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One Small Change, Etc.

(My Etsy store is swimming right along. I created a treasury this week, which was exciting and really fun. You can see it here. If you take a look, will you leave a comment and let me know what you think? Thanks!)

First. Ruby is siiiick. And I can feel it coming on.

And I made it worse by eating a powdered donut yesterday. What is wrong with me? What? I feel like such an idiot. And I feel siiiick now to. I have no idea if it’s because of the stupid so-not-worth-it donut, or if I’m getting what Ruby has (sore throat, cough, sneezing type flu/cold.)

So right at this moment I do not feel like writing up my weekly menu. I’ll try to do it after work.

The February One Small Change is over. Our change was to use homemade natural cleaners. A couple of them stuck. One is homemade laundry detergent, and another is vinegar fabric softener. Both work better than their chemical counterparts, so it’s easy to decide to just stick with them.

I also love using vinegar and baking soda to clean the counters. Kevin isn’t 100 percent convinced it cleans as well as 409. But he uses it about 1/2 the time that he cleans, and I use it all the time. Adrienne and Nick do to, on the occasions that they wash up. So, while not perfect, that’s a big reduction in the use of a chemical cleaner.

We also continued January’s small change of buying food in season. I’m missing tomatoes a little, but looking forward to them with anticipation. I know that that first in season tomato is going to be all the more glorious for the months I had to wait to eat it. Blueberries were on sale this week, but they were from Chile so were resisted.

(And speaking of Chile, my thoughts are with anyone there, anyone who has family there. Their earthquake was more powerful than the one in Haiti, and yet the human devastation so far is considerably less (although still tragic and unimaginable.) Poverty and substandard building conditions are major killers during an earthquake. Here’s what CNN has to say about that:

“Poverty means that little or no evaluation is made of seismic risk in constructing buildings and no zoning takes place. It means that building codes are not written, and even if they do exist they are difficult, or impossible, to enforce. It means the choice between building robustly or building cheaply is not a choice at all.” An interesting topic for another day.)

March’s small change is going to be wearing washable pads. I did not get around to making them this weekend, but I will this week. I have all the things I need. I’m slightly (okay, more than slightly) nervous. My periods are very heavy the first day or two. I did make one prototype pad last week and wore it to sleep in as a test. I woke up with it spun backward around my underwear. Um. That isn’t going to work for me. So wish me luck on trying out a different pattern. I’m thinking that just safety pinning the suckers down might work.

Okay. Off to get ready for work. Have a good day everyone.

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One Small Change: January Round-up and February Plan

My one small change for January was to shop in season and local to the Western US.

I did well, I think. I’ve also managed to store some in-season produce (potatoes and apples and oranges.) I grated and froze carrots before they went bad. I plan to make carrot marmalade out of them!

Why is shopping in season important? What is the point of a small change like this?

My grocery store has cherries and pineapple from Mexico and plums from Chile for sale right now.

Those plums? They have to travel thousands of miles to get to my store. The cherries and pineapple came at least 1000 miles, and that’s conservative. That’s a lot of resources so that I can eat summer fruit in the dead of a mountain winter, isn’t it?

Thinking about the seasons, and what foods grow near me at this time of year has been a great exercise in mindfulness. I only focused on produce. But during this month I really thought about what it takes for food to get to my table.

I thought about the tricky ways that advertisers make me think that not only do I deserve cherries in winter, but that I deserve them. Who wants to be that manipulated?

Buying in season is less expensive, too. I was able to buy potatoes for 10 cents a pound and apples for 45 cents a pound.

Cherries cost $8 a pound in January.

In July they’ll cost less than $2 a pound. I think I’ll buy a case and learn how to can pie filling.

The next step, I believe, is to go beyond produce. I’m going to try to buy all food that’s produced in the Western US.

So what about February? I’ve put a lot of thought into this.

My change for February is to make and use natural cleaners.

I already know how to make my own laundry soap. It’s just a matter of doing it.

Baking soda and vinegar does as much to clean as 4o9. Right? I’ll have to convince Kevin of that.

I’m not sure how to make dish soap. We wash dishes by hand, so it has to be liquid. I’ll be researching that this weekend.

Head over to Hip Mountain Mama’s website and join the One Small Change party.

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