Sunday, November 22, 2009


The only meme I participate in is Nature Notes/Signs of the Seasons and this week due to being tired, busy and just plain stupid, I got all wrapped up in myself and I didn't label my post as a Nature Notes because although Michelle kindly said it could have been, I didn't think it was in the right vein.

She's really a sweetheart.

Visit Michelle at the very greenNature Notes Thursday Meme for a list of the best bloggers in the natural world. Check out Thursday's post with the woodpecker and then Friday's post for the bloggers.

Last Thursday she said she just wanted us to write about how we think green and she gave us all a lovely award. My first:
So here I am, days late, to tell you what I do that's green. I have read some of the posts and I assure you, I am seriously lacking.

1. I drive a hybrid car that uses electricity and saves gas.

2. I now enjoy recycling because our city gave us this huge bin that is the same size as the trash can and every other week they pick it up. Our trash can is never full anymore, I don't have to sort anything, just wash out the icky stuff.

3. I don't drive as much as I did, but I do try not to skimp when I do things for the kids. They live downtown and I live in the suburbs, but they're worth it.

4. I run the dryer consecutively to keep it warm instead of letting it cool off. Same with the oven.

5. I grow a vegetable a year. Last summer was leeks. I think, if I can figure out how, I may go with kale this coming year.

6. I don't fertilize or do anything but weed the garden. I just let it grow. This may contribute to my lack of success, but I also like that my leeks and rhubarb are unaffected by chemicals.

7. I take my own bags to the store - grocery store, Target, KMart, you name it. I do not always remember, but mostly I do and I despise those stupid plastic bags. You almost have to wonder if the cashiers get paid by the plastic bag. (HEY!) Maybe Howard will explain this to me.

8. I don't buy chicken unless I get it from a farm. I suppose if I have to, like making a special dish for a friend, I will, but 99% of the time, I do not want a molested, abused, stuffed-in-a-cage corporate chicken on my plate. I buy organic, but not religiously. I buy the milk without hormones and sub-therapeutic antibiotics, but really prefer the outrageously expensive non-homogenized, low heat pasteurized milk. Like, for Christmas, just get me a gift card from HyVee so I can buy some milk at $3.99 a half gallon, I ask you.

That's about all I can come up with right now, but I honestly think there's more than this. Thanks for asking, Michelle!

Ya'll might want to join up with Nature Notes. Obviously (as you see by my inclusion) you do not have to be a birding blog or photography blog, etc.


Howard Bagby said...

I really am not sure why they feel the need to use so many bags. When hired we have to take what they call CBL's, Computer Based Learning. Since I don't run a register I have never taken that one so I don't know what they tell them. When they first came out with the re-usable bags they announced that cashiers would be using fewer bags. I haven't seen any changes. You can recycle the plastic bags at any Wal-Mart. I also recycle any clean plastic, including bread wrappers, produce bags, etc.

Badass Geek said...

Being environmentally conscious is important these days.

ramblingwoods said...

Oh..this is a great post for Nature Notes/Sign of The Season and you really, really are a 'Green Thinker'. I need to be more careful about what I buy. I don't with milk and I should. I think that since I am old that it doesn't matter... but it probably does..LOL... Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

good list, i can never understand why supermarkets are so keen for us to use lots of plastic bags, though at least they're better than they used to be. i always carry two cloth carrier bags with me