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Chugging along

August 28, 2009

Yes, I’m still alive, and still committed to greening our lifestyle. I’m just caught up momentarily (or maybe longer than momentarily) in the comings and goings of everyday life.  All four of us are back to school on one side of the desk or the other, plus assorted meetings and responsibilities and life gets hectic.  For instance, this week on Monday was a school board meeting, on Tuesday was an Education Foundation meeting, on Wednesday was a party (more on that later), on Thursday was a cross-country meet (an hour away), tonight there was gloriously NOTHING, but tomorrow morning is another cross-country meet and a party in the evening.  Sunday is house cleaning from top to bottom and the yard too because the appraiser is coming Tuesday to appraise the property for refinancing and then family will be coming for over Labor Day weekend.

On the green front the solar panel project is in the refinancing stage, so at the moment we wait.  The bees are doing their bee stuff, as far as I know, I haven’t had time to check them this week, and am not sure I’ll have time this weekend either – – luckily they don’t really need me to check on them. At school I met with my Environmental Psychology Research Group, we’re planning to look at the environmental attitudes and behaviors of beekeepers (so I will get something scholarly out of this hobby too).

On Wednesday I spend a hunk of change at a home party on what is billed as eco-friendly products by Norwex.  Norwex (short for the Norwegian Experience) features microfiber clothes embedded with silver particles that kill bacteria.  Nancy Lamkin, the consultant, did a marvelous and enthusiastic job.  How is that a group of women, most, of not all of whom have professional careers, can simultaneously “ahhh” when another woman dust mops a floor but with a little flap of mop to the side to get up on the baseboard as she slides by.  Such innovation.  Yep, we’re a bit pathetic.  I’ll be receiving my products in a week or so and will report my impressions.  I’m most anxious to see if the magnet ball will work.  It is suppose to soften the water in your dishwasher or washing machine allowing you to use less soap.  We have trouble with our dishwasher when we use phosphate-less detergent (which is all the time).  Some of the soap powder gets stuck in the glasses or where dishes might touch.  Sometimes the soap leaves a nasty film too.  I’m hoping softer water (ours is as hard as rocks) and less soap will mean less soap powder  and film on the dishes.  There’s a 60 day money back guarantee, so I can always return it if I’m wholly dissatisfied.

Oh, and as for the monarch caterpillars.  Everyday I checked and every day there were 2 fewer caterpillars.  I believe they crawled off to build their chrysalises – unfortunately not where I have been able to find them.  Oh well, it was cool to see the caterpillars.

Well this was a “yep, lots of things in the works, nothing has come to fruition” post.  Next time I hope to have something newsworthy to report.

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