Saturday, February 23

Blowing In The Wind

The day the wind was at its greatest was the day my Environmental Biology class went to tour the wastewater treatment plant. That may have been a blessing in disguise. Nonetheless, a large majority of the young students found the fragrance overwhelming.

I am beginning to realize how fortunate I am to be able to exchange ideas regularly with those half my age. The best part is that since they don't really know me, I think they're a bit more honest and open. Wonder why we speak more freely to those we barely know?

One young lady wore sandals, even though the wind was gusting 25 mph from the north. Being maternal and outspoken, I asked her if she had thought the day was going to be warmer. She explained that her boots had come apart and the gorilla glue she applied the night before hadn't done the job she had hoped. I can't imagine having no more than 2 pair of shoes. But, really... just how many pairs of shoes do we need? I think most of us have far more than necessary, don't we?

This class has me thinking a great deal about our excessive lifestyle. I'm talking mine and yours, too. How did we become such a nation of waste and abuse?

JB says I'm very reminiscent of a born-again Christian, in that I am very free with all this newfound information. But what good is knowledge, if it can't be shared?

I'm just starting to really research which products are more environmentally friendly than others and which companies have the most respect for Mother Nature.

I'll keep you posted as to what I find out and I would really appreciate it if you would share any relative information as well. For now, I know I will continue boycotting Walmart and will be doing my shopping at Target.

I have a conscience and I'm thinking there are a lot of others who do as well.


OldHorsetailSnake said...

Forget the environment for a moment: Where you get those fantastic photos? Truly gem quality.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Whilst I do eco unfriendly things like take showers that are too long and am a bit naughty with recycling (forgetful), I do try to buy on an as need basis only. I could fit all my clothes into two suitcases (okay, big ones) and we have furnished our house with vintage furniture so we keep a life cycle. Still, never enough is it.

sharryb said...

Yes, wonderful photos. I feel like I'm outside.

Poetikat said...

I don't get the whole shoe thing. I only own a few pairs.
I saw a really great recipe for an all-purpose cleaner on a British tv program a few weeks ago and it works like a charm. In a spray bottle, combine 1 tsp. Borax, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, 1 cup warm water. Shake and use to clean just about any surface! I got the soap scum off the plastic shelf in my shower that I've been trying to shake for ages. It's great stuff! (Obviously you can double or triple the recipe.)

Love your photos Mizmell. My husband had a glance at them and commented on the bluejay's feeder.
It's very nice.

cce said...

I've taken to placing a cup beneath our dripping faucet (I feel so guilty about the waste), and I now use it to water my house plants when the cup gets filled. I feel crazy doing this but it seems less wasteful then just letting it drain away.

I memed today, check it out.

Poetikat said...

Taggin' you for a meme Miz!