easily use a microfiber cloth to dust.  I think I even have one.  But I’m not sure about the floor.  I’m in a losing battle with the dog hair and I don’t want to upset my strategy at the cost of a hairy home.  I usually just vacuum, but the swifter helps for a quickie and since the vacuuming only keeps the hair up for a few minutes or so, the swifting comes in handy.

Good bye Paper Towels!!  Well, we will just be seeing you a little less, but you are still invaluable.

I’ll keep you updated!!

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New Life

Okay, I know I have been lacking here for quite a while.  I have been struggling with perfectionism, vulnerability, and a busy schedule.   I struggle with the “fluffiness” of my writing here.  I want to delve into some deep, darker and controversial issues, but I am worried about my vulnerability since many who read actually know me.  I think I will find another outlet for that.

I do, however, want to keep up better with this.  I can feel free to be “fluffy” here and not feel held back since I can use my other outlet for deeper mush.

With that said, I have a new project to begin.  Yesterday was Earth Day.  I’ve been wanting for a long time to do more to help the earth and the next generation so I’m putting together a “Go Green Action Plan” for the next year.  After I get a plan set, I will share it and update you on my progress. I hope the few readers I do have (had before my sabbatical) will also join me in this challenge.  My hope is that I can get new ideas and inspire someone (anyone – is anyone out there?) to become more green.

The whole disposable diaper issue has been killing me for 2 plus years now.  Time to take care of that!!

So more to come soon.

Hail

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Happy April!

dsc_0031Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry.. all forms of fear.. are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.
–Eckhart Tolle

Author Unknown

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I am a shadow
One step behind

I am a storm
moving over the horizon

I am the wind
blowing from the North

I am the truth
underneath the facts

I am the ocean
with varying depths

I am the dream
in the midst of your mind

I am the emotion
behind the smile

I am the apprehension
behind the repartee

I am the book
that was never opened

I am the gift
that was never given

I am the soul
left unexplored

I am unknowable
without any questions

I am here
I am here

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“Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.”

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth

Doesn’t this just somehow take a weight from your shoulders?  Just accept what is.  Take a deep breath.  It is what it is and there is no point worrying about what is.  Of course this doesn’t mean you don’t understand what is and if you don’t like it you can work on ways to change it.  However, now is now so breath and let it go.

Sunburn

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Sunburn

Sun
Sometimes you are no fun
Why am I the one?

Pain
I might go insane
I wish it would rain

Ouch
Just sitting on the couch
Turns me into a great big grouch

Yes another one.  I just love stupid little poems.
My inspiration for this poem? A sunburn given to me yesterday at the park.  Its not even Spring yet.  Oh how I am dreading the summer!!