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I’m still in

Ten years ago my family and I participated in the 90% Riot for Austerity project.  The goal was to get your carbon footprint down to 10% of the American average.

In ten years our circumstances have changed dramatically.

  • We are all 10 years older
  • Our home is 10 years older
  • We have gone through 2 tornados in our home (March 2, 2012 and March 1, 2017)
  • and the list goes on and on.

One thing we have remained committed to is creation care.  You could say it is my defining cause.  (Not that autism advocacy isn’t a primary cause, but my son can self-advocate a lot more these days — and he’s home full-time again, so that helps eliminate a great deal of his stress/anxiety triggers)

As an environmentalist and an Episcopalian, I am deeply troubled by the removal of my country from the Paris Climate Agreement.  So I am taking things into my own hands again.  My family will reduce our carbon footprint 26% by 2025 — just like President Obama pledged.

We will do this in several ways:

  1. We will bring out the lessons we learned from the Riot and implement those things that are truly sustainable.
  2. We will patronize only shops/businesses that actively seek to lower their carbon footprint (there is a list of companies who are pledging to “stay in” and abide by the Paris Climate Agreement standards for our country).
  3. I will continue to write and call (and otherwise hound) my Senators and Congressman to do the right things for our planet.
  4. I will continue to write and call my Governor about climate change and actions.
  5. I will begin to blog about our actions and things we already have in place to reduce our carbon footprint.

Things we are actively doing this week to lower our carbon footprint:

  1.  Signed up for 100% wind power.
  2. Sent letter to solar panel company.

 

New Roof

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March 1, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

What a mess. . .

Deodorant

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Usually I am a salt stone kind of girl, but as summer approaches I’ve been looking for a good deodorant.  I had pretty high standards and this one met them all (with the exceptions of being local and no plastic packaging) .

It is smooth.  It smells wonderful, but not at all overpowering.  It’s been tested on a couple of days in the upper 70s when I had errands to run.

So far, I love it.

10 years

I’ve been blogging here since very early 2007. This blog had grown to such a huge monster that I left it for a time before coming back. Now as the new year starts, I decided to clean house. I kept a few posts from years gone by, but deleted a great quantity of posts (over 700!)

What’s left is a good sampling of what was important in past years along with family photos and memories.

Going forward this blog will become more curated . . . meaning I will keep the best and delete the rest. 2016 posts will remain up until the same month in 2017, then I’ll sort through and decide what to keep and what to let go of. In some respects this is the exact way I handle my journals. I burn them in a “ritual” each year on New Year’s Eve.

Season of Creation, D 26

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I’ve added a new piece to my line-up of “stuff to take when going out kit.” Now, along with my Klean Kanteen, bandana/napkin, and wooden spoon (because I seem to have misplaced my silicon spoon) I have a stainless steel food container. It has a really tight fitting lid and clamps to hold the lid down. I can take lunch or a snack with me or . . . Super exciting I can use it like a doggie bag without the styrofoam container. This makes me super happy. I don’t eat out very often, but when I do I always have a good bit of the meal leftover. Sometimes I bring it home despite the styrofoam. But this thing, it is a game changer for me!