being green.

For a while now, issues regarding the environment have been nagging me more and more frequently. Topics that range from climate change, efficiency of recycling and even the recent popularity of Marie Kondo. All of those and many more have allowed me to really analyze not only the items I already have, but the ones I am considering purchasing.

Starting in the new year, a neighboring county to mine has officially banned plastic bags in shopping. I can’t lie, I love every bit of it. Every time there is someone who makes a joke about straws ending up in the ocean, I want to scream. Because, on the whole, we are a hot damn mess when it comes to using single use plastics frivolously and for a fact, they are ending up in the ocean and whole love other places that are directly affecting our health and our society.

I will probably NEVER be a person who can live 100% footprint free….I am adding the “probably” just in case I ever run for political office and they find this particular blog post to hold against me (there is probably much more they could hold over me!). However, I will stand behind the following statement.

Each and every one of us can do better. Should do better. Need to do better.

It goes much farther than using plastic bags, but it’s a hell of a start.

Here is my bigger challenge to you. Buy the market bag. Purchase the store offered grocery bag. Make one a shopping bag out of a old t-shirt.

If you’re interested in one, I have some on my Facebook page and will be posting a couple more soon!

Then use the living crap out of it until it is threadbare and can no longer hold even a clementine.

I love me some Marie Kondo and I am ALL for diminishing the amount of items we have cluttering our lives. But I am also all for living with the things you enjoy…and for me that means having multiple water bottles so I don’t have to wash them daily. Hey, it’s better than plastic bottles and I won’t be purchasing anymore until one of the current stash dies.

Recently, I watched a really informative documentary (currently on Netflix and more info can be found here) called The Minimalists. Once again, I am not telling you that you should get rid of everything and live under a rock. However, I do believe that if start to pay more attention to what we have, what we bring into our worlds and how we use what we do have….it would help a lot of things in this world. I would suggest with starting with watching The Minimalists and see what conversations it sparks within yourself and those you love.

So, with the new, fresh and shiny New Year upon us, ask yourself…what can I do? It might be one simple, little change that you do only once a week, but it’s a start! Who knows where it will take us, but I believe we all have a responsibility to do a little better. Do you want to know if you have too much stuff? Check out this quick read to get an idea!

If you are up for another eye opener, check out the documentary The True Cost or explore some other documentaries here!

Happy New Year.

Peace out peeps.

(I know it wasn’t exciting, but this post is for you Aunt S.! I finally got around to writing SOMETHING!)

Panic…I mean…Fall is in the Air

Morning everyone!

So, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I normally LOVE Fall.  The only part I historically don’t enjoy is the loss of sunlight. But the rest of it….bring it on!

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This year is a little different.

Now, I see the beautiful leaves falling to the ground and a myriad of thoughts run through my brain.

Then the panic starts.

I feel…more than usual…that there will NEVER be enough time.

So, the To Do list comes back in full force.

  1. Prepare for the invasion (mice,bugs and critters…oh my!)

**Speaking of invasions…what the hell is this???**

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  1. Built a basement door (that might help with the invasion)
  2. Plant bulbs and final push in the flowerbeds for the year (because I am already envisioning the beauty for next year!)
  3. Garden…oh my garden…you will be bigger and better for next year (if I have time).
  4. Order the bare root trees to prep for planting in the spring (big goals to get some new trees started!)
  5. Classes…so many options for Fall fun!
  6. Enjoy pumpkin everything.

The next class at the house is all set up scheduled…but dear lord, it’s only two weeks away!

See what I mean.

Pure panic.

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So, with that being said.  Does anyone else feel this kind of pressure this time of year?

Oh, and if there wasn’t enough.  I think I am going to make concord grape jelly tomorrow.  I think you could get drunk from the grapes ripening right now!  Too many to just waste!

Peace out peeps.

 

 

Sunday Mornings

Morning everyone!

I am sitting here this morning working on canning beans from my garden.  I am praying and hoping that my first experience will a pressure canner is nothing but wonderful!  lol!

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But it allows me a moment to be “present”.  I just finished paying bills and I am sitting here with the door open and the fragrance of cow is wafting around.  Mr. T. would love it right now!!  I get to take a moment and enjoy the progress of this summer.

I mean, just the success of the beans alone, it’s pretty remarkable!

I shouldn’t call it a success until I am done canning them, huh?

Anyway.  The beans are a result of my first big girl garden.

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I pretty stinking proud of it.  Bonus, it’s actually producing vegetables.

I feel so confident, I am starting a herb garden by the house today.

I know.  It’s awesome.

So, in the spirit of being present….and reminiscing all at the same time…it’s hard to believe how much has occurred in 8 months.  The house is coming along. The deck/patio area are almost done in the back.  The storm cellar is just waiting for a drain and a new door (once completed, I will give the full recap of that project!)  We are redesigning the entrance steps on Wednesday.  School starts in 14 short days, so I am in the big push to wrap up the major projects for the summer.

Another perk…I am starting love living out in the open and looking forward to more adventures daily.

Next up….I think I am going to be a Chicken Complex so I can have chickens next spring.

Anyway, it’s just a great, quiet morning. It’s actually a nice temperature…which is glorious without AC in the house.  It’s just nice.  Peaceful.  Whole.  Wonderful.

So, I hope you are having just as wonderful of a morning.  It’s a great way to start the day!

I am seriously starting to wonder about this pressure canning.   It is  definitely an exercise in patience.

Peace out peeps.

 

Moods and Weather

Listen.

I am a total weather person.  I LIVE for the 70 degree days, blue skies, slight breeze and warmth of the sun.  When those days pop up….I soak up every ounce of EVERY moment of them and I store them.  Like a chipmunk with nuts.  Or is it a squirrel?

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Whatever, you get the point.

Right now is one of the most challenging times of the year for me…mentally.  I know…every day is a struggle, but right now…it’s a damn obstacle course to get through the day.  Like a American Ninja Warrior course. My work as an elementary art teacher is sucking every bit of life out of me.

My patience.  Gone.

My urge to be healthy.  Gone.

My energy.  Gone.

My brain.  Gone.

Most of my urge to care at all.  Gone.

So, I need Mother Nature to step it up.  Quit throwing out these crap days.  I need sunshine…for like DAYS IN A ROW.  I need to be able to play in the dirt.  Mow my yard without trying to coordinate it between two jobs and the sobbing tears Momma Wild is throwing down from those heavy gray clouds.

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My yard is loving it.  My tractor is not. 

I get it, she must have bad days too….but doesn’t she know????  Lots of us feel a lot better when she blesses us with those glorious, amazing and healing days of sunshine and warmth.

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Here’s to everyone in my boat.  Keep bailing those raindrops out.  Hang in there…because there will be one of those glorious days coming soon.  When it does…absorb it.  Harness the warmth and save it…you’ll need it.  Especially if you live in a place like Northeast Ohio.

I mean, there was a VERY specific reason the Ravenna Arsenal was built here.  (Which is a super fascinating place to learn about in the chapters of U.S. history….perfect for a rainy day!  hee hee hee)

Hang in there.  I keep telling myself the following…

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Thanks for letting me dump my emotional baggage on you for a second!

Peace out peeps.