The area I live in has lots of farm lands and lots of nature-lovers living in it, so green lifestyle options are a big deal here. I have ‘greened up’, so to speak, a lot since I moved here, so having the opportunity to blog with The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom is a real treat.
Since it looks like we are all green together, I will share–
Box wine. I call it ‘Cardboardeux’. It’s said to leave much less of a footprint than bottled wine.
Buying local. We have a Farmer’s Market here that I visit on Saturdays. I especially look for locally-produced grass-fed beef. There are two different vendors of it so I try to ‘share the wealth’ of my business by patronizing each on alternate occasions. It is hard though; no matter what I do, I always feel like I am cheating on one of them.
Being a bag lady. I shop a lot at Aldi, where you bring your own bags for groceries. I have literally a dozen bags in my car ready to go into Aldi at any given moment. And in my car is usually where they stay, because I forget to bring them into the store, and have to run out to get them as I check out.
Being a bag lady again. When our office gets Olive Garden take-away, I scoff up the bags they deliver the food in because they are perfect Aldi bags. And the garlic smell that comes with them is free.
Being a bag lady, last time, by keeping a broth bag. I save peelings and ends of onions, carrots, and other vegetables in a plastic quart bag. When it is full, I boil it all in salt water and freeze the resulting broth. No more canned broth at my house! And you should see how excited I get when celery gets down to that knob at the bottom, and I get to throw it in the broth bag.
Flower power. I have bee-attracting plants in my garden: Hyssop, lavender, sedum, and others. I also have cardinal climber for the hummingbirds.
Birds of a feather. I have a bird feeder and a watering station in my front yard. And a million black-oil sunflower seedlings as far as the eye can see.
Thinking outside of the box. Litter box, that is. I use cedar-shaving cat litter, which is extra-cool since I live in a cedar house.
Racking my brain. I keep a drying rack on my sunny front porch and use it instead of a dryer to dry clothes. Word of warning, though. Be careful if you do laundry the night before Halloween. I did so this year, and put a bunch of panties out on the rack to dry and forgot to bring them in on Halloween morning. I was away from the house till evening so they stayed there all day on Halloween. God knows what the neighbors think.
Enjoying the beautiful, green world that I live in. Davy Crockett was right when he said that Tennessee is ‘the greenest state in the land of the free’. I do my best, most relaxed, and most creative writing when I am outdoors in the sun in the beautiful Smoky Mountain region.