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I remember before recycling

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?

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GRLTAZ 10/26/2014 9:09PM

    Well said. Not all things have changed for the better.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 10/22/2014 4:31PM

    Indeed it does!

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JANET552 10/22/2014 8:05AM

    So true!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/22/2014 7:41AM

    I really miss the simpler times. :o(

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EABL81 10/21/2014 11:30PM

    Karen, you are so right! We live in a disposable society. Recycling is better than throwing things away, but how much better to have products with long lives and to find new uses for things rather than to dispose of them. Unfortunately, products today are designed to become obsolete in a very short period of time. The computer I'm typing on will have a relatively short life span, even though it might not wear out for years. In a few short years, it will be impossible to run newer versions of software, and rather than being able to update it to allow for that to happen, it's designed to be thrown on the scrap heap.

One would hope that at some point we'll realize how wasteful this is. After all, the U.S. has less than 5% of the world's population, but we produce 1/3 of the world's waste. How many jobs could we create, how much money could we save, and how much less waste, pollution, and greenhouse gas could we produce, if we returned to the values that our parents understood?

We used to tease my mom because she saved everything. Each year, old Christmas cards got recycled as gift enclosures, bows, boxes, and wrapping paper got reused. Now, the joke's on me every time I find myself saving a bow, a gift bag, or a piece of pretty wrapping paper, thinking, "this is still good, I can use this next year." In that sense, I really turned into my mom. Guess it was in the genes. emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/21/2014 9:32PM

    At least people are recycling. I swear that things are made to last only so long so that you have to go out to buy a new one.

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EMSSBEARS 10/21/2014 6:36PM

    Sounds like you were describing my life there growing up and you very well could have been I was born in 1958 and had many of the same experiences. You are accurate in the account of the same dishes and cookware, etc - my Mom recently went into nursing home and we were cleaning out some of the closets and I found where she had kept all my dolls from my childhood - some of these are collectors some can be passed on to my grand kids - my effort to recycle and reuse and a lot more sturdy than the ones they make now - especially the Barbies - however some of those are collectors.

Great blog - brought me back to my childhood.

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STARLITNIGHT 10/21/2014 5:41PM

    Yes I agree, times have changed, some good, some not so good. Lots of waste and its just going to get worse if we do not turn it around ourselves. emoticon

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5lb loss and .... hairstyles

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!

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LINDAK25 10/21/2014 9:24PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations on your weight loss. That's fantastic!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/20/2014 4:04PM

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Great job!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/20/2014 12:37PM

    Congrats on the 5 pound drop in weight! That is terrific! I am of the "find a hairstyle that works and leave it" club myself! I like it short and manageable especially now that I workout!

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ZANYGIRL1 10/20/2014 7:37AM

    Sounds like an awesome Saturday!! I've had the same hair style for 30+ years, can't seem to find something I like better, that actually works with my thin hair. emoticon

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EABL81 10/18/2014 10:03PM

    Congrats, Karen! You're doing so well! I'm glad to find out that I'm not the only person who does the "move the scale to a new spot thing." Not sure why I do it but good to know I'm not alone!


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ANDREAG89 10/18/2014 9:34PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!
I used to tell my "hair designer" to get creative!! Pretty daring, I know. I always figured life is short so why not give something new a try. Besides, when getting it cut every 6 weeks, I figured I could live with it for that long before changing it. Now mine is long with bangs - only about 2 more inches to go before having enough to cut it off and donate it.

Sometimes we get a hit, and sometimes a miss with our cuts, but we're still in the game!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/18/2014 2:44PM

    Great job!

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MTN_KITTEN 10/18/2014 1:57PM

    New hair dos are about expressing ourselves ... some times we get it right ... some times we don't. As long as we are heard ... that's what is important.

Great job on the exercising.

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STARLITNIGHT 10/18/2014 1:06PM

    I use to do hair, it is a big deal to some, they want their outside to be their walking billboard to scream their personality before they even talk. Then there are the one that just don't care, they want easy. I love variety, not trends personally.

Great job on the exercise, I am going to really focus on my ST, I feel I got weak in that area lately.

I was going to mow yesterday but that wind was to much. I am on my way out to do that today.

Have a great weekend Karen!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/18/2014 11:14AM


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Blue moon red moon dancing to a happy tune...weight lost

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!

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_MOBII_ 10/13/2014 11:04AM

    Motorcycle accidents are extra scary! I hope he mends quickly!
I did not see the moon....I saw a giant full moon a night or two before, but honestly forgot about the blood moon :(

Congrats on the 1.3 pounds my sweet friend!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/10/2014 1:57AM

    Congrats on the scale moving the right direction for you! I saw pictures of the moon and it looked red to me in the pictures from that angle but I was not up to see it. Hope your DSS gets well soon! I worry as well because only half of my daughter's family has health insurance but they are adults and we have to let them live their own lives don't we? *sigh* Well we had to learn once too I suppose!

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ZANYGIRL1 10/9/2014 6:24PM

    So happy for you on the weight loss!!! emoticon emoticon

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MAPFARMS 10/9/2014 8:58AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. emoticon

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WEBEZE 10/9/2014 2:14AM

    Congrats on the weight loss. emoticon
Cool that you got to see the eclipse. emoticon

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HISTOGUY 10/9/2014 12:31AM

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EABL81 10/8/2014 11:52PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss, Karen! Hope your stepson is feeling better soon.

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STARLITNIGHT 10/8/2014 7:29PM

    Life can be a struggle at times, that is why we always look for opportunity to enjoy the beauty also. Best wishes for your families health! emoticon

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LINDA! 10/8/2014 6:42PM

    First, I want to say that I hope that your stepson is okay. Sorry to hear about the accident. I am sorry that there are some rough issues for you and your family at this time. Especially your hubby's work schedule.

I am happy that you lost weight for the challenge.

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JENNY888 10/8/2014 4:15PM

    Karen, I love your background on your page. Those are some "blingy" fierce looking black panthers. Congratulations on your weight loss this week.

I hope your stepson recovers quickly from the accident. Encourage him to get health insurance. My husband is a health insurance agent and has found that many are surprised how affordable health insurance now is under the new governmental program. This might be a good time to encourage him to do so as he has to pay off unexpected medical bills. He might be more receptive to the change.

It takes time for many to straighten out their lives. For many it is one step at a time.

I am glad you and your husband were able to get the diesel truck going and were able to enjoy the moon.

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Fall Frenzy Challenge and my Flex

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!

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EABL81 10/5/2014 8:50PM

    Good for you, Karen!


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GRLTAZ 10/5/2014 7:47PM

    Keep going !!

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_MOBII_ 10/4/2014 8:05AM

    Onward and downward....I love that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the great work my friend!

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ZANYGIRL1 10/3/2014 7:55PM

    So glad you have an extra one, to keep going!! emoticon

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JENNY888 10/3/2014 7:47PM

    I don't understand how your fit bit got in the washing machine if you forgot to take it off Lisa. I hope you don't put yourself in the washing machine LOL. I am glad to hear it is still going though. I have put the arm down in the hot tub a couple of times and it seems to have caused no problems.

Karen, I will have to keep my extra bands that I got for when this one wears out.

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STARLITNIGHT 10/3/2014 3:27PM

    You are doing Awesome Karen, I forgot to take off my fit bit last week, it went in the washing machine, Yikes! It is still going, and no I did not include the spin cycle as part of my steps. emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/3/2014 2:12PM

    Miss you over at the cybercafe, but I see you've been busy with your challenges. Good for you!

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Food products: Shrinking sizes increasing prices

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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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/20/2014 6:32PM

    I still want 7 oz cans of tuna!! And toilet paper and Kleenex the sizes of the 90s! I did not get smaller! LOL!!
p.s. I see you are in IA, I'm in MN :o)

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DIBANANA 9/7/2014 10:18PM

  It is outrageous. Soon we will be forced to eat less! LOL

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GRLTAZ 9/4/2014 8:12PM

    Sad but true. They think we do not notice. I would rather have the sizes stay the same and just increase the price if they must.

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SUNSHINE5268 9/2/2014 12:59AM

    sizes are getting smaller indeed.

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JOOLS7 8/31/2014 6:07PM

    It's crazy, check out the blocks of cheese now. They are 7oz instead of 8!

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LINDAK25 8/30/2014 10:03PM

    This makes me crazy, too! Especially since some of the recipes handed down to me call for a one pound box or an eight ounce jar of something. Now I have to buy too much to have enough for one recipe.

Oh, have you seen the price on fresh (previously frozen) fish, particularly shellfish? Crab is $18 or more a pound! As a kid, I can remember we had crab salad sandwiches every Saturday in the summer--that is until the price doubled. At this price, I can't see buying it at all.

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_MOBII_ 8/30/2014 8:39PM

    My dad taught me years ago about shopping by the price of the ounce or whatever measurement....One thing that I DO like about Walmart is that the price is compared right on the tags on the shelf....
Cheese, for example, one brand might sell by the pound and another brand might sell by the half pound, but on the tags, the price is broken down to so many cents per ounce.

Then again, I don't always shop by price. There are times that I will pay more because the quality is better or the company may donate to a certain cause....

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EABL81 8/30/2014 5:27PM

    The prices are even rising fast on produce and meet, thanks to the drought. Can't win!

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GARDENQE2 8/30/2014 5:03PM

    The shrinking package makes it hard to plan for a recipe.
I have a recipe that calls for a 10-cent milk chocolate bar. That used to be the large size. What is 10 cents now? A Hershey's Kiss?
Other sizes are growing: a bottle of Coke was 7 ounces, now it is 20.
Chips used to come in a 4-ounce bag. They are a pound now!

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    Yep prices go up as quantities go down...our economy stinks!

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MCJULIEO 8/30/2014 3:02PM

    Yep! The standard sizes just ain't what they used to be!!

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GETHEALTHY2LIVE 8/30/2014 2:47PM

    Everything is getting smaller but the price. emoticon We buy shredded cheese by the large package, and I thought it was a good price because it was 50 cents cheaper---until I noticed that instead of 32 ounces it was only 24 ounces!! What the heck!! emoticon You really have to watch these days because what a recipe calls for is not necessarily the amount that will be in the package/can.

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LJOYCE55 8/30/2014 1:08PM

  CEOs are not thinking of us at all. Maybe this is a way we can reduce our eating? Buy less, eat less. emoticon

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