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  • Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • Education
    "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." -David Polis
  • "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it... but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one becomes to feeling ill... Thus if one just keeps walking, everything will be all right." -Soren Kierckgaard
  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
  • How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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February 01, 2010

Comments

Deb

Once again, you have inspired me! Your one small change motivated me to buy fabric for a tablecloth and cloth napkins for my husband's B-day, instead of buying fun but disposable goods. I probably paid around the same price but will have something that will last many year!
We use tissues every single day. Now that we have a washing machine, I really think I could make this work. Wow! I would have never been motivated to try this until I saw yours, they look so delicate and soft.
Thanks for doing the One Small Change, you are right, it does inspire other changes!!!

Deb

I also love your produce bag. How does that work, exactly? As you are selecting your produce do you just put in in the cart, without a bag and then bag it after? Or do you have lots of them and you put apples in one and oranges in another? How does that effect the cashier who weighs it?
I have been thinking about this one, in relation to the bags I use for bulk, oatmeal, nuts and stuff. I don't know how that would work with the cashiers weighing my goods.

Michelle

Thanks Deb!  So glad to hear Ive inspired you.  Great idea with the tablecloth napkins, they can be your party gear for years will bring back good memories.

I love the hankies, I even made a matching little drawstring bag to keep them in - another fun project for you!

al

woot! woot! love the changes. You should start a show!

Nana

I'm so impressed by you both. I think you should be a free-lance writer for a parenting magazine. I'm afraid that I've failed miserably with even taking my bags to the store. I won't give up!

Michelle

Thanks Marsha!  Try leaving some bags in your car or in your purse - that helps!

Michelle

Thanks Ali!  But, I cant imagine anything more boring than watching me on a show!

Michelle

Deb - I made a bunch of produce bags, so I use them just like the plastic bags. The cashiers just peek inside to see what they are weighing. They are made with a very light muslin, so weigh almost nothing, but you can have your bags weighed before you fill them to get the tare weight, then have that amount deducted from your bulk weight at checkout. I do that when I refill jars of maple syrup, you just have to write down or remember the tare weight.

Hip Mountain Mama

Isn't it amazing how making one small change really makes you think about all the other things you could be doing. I am finding that after reading through all these blog posts I get really inspired to do more and am adding tiny things into my daily life!
Eating local is such a great change and it has been on my mind a lot after reading through these posts! Good luck with it!!
Suzy

Nana

I know this isn't a huge thing, but I'm addicted to using paper napkins. As of this week, I'm only using cloth. I have a boat-load of cloth napkins that I seem to save, while going through so many paper napkins....no more!

Heidi

Great job Michelle. I leave my store bags in the trunk which helps a lot. One thing that has saved us a lot of money on electricity is that I wash all the jeans and dark towels first, dry them for 5-10 mins then hang them on a dryer rack. I overlap them so they don't dry completeley which allows that little moisture to help in the last phase. When the rack seems dry (overnight or when I get home from work), I dry them for another 5-10 mins.

Michelle

Thanks Suzy!  So far so good with eating local.

Michelle

I think that is great Marsha!  Youll be cutting down on spending, wasting paper your table will look even prettier, too.

Michelle

That is a great suggestion Heidi.  Im sure drying for 5-10 minutes helps prevent crunchy clothes.  I need to get a drying rack start doing this.  I try to hang out my clothes in the summer months (at camp anyway), but use the dryer the rest of the year.  I just read somewhere that drying clothes is the fastest way to destroy them - just look at your lint trap to see what is happening to your clothes when they are dried.

Nana

I know quite a few people read this blog, what is everyone else doing? It's nice to have a variety of ideas. This is by far the most comments to any posting, guess it really shows that everyone is trying to do their part. Heidi I admire you for taking the time to hang your clothes on a drying rack. I need to find a good drying rack, any suggestions?

Heidi

I can't remember where I purchased mine, but it's more heavy duty (wood) than the thinner ones they sell at Walmart. It may have been at Home Depot. Remember not to leave it out in the rain or it will warp then be tipsy. I'm actually thinking about getting another one since the kids' jeans take up one. I usually hang washcloths and kitchen towels on the lower racks.

Heidi

Have you used those special bags for preserving food? My number one pet peeve is throwing away food because I ran out of time. I purchased them today and transferred all my veggies, bread and cheese to the appropriate colored bags. They are supposedly re-usable. If they work, they will be perfect for camp. I let you know how it goes. I may be running back to purchase more if they are what is promised.

Michelle

I dont think Ive seen them - what are they called?  Let me know if they work!

Heidi

Forever Bags, though that may be a reach. I would have called them a A Few More Weeks bags. ha

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