A few years ago, a friend would stop in twice a week to help one of my kids with some schoolwork. It seemed that no matter what I was preparing for dinner on the afternoons she was here, it was the same as what she was planning to make when she got home. Our minds must still work alike because today she wrote about the same thing that I was planning.
A lot of folks have made changes recently that reflect a desire to lessen their carbon footprint, reduce spending on energy or to live healthier lifestyles.
Last year for Mother's Day, my son put a clothesline up for me in the backyard. I used it as long as I could into the Fall only stopping when the clothes froze solid. Through the cold weather, we try very hard to keep a fire in the wood stove. By doing that, we are able to keep the thermostat on 60 degrees and (knock on wood) no one has gotten sick. For each of the past nine months, our electric use has gone down 30 percent compared to the same month the year before.
As I wrote in some earlier posts, we are trying to eat meat from sustainable farms. It has meant eating less meat than before because it is more expensive and it has meant experimenting with different foods and different recipes. There are sustainable farms within the areas that I routinely travel allowing pick up without any additional carbon emission.
What are some of the changes that you have made?