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Yes, they think I am crazy. I am not buying paper napkins again. I have decided that there is way to much waste going on here. Not really but there is always room for improvement and this is a good product to eliminate.
I have been cleaning out the house looking for items to reuse, recycle, repurpose etc. I have used old t/shirts for the obvious dust rags, cleaning rags, even a dog toy from a knotted one. This time I cut them into squares for cloth napkins. Wa la soft , reusable napkins. The husband and son refuse to use them. Husband likes his sleeve better, he told me. Son, well he is just plain ornery at times.
They are soft and they smell nice and fresh, I still use fabric softeners. Can’t make all the sacrafices at once you know. I did try to buy some real but basic cloth napkins at my local thift store but they must have thought they were made from a fancy cloth of gold threads, because the price was higher than buying them in Walmart NEW. Plus I had just bought 15 branded sweat shirts and other assorted warm weather “I am not turning on the heat” clothes, from their bargain bin @25 cents a piece. Even scored a brand new nike golf polo for my son.
So you can imagine my distain when ten 8×8 cloth napkins we going to cost me 50 cents a piece. Nope forget the fancy ones…I like my soft old t/shirt napkins. I still may be able to change hubby’s mind too! After all it is one of his old shirts, just not the sleeve!
My oh my do we ever rely on gas, electricity, oil, etc. I have yet in my 50+ years to experience having my utility lifeline severed. I do though have complete sympathy for those who have been forced due to the weather, to live without power. I truly believe that from here on in we are going to live at the “mercy of the weather”.
I feel the dramatic changes we have seen in the weather are here to stay. It is understood that societies’ reliance on utilities has caused many of us to become complacent. If you have never had to go without, how can you know what it’s going to be like? Even the choice to live a greener or more sustainable life will not have most of us looking to live such a primitive life.
Being born and raised in the north I have many friends and family who have seen their share of catastrophic weather this year. From a tornado in the summer to the snowtober event of last week they have had to endure considerable amounts of time without electricity. Keeping tabs on many of them has forced me to think about the real effect this loss of power can have on a household.
While my elderly father has a wood stove, I forgot he had a well and septic, this means no water because the pump runs by electricity. He is forced to truck by pail snow up to bathroom tub so they can have water to flush. Just a simple flush becomes a problem. The old rule of letting the yellow mellow is being observed, you can not go weeks without flushing. A basic routine for most of us.
Living without lights for a few days is survivable, but thinking about all the other so called necessities we now use to get through the day makes one realize that preparing for these events takes strong will. Being prepared to live without our cell phones that need charging, the refrigerators that need to stay cold, the generators that should be the saving grace, even needs gas to run….and if you can’t get the gas from the service station because the power is out well then you are the SOL.
It is times like these that push some of us to consider what we can do to make life a bit less inconvenient when we lose our power source. It has been done many many years before us and can be done again with a little old thing call ingenuity. A basic move is to have foods that do not need so much preparation. More fruits and vegetables that do not need to be kept in the fridge would help in a situation like this and would even slim a few waistlines!
Another simple a tip I found online, if you use solar lights in your yard they can be a source of safe indoor light when it gets dark. I know it is just a matter of time before I get to experience life without power, hopefully it will not impact me as much since I am working to live a simpler life. I will be jonesing on the loss of the net though!
Got any other great ideas? Let me know.
Imagine the concept of saving your own poo! ICK! Double ICK! There is a movement (heehee) going on in this department. But the jury is till out on the concept called humanure. You can read all about it here.
Given that most of us have a hate relationship with our excretory system, I am pretty confident that this will be not become the norm. But for the truly self-sufficient soul it may be just another way to put the poo to good. From the earth back to the earth. There are a number of ways to utilize the poo, you can purchase a composting toilet.
Companies like Outdora sell self containing or full out composting systems for those interested in the humanure concept. There are more primitive solutions such as the old style outhouse that will also work. You can read some interesting history about outhouses @ The Outhouse’s of America Tour.
If you truly have a desire to compost your waste you must check out Joseph Jenkins blog and books on the subject. He appears to be a leading expert on poo uses. He is the author of the book the Humanure Handbook listed above
While this concept may seem foreign to many of us it seems to be the logical conclusion to the “in the mouth out the pooper “process. And for those who practice it I am sure most adhere to an organic diet by being a vegetarian or a vegan. But it is still important to fully understand the process and not just dump human waste into your garden. We do have many harmful bacteria that can be deadly living in our digestive track. If you follow the rules and compost properly it believed that the good bacteria will kill the bad.
For more information on the process you can also read what Grandpappy Robert Wayne Atkins writes on the humanure movement. 🙂
So named because it looks like a big coffin laying in the backyard. To bad we have no trick or treat traffic because it could have easily been turned into a scary Halloween feature.
Hubby finally finished it last week. He did a great job! Then came the realization that the dogs could jump into it, let’s hope that they won’t once plants are in it. Then we realized the idea of using the fence for the climber crops of the garden was not well thought out. We will just be giving the deer free rein at our vegetable garden buffet! Come on Bambi….sidle up here to the all you can eat grazing bar. Unlimited vegetables just for you and your friends.
Then after he lined it with weedblocker and plastic on the sides to keep the dirt in, the dog jumped in…chasing a strange dog along the fence line that he was used to running around. Damn people went and put this raised bed in my way…..no way, in I go…see mom…just try to mess up MY yard!
So now it’s time to get some organic material in it. That should keep Chester out. So I truck my brewing compost over and into the coffin…that is all ready with the nice weedblocker bottom and the plastic on the sides. I get a good layer on the bottom, enough for one days work. I do though lament over whether I should have put hardware cloth on the bottom, but I have not had a problem with critters down below so I couldn’t justify the work or the money.
Well if only the dog had not jumped in chasing the stray along the fence, and I had not trucked all the fill to keep him out. I would have found out that hardware cloth was necessary. Next day our jack russell mix is out there sniffing n digging, so out I go to check out why. I almost fall into the garden coffin, the ground is all squishy in front of it. Damn moles tunneling under the garden coffin! Now I will have to find out what will drive those pesky moles away before spring.
Told y’all in the beginning the NC dirt was gonna be the death of me. If it happens soon I can become part of the “organic compost”, in my garden coffin! 🙂
If I could I would! Cut the cable immediately. But I can’t. The other’s in the house would surely have my head. I am thinking of going to a pay per view format…they pay me to be able to view it. The appeal of a nice vacation in lieu of terrible television is so on the money. Along with the fact if there was something to watch the only channel this TV seems to get is ESPN, it is actually programmed to come on to ESPN. Sports and more sports.
How did it get this way. Why do we pay so much to be entertained by CRAP. Jersey Shore, Housewives from where ever, Snooki…Pleaseeeeeee! Kids don’t read anymore and adults don’t move from the set, everybody is glued to a tv set or dvr. Now I won’t say I never watch it, most of the time it’s used as background noise. And yes that is a waste of energy. Cutting the cord is hard but I am working towards it. It is the others in the household that refuse to make the break. It would be nice if you could just add the channel you want…cable a la carte. A basic package for your area and a small fee for access to any other big network. That’s the ticket!
I want my $100+ dollars in my pocketbook!
Here are few options to ridding yourself of the big cable bill.
There are some options available to explore. Hopefully I can get some relief from the cable bill and the golf membership. I know there is a beach chair waiting somewhere with my name on it.