Tuesday, October 21, 2014
This recycling thing has me thinking sometimes.
Like I watched a youtube video, bragging that this restaurant did not take out it's trash, yet in the video I saw food put in styrofoam containers. It was great his veg scraps went to chickens and his plastic milk/water jugs went to the recycling center but it made me think.
I grew up in the 60s and 70s. My Mom got married in 1954.
She got Revere pots and pans, and used them until she died.
We had melmac plates and aluminum tumblers that lasted forever.
We did not use paper plates nor paper napkins.
In the back was one oil drum used as a trash can. It was not full at the end of the week. Everything came in glass jars which we reused for storage and crafts. I had a bottle cutter so made vases, which I decorated. I used paper mache from newspaper to make one jar into a sitting guy. Foil was reused as much as possible. Wax paper wrapped my sandwiches.
The original refrigerator with it's tiny ice box is all Mom ever had.
We were not poor at all. Just careful.
We walked the half mile to the Jewel grocery, pulling a two wheel cart. We used the paper grocery bags to cover books, draw on etc.
We owned a mesh shopping bag for small shopping trips.
We walked in all four seasons. Father had a car but we stopped taking Sunday drives to the country when gas got up to 29.9 cents a gallon! Just too high!
The oil drums of trash in the alley were a treasure trove, especially when someone was moving away. 45 records, stuffed animals, small radios, leather gloves, and even our wooden kitchen table (oak) came from our alley just on our block. This was before plastic trash bags.
If we did buy soda pop, it was in returnable glass bottles.
To get to work farther away as a teen, I took the bus.
On weekends they sold a pass so one price, ride where ever you wanted to go.
Now, people have multiple recycling bins, certain bags to use, and it is complicated.
My husband sometimes hauls a load of old tires from Iowa to way down south. People pay to have someone take the old tires, then they sell them! Rubber mulch is made, retread tires, melted to make rubber mats. It is not a good paying load.
So things have changed a lot since I was born in 1959.
Does this make you think?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Had a good week with some exercise and calorie tracking.
Scale registered 5lb loss. I was surprised, so moved the scale to a new location, balanced it out and tried again. Yup. 5 lbs.
We will see what it says next Wednesday. I know the ups and downs I usually get on the journey.
I am always amazed, that ladies want to do trendy hair styles.
I know one gal now in her forties, that seems to have a different one every 3 months. And the long in the front short in the back looks horrible on her!
She has had maybe two cuts that worked so well for her, but has never went back to them, and she hates fussing with her hair.
You tell me, why do some do this? Especially if they don't like the results like she does. I am puzzled. Peer pressure?
I am totally opposite. I found my style for my hair and am sticking with it. No decisions to make, keeping it simple.
This morning was a roaring success. I did three kinds of leg lifts before even getting out of bed, then finished strength exercises before my shower. Got papers burned since the wind finally lessened, and breakfast of oatmeal, all before 9:30am.
I sure do enjoy a day that works out so smoothly!
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
I remember years ago, when I lived in Nebraska, and went outside late one night to see the blue moon, along with neighbors Bill and Blanche Highfield. It did not take long, and the moon seemed to be more gray than blue to us.
This morning, since we were awake due to DH's work hours anyway, plus an emergency repair we did in the dark to a failing hose clamp, we saw the eclipse and the red moon. I think it may have been a little red. More disappointed this time as not sure that was really red.
But the eclipse, we did see as we are outside for over an hour dealing with the diesel truck. The computer will not let it start if water level is too low. And even though the shop had changed hoses, a mechanic used a hose clamp that was too big so it leaked out fluid again. DH got a rubber slab to plump up the connection, added water and was able to leave late but leave at last.
Today was weigh in day for the challenge, and I was happy that counting calories made the scale move downwards 1.3 lbs this week. I did not get much activity in due to back pain, but still had a good result.
This week we are doing a bingo activity/goal game in the challenge appeals to me and I was so glad I had some printer ink left!
Life is going to throw curves at us (my stepson, 48, crashed his big motorcycle yesterday around noon) but we have to keep keeping on.
Stepson is home to recuperate. Got torn up and stitches. He caused the accident by not noticing the car in front of him was turning off, and he has no medical insurance for him and his wife- though kids have it. I hope he heals well and gets some insurance. He has had a few accidents of various types over the years and really needs health insurance, not even realizing there will be fines if he doesn't comply.
If a family can have cable TV, go to movies and own campers etc. it means they could tighten up and get insurance. It used to be we paid bills first and entertainments came second, but I guess it isn't that way in all families.
I am proud of him straightening out his life and working everyday for many many years now.
Onward and downward!
Friday, October 03, 2014
Small amount of weight lost since the beginning of the challenge, which I like, as they encourage me to remember to do strength exercises. For the rest of the challenge I need to get my heart beating more to keep up the loss of weight. I am getting tired of the yoyo I have been on since January,and know I am the only one that can change that with mindful eating.
My fitbit flex is a wonderful motivational tool, though I am in a slump with some back issues. I have officially wore out one band of it, with it snapping by the clear window that allows the lights to show. I tried to be careful taking the fitbit out of it, but one too many bends I guess, and the glue gave way. Been using it as only partly separated, but now today I see a tear in the silicone.
I have another band at the ready, so no problem. Fairly good wear considering the use every day.
The rain of the past two days has blown off and it is extremely windy today.
It really feels like autumn now.
Onward and downward!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Today my hubby bubby wanted more ice cream that was on sale.
Blue bunny brand and I looked at the amount on the carton. 1.65 ???
What? I remember when it said 1.75 and years ago 2 but when did this latest shrinking come to his ice cream?
I know the dried fruits I buy went from 8 oz to 6 oz to 5 oz and not sure now since I have not bought any.
Do companies not realize that we don't notice the packages getting smaller as the prices increase? What a sad world we live in.
At least the celery has not shrunk, nor the onions.
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