Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm here! Really!

Our peaceful retreat in our back yard.

So a friend reminded me that people really are looking at this and I should post something (uh um, you know who you are!). So here's an update on us! Oh and a few cute pictures.

Well we have been on a quest lately to "go green". I'm not turning into a fanatic or anything, but it's amazing the way to you can find to help out the environment if you only look.

For started, pay $1 and get a cloth bag. I've been collecting one each week when I do my shopping, I'm up to 4. Walmarts are black and seem to be the strongest, but I don't shop there much. I feel kinda funny taking a Walmart bag into say Meijer, soo I noticed that our local Spartan store has green ones. They don't say a store name, just "green bag" LOL. They aren't as heavy, but do just as well. They hold way more too, I'd say 2-3 plastic bags worth of groceries. So now I have the bags, the trick is to remember to use them lol, with 4 kids to drag in, they are usually left in the truck. So I put them in the front seat with my purse and am more likely to take them.

Another way is recycling. Start small. When we we're doing a newspaper route we started recycling the extras at Grangers. After we quit the route we realized it really wasn't that difficult. I now have a tote in our kitchen to collect our plastic, cans and such. I printed a list for our fridge from the website on what they take. The hard part for most is, out here we don't even have a place to recycle. The closest places I know of are 45 miles away,not a very earth friend area. So we collect them until we are making a trip to somewhere that is.

In my attempt to declutter I've had lots of papers to throw out. Instead of just tossing them and filling my plastic trash bag, I shred them and make more room, OR burn them in our fire pit. Just a little less trash to go out to the landfill.

Collect rain water in buckets to water the flowers. This one is tricky thou. Leaves and stuff gets in the bucket. I've been thinking of maybe making a screen to go over it. We'll see if that gets done.

Well here are some pictures of my cuties. We are getting family photos done in a few weeks, can't wait for that. Our baby is 6 months old TODAY eyie, yie yie. She's trying to crawl, not quite there yet, but she gets around for sure. She loves being on the floor, the play pen is just to small for her, as far as she's concerned. So our office is dog free, and has a rug on the floor, perfect for her. Until she discovers under the desk.

I've got to get a picture of my Hibiscus too, oh it's soo pretty, Huge flowers on it. Our tomatoes are green but growing. And we got a HUGE zucchini from the garden. The animals are getting the rest. Sneaky buggers, even with the live trap right there, they eat the fresh ones on the plant instead. hmm gotta try something else.

Well gotta run, got lots to do.

This is my precious yesterday, my favorite picture so far.


Amanda Kaake said...

I'm so glad you posted updates. We still need to do the rainwater thing. I'm thinking I might use cheesecloth over mine since I have some handy. Great ideas! Please don't let it be this long for another update:)

Jen said...

I'll try, I promise lol. I don't know something about having 4 kids makes me busy. I think of lots to post but don't get to it. I need a "round to it"