Favorite Quotes:

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result"

- Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, January 24, 2011

A little greener by the day

Sometimes being  "green" is not inconvenient, harder, or more expensive.  I used to vacuum my tile and wood floors.  I have since switched to using a dust mop.  It picks up everything, fits under furniture, uses no electricity, and is really fast to zip around the house.

I  used to use bleach cleaning products everywhere.  I was not crazy about the smell or my bleach stained clothes.  I am always cleaning up messes.  Now I clean the kitchen counters with Mrs. Meyer's countertop spray and I mop with Mrs. Meyers clean day all purpose cleaner.  It has a nice scent and gets the job done.

How are you "greening" your life?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grow your own or buy locally grown

I am planning a garden again this year to grow some vegetables and berries of my own.  I am in a new house with a very neglected garden space.  With careful planning and lots of hard work I hope to have a few of my favorite things.

--> As I said it will take some hard work to whip this space into shape. I will used raised beds and containers.  See my gardening blog
Container Gardening Without A Green Thumb

For those of you who don't have the time or space to grow a garden you can always buy locally grown foods.  A resource for finding locally grown produce in your area is LocalHarvest. Use their website to find family farms, farmers' markets,  and other sources of sustainably grown food close to you .You can find produce, grass-fed meats, and many other good things.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I am back on the blog horse again

Wow have I been gone a really long time.  My quality of life was slowly slipping away.  I was hurting all over and feeling weak and fatigued.  Even though I was going to the gym to work out twice a week I just never felt good.  In June 2010 I ended up with torn cartilage in my knee and had surgery.  I spent about 4 months in physical therapy to get my knee to straighten and bend completely.  It never happened.  I finally went back to a rheumatologist and for the second time was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  That is a diagnosis I just never "believed in."  I was at the end of my rope so I went ahead and took the medication he prescribed.  On the fourth day on the medication I felt like a person again.  My leg was better, my random aches were gone, and I had energy.   Now I am back in the game and starting to live.  I am signed up for a series of stained glass classes, I have sewing projects to work on, a new garden that is dying for some TLC, and lots of reading and learning to do about writing.   I also plan on keeping up with my blogs.