Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. I have a Christmas cold so haven’t gone anywhere or purchased anything in several days.
  2. Bought no new gift wrap this year. We largely reuse gift bags but, confession, we did use some gift wrap that was already in our possession.
  3. I am mapping out plans to institute more practically waste free ideas in my home next year!
  4. We ate all of the sticky rolls we made for Christmas morning. I know, a true hardship, but these super easy sticky buns from Minimalist Baker are just so delicious I had to mention them.
  5. I wanted to make our guest sleeping area a little more user friendly so I shopped in-house and found a nightstand for next to the bed and used a cedar chest with a blanket on top as a suitcase stand.
  6. We passed along some household items that we no longer needed.

Happy New Year!

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Practically Waste Free Actions

Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. I replaced the flapper in the toilet tank. While I have to throw out the old flapper and the new one had packaging, it does save us plenty of water. I am curious when I see a year’s worth of trash in a mason jar and you never see toilet or faucet repair parts in there. Am I missing something?
  2. Our furnace has kicked on a handful of times even set at 61 degrees but I am wearing a beautiful hand knit birthday scarf around the house and keeping warm.
  3. We have been using our gas fireplace to heat the room we are in most of the time. The fan is noisy so I have never been one to turn it on, but when the technician told us how much heat we were wasting by leaving it off, well, I have been dealing with the additional noise.
  4. It has been a bit since I posted so I will throw this one out there: we ate Thanksgiving dinner 3 days in a row in order to eat it all up (Do not take this as a complaint! I love Thanksgiving leftovers more than the original meal).
  5. I am reading through some books that I own with plans to donate them to the local library or putting them in a neighborhood Little Library.
Practically Waste Free Actions

Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. I am knitting with yarn I already own.
  2. Making meals at home and largely from scratch.
  3. We celebrated a birthday and decorated with the same minimal but lovely ┬ádecorations we use every year. We also used reusable gift bags for one “need” and one “want” gifts.
  4. We have been doing well keeping track of and eating leftovers.
  5. Using our gas fireplace to take off the chill when needed instead of turning on the furnace.
Practically Waste Free Actions

Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. We composted the guts of our carved pumpkins and roasted the seeds. Roasted seeds will apparently keep in the fridge for some time. Our carved pumpkins will also head to the compost. I know some people cook down the carved pumpkins and use it for pie but we live in a climate where slugs crawl through and mold quickly grows so into the compost they shall go.
  2. I had to make a quick stop at the store on the way home today and didn’t have a bag with me. I carried the groceries as best I could and made it to the car without dropping anything.
  3. We rang in the new month with an afternoon of baking. Pumpkin bread for breakfast. I can’t wait!
  4. Part of one costume I made was an old skirt lining that was used for a different costume last year. I didn’t have to cut the fabric either time so it is ready to be used in it’s next iteration.
  5. All of of our Halloween decorations can be used again and again. We don’t have a lot but they are reusable.
Practically Waste Free Actions

At Random

  1. Happy Halloween! A favorite holiday at our house and we have the roasted pumpkin seeds from two giant pumpkins to prove it.
  2. Halloween reminder: carved pumpkins make excellent compost. We usually chop ours up and bury them in the vegetable gardens.
  3. We had a lovely day watching people make amazing art. This always serves as a great way to stay inspired to make things, not buy them.
  4. I am hoping to make some Christmas gifts in November. I’m not sure what happened to my plan to start early.
  5. Last week I wrote a huge list of things to get done so I could enjoy the weekend. I crossed off a ton and had a more relaxing weekend as a result.
At Random

Happy Things

A few things that are making me happy this week.

  1. Halloween costumes are just about ready and I love them. I may grumble a little about making them but I do enjoy the process.
  2. We enjoyed the sights and sounds of a gushing waterfall today.
  3. I made a huge To Do list at the beginning of the week and am crossing off quite a few finished tasks.
  4. The leaves are changing.
  5. I had toast and jam for breakfast this morning, which started the day off right.
Happy Things