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A Picture is Worth

Posted by adamswife on March 29, 2008

This link will take you to a site that has a very unique way of illustrating just how much junk we throw away every day. It’s time we started looking for some alternatives to all that trash.
 
For more information on protecting our environment, check out Sarcastic Mom’s Project Support Beauty in Nature.
 
Earth Day is April 22. What are you and your family planning to do celebrate this day? For ideas click on logo.earth-day-logo.jpg

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by adamswife on March 17, 2008

I’ve started to post several times today, and never made it.  We’ve had some lovely sunshine and the snow is steadily disappearing.  I’m hoping to get outside tomorrow and enjoy it.

I’ve had a corned beef brisket cooking all day.  It will soon be done.  I’ve added some potatoes, carrots, and cabbage to the pot.  Nummy!  I love corned beef and cabbage.  The first time I made dinner for Ed it was corned beef and cabbage, so it’s a sentimental thing, too.

My blood pressure is getting better since we adjusted the medication Friday.  Now it only changes by one or two points when I stand up instead of dropping 20 points or more.  Now if I can just shake this cough I may actually feel good.  It’s been a long time since that happened.  It’s something I’m looking forward to.

I was  watching The View this morning.  They had a lot of information on using environmentally safe products.  It was quite interesting.  You can check their website if you’re interested.  They talked about diapers and laundry detergent and personal care products as well as using renewable bamboo and recycled glass, etc. in building or remodeling your home.  They even talked about buying organically grown cotton.  Said it takes a pound of pesticide to grow a pair of jeans.

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Idaho’s Snake River

Posted by adamswife on March 12, 2008

I forget that not all my readers are familiar with Idaho and her beautiful Snake River.  If you’d like more information or pictures of the canyons, white water, and dams that are part of the Snake River Google “Idaho’s Snake River.”  And then read until your eyes bleed or until you’re totally bored whichever comes first.  I have spent most of my life along the Snake and sometimes forget that She is not as familiar to others as she is to me.  You might want to start here.

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No More Paper or Plastic?

Posted by adamswife on March 10, 2008

Support Beauty in Nature Time to report on what I’ve been doing for the environment. Sarcastic Mom started me thinking about the environment and what I could do each day to make it a bit better – or at least not to add to the problems. Back in February I talked about participating in the first Earth Day and my early childhood efforts at recycling. My parents subscribed to the philosophy

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

Good for the environment and the bank balance. So, here is what I’ve done lately.

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First off, I bought some material to make grocery bags and netting for the produce. Notice – I got this from the remnant bin – I’m “using it up.” This is what it looks like unrolled.

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I’m gonna have the prettiest shopping bags in Wal-Mart!

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I’ve been saving up my plastic bags to return to the store. Today I put them in the recycle bin. And while I was at it I discovered that Wal-Mart has bins for aluminum and plastic containers as well. That’s more recycling I can now do.

I already had a few bags, so I took them with when I went shopping today. This is the result.

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In addition to getting rid of my paper and plastic, I have started phasing out the use of paper plates. This one is more difficult for me because I have to take my dishes upstairs to wash them (or wash them in the bathroom). So, that’s what I’m doing for the environment.

Go here to read what Lotus is doing and to find others who support Project Beauty in Nature.

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Another Walk In the Park

Posted by adamswife on February 25, 2008

I again took a walk along the “green belt” on the banks of the Snake River.  It was an exhilarating day,  but the scenery is still the same – lots and lots of white!  lol

This time of year there are always ducks and geese hoping for a handout.

Ducks & Geese

 This goose wanted to be sure she got her fair share.  She was busy honking and running to get to the front of the line.

Greedy Goose

There were some geese flying overhead in their v-formation, but they were faster than my ability to focus. 🙂 

 There are benches along the way in case you want to rest or just enjoy the scenery.

Park Bench

There is an island in the river.  Apparently someone named Keefer used to own and live on the island.  You can still see his small cabin.  It blends in behind the brush, but you can see the snow on the roof if you look closely.  Apparently in the summer months there is quite a bit of wildlife to be seen on the island.  Birds, of course, but also the occasional deer, rabbit, or fox.

 

Keefer Island

 The Snake River is still frozen from bank to bank.

Frozen River

 The snow has melted a bit exposing the weir.  But there is no water going over – it’s all ice.

Frozen Weir

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Earth Day, 1970

Posted by adamswife on February 11, 2008

Support Beauty in Nature “Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. . . On April 22, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment.” (Source: Wikipedia: History of Earth Day)

I was one of the 20 million Americans who participated in that first Earth Day. We were not, however, in the streets, parks, or auditoriums. And we weren’t demonstrating. We were out in the unsettled countryside with our gloves and our garbage bags cleaning up illegal dump sites. There are many willing to gather, to demonstrate, to march in the streets. What we need is more people willing to put on the gloves and pick up the trash.

sagebrushI’m sure the habit of dumping garbage in the desert started when the territory was first settled. After all, there is a lot of open space in Idaho with nothing but a few weeds and maybe some sagebrush. Who is going to notice a bit of trash thrown into that vastness? However, as the number of people in an area grows, so does the amount of trash.

Perrine BridgeSo there we were – in the dry Idaho desert – picking up others people’s trash to be taken to a landfill and disposed of properly. As a youngster I had visited some of these dump sites with my parents. We were there to salvage Mason jars. I guess you could say I was into recycling at a very early age. We picked up bottles that others had tossed aside, checked them for chips to be sure they would seal, took them home where we washed and disinfected them thoroughly and then used them to preserve fruits and vegetables we harvested from our garden. I never could understand why people would toss out such valuable things.

I didn’t find much of value or interest on that first Earth Day. I did wonder at the attitude that it is okay to dump your trash on someone else’s property. Apparently that attitude is still alive and well in America.

More Project Beauty in Nature Posts

Project Beauty in Nature conceived and promoted by Lotus Carroll, the Sarcastic Mom.

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