Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dust to Dust


It's Earth Day today. Aiden, Ben and Izzy walked around our neighborhood picking up trash. It was kind of funny when they came back two different times because Izzy kept wanting to dump out her sack like it was halloween candy. I kept saying, " Whoa, whoa. Don't dump it on the couch! I'll just look inside." I really do want to treat the earth well. I've been reading and preparing to go chemical free in our home. It's so hard to go organic sometimes because of the higher cost. I really want to eat a lot of fresh produce instead of boxed or canned this and that. I want to take the time to feed my body things that are actually full of the nutrients and vitamins that I need verses microwaving everything out or eating things that are processed to "death." It's just tricky to balance the frugal budget with the healthiest lifestyle. Now, NOT using chemicals is actually a money saver. Jessica and Ryan can attest. Yes, I will buy some safe products like laundry soap and hand soap but, for the most part, cleaning without chemicals is using vinegar and baking soda for the majority of the cleaning. I'm going to buy Green Clean which is sooo helpful for problem solving stains and other issues. I got to read Jessica's copy and I'm hooked. I want to change my lifestyle so that I'm not as wasteful and just wiser with my water usage and what I send down the drains. Also, with how I pollute the air in our home. Eventually, I'm going to try to keep some indoor plants alive to help with our indoor air. I've got some plants started on the windowsill like, herbs and some tomatoes. The tomatoes will join the other pots I have on my deck in a month or so. I think I want to keep the herbs inside so I have easy access but... we'll see. I have started a few plants on our deck so far but will wait for the warmer weather to start the rest of the vegis I have planned. It will be great to be able to eat from our labor later on. It's so exciting to see them sprouting and growing already.

Well, that was a big bowl of goodness. Hope it wasn't too random. Do any of you make efforts to protect our home? However temporary it may be, it is our gift to take care of...

3 comments:

Eric & Tara said...

Ah yes, Earth day...good old Earth day. In honor of our earth I planted a few herbs. I now have a huge pot of fresh sweet basil on my front porch and I love it! I asked Eric if he had done anything for Earth day and he said he tried to us less toilet paper but he almost got crap on his hand so...

Kaydub said...

lol lol
I missed earth day - what does that mean? I do love the earth - I especially love trees.
I'll have to pick a day and pretend like it is earth day - and I'll . . .hmm . . . water my indoor plants and start my compost pile - yes! I love having a compost pile - cause you keep just dumping your clippings and food trash and then when spring comes and you look in - there is fresh new beautiful dirt and worms ! It is lovely.

mom

Kathy (Cundiff) Zumwalt said...

Jen, I just found your blog via the grapevine and enjoyed reading about your transition to less chemicals and less waste. I have been going through the same metamorphasis for some time now. It started with cloth diapers and has almost taken over my life :) It has been good for us. I think it makes me appreciate this amazing creation and the God who designed it even more than I already did.
I thought I would share a blog with you that I have been reading--http://frugalgranola.blogspot.com/. She's amazing. Especially her ability to save money on groceries and still eat healthily. I hope it helps and encourages you on your journey!
Blessings.