- I bought a reference book I wanted from the library’s used book sale. For a “used” book from the 1970’s it is in perfect condition.
- Ate leftovers for dinner.
- I made two loaves of bread this morning. The bread was a delightful addition to dinner and a nice afternoon snack.
- Ate an apple from the market instead of a sweet (sugar) dessert. I am working to eat more fruits and less cookies.
- Using the end of an old plastic spatula to scrape cookie sheets and plates for cleaning. The handle broke once and I continued to use it as a spatula, it broke a second time and is now a scraper.
We saw an amazing rainbow today. This photo doesn’t at all do it justice. We were lucky enough to see it, as well as catch up with several neighbors as they came out to enjoy the spectacular sight.
- We replaced the spindle on our food processor. It had become worn enough that the blade would slip when in use. It required brute force, a saw, a 2 X 4, etc., but the job is done and we are back in business. The bowl is also cracked in several spots and, while I was continuing to use it, a piece broke off in dinner one night, so I bought a replacement. Not perfectly waste free but it keeps the motor out of the landfill.
- We are adding leaves to our compost and it all seems to be composting. I know these updates are scintillating but I am fascinated by the process.
- I voted already and it felt good! Don’t take for granted your right to vote, it is a powerful thing.
- I love apple season. Nice crisp apples from the market! Delicious!
- Pumpkin carving day is almost here. I can’t wait to roast the seeds! We bought our lovely, locally grown pumpkins from a small farm that had also grown a 300 lb pumpkin. Truly amazing!
- Used up a giant apple making Apple Fritter Cake for breakfast. So tasty!
- Back in February I replaced the lenses in my 3 year old frame instead of getting totally new glasses. The tip of one of the side pieces recently broke and the technician was able to replace just the tip (and they did it for free!). Hopefully the frames are good for another three years.
- It was predicted we were going to have a big storm with possible power outages. I rounded up pickle jars, mason jars, and old soap/shampoo bottles and froze water in them to keep the freezer cold in case we lost power (we did, but only for a couple of hours). I will leave them in the freezer to keep energy costs down and in case of future outages.
- Decorated for Halloween with the few decorations we use every year.
- I have been knitting with yarn I already had to make some dishcloths to keep and pass along.
- I made soup last night. Potato, onion, carrot, water, salt. I was the only one eating it so I left the skins on the potato (such a rebel). Leftovers for lunch today!
- We picked out books at the library today. We often take libraries for granted but they really are an amazing resource.
- It rained today and I have missed the rain.
- I am working on a washcloth knitting pattern that I think will be super soft and absorbant.
- I dropped my ATM card between my car and the machine and was able to deal with it quickly and laugh about it.
Some days I feel well on my way to living practically waste free and others, like today, I do not.
All day I had been looking forward to making the Chickpea and Broccoli Casserole from Vegan With a Vengeance.
This afternoon I cut up the vegetables and cooked the chickpeas so that assembly would be a quick running of ingredients through a food processor before mixing and baking in the oven. I was feeling prepared and looking forward to dinner.
Sadly, a piece of my food processor bowl broke off while I was processing and I didn’t realize until I had mixed all of the ingredients. Instead of risking eating bits of ground plastic I had to bin the whole lot and we had baked beans and rice for dinner.
The motor is still good so I think I will probably buy a new work bowl for the processor. I use it on a regular basis and am not sure what plastic-free alternative there is out there.
It’s all about baby steps. Some days you are moving in the right direction and some days you are just hoping your feet are still pointed in the right direction.
- We ran errands in the car yesterday and left it parked today.
- We walked through a park today to go to the market where we bought vegetables.
- The cloth bag we brought to the market is probably 15 years old and still going strong.
- I’ve been eating fruit for breakfast.
- I put some dinner leftovers on top of a salad for lunch.
Waste free grumble: Have you ever noticed how much plastic packaging comes with new windshield wipers? Windshield wipers are not at all optional so am not sure what others do about this (other than not own a car).
I would love to be inspired by some of your waste free actions.