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February 11, 2008

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Bed, Bath & Bees

02-11-08

This morning I awoke more refreshed than I have been in a while, the reason is the bed, our bed had been just a mattress laying on the floor, it was comfortable enough, but being directly on the floor, it was cold, we kept 6-7 layers of blankets on top, but the cold seeped in from the bottom and stole our heat, I would wake up aching from being cold. Last night Bob took some of the lumber he got from town and make a frame for the bed, it’s not fancy, but it does lift the bed off the floor by several feet, so now we can store things under the bed. It made a lot of difference in the amount of room we have available. When we went to bed last night, the temp in the room was around 40, but the bed was toasty warm.

Bob went to town with our friend the local builder, he is helping him with a project, it will take about a month to complete, this is the first time I will be by myself all day (with the exception of the dental visits), I must admit that I appreciate my “me time”, don’t get me wrong, I love Bob with all of my heart, but something we both appreciate is the value of private time, and in our little cabin, it’s hard to have any privacy.

I took a leisurely “bath”, well as much as a bath as one can take without a tub, I took a pan of warm water, a wash cloth and a bar of soap and cleaned from top to bottom, I shampooed my hair too, that felt good, I ran around with rollers in my hair until it dried, that doesn’t take long with the warm temperature and low humidity. I used my Avon skin care products on my face, something that I don’t always do every day. I put on clean clothes, then did the dishes. It’s so nice to be able to wash myself and the dishes in hot water.

I started something, maybe something good, maybe something not so good, we have honey bees in abundance around here, they fly in the house and that’s OK, they don’t bother anything or anyone, they just buzz around looking for something good to eat. They fly in the front door, and mainly check out the sink area, if I have anything they might like, I try to make it easy for them to get it. Today, I made up a sugar solution in a plastic lid and placed it down for them, one bee found it, sucked up as much as she could hold, then flew out the window, about 20 minutes later, I have 2 bees buzzing around, they both found the sugar solution, and a while later my cabin was a buzz …

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Home Depot Teaches Green

Home Depot has not only caught onto the green movement but is offering “how to” clinics to show us how to. Their clinics are not only offered in their stores, but for those of us with tight schedules they offer “Green Your Home Inside and Out” as an online choice. The local Home Depot even has a “Do-It-Herself Workshopssm” for “The Smarter, Warmer Eco-Friendly Bathroom” being offered this month. You can check your local ad, store or go online to see when it’s being offered in your area.

Knowing that main stream stores are not only jumping on the band wagon but trying to get to the front is hopefully a sign of how the move to be self-sufficient and efficient in our energy and utility usage is moving toward being a viable option for everyone. Clinics, classes, seminars, etc. have been around for a long time, unfortunately you usually have to travel to different locations and most workshops are only offered a few times a year, if your lucky. Or your other options were to take course at the local colleges and universities (that dealt with theory more then hands on), find someone local who is willing to and able to share, or stock up on how-to manuals and surf the web for information. Seeing this information being put out by a large retail chain does show how popular becoming more responsible in our energy, water and other resources is becoming.

Popularity equals reduced cost as more demand for materials goes up. Also a louder voice in our communities when decisions concerning our environment, energy production, water conservation, etc. are made. Just looking at large companies jumping into the green movement can be a bitter pill to those who had to fight those same companies just a few years ago, but even if their reasons don’t mesh for the why. The fact is that they’re now trying to promote and help mainstream Americans be resource responsible and for that alone we should be willing to give them a chance.

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wind turbines specifically designed for extreme climates, and a storage system that uses hydrogen and a fuel cell.

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