Friday, May 7, 2010
Changes... Looking for Wisdom
I have been slacking lately with my One Small Change posts, mostly because I haven't been changing much at our house. I have been in a rut of sorts unable to pull myself out. Thankfully, I am being re-inspired by some wonderful blogging friends and feel up to the challenge again.
Our plastic-free change is still going strong and I am loving every minute of it. I would love to get a bunch of vintage glass jars (like this) to hold more of our bulk items but can't seem to find them (except at antique shops where the sell for $5 each), any thoughts on where else I should look?
A rather big change we made awhile ago (that I never got around to mentioning here)
was becoming a one vehicle family. I love the idea of it and I love that it gives us a smaller carbon footprint but I do have to say it has been a bit of a struggle, too. My husband's job has him working from sun up to sun down so we barely get to see him and since he has the vehicle we have no way to run errands or just get out. The girls and I are homebodies for the most part anyways but it still would be nice to be able to go places during the week. So this is a sacrifice for us but we are making it work. The real challenge will come in September when my husband's office moves an hour away and K starts school (I will have to drive her there and pick her up), but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
Current 'clothes line' - if you can call it that
Right now I am feeling a pull towards things that we had in our old home but we haven't implemented here yet (just do to lack of time or resources). A good example is a simple clothes line. Nicole at Gardenmama recently posted some beautiful images of her aprons hanging out on her line and it made me so sad that I haven't figured out where to hang a line here yet. The climate is so different from VA here (believe me, I am very thankful for that!) so we are still adjusting. It rains at least once a day which makes it difficult for hanging clothes out to dry plus this is our backyard:
I just can't seem to wrap my head around how to hang clothes in a forest. The sun doesn't touch the ground back there and there are always things falling from the trees so would it even be productive hanging our clothes? Anyone have any experience with that?
Something else I really miss is our garden. The only thing we currently have growing is one sad little basil plant in a pot. The poor plant was attacked by Chubby Kong (aka C) yesterday so it is in need of some TLC. Again because of the climate change I am not sure where to begin here. The only place we get any sunlight at our house is in the front yard so I assume the garden would have to go there. The thing is that since we are on a mountain, we barely have a front yard and it's a big hill. Also, it's usually at least five degrees colder up here than it is in town ( we are still living in long johns and sweaters), so it seems like the plants wouldn't survive, then again I am used to weather that is so hot it kills my plants in a day. Help!
Although we love our Old father Sliffslaff-Slibberslack visits we don't want him and his friends to eat anything we plant so I am trying to research ways to keep them safe but far away from the garden area. I was told coffee grounds sprinkled in the garden soil were good for this. Has anyone tried this?
I am hoping (again - I believe I mentioned this before) to get a rain barrel going. I was actually thinking of attaching it to the gutter down spout that caused our downstairs flooding last week in hope to prevent future flooding and harvest water at the same time. I have reservations though since it does seem to rain so much here I wouldn't want the rain barrel to overflow before I could use the water. I love the set up pictured below:
It was in my latest issue of Living the Country Life. I love this simple magazine. If you get the chance check out their website, the magazine subscription is free and it's a great resource.
Ok, I think I said quite enough for this post! Sorry for rambling on. I have just had so many things on my mind but can't seem to figure out how to start any of them so I just had to get them all out there hoping for some of your wonderful help!
Wishing you all a beautiful weekend full of change and a happy Mother's Day!